Magee, D-Nelson, Madison County, was presented the Distinguished Service Citation for his years of work to better New York agriculture.
Here are some comments about Magee from some ag dignitaries in the state:
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball:
Dean Norton, president, New York Farm Bureau: “ Bill Magee has long been a friend of New York agriculture. His accomplishments as Chairman of the Assembly Agriculture Committee have benefited every farmer in the state because he understands our needs and concerns. New York Farm Bureau congratulates Assemblyman Magee on this well-deserved honor.”
State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, chair state Senate Agriculture Committee:“Throughout his long and distinguished career, Assemblyman Magee has been known not only for working to support New York’s agriculture industry, but also for putting the needs of our state’s hardworking farmers first.
“Throughout my time as Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, Assemblyman Magee has been a fantastic partner when it comes to working to keep New York as a leading agricultural state. I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor and am looking forward for continuing to work with him to create an even brighter future for New York farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole.”
Dean Kathryn Boor, dean of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: "Bill Magee is a true champion in leading the charge in research, application and new funding for the economic sustainability of agriculture in New York state. The state of New York agriculture wouldn't be the same without him."