Albany, N.Y. – (5/29/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) chartered a bus from his district office in Brewster to the New York State Capitol Building in Albany to host a legislative mock session with students from his Student Advisory Council.
Forty-Seven students representing schools throughout the Hudson Valley participated in a legislative mock session on the New York State Senate Floor. Students from Mahopac, Lakeland, Arlington, Carmel, Haldane, Pine Plains, Dover, North Salem, Scarsdale and Peekskill all attended the mock session and had the ability to introduce, debate and vote on legislation.
“When I was a student I wanted to get involved but felt my elected officials were unapproachable. I really wanted to change that perception once elected. It’s so important that we encourage our youth to get active and involved in our communities and our government,” said Senator Greg Ball. “These kids are amazing. They’re so driven. They’re getting it done – getting good grades, working a job, and learning how to be responsible caretakers of their communities. It was so exciting to see all of the great ideas the students generated.”
The students introduced, debated and voted five pieces of legislation:
- S.6261 an act to suspend hydraulic fracturing and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof, Aye:43 Nay:4;
- S.6335A An act to amend the labor law in relation to raising the statutory minimum wage, Aye:22 Nay:25;
- S.2917 An act to amend the public health law in relation to the use of ultraviolet radiation devises by, Aye:29 Nay:18;
- S. 675C An act to amend the penal law in relation to requiring semi-automatic pistols manufactured or deliver to any licensed deal in this state to be capable of micro-stamping ammunition, Aye:20 Nay:27;
- S.6938 An act to amend the labor law in relation to protecting the privacy of employees and prospective employees social media accounts, Aye:35 Nay:12.
Senator Ball’s Student Advisory Council worked with Senator Greg Ball to plan the trip and determine which legislation would be debated and voted on. The chairman of the Advisory Council, Brian Reilly served as the Senate Majority Leader during the mock session.
“It was cool to see how everything runs. I did not know that the Majority Leader gets to vote first. I would like to thank Senator Ball for giving us all the opportunity to come up here; it really shows that he cares about the young age groups,” said Brian Reilly. “The advisory council is great to be a part of because I get to make a difference without even voting. Many of us are actually too young to vote but that is what makes it such a big deal.”
“It was very interesting and fun. I was also able to meet some new people,” said Chris Odell from Dover High School. “I knew how the New York State government worked before from reading about it in textbooks but it was interesting to sit in the seat and feel what it is actually like.”
“Today was great it was a wonderful experience. I met a lot of great people and learned a lot about the legislative branch,” said Steven Youssef of Carmel High School. “I thank Senator Ball for all the work he put into planning this and getting our youth interested in political procedure.”
“I thought this was a good experience even if you don’t want to go into politics,” said Samantha Sherman of Mahopac Middle School. “I thought having this mock legislative session was a great idea and was very good experience.”
“This was a very education experience and it was very exciting to be a part of the mock session,” said Emily Lombardo of Haldane High School. “I think it is really nice of Senator Ball to put this together because it was a really great experience to come up here with other students.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.