Local Politicians, Student Leaders, Honors Program Students Seek to Boost Focus on Politics and Government

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – To improve voter turnout among their peers and to boost classmates’ knowledge of politics and government on both the national and local levels, students from SUNY Orange’s Honors Program have teamed with the College’s Student Political Awareness Committee to organize a Political Awareness Day Nov. 29 in the George F. Shepard Student Center.

Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shepard Center’s cafeteria, the event will feature short speeches by local politicians, including New York State Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt and Orange County Legislator Jeffrey Berkman. Chris White will represent U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey while fellow Congressman John Hall has agreed to send a representative as well.

Organizers have also planned power point presentations regarding the importance of each vote, a youth vote trivia contest and a free voter registration table. A handful of SUNY Orange students will provide musical interludes between events as well.

The event is being organized by the Honors Program’s National Government Class as a way to present statistics regarding the low percentage of voter turnout among college-age voters, to encourage SUNY Orange students to register to vote, and to elevate student awareness regarding the importance of each vote.

For more information, visit (this link will take you off the SUNY Orange web site, and any views expressed on that site do not represent the views of the College), a site established by students in the National Government Class.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940