It didn’t take long after the election was over for Assemblywoman-elect Marianne Buttenschon, D-Marcy, to begin the process of transitioning to take over in the 119th Assembly District.

“The key preparation I have been a part of is working with the (Congressman-elect Anthony) Brindisi team to ensure there’s a smooth transition,” Buttenschon said. “So I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Assemblyman Brindisi, as well as his staff (to) review constituent needs in regards to what our community needs are ... That’s an ongoing process, so it’s not just one meeting.”

Brindisi is even allowing Buttenschon to use some of his office space in the time he has left, so she is able to learn as much as possible before being sworn in next year.

While Brindisi prepares to go to Congress, Buttenschon is learning as much as she can from his staff, but since he is taking his staff with him, Buttenschon will have to hire her own people.

She said she learned a lot from Brindisi’s staff, though.

“There’s some legislation that I know constituents have reached out to Assemblyman Brindisi’s office about,” she said. “There’s a couple dozen that I’m looking at closely to determine how to follow through ... (those) did not have a sponsor at the Senate level or clearly, they did not pass the Senate.”

As part of preparing for going to the New York State Legislature, Buttenschon had to tender her resignation as Dean of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Public Service at Mohawk Valley Community College. She said she’ll be done with her job at the end of this year.

From day one, there are a large number of issues that need to be tackled, she said. Especially for the betterment of the Mohawk Valley. Buttenschon said she has been talking to constituents to figure out what they believe are important issues.

“Economic development will always be a major priority — I see the importance of education and ensuring that they are linked with economic development,” she said. “I always look at the importance of safety and individuals feeling safe. There is committee selection that will take place and I see agriculture as a high priority ... the chair — Assemblyman (Bill) Magee — will not be there in January, so that’s another area of concern.”

Buttenschon also is concerned about pushing for a family-first initiative, which makes sure that individuals are able to care for their families but it also allows for economic development opportunities for everyone. Elections law changes and hearing the voices of her constituents also are on her priority list.

“I’ve been doing a lot of listening, I think that that’s been the most important aspect to hear what’s going on,” she said.