Peru Students were inspired and educated about their government as Albany politics came to Peru.
Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywomen Janet Duprey and Theresa Sayward spoke to area students, parents, and teachers at Peru High School for the second annual Meet Your State Legislator event.
MYSL, hosted by the Plattsburgh Chapter of the League of Women Voters, is an educational session designed to give students from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties a deeper understanding of how the New York State Legislature works.
Betty Ann King co-chair of the MYSL and board member of the LWV said the league saw the event as an opportunity for a small piece of Albany to be brought to area students.
“We talked to students and found it shocking that they didn’t know the name of the legislators representing them and they also didn’t know some of them were women,” King said. “By bringing Albany to the students the students will feel there is less of a gap between them and their government.”
Little, Duprey and Sayward shared with the attendees what drove them to enter NYS politics. They discussed what issues they are most passionate about and later took questions from students.
When student Charles Foyer of Beekmantown asked Little how residents can help and become more involved in their government, Little encouraged him and others to make themselves heard by their government.
“I think if the government is really representing you then you are coming to the meetings and participating,” Little said.
Some of the female student delegates said they were interested in learning from the senator and assemblywomen strategies to voice their opinion and build a stronger presence.
“I’m a pretty strong person with pretty strong opinions,” Carly Moss of Beekmantown High School, said. “I hope I can draw some inspiration from these women to be more confident in speaking out.”