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Another North Country native joins Cuomo team

The North Country has seen its influence in Albany grow dramatically since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office earlier this month.

This week, Cuomo appointed Wilmington native Erik Bottcher as his special assistant for community affairs.

The 31-year-old currently serves as LGBT and HIV/AIDS Community Liaison for New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing Quinn's outreach effort to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities.

Cuomo called Bottcher a dedicated advocate for gay and lesbian rights.

"During his tenure with Speaker Quinn, he was instrumental in advancing New York City's progressive agenda," Cuomo said in a prepared statement.

"His experience in public service will be essential to my administration as we move forward."

Bottcher is the son of Jerry and Linda Bottcher, owners of the Hungry Trout Resort in Wilmington. He is their oldest child and graduated from The George Washington University.

Bottcher joins a growing number of North Country officials to be named to posts within Cuomo's administration. Earlier this month Cuomo nominated Joe Martens as commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Former Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava will advise the governor on local government issues, and Darrell Aubertine is nominated to become the next commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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