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Ainsworth appointed to second term on HCCC board

By Journal Staff (


HERKIMER, N.Y. — Herkimer County Community College announced that Mark M. Ainsworth of Herkimer was reappointed to a second term on the college’s board of trustees.

He was appointed by Gov. Kathy Hochul for a six-year term.

Ainsworth was originally named to the board in 2015 by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Ainsworth is the owner of Herkimer Eye Care Center. He served as the Village of Herkimer’s mayor from 1999 to 2014, and as a village trustee from 1996 to 1999 and 2019 to 2023.

Herkimer College is one of 30 community colleges in the SUNY system. It offers certificates and associate degrees in art, business, communication arts, criminal justice and law, education, health care and service, liberal arts and sciences, and STEM to a student body of about 2,500 people.

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