The Center for Civic Engagement wants to hear what our local community members think the top three legislative priorities at both the county and state levels should be. In addition, we are asking our local New York State legislators as well as the County Executive and the Chair of the Broome County Legislature to provide us with their top three legislative priorities. Since jobs creation is so important, it doesn’t 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 one minute to identify their NYS Legislative priorities and one minute to identify their Broome County Legislative priorities.
- Elected officials or their designees 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.
- A copy of citizens’ views on the legislative agendas for both the local and state bodies 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
This type of event was pioneered at Panama City Community College and has been 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 the League of Women Voters, Broome County Chamber of Commerce and the Press & Sun-Bulletin.