January 12 2015
Don Davidsen passed away over the weekend. The longtime Canisteo resident and veterinarian was both a state assemblyman and the New York State ag and marketing commissioner. Davidsen was an assemblyman from 1987 to 1995 and the Ag and Marketing commissioner from 1995 to 1999.
Steuben County Administrator Mark Alger said Davidsen was someone who did an outstanding job and really cared for the region. County Legislator Dan Farrand recalled that Davidsen was instrumental in getting the county office building built. Steuben County Judge Joe Latham said he was shocked and saddened to learn of Davidsen’s death. Latham also described Davidsen as “a brilliant and honest leader in Albany, who always played it plainly.” John Buckley also noted the loss. “Our community lost a wonderful man and public servant. Buckley says Davidsen will be sorely missed.”