Students in OCC’s Politics Club spent Friday, April 24 in Albany seeing how State Government works. Their non-stop day included:
Meeting with Al Stirpe, a Democrat who represents the 127th Assembly district.
Tour of the State Capitol.
Observation of the Assembly and Senate while in session.
Lunch with Lauren Szczesny, an OCC student who is interning in the office of Assemblywoman Addie Russell this semester. Szczesny is a graduate of Central Square’s Paul V. Moore High School who is majoring in Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Meeting with Jacob Wilkinson who serves as counsel for State Senator Dave Valesky, a Democrat who represents the 53rd district.
Student members of OCC’s Politics Club participated in the political process when they joined College President Dr. Casey Crabill and Associate Vice President of Government Relations Susan Tormey on a tour of local State Senate and Assembly representatives.
The contingent presented OCC’s 2015 Legislative Priorities to lawmakers at the offices of Senator John DeFrancisco (R, 50th District), Senator Dave Valesky (D, 53rd District), Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D, 129th District) and Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D, 127th District).
Politics Club members Amanda Guereschi, Jonathan Rowe and Daniel Quackenbush used the opportunity to tell each lawmaker about their experiences at OCC. They were selected to participate by Political Science Professor Chris Thuot, Ph.D.
Guereschi is a graduate of Chittenango High School and a Humanities major with minors in Honors and Women’s Studies. “It was a great experience to see democracy in action and a wonderful opportunity to show support for a college that means so much to me. It was also great to see and hear our representatives express their interest in OCC student’s success,” said Guereschi.
Rowe came to OCC from Horseheads High School and is an Electronic Media Communications major. “It was an honor to speak with each Senator and Assemblyman. The conversations were very positive,” said Rowe.
During the day of advocating OCC representatives also visited the office of Judge Martha Mulroy. She’s the daughter of John Mulroy, Onondaga County’s first County Executive and a man credited with being OCC’s founding father. “Judge Mulroy gave us great advice on the political process and how to run for office,” said Quackenbush. “Visiting her and all of the legislators was a very inspirational experience.”
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