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January 27, 2013

Local high school students meet with state legislators

PERU — Area high school students met with state legislators Saturday in Peru Central School to further develop their knowledge of state government.

Fifteen schools in Clinton and Essex Counties selected two student delegates based on their achievement, character and interest in government for possible participation in the statewide third annual Students Inside Albany Conference from April 14 to 17.

The conference was founded and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.

In Saturday’s “Meet Your State Legislature” program, the 33 delegates were given the opportunity to interact with the state legislators who represent the North Country area.

The program ended with the selection from a lottery of two student delegates, one from Clinton County and one from Essex County. Delegates Nate Casey of AuSable Valley Central School and Katie Woltner of Keene Central School were chosen. Their alternates are Tegan Belrose of Beekmantown Central School and Corinne White of Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

The League sponsors one student for the all-expenses-paid conference and the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary and the North East Area Labor Council will provide the funding to sponsor the other student.

Past conference topics of learning and discussion include “Tips for Being a Successful Citizen Lobbyist,” “Ethics: History, Process and Outcome” and “Redistricting Reform in New York State” as well as a “shadowing” period where students learn more about what’s it’s like to be a member of the Senate and Assembly.

Students asked Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru), Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) and Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) a variety of hard-hitting questions covering controversial issues like hydraulic fracturing, gun control, stop-and-frisk practices in New York City and same-sex marriage.

Duprey provided the students with basic information about the government operating procedures and the pros and cons of her job.

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