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Aubertine gets ag commissioner nod

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is nominating a North Country farmer and former state senator to be the state's next agriculture commissioner.

Darrel Aubertine, a Democrat from Cape Vincent in Jefferson County, must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate. The state Farm Bureau supports the nomination.

In November, Aubertine lost his re-election bid to represent the 48th district to Republican Patty Ritchie. Martha Foley has more.

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Former state Senator Darrel Aubertine is heading back to Albany as Governor Cuomo’s new Agriculture Commissioner. 

The announcement came from the governor’s office late yesterday. Aubertine – a Democrat from Cape Vincent – told North Country Public Radio that he wants to make major changes to boost the state’s farms, dairies and orchards.

Aubertine is himself a life-long farmer.  He says he’s convinced that Governor Cuomo plans to focus on rebuilding the economy in rural parts of New York.

In a statement issued yesterday, Cuomo described Aubertine’s experience in agriculture as “unparalleled.”

While in the Senate, Aubertine chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Rural Resources Commission.

He lost last November’s election to Patty Ritchie but says he’ll be able to work well with the new Republican majority in the Senate.

Aubertine will need confirmation from the Senate.  His appointment drew praise yesterday from New York’s Farm Bureau and from the North Country chamber of commerce.

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