4-Hers go to state capitol to promote youth program
Two Orleans County 4-Hers traveled to Albany on May 15-17 for the 81st Annual 4-H Capital Days. Rachel Gregoire of Murray and John Gabalski of Byron represented Orleans County at the 4-H teen program, which works to help participants achieve a better understanding of the NYS public policy process and state and local government relations.
4-H members also met with legislators, learned about career opportunities in NYS government, and met and exchanged experiences with delegates from other counties.
The event included meetings with State Senator Robert Ortt and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley in their offices as well as a visit to the NYS Assembly and Senate chambers, a tour of the Capitol Building, a visit to the New York State Court of Appeals, and agency presentations by NYSERDA, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Department of Education, the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the NYS Department of Corrections.
Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed the delegates Tuesday afternoon. A former 4-H’er, Hochul called herself, “the highest ranked 4-H’er in the State of New York. You are getting exposed to things that your peers cannot compete with,” Hochul told delegates.
As teen leaders, she advised participants to help guide their peers. “Your fellow New Yorkers need you,” Hochul said. “You are in the right place in an organization that will give you skills to benefit you in the future.”
She said she learned many valuable life skills as a 4-H’er growing up in western New York, including public speaking.
“Seize every opportunity you can get,” the lieutenant governor said.
Participants were also able to visit the Corning Tower, the New York State Museum, the New York State Vietnam Memorial and other attractions in the area of the Empire State Plaza as time allowed.