Butler announces re-election bid

HERKIMER – Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, announced Friday he will be a candidate for re-election to the New York state Assembly.

Speaking to a group of supporters at a fundraising event on Thursday night, Butler said he believes his experience and background will help him continue to represent the needs of his district. The district includes Fulton and Hamilton counties and portions of Herkimer, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties.

“The 118th Assembly District is a huge district encompassing a large portion of the Adirondack Park, agricultural regions in the Mohawk Valley and in St. Lawrence County, and a growing tech industry,” he said. “I believe my personal beliefs reflect those of many residents of that region.”

Butler was recently named as the Assembly’s Ranking Republican on Standing Committee on Committees. In that leadership role, Butler’s duties are to oversee the Republican presence on the various Assembly committees, help identify bills for debate and ensure members’ legislative bills are given due consideration.

He has been a leading voice statewide in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, and has worked to increase employment levels, according to a news release.

“A major focus for my office is constituent service. Many of our day-to-day activities don’t make the front page of the local newspaper, but I think our office has a reputation for service to our constituents. I, a one of only a few Assembly members to operate two district offices, and I will soon be announcing plans for additional staffing to help my St. Lawrence County constituents,”