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Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS

Aubertine not running for Congress

One of the most prominent Democrats in the North Country confirmed yesterday he's not running for Bill Owens' seat in Congress. Longtime Assemblyman and State Senator Darrel Aubertine of Cape Vincent said in a press release he would remain in his current position as a special assistant in the state comptroller's office.  Go to full article
NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.
NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.

We could have a Democratic NY-21 candidate by end of day today

Democratic leaders in the North Country say they'll hold a daylong meeting today in Long Lake to review possible candidates for the 21st District House seat.

In December, Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens announced that he wouldn't seek another term. That sparked a political scramble in the region.  Go to full article

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Aubertine launching his first State Senate campaign in Watertown in 2008. Photo: David Sommerstein
Aubertine launching his first State Senate campaign in Watertown in 2008. Photo: David Sommerstein

Aubertine steps down as NY's farmer-in-chief

Long time North Country politician and lifelong farmer Darrel Aubertine is stepping down from New York's top agriculture post. As David Sommerstein reports, Aubertine's leadership coincided with a higher profile for New York farmers.  Go to full article

Interview: Aubertine likes Gov. Cuomo's ag plans

New York Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine finds a lot to like in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's vision for the state.

The governor's State of the State and budget messages in January put farm country squarely under the administration's economic development tent.
Cuomo called the agriculture sector of the economy "vibrant," with growing yogurt, and wine, beer and spirits industries.

And he said there's much more to be done to promote and market New York products.

Aubertine toured the region recently to talk about the budget. He sat down with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Photo: Nora Flaherty
Photo: Nora Flaherty

Cuomo eases dairy regulations to help grow yogurt industry

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to ease a key environmental regulation so that smaller dairy farmers can keep more cows, more easily. The governor says he'll also seek ways to help farms get lower cost energy, and help farmers sell energy back to the electrical grid.

The news that the threshold requiring farms to follow strict Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) rules will be raised came at the "yogurt summit" convened by the governor Wednesday at the State Capitol.  Go to full article

Aubertine sees promise in local agriculture

With the legislative session wrapped up, state leaders are assessing where they've come and where they plan to go.

Agriculture commissioner Darrel Aubertine has been on the job for little more than half a year, after losing his Senate seat to Republican Patty Ritchie.

Aubertine is a lifelong farmer from Cape Vincent in Jefferson County. He's shifted from dairy farming to raising beef cows. And he tells David Sommerstein his sons are taking over.  Go to full article

Ritchie rides momentum in tight race with Aubertine

The 48th Senate district race between incumbent Democrat Darrel Aubertine and Republican Patty Ritchie is one of a handful in New York that will determine who controls the State Senate. A new poll shows the race remains locked in a near dead-heat. Ritchie goes into the final day of campaigning riding the momentum of two key endorsements. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.

Aubertine leans on experience, rural roots

The 48th State Senate district is shaping up to be one of the most closely watched races in New York State on Election Day. Republican Patty Ritchie's effort to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine could tip the balance of power in the Senate back to the GOP.

State campaign committees of both parties have spent more than a million dollars in the 48th just since October 1st. Most of that money went to TV ads.
Darrel Aubertine is seeking his second full term in the Senate after several years in the Assembly. He's the legislature's only farmer. And he's running as a bipartisan lawmaker who lives rural issues and knows how to get things done. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

Latest budget bill would save prisons in Ogdensburg and Moriah

New York's state Senate is expected to vote on Gov. David Paterson's latest budget bill today. It includes controversial revenue-raiser: an increase in the sales tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products that would make New York's tax rate the highest in the country, and action to collect taxes on Native cigarette sales (see related story). State Budget Director Robert Megna expects the bill to pass, despite the failure of earlier proposals to tax Native cigarette sales.
That would be a relief to two North Country communities -- it would save the Ogdensburg Correctional facility, and the Moriah Shock Camp, saving hundreds of jobs in the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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