Information provided by the office of State Senator James Seward
State Senator James Seward recently welcomed Homer High School senior Emma Murphy, Dryden High School junior Laurel Deacon, and Cortland High School freshman Abigail Bowker to Albany for the 17th annual Students Inside Albany conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.
“Offering students an inside glimpse at state government is a wonderful way to spark their interest in public service,” said Senator Seward.
Murphy, Deacon, and Bowker “shadowed” Senator Seward for an afternoon, spending time on the floor of the New York State Senate during the day’s legislative session and learning the inner workings of state government.
“Along with providing our future leaders with a better understanding of state government policy, it’s a great opportunity for me to find out what’s on their minds. As a member of both the Senate education committee and the Senate higher education committee, the ideas students offer are extremely helpful,” Senator Seward added.
Students Inside Albany is a program designed to increase high school students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. Murphy, Deacon, and Bowker along with other students from around New York took part in the interactive, multi-day conference.