Onondaga County Legislator James Corbett (R) announced this morning he will not run for a ninth term in the legislature.
Corbett represents the 8th district, which includes parts of Solvay, Geddes and Camillus, and currently serves as chair of the Environmental Protection Committee and vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
He entered politics in 1989 when he was elected a town councilor for the Town of Geddes. In 1995, he was appointed to fill the 8th district legislature seat by then-County Supervisor Nick Pirro. Corbett was elected and re-elected to his post for seven subsequent terms.
"Many factors influenced my decision, including the time now required in my full time position as the
referral agent for Electrician's Union Local 43," Corbett said in a news release. "With the vote to reduce our legislature from 19 to 17 seats, while at the same time redistricting the legislative boundaries, I feel it is an appropriate time for me to retire as a legislator."