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Friday, February 27, 2009

by: robert.harding
Fri Feb 27, 2009 at 15:00:00 PM EST
On Wednesday, it was announced that Sen. Darrel Aubertine would serve as the new chairman of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

Today, I had an opportunity to conduct a phone interview with Sen. Aubertine to discuss his vision for the commission, whether or not high speed rail fits into the infrastructure equation of the commission's goals and his joint effort with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to make sure that locally grown foods end up on the lunch trays of local students.

The goals of the commission were outlined in a press release Wednesday, which were the following: Research and draft legislation regarding farm-to-fork programs, green energy, green jobs and green partnerships, re-thinking upstate infrastructure and rural health care. While he reinstated his support for those being the goals of the commission, Aubertine offered his own vision.