Jenne Looks Back At Assembly CareerPosted: Updated:
"I think people are going to look back on our race and how we conducted ourselves and be very happy with how things turned out."
That was what Assemblywoman Addie Jenne said back in 2008 after her first victory in what was then the 118th Assembly District. But her interest in politics began long before that.
"I - you know - got active when I was 18 in the, you know, the local political scene and studied politics in college and from there decided that I would run for county legislator when I got out of law school," she said.
Before joining the state Assembly in 2009, Jenne was a legislator on the Jefferson County Board for three years. She also practiced law.
She said one of her greatest accomplishments during her time in the Assembly was the unique perspective she brought with her to Albany from the north country.
"And I was able to bring the perspective of north country and the perspective of someone whose family had lived in an area for a very long period of time. I think I brought stability and a special perspective to the dialogue in Albany to the budgeting process and also to policy making," said Jenne (D. - 116th District).
Now that she's about to leave her seat there are things she wants to see accomplished, like protecting Fort Drum from encroachments from wind development.
"I hope that my bill to protect Fort Drum and their training missions can somehow continue to move through. I was its greatest champion," she said.
And another thing she said is that the brain drain from northern New York needs to stop. For that, she proposes student loan relief for people who want to stay in the north country.
Jenne will leave office at the end of the month and will be replaced by Republican Mark Walczyk.