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Local contractor to lead statewide builders association

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - For the first time, the New York State Builders Association's new president is from the Mohawk Valley.

Local contractor Mark Barbato will lead the organization that advocates for builders and promotes new construction statewide.

Another goal is to attract more young people to the building trade -- something that's proven a bit of a challenge in recent years.

"Every facet of the industry is a difficult job, and it just seems that the younger generation would much rather take a different role," Barbato said.

"We're trying to get more young people involved," he said. "There's good money to be made in it. It is a hard job, but you end up with something in the end."

Barbato will also continue the association's involvement in the community, with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Children's Miracle Network.

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