Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch was first elected to the Assembly in November 1995 following the resignation of Clarence Rappleyea. In November 2012, Assemblyman Crouch was elected to the Assembly for his ninth full two-year term. After graduating from Unadilla High School in 1963, Assemblyman Crouch went on to Cornell University and graduated in 1965 with an AAS Degree in Dairy Science. He was owner and operator of a 350-acre, 180-head dairy farm from 1967 to 1989. No stranger to public service, Assemblyman Crouch served as Town Councilman for the Town of Bainbridge from 1982 to 1986 and Supervisor of the Town of Bainbridge from 1986 until his election to the Assembly. While serving as supervisor, Crouch was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Chenango County from 1993 to November 1995. Assemblyman Crouch has served on numerous committees throughout his career, such as the Chenango County Solid Waste Committee. As Chairman of the Solid Waste Committee he successfully guided the siting of the Chenango County landfill and the implementation of the county’s recycling program. He also served on the Human Resources Committee; Planning & Safety Committee; and Personnel, to name just a few. He is a member of the Bainbridge Local Development Corporation; a member of the Board of Directors of the Broome Cooperative Fire Insurance Company; a member of the American Agriculturist Foundation; a member of the Bainbridge Lions Club; and a member of the Bainbridge Methodist Church. Assemblyman Crouch’s Assembly Committees include Ways and Means; Rules; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Labor; and Agriculture. In 2003, he was appointed Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on the “State of Agriculture”. He has held numerous task force hearings around the state and will continue in the coming years. During his first year in office, Assemblyman Crouch sponsored several bills, one of which was An Act to Amend the Education Law in Relation to the Use of Absentee Ballots by School Districts, which was signed into law by Governor Pataki. He has also co-sponsored and multi-sponsored numerous other bills, as well as several Assembly Resolutions during his tenure. As an advocate for common sense in government, Assemblyman Crouch uses this approach to help those throughout his district in Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties, as well as those who do not reside in his district. He has been a staunch supporter of budget reform and mandate relief to help relieve the tax burden at the local level. He is always willing to listen, is open to any suggestions or comments, and will help his constituents to the best of his ability. Assemblyman Crouch and his wife, Barbara, reside in the Town of Guilford and are the proud parents of three children, Traci, Sarah and Timothy, and grandparents of six – Madison, Cameron, Megan, Marilyn, Cooper and Abrianna. Standing Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Ways and Means; Rules; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Labor. Leadership: Chairman of the Minority Conference.