News from the New York State
Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Senator David J. Valesky, Chairman
Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Vice Chair

For Release: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gunther Named Chair of Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

(Albany, NY) Assemblymember Aileen Gunther (D, C - Sullivan County) has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. The purpose of the Commission is to develop policies and programs to address the unique needs of rural communities, including individuals, businesses, institutions, local governments, service providers and others. In addition, the Commission represents the interests of rural New York in the halls of the Capitol and throughout State government.

"I am honored that I was chosen to be the Vice-Chair of the Commission on Rural Resources. My husband Jake was also Chair when he was in the Assembly and I hope to build on the successes accomplished by him and other former Commission members," said Gunther.

In the past the Commission has sponsored laws to help farmers, rural businesses, local schools and community hospitals. Significant laws include the Rural Economic Development Revitalization Act, Coordination of Municipal Regulations with Agricultural Districts, and Loan Forgiveness Programs to Attract Health Professionals. The Commission has also worked directly with local officials to develop recommendations for rural education, land use planning, timber theft prevention, road maintenance and shared services among governments.

"As a mother who sent her children to rural schools, a nurse who practiced in rural medical settings, someone who drives on rural roads and long-time resident of a small town, I understand rural issues. Anyone who knows me recognizes I will be a strong advocate for my fellow rural New Yorkers. I look forward to working with my colleagues in State government to promote, protect and improve our communities," added Gunther.

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