William Magee
As a lifelong resident of the Town of Nelson, Assemblyman Magee, along with his wife Jeanette, learned early on the importance of hard work and a solid education. After graduation from high school, Assemblyman Magee worked his way through Cornell University earning a bachelorís degree in agricultural economics in 1961. Following his graduation from Cornell, Assemblyman Magee became an auctioneer and small businessman in Madison County - where his business has remained for over 50 years.

In 1972, recognizing the need for a strong town and county government, Assemblyman Magee was elected to represent the Town of Nelson on the Madison County Board of Supervisors where he served for 19 years until his election to the state Assembly in 1990. Additionally, Assemblyman Magee was also employed at the New York State Fair from 1985-1990 in various positions including as Manager of Agriculture and Livestock, Equestrian Events Manager and Coordinator of Special Projects.

As a member of the Assembly, Assemblyman Magee has been a staunch supporter of revitalizing New York State's economic condition. He has supported numerous proposals to reduce state taxes, energy costs and bureaucracy. Locally, Assemblyman Magee has been instrumental in assisting many businesses with their expansion projects, bringing new job opportunities to Madison, Oneida and Otsego counties.

Recognizing the importance of education to Central New York, Assemblyman Magee has consistently fought to bring our fair share of state funding to our local schools. A graduate of Cazenovia High School, he recognizes the importance of a quality education for all our regionís children. He has continuously fought for additional funding for local schools to ensure they can provide a quality education while holding the line on taxes.

Within his district, Assemblyman Magee represents six colleges and universities. As a member of the committee on Higher Education, he has consistently fought to invest in our local colleges and universities. Not only have these schools become world-class centers of learning, they also provide thousands of jobs for our families, too.

As the chairman of Assembly Agriculture Committee for over 15 years, Assemblyman Magee has brought real results for our regionís farms and rural communities. His major accomplishments include the Agricultural Land Tax Cap, Farmland Viability Act, Farm to School Program, and expanding the Pride of New York program.

Assemblyman Magee is also working with farmers and producers along with retailers and wholesalers in assisting in selling more New York products right here in our state. He authored the laws that helped bring back farm breweries and cideries, spurring new markets for apple growers, and helping to revitalize the hops industry.

For his work on behalf of the agricultural community, he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Citation from NYS Agricultural Society and has been repeatedly named to New York Farm Bureauís Circle of Friends. He was also given an honorary degree from the National FFA in 2009.

Assemblyman Magee is an ardent advocate for our communityís volunteer fire and ambulance services through his position on the subcommittee on Volunteer Emergency Services.

Assemblyman Magee serves as a member of the SUNY Morrisville College Foundation, the Boards of Directors of both Community Memorial Hospital and Crouse Community Center and is a member of the Cazenovia Civic Club and the Hamilton Lions Club.

Standing Committee Assignments 2015: Agriculture (Chair); Aging; Banks; Higher Education; Local Governments