DARREL J. AUBERTINE
New York State Agriculture Commissioner
Serving as New York State’s 27th Agriculture Commissioner is Darrel J. Aubertine. Darrel was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on January 10, 2011, and tasked with leading the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. As Commissioner, Darrel oversees the agency’s 500 employees who work to ensure a safe food supply, the conservation of productive lands and a vibrant agricultural industry in New York State.
Darrel joined the executive branch of state government after serving in the legislative branch for eight years. He was elected three times to represent the people of the 118th Assembly District starting in November 2002, and later became a New York State Senator for the 48th District that encompasses Oswego, Jefferson and part of St. Lawrence counties. He was first elected senator during a special election in February 2008 and re-elected to a full term in November 2008. During his tenure in the legislature, Darrel was a strong advocate for farmers and rural, upstate citizens. He proudly served as the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources and others. In those roles, he was committed to reducing the cost of doing business, helping farmers market their products, and highlighted the role farms will play in producing energy, as well as food in the future.
Prior to taking state office, Darrel had also served on his local town council and served as its chair during his second term. He is also active member in numerous local and state organizations.
His passion and knowledge of agriculture comes from his upbringing – a small family dairy farm in Cape Vincent, New York, where he was born and raised. He worked that farm with his father and uncle for more than 35 years before coming to Albany, milking 60 cows and harvesting crops from 500 acres. Today, Darrel no longer milks cows, but continues to raise animals and grow crops on his sixth generation farm with his wife, Margaret. Together, they raised three children, Erin, Paul and Timothy, and enjoy spending time both on and off the farm.