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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Addie is the constant northcountry booster

The Assembly of the State of NY wasn't in session Thursday and Friday of last week so our 118th Assemblywoman hatched a promotion plan. Addie Russell invited fellow Assemblywoman Manhattanite Deborah Glick to join her in a two day tour of JCC, SUNY Canton, SLU, SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson.
Why? Because Ms. Glick is the Chair of the Assembly's Higher Education Committee and potential funding has to pass her post. Each of our local institutions were invited by Addie to put on their best face (not just gripe about the shortage of dollars.) And they put on a spectacular show for Glick. New programs, innovative cirricula and community outreach were detailed for her at each stop.
Martha Ellen reported this Glick quote in Friday's WDT. "I'm always energized from visiting different colleges. I feel I'd get so much more out of college if I went now. Higher education is going to be the vehicle for which we reinvigorate our economy all over the state, particularly upstate."
Addie's mission was a clear success. The Assembly Higher Education Chair won't forget her visit to the Jefferson and St. Lawrence campuses. Way to go Addie!