Aubertine leaving top NY Ag post?

Albany journalistic insider Fred Dicker writes in his Labor Day column that North Country native and former dairy farmer Darrel Aubertine may be on his way out as state Agriculture Commissioner. Dicker writes:

New York Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

New York Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent):

Aubertine will resign in the next few weeks, in part because he was “cut off” and “basically just told what he’s supposed to be doing,’’ said a Cuomo administration source.

Complaints about that sort of micromanagement of state agencies by the governor’s senior aides have become a widespread Cuomo administration complaint.

Still the stuff of whispers more than fact. We'll look into it and have updates.

Aubertine began his political career as the only Democrat in the Jefferson County legislature in the late 1990s. He rose quickly from legislator to Assemblyman to State Senator, drawing on his folksy, unassuming manner, until he was defeated by Senator Patty Ritchie.

Cuomo tapped Aubertine for Ag commissioner in January 2011.

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