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#1124666 - 12/22/09 12:45 AM Public Safety Chair Arrested
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Tompkins legislator charged due to outstanding driving violation

ITHACA -- A Tompkins County legislator is facing a misdemeanor charge related to an outstanding traffic violation.

But Martha Robertson, who also is the chairwoman of the legislature's public safety committee, said her arrest last week was the result of a paperwork mix-up and that the Ithaca Police shouldn't have taken her into custody,

"They could've issued me a ticket right there," she said, adding that police refused her request to go to her house and see the paperwork. At the station, Sgt. Andy Navarro told her they were waiving her bail based on her community connections, and Patrick Kimmich -- the arresting officer -- "apologized profusely" before driving her home, she recalled.

Robertson said she subsequently spoke to [Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen] Wilkinson, whom she described as a fellow Democrat, political colleague and friend. Wilkinson told her that the court shouldn't have suspended her license without telling her, and that there was no reason for her to be arrested, she added.

Wilkinson will call Ithaca City Court and have the charge dismissed.

As chairwoman of the legislature's public safety committee, the experience may be useful, she said.

"It wasn't an experience I was looking for, but you try to be philosophic about these things and find value in everything," Robertson said. "I have a sense of what it feels like to be arrested for doing nothing wrong, and how the system can mess you up. I have a renewed sympathy for people this happens to."

License suspended over paperwork problem, Robertson says
By Raymond Drumsta •rdrumsta@gannett.com • December 20, 2009, 6:35 pm

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#1124681 - 12/22/09 03:03 AM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: newsman38]
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What a shame. She was treated like anyone else who would be in the same position. It sounds like IPD followed their policy on how they handle a person driving with a suspended license, other than driving her home. Her issue should be with the DMV or whatever court suspended her license, not IPD.

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#1124836 - 12/22/09 12:14 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: jmonte97]
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I highly doubt she didn't know her license was suspended.

Seems like just another politician thinking she is above the law and another politician pulling politicial strings to get the charge dismissed.
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#1126857 - 12/29/09 04:58 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: Taxpayer14456]
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Good thing the article was based solely on her comments. Wouldn't want the truth to get in the way.
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#1126861 - 12/29/09 05:02 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: Greymane]
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Yeah, it'd be nice if we could have a few more facts in that "reporting".
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#1128182 - 01/02/10 12:25 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: VM Smith]
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Sounds like the "good old girl" network in Ithaca.

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#1129431 - 01/05/10 11:29 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: newsman38]
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Tompkins Legislature picks Robertson as leader

By Stacey Shackford •sshackford@gannett.com • January 5, 2010, 9:31 pm

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#1129610 - 01/06/10 10:59 AM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: newsman38]
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Good to know that Tompkins County does as well a job as the rest of New York at picking the worst to lead the state forward.
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#1129618 - 01/06/10 11:29 AM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: Greymane]
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Typical politician.
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#1142447 - 02/04/10 12:18 AM Public Safety Chair Pleads Out [Re: Taxpayer14456]
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Robertson pleads guilty to city traffic charge

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson has to pay $60 by March 31 to end her misdemeanor traffic case, according to court officials. On Wednesday, Robertson pleaded guilty to having insufficient tail lamps in satisfaction of the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charge she was facing.

Court paperwork indicates that Robertson was ordered to pay a $10 fine and a $50 mandatory surcharge.

February 3, 2010, 10:40 pm

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#1142534 - 02/04/10 08:58 AM Re: Public Safety Chair Pleads Out [Re: newsman38]
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Let's talk about the FIFTY DOLLAR SURCHARGE New York! Geez!
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#1142804 - 02/04/10 06:57 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Pleads Out [Re: past tense]
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I hear your ice cream calling you....
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#1142943 - 02/05/10 09:06 AM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: LittleKing]
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Originally Posted By: LittleKing
Sounds like the "good old girl" network in Ithaca.
She's a good girl, just ask her! ahahahahahah
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#1396451 - 04/10/13 03:59 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: HarleyBobT]
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Martha Robertson running for Congress

ITHACA — Having announced in March her intention to run for re-election to the Tompkins County Legislature in 2013, Martha Robertson — who serves as chairperson of the Legislature — will officially announce Thursday morning that she will be challenging U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-23rd, for his Congressional seat in 2014.

Robertson, who will make the first stop in her announcement tour in DunkirkThursday morning, will be traveling eastward across the district today and tomorrow to meet with voters. Her final stop will be in Ithaca Friday night, with a 6:30 p.m. appearance at Corks and More, located at 708 W. Buffalo St.

“We are at a critical point in our country,” Robertson said when asked why she was running for the 23rd Congressional District seat. “The Republican agenda is the wrong direction to go in.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:15 pm | Updated: 2:32 pm, Wed Apr 10, 2013.
By Rob Montana editor@ithacatimes.com | 0 comments

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#1397097 - 04/13/13 11:41 PM Re: Public Safety Chair Arrested [Re: newsman38]
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Quote:
Robertson, who will make the first stop in her announcement tour in DunkirkThursday morning, will be traveling eastward across the district today and tomorrow to meet with voters.


I hope she got around to fixing the tail lamps, for the sake of "public safety".


Edited by VM Smith (04/13/13 11:42 PM)
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