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Public Voice – 2019 Legislative Priorities
January 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmfree
SUNY Broome will host a “Public Voice” event on Thursday January 17th 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm in Decker Hall 201. All citizens are invited to attend. The Center for Civic Engagement is seeking to hear what our local community members think the top THREE legislative priorities — at the county, state, and federal levels — should be. In addition, we are asking Congressman Brindisi, our NYS legislators as well as the County Executive, the Chair of the Broome County Legislature, and the Democratic Minority Leader to provide us with their top THREE legislative priorities. Since jobs creation is so important, it does not need to be included as one of the top issues. During the event we will list the priorities that have been articulated by our elected officials.
The ground rules are as follows:
• Each citizen is encouraged to bring a written list of their top priorities.
• Each citizen will be given up to two minutes to identify their top three local, state, and federal legislative priorities.
• Elected officials or their designee are invited to attend the event to listen to citizen input but will not be asked to comment; likewise citizens, are not to engage legislators/or their designees in any conversation during the event about the issues. Conversation before or after the formal portion of the event may be permissible.
• A copy of citizens’ views on the will be recorded and given to appropriate elected officials.
• If a citizen is unable to attend the event but wishes to contribute input they may mail their issues to Lisa Strahley, Civic Engagement Coordinator, SUNY Broome Community College at email@example.com Submissions will be accepted through January 24th, 2019.
This type of event was pioneered at Panama City Community College and has been heartily endorsed by elected officials. They see citizens coming out to offer their ideas for legislative agenda items as a sort of public opinion poll on what is deemed important.
Co-sponsors for this event include SUNY Broome’s Center for Civic Engagement, Student Assembly and the Department of History and Social Science and the Broome County Chamber of Commerce.