Assemblyman Marc Butler is retiring at the end of the year. NewsChannel 2's Don Shipman has more on Butler's time spent in Albany, as well as his thoughts on the future of New York state.
Butler is about embark on his fourth career. He spent 23 years in Albany, but before that he worked as journalist for 10 years, and even a stint in corporate communications.
“People tell me they can't shut me up,” he said.
Butler says his work as a Mohawk Valley bureau reporter at the Observer Dispatch, helped him understand the needs of people living in Herkimer County. And his subsequent years in Albany showed him – that both sides needed to work together.
“Individually I have many friends who are Democrats. We go to dinner together, used to play basketball together – we got to be friends. We fight like hell on the floor for what we believed in, which is the way it should be. “
One of the fights was pushing back against the SAFE Act.
As for accomplishments, Butler says as a minority member of the state legislature, he still managed to secure grant money for Remington Arms during his tenure. Also, was vital funding for a struggling Union Fork and Hoe.
Looking forward, Butler is concerned with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s agenda saying New York Republicans have a challenge ahead of them.
“I looked at the agenda they put out. Legalize marijuana, free college, free Medicare, free this. His political views are very New York City-centric, and what they want, he wants and we get,” Butler said.
But that's for another Republican to deal with.
“As things stand right now I’m thinking about getting a job in the private sector and in moving forward with my life starting yet another career – fourth career,” he said.
Butler is keeping his options open – no retirement.