MORRISVILLE NY – Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,I,C,Ref-New Windsor) presented the closing keynote address to NY American Legion Boys’ State at SUNY Morrisville where he address 1,000 attendees who are rising high school seniors, US Marines, ROTC cadets and Legion members.
During his address Schmitt also presented a ceremonial check for $150,000 in funding secured in the state budget to ensure Boys’ State can continue to operate in New York at no cost to participants so all New York students have equal access.
“As an alum of both NY American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation it is a true honor to return as a keynote speaker to impart some thoughts and advice to our future leaders,” said Schmitt. “I can attest to the fact that Boys’ State is a week that lasts a lifetime. Those who go through this program receive a top quality education in civics and government along with military training and truly represent the future leaders of our state.”
Schmitt said “It is critical that American Legion Boys’ State continues to operate in New York. That is why I fought for and successfully secured $150,000 in funding in this year’s state budget to guarantee all interested New York students can benefit from participation in this program. I was happy to present a $150,000 to the American Legion for Boys’ State this morning.”
NY American Legion Boys State has a proud tradition. It is the premier youth leadership program in the world run by the NY American Legion. Each year over 1,000 rising high school seniors are sent to this weeklong program to study state government and learn leadership skills and military discipline. This program is completely free for participants so that all New York students have equal opportunity to attend.