Buttenschon tapped for state Assembly’s education, agriculture committees

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Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, has been appointed to the state Assembly Committee on Education, her office announced.

As a member of the committee, said Buttenschon, “I’m ready to hit the ground running and fight for legislation that gets our children back in the classroom safely and provides our school districts with the resources and support they need to move forward.”

Buttenschon also said “this past year challenged our education system in more ways than one and left many of our local schools with a financial burden they can’t shoulder on their own.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Buttenschon has been outspoken in her efforts to help local schools manage the crisis, according to the announcement.

The announcement also noted she co-sponsored legislation to allow school districts to receive transportation aid for expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure increased operating costs would not further damage already struggling schools, and wrote a letter to the governor about the issue.

The announcement added that Buttenschon also authored and helped pass a law allowing BOCES to establish young farmer apprenticeship programs to encourage more young people to learn and work in the agricultural field.

Before being elected to the Assembly, Buttenschon was an academic dean at Mohawk Valley Community College, where she championed police and fire academies and expanded the college’s nationally accredited cybersecurity program, the announcement said. She said there is nothing more important than providing young minds with a quality education, and she will continue fighting to make that a reality for all students.

Buttenschon is seated on the Assembly’s Agriculture, Higher Education, Banks, Veterans’ Affairs and Economic Development committees, the announcement noted. She is also a Chair of Economic Development Subcommittee on Exports.

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