Hawley wants state funds back in budget for Boys State program
Press Release, Assemblyman Steve Hawley
As a result of Gov. Cuomo and the State Senate failing to include the New York State American Legion Boys State program in their individual budget proposals, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has taken action.
Hawley and more than 40 other lawmakers have signed onto a letter calling for the program’s full restoration that will be sent to legislative leaders and the governor ahead of the April 1 budget deadline.
The Boys State program melds aspiring high school seniors with American Legion counselors and active duty Marines during a week-long training seminar at SUNY Morrisville. The students engage in physical fitness, teamwork building and leadership training exercises while also learning the intricacies of state government.
“This is a unique program that brings together active service members, veterans and high school students eager to become future leaders and active in civic affairs,” Hawley said. “Including $150,000 in a budget that is expected to total over $175 billion is a small investment we can make to help the future leaders of New York grow and excel. Students from every region of the state attend this program and I urge the governor and legislative leaders to restore this funding and keep the Boys State program vibrant and active.”