Albany, N.Y. – (4/17/13) – William McDermott of Somers High School and Jacob Bayer of Horace Greeley High School had the opportunity to shadow New York State Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) on Tuesday in Albany.
The League of Women Voters of New York State sponsored the day, which was part of a larger conference, entitled ‘Students Inside Albany’. The Conference was a four day training experience designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and educate them as to how they can influence and affect this process.
“When I was a student I wanted to get involved but felt my elected officials were very unapproachable. I really wanted to change that perception once elected. I was so happy to meet with both Will and Jacob and show them what a normal day in my shoes is like,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It was a great honor for me to meet these young men, they both have very bright futures ahead.”
William and Jacob were able to attend several meetings with Senator Greg Ball and constituents from his district. They were both brought into the Senate Chamber during legislative session to take pictures on the floor and also had the opportunity to sit in Senator Ball’s chair.
“Some of the meetings I was able to attend with Senator Ball were very exhilarating,” said Bayer. “Seeing and being able to go into the Senate Chamber was very impressive. This experience has definitely made me more inclined to study politics, it is very interesting.”
“This has been very interesting experience, I didn’t think today was going to be as exciting as it was. I thought it would be very boring, but I have actually learned a lot of stuff,” said McDermott. “Senator Ball has inspired me to learn more about politics and maybe one day run for office.”
For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.