While engaging students who have drunk the green Kool-Aid is one of CFACT’s top priorities, it is equally important to help collegians engage in public policy. SUNY Albany students met with New York State Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., of the 46th Legislative District, to hear his take on the issues and ask questions that they had on the New York Legislature. Of those issues that were addressed were cronyism, corruption, energy, and fracking.
“It was great to hear from Senator Amedore, whose thoughtful and insightful explanations of the issues, including energy technology and hydrofracking, was a refreshing change from the usual political speak,” said student Patrick Cronin.
The Senator sat down in a friendly setting with the collegians, facilitating an easy back and forth exchange. Senator Amedore spoke freely; from highlighting a bill he has introduced to enact term limits, to addressing the hysteria that those in Hollywood like to make over issues, such as the myth of flaming faucets being caused by fracking.
“It was great to have the opportunity to sit down with these young men and women and engage on the issues,” Amedore said. “It’s exciting to see them involved, and I hope they continue to stay involved and make an impact on society and public policy.”
The meeting was part of CFACT’s drive to get students’ feet wet in engaging on public policy, and also was part of the Frack U Campaign, which aims to bring to light the safety of fracking and its potential to provide affordable energy to everyone.