On Tuesday, March 5, MTA’s New York Political Action Club (NYPAC) went to the state capitol in Albany to see first-hand how local government works. The students prepared for months to advocate and lobby for more private school security and STEM funding, and had close to 50 meetings with members of the Senate and Assembly. Many of the students met with their local elected officials and discussed the political issues that affect their communities. The group was privileged to be introduced on the Assembly floor by Washington Heights Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, who visited MTA last year and met with NYPAC. They also toured the Senate chamber with Senate Education Chair Senator Shelley Mayer. NYPAC members enjoyed this unique experiential learning opportunity and look forward to returning to Albany next year to continue their important work lobbying for issued that affect the Jewish community.
By Jonathan Sherman (’21)