Gouverneur, NY, Jan 05, 2011 — Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced yesterday afternoon that former North Country Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava will serve as Deputy Secretary for Local Government in his Department of State.
In that role, Scozzafava could find herself at the center of some of Albany's biggest debates over the next year.
Cuomo campaigned on "reform in Albany." And he promised to push for the downsizing and consolidation of local governments across New York.
One of the new administration's top agenda items is a 2 percent property tax cap for local governments and school districts.
Speaking yesterday to the Watertown Daily Times, Scozzafava said she was "very excited to work with the Cuomo administration as he sets forward to rejuvenate this state."
Scozzafava, a Republican, has been hugely popular in her Assembly district, but is also a controversial figure in North Country politics.
She dropped out of a 2009 special election for the 23rd district House seat after facing stiff opposition from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. She later endorsed Democrat Bill Owens in that race, and again in his reelection bid this fall. She also endorsed Cuomo in his gubernatorial campaign.