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Aubertine accepts post as assistant to state comptroller

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Cape Vincent resident Darrel J. Aubertine announced today he has accepted a position at the office of the state comptroller as special assistant to the comptroller for external affairs, and will start the job tomorrow.

Mr. Aubertine recently announced his resignation as commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets; he resigned today from that position.

Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli created the external affairs position to provide direct guidance to distressed municipalities, Mr. Aubertine said. The former chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators said his experience serving municipalities was a factor in the hiring decision.

“I’ll be working with municipalities, school districts and business organizations to have a more streamlined dialogue with the comptroller’s office,” he said. “Any of those organizations that might be in distress in any way, especially in the rural areas of the state, I can help to be a conduit between them and the comptroller’s office.”

Mr. Aubertine and Mr. DiNapoli served together as members of the state Assembly. Long in the making, the creation of the external affairs position is part of a larger strategy by the comptroller to help struggling municipalities, Mr. Aubertine said. He said his experience as a local government official in the north country will help him understand the challenges municipalities are facing. Along with his time as a Jefferson County legislator, he served on the Cape Vincent Town Council and as a state senator.

“My roots go back to local government,” he said, adding that he plans to take a hands-on approach to the job. “I will be the guy who might facilitate a team coming in to do something other than an audit to help municipalities.”

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