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This profile was last updated on 3/1/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History


  • master's degree , public administration
    Maxwell School of Government at Syracuse University
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ITHACA - The special election to ..., 1 Mar 2008 [cached]
ITHACA - The special election to fill the seat recently left by long-time county legislator Tim Joseph will pit Ithaca Town Board member Will Burbank for the Democrats against one-time Joseph opponent Larry Nivison, running for the Republicans and Independence Party.
A retired FBI agent and naval officer, Nivison ran against Joseph in 2005.
"Almost 40 percent of the vote went to Larry in 2005," said Mike Sigler, chairman of the Tompkins County GOP.
We're very happy that Larry has decided to take on this challenge again.We were proud of the campaign he ran for the seat two years ago, and it shows a lot of character and commitment to try again.Larry has life long ties to the county and would be a thoughtful and positive presence on the legislature."
Nivison also asked for and received the endorsement of the Independence Party.
In addition to heading a violent crime task force for the FBI in the Boston metropolitan area, Nivison said he has a master's degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Government at Syracuse University.While he still works for the FBI as a contractor and is an adjunct criminal justice instructor at Tompkins Cortland Community College, he said his proudest accomplishment is serving in the FBI for 24 years.
"I'm grateful for this opportunity to run for a position on the county legislature again," Nivison said.
Navy veteran to challenge Joseph -, 16 April 2005 [cached]
Larry Nivison, who plans to take on incumbent Tim Joseph, D-Town of Ithaca, as a Republican and Independence candidate, cited rising county taxes as a major plank in his campaign during a press conference Friday afternoon.
"Property taxes are a huge burden, and the tax levy in Tompkins County has risen at a higher rate than other counties in Upstate New York," Nivison said."I believe that better management of spending is necessary and that I have the educational background and management experience to help control spending better than is being done now."Nivison blasted the county for tax levy increases of more than 50 percent in the past three years, calling taxes "out of control."
An Ithaca native, Nivison holds degrees from the State College at Cortland and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.He was a Navy officer for nine years.
Nivison later worked as an FBI special agent, serving in the Boston office for 12 years, where he was head of the Violent Crimes Task Force.He returned to Ithaca as senior resident agent in charge of the local FBI office, serving in that role for 12 years before retirement.He currently teaches criminal justice courses at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
If Nivison has his way, Joseph will be looking for another job seven months from now.
"I am tired of excuses for the explosive rise in county taxes," Nivison said."Mr.
Nivison continued.
"If (Nivison) would like to tell us where he'd like to cut, I'd be interested to hear that.
Nivison said it was too soon to cite specifics, explaining that he'd have to examine each program to determine whether it was cost-effective."I think a lot more revenue is being spent on programs we need to evaluate," he said.
Letters - The Ithaca Journal -, 31 Oct 2005 [cached]
Nivison is the native we need
Larry Nivison, born and raised here in Ithaca, has been a friend and colleague of ours for over 25 years and has the credentials to make an excellent representative.This is why we urge you to vote for Larry for county Legislature in District 12.
During his career as a U.S. Navy pilot and as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he has honed his skills as a leader and a decision maker.Leadership skills are taught and practiced in both the Navy and the FBI.As a result of these experiences you will be able to count on him when it comes time for decisions to be made that will be in your best interest.He will work with the community for your input and comments.We also know he will fight for lower taxes.
Fortunately, Larry Nivison is an excellently qualified candidate for the legislature.Larry will represent all the people in District 12.For your best interests-vote for Larry Nivison of Nov. 8-it's time for a change.
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