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Orange County Legislature

District 16 - Leigh J. Benton


Representing the Town of Newburgh

Contact:
28 Pilla Drive
Newburgh, New York 12550
845-569-8036 (h)
845-662-5013 (c)

E-mail: vbenton@hvc.rr.com


Personal: (Pedigree)

  • Graduate Newburgh Free Academy, 1978
  • Graduate Gemological Institute of America, 1982
  • Jeweler/Gemologist, GHS Jewelers, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
  • Jeweler/Gemologist, Cowan’s Jewelers, New Windsor, NY

Business/Government Experience:

  • Councilman, Town of Newburgh, 1995-1996
  • Member, Town of Newburgh Republican Comm., 1987-Present
  • Treasurer, Town of Newburgh Republican Comm., 1993-2005
  • Chairman, Town of Newburgh Republican Comm., 2005 to present
  • Orange County Legislator, 1998 to present
  • O. C. Legislature Rep. NYS DEC Fish & Wildlife Mgmt. Board Region 3
  • Member, Orange Co. Foreign Trade Zone No. 37 Management Board

Community Involvement: (Civic Boards, Veterans Associations)

  • Newburgh Lions Club
  • Hudson River Lodge No. 309 F & AM

Political Affiliation:

  • Republican/Conservative/Independent

Important Issues:

  • The economy and economic development
  • Public safety
  • Quality of life

County Roles: (Chairs, Committees, Subcommittees, County Boards, Agencies)

  • Physical Services Comm., 1998-2005, 2007; Human Services Comm., 1998-2001; Public Safety Comm.,2006; Health & Mental Health Comm., 1998-2001, Chairman, 2008; Environmental
  • Facilities & Services Comm., Chairman, 2002-2003; Ways & Means Comm., 2002-2008;
  • Education & Economic Development Comm., Chairman, 2004-2008