Saturday, July 5, 2014

Boys State Elects Governor

MORRISVILLE — High school student Ryan Leone from Suffolk County is the 2014 governor of the New York American Legion Boys State.

Leone, who will be entering his senior year this fall, was elected out of more than 1,000 students participating in the week-long immersion in leadership and democracy at Morrisville State College.  See Doug Malin’s Boys State photo album.

Boys State, running June 27 to July 3, featured a number guest speakers. Among them was State Sen. Greg Ball’s Operations Director Colin Schmitt, who delivered an opening keynote address and then presented a $150,000 symbolic check to The American Legion. The check represented Boys and Girls State funding included in the New York State budget for the first time — with $100,000 going toward the cost of hosting more than a thousand students at the college.
Ken Governor and Ryan Leone
Dept. of NY Commander Ken Governor and Boys State Governor Ryan Leone.
Photo by Doug Malin

Check presentation
Colin Schmitt (Sen. Greg Ball’s director of operations) presents symbolic check for $150,000. From left: Boys State Exec. Director John Murphy, Program Director David O’Brien, Schmitt, and Boys State staffer Al Paviglianti.
Photo by William Bulger