A group of lucky students from the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District got to see Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address from the same vantage point as elected state officials on Wednesday.
Almost 20 members of the Student Council from the district were sitting on the floor of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for Cuomo's speech.
Emma Trendell, 13, who attends William H. Golding Middle School, said she was excited to form her own political views after hearing Cuomo lay out his agenda and philosophy.
"I thought it was amazing," she said, still glowing 20 minutes after the speech ended.
In particular, Trendell said she liked the governor's idea to create community schools. These schools, which would operate in needy areas and provide many support services, would be eligible for additional resources under Cuomo's plan. This got the support of Trendell, who was pleased with the focus on poorer areas.
After the speech, students milled around on the floor as reporters hustled and bustled around them. Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, chatted with the students for a few minutes and got the reactions of his young constituents before posing for a picture.