Darrel Aubertine, who left the top post at the state Department of Agriculture & Markets earlier this month, is taking a new $135,000 job with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
Aubertine, a former Democratic state senator from the North Country unseated in 2010 by Republican Patty Ritchie, was named special assistant for external affiars, DiNapoli’s office announced.
He starts the new job on Thursday.
“Darrel’s impressive career in government coupled with his ability to find common-sense solutions to complex issues will greatly enhance our efforts to address the challenges faced by our local communities and broaden our policy efforts on a wide range of issues,” DiNapoli said. “Darrel values collaboration and is deeply committed to finding ways to keep our economy and rural communities strong while maximizing taxpayer dollars. His ideas and leadership abilities will be a welcomed addition to the Office of the State Comptroller.”
Aubertine will be in charge of developing and directing policy at the office including areas like agriculture, economic development, affordable housing and education along with local fiscal stress problems.m
Aubertine isn’t the only former lawmaker and ex-comissioner to land at the comptroller’s office. Deputy Comptroller Pete Grannis, a former DEC commissioner and Manhattan assemblyman, was hired by DiNapoli after leaving Paterson’s administration.