ALBANY — Assemblyman Robert Smullen will serve as the ranking member of the Libraries and Education Technology Committee during the 2019 legislative session.

Smullen, R-Gloversville, said in a news release he is resolved to improve modern and traditional library services across the 118th Assembly District.

"The Adirondack Park and the North Country are both gorgeous places to live and visit. However, for residents it can be difficult to get full access to all the educational opportunities children need to grow and learn. Library book exchange programs need to be updated to provide a more efficient exchange of knowledge. I’m working to expand programs in public schools such as distance learning, which allows teachers to serve many districts at once. Up north, it is difficult to find foreign language teachers for every school district, so combining programs will allow schools to offer a wider range of courses more efficiently," he said in the release.

Smullen is also on the Banks, Children, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation committees.

While on these committees, his goals will be to bring jobs to the North Country by cutting red tape, improving school infrastructure for children and ensuring hunters aren’t burdened by unnecessary restrictions, according to the release.

"It is a tragedy to see educated young people leave our district to find better job opportunities elsewhere. When Albany hampers job growth with new rules and regulations, it hurts rural areas such as ours the most. We need to ensure we have the best schools and business that we can offer, while maintaining the charm and beauty of the Adirondack Park to give young people the opportunities to start new families and businesses where they grew up. That is why I will fight to cut red tape, improve business and educational freedoms and bring jobs and opportunities to our district," he said.