Last month, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State and Executive Budget address.
Phil Palmesano, a Republican who represents the 132nd District in the New York State Assembly, commented on the governor’s spending plan on the most recent edition of Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott and aired on WFLR (Dundee), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network.
Palmesano offered his overall take on the budget and addressed some specific higher education issues, including:
Less than six months after earning degrees in political science and organizational communication from Keuka College, Tom Drumm ’15 was elected to the 16th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature.
The 22-year-old recently discussed his experience as a candidate and what lies ahead on Keuka College Today, a monthly show aired on WFLR (96.9 and 101.9 FM, 1570 AM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network. The program is hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott.
Drumm credits his Keuka College education—primarily the teaching acumen of his professors and Field Period, including one with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer—for playing a major role in preparing him for the challenges of a political campaign and holding elected office.
The Keuka College influence did not end on graduation day, however. Drumm recalled that a few days before the election, Dr. Angela Narasimhan, assistant professor of political science, led a group of six students to Oswego County to volunteer for the Drumm campaign, most notably by going door-to-door in the 16th District.
Drumm said he is focused on doing his best for the people of Oswego County, but he may just have what it takes to be a voice on the statewide and national political scenes in the years ahead.
Phil Palmesano is in his third term in the New York State Assembly. He represents the 132nd District, which includes Keuka College.
Recently, Palmesano was a guest on Keuka College Today, a monthly show hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott and aired on WFLR (96.9 and 101.9 FM, 1570 AM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network.
Palmesano discussed the state of higher education in New York, addressing such key issues as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and STEM Incentive Program. He also offered his take on START-UP NY and how to improve the business climate in the Empire State.
While proud to be a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, the assemblyman was quick to mention that his wife, Laura, is a graduate of Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), and detailed why small private colleges are so important to the health and vitality of our region and state.
Palmesano also looked ahead to the upcoming legislative session.
Election Day 2015 was a stellar success for two Keuka College graduates. Aileen McNabb-Coleman ’00 and Tom Drumm ’15 both won seats in the Cayuga and Oswego county legislatures, respectively.
Running on the Democrat, Independent and Working Family lines, Mc-Nabb-Coleman defeated opponent Joseph Runkle, to win a four-year term in Cayuga’s 6th District seat. Meanwhile, Drumm, who ran on the Democratic and Women’s Equality lines for Oswego’s 16thDistrict seat, defeated Republican opponent James Scanlon and will serve a two-year term. At Keuka College, McNabb-Coleman earned a degree in unified childhood/special education while Drumm earned degrees in political science and history and organizational communication.
“I believe strongly in engagement and participation in local government,” said McNabb-Coleman “Due to the climate of the national stage of politics, I find that citizens are disengaged; couple that with having busy careers and family life, and it is difficult to increase awareness.”
So she did something about it.
“When I finally decided to run for county legislator, what drove me was the idea of setting our county on a new fiscally responsible path so that my children could enjoy the fruits of our labor—and representing women on a 15-member, all male, county legislature,” said McNabb-Coleman, who used the phrase “Run Like a Girl” in her campaign signs to reinforce her position.
Drumm said he ran on a message of “new energy and new blood” at the county level. He started getting that message out about six months ago when he launched his campaign and sticking to it proved effective, he said.
“I think those in the county are craving new leadership,” Drumm said. “I discussed that we seem to have become stagnant, whether in social issues or some economic areas as well.”
Drumm’s campaign got a boost the Sunday before Election Day from six political science and history majors at Keuka College who traveled to Oswego with Dr. Angela Narasimhan, assistant professor of political science and history. After convening briefly at the union hall for Oswego’s UA Local 73 to hear from Drumm about his platform, the group picked up campaign literature and set out to help Drumm make door-to-door visits.
“It was huge how that team helped me cover my entire district in a day,” Drumm said. “My opponent was a lifelong resident in the city, raised a family and he’s lived here probably 45 years, and sometimes that works to people’s advantage. I’m fresh out of college and it can take a lot to establish a coalition. The big thing is the final push – you have to turn out the vote. To get a push like that from students who traveled two hours to Oswego to help knock on doors for a campaign like mine – I’m in debt to them. I’m so grateful.”
According to Dr. Narasimhan, three of the students had never met Tom and several were interested in getting involved politically back home so they were eager to hear his story and his advice.
“He used each Field Period™ experience and his major to explore different avenues, and was able to tell my students about the connections he made and how he found an office to run for,” Dr. Narasimhan said, describing how Drumm learned from local party leaders the strategy they envisioned for him to win an open seat. The canvassing experience “absolutely” aligned with the College’s focus on experiential learning, she added.
During his time as a student, Drumm conducted separate Field Period™ experiences with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) and the NYS Democratic Committee. He also completed his senior practicum with Doug Lippincott, Keuka College’s executive director of grants, government relations and compliance. Some of the individuals he met became mentors, Drumm said.
“It’s very rewarding to see it all pay off – it’s exciting, and honestly, it’s a little overwhelming,” Drumm said, attributing his win to “not only how much I’ve learned but the amazing people I met during college —professors like Drs. Narasimhan, Chris Leahy, David Leon—who gave me the confidence and knowledge to be able to make a political run at 22.”
Both Drumm and McNabb-Coleman will be sworn into their new offices in early January.
To say the race for the White House has been wild and wacky is an understatement.
It wasn’t that long ago that pundits were predicting a Clinton-Bush rematch—this time Hillary and Jeb. Yes, Hillary is leading the Democratic polls but it’s been a rollercoaster ride for the former U.S. senator and secretary of state. And who knows what will happen after the Benghazi hearing? Who would have guessed her primary challenger would Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont. And Bernie is big, as his portrayal by Larry David on Saturday Light Live attests.
On the other side, Jeb has tumbled in the polls thanks to two insurgents—billionaire Donald Trump, whose bombastic style and views on immigration have drawn admiration and disgust, and Dr. Ben Carson, the soft-spoken surgeon who spoke at Keuka College in 2010.
What better person to make sense of all this than Dr. Chris Leahy, professor of history and political analyst. Leahy analyzed all the political maneuverings on the October edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (1570 AM, 96. 9/101.9 FM, Finger Lakes Radio Network).
Adding intrigue to the show, hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, was that it aired live a day after Joe Biden announced he would not run for president.
Leahy, a regular guest on the show, will offer his analysis during the primary season, after the conventions, and right before Americans go to the polls next November.