Three students from Francis Lewis High School met with their State Senator for a discussion about government and politics.
Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin met with State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) as part of an assignment for their social studies class. The three seniors talked to the senator about working in government and civic engagement, interviewing her about her history of public service and asking her opinion on a variety of topics.
Stavisky took the opportunity to go over her goals and priorities for the upcoming legislative session in 2014. One of the issues she said she would continue to push for is affordable college tuition. Ng, Chen and Jin all plan to attend a CUNY or SUNY college once they graduate.
The senator also discussed issues that failed to pass last year. Among these setbacks are the Women’s Equality Agenda campaign finance and ethics reform.
“Rewriting unfair rules so that everyone is competing on an equal playing field is critically important to our democracy,” Stavisky said. “Making sure that our laws say that is illegal for companies to pay a woman a different wage than they pay a man for the same job, that if you breach the public trust as an official you should no longer be entitled to public funds, making sure that our laws reflect the equality and integrity that our country was built on is very important to me. It’s important to accomplish this now so we can leave that legacy for future generations.”