Creath, Nichols end their terms as county legislators

Mary Perham

Two veteran Steuben County legislators will leave office at the end of the month, to the applause of their fellow legislators.

Legislators Don Creath, R-Corning City, and Robert Nichols, R-Tuscarora are the last of the original set of legislators affected by term limits that took effect Jan. 1, 1995. Legislative terms are limited to a three 4-year elected term, although appointed terms can be longer. Appointed terms occur to fill a vacancy, and the interim legislator must run for election after filling empty spot.

Creath represented the City of Corning from January 1994 - December 1997, and was re-elected two years later, serving from January 2000 until the end of this year.

The Legislature’s Republican Majority Leader since 2008, Creath has been on the Administration, Finance, Human Services, and Public Safety and Corrections committee.

He is now the Chairman of the Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee and was at one time vice chairman of the now-defunct Rules Committee.

An advocate for the arts and tourism, Creath was a legislative liaison to Corning Community College Board of Trustees, the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, Steuben County Conference and Visitors’ Bureau, and the ProAction Board of Directors.

Nichols won election to the Legislature beginning January 2000, and representing the towns of Addison, Lindley and Tuscarora in District 11.

Nichols was an active member of the Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee and served at one time as vice chairman of the now-defunct Rules Committee.

The current Public Works Committee chairman, Nichols also has also chaired the Health and Education Committee.

A strong advocate for agriculture, Nichols was the legislative liaison to Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, and the Steuben County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board.

Both men were thanked and applauded for their contributions when the Legislature met for its final session Monday.

Legislators John Walsh, R-Wheeler and Chris Quinlan, R-Corning City, will also step down at the end of the year.

Newly elected legislators will be sworn in at the county Legislature’s re-organizational  meeting Jan. 4.