Four Cortland students invited to Albany for annual state conference

Senator James L. Seward with Reed Cleland (left) and Josephine Williams, of Homer, on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber (photo provided).

ALBANY, N.Y. — Four local students were invited to the state capitol this week for the 18th annual Students Inside Albany conference.

Homer High School students Reed Cleland and Josephine Williams spent the day with State Senator James Seward (R—Oneonta). The students observed state lawmakers during the day’s legislative session, learning the inner workings of state government.

The students also participated in a historic joint session of the legislature to fill the vacancy in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, a result of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation last week amid sexual misconduct allegations.

“The Capitol is a living, breathing classroom and I am pleased to take part in this unique program,” said Senator Seward. “Offering students an inside glimpse at state government is a wonderful way to spark their interest in public service.”

The Students Inside Albany program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is designed to increase high school students’ awareness of representative government.

Cortland County 4-H students Donovan Allis and Michaela Eichorst, of Cincinnatus, also had the chance to meet with the senator this week as part of the annual 4-H Capital Days conference:

Senator James L. Seward welcomes Cortland County 4-H students to Albany for the annual 4-H Capital Days. From left, Donovan Allis (Cincinnatus), Michaela Eichorst (Cincinnatus), Senator Seward (photo provided).