Lopez Statement on Patrick Hooker’s Confirmation as Agriculture & Markets Commissioner

February 27, 2007
Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie) today applauded the confirmation of Patrick Hooker as the state’s next commissioner of the Department of Agriculture & Markets.

“Fighting for farmers is my number one priority, and I am glad to have Pat Hooker as an ally in the mission for reform,” stated Lopez. “Pat is a respected and knowledgeable individual with the background and expertise to benefit farmers in the 127th Assembly District and across the state.”

Patrick Hooker, a Richfield Springs resident, began his career at the New York Farm Bureau, serving as the public policy director since 1999. As the owner of a 360-acre farm in Otsego County, Pat understands firsthand the issues facing farmers throughout New York state.

“Among the many issues facing New York farmers are fair milk pricing, fighting over-regulation and strengthening markets for local products,” added Lopez. “Patrick is familiar with these issues and knows how dire the situation is for farmers across the state. He will do a great job for New York’s agriculture.”