On July 14, 2016, KACE’s annual Grassroots Interns visited the New York City Hall on an invitation from Councilman Peter Koo (NY-20). KACE interns were also able to meet with Councilman Paul Vallone and Councilman Barry Grodenchik, both of whom have also supported our program over the years. In the morning, our students toured the City Hall and in the afternoon, they had the opportunity to observe the regular stated meeting of the City Council.

photo_2016-07-14_14-29-00-800x600

[Grassroots interns and Councilman Koo in Q&A session]

photo_2016-07-14_14-29-07-800x600

[Councilman Grodenchik and grassroots interns at floor of city hall]

Councilman Koo, who invited the grassroots intern, applauded and encouraged the students on their involvement with voter registration drives and their interest in civic engagement. Councilman Grodenchik personally led the students to the floor of the city hall and gave an explanation about the City Hall’s legislative process. Rachel Lee (Bronx Science, Junior), a grassroots intern, said “participating in council meetings allowed [us] to examine what the municipal government does”, and stated that in the future, she would be mindful of the role of the city hall and her council member.

photo_2016-07-14_14-28-07-800x600

[Interns with Councilman Paul Vallone]

photo_2016-07-14_14-29-15-800x600

[Interns with Councilman Barry Grodenchik]

photo_2016-07-14_14-29-22-800x600

[Interns with Councilman Peter Koo]

This field trip was designed to give the grassroots interns a hands-on experience on the function and role of a municipal government. Throughout the summer, the interns will also visit the New York Statehouse (Albany) and New Jersey Statehouse (Trenton) to directly meet their elected officials in the state governments and observe the state legislature at work.

Categories: Featured, News, Top
KOREAN AMERICAN CIVIC EMPOWERMENT
NEW YORK OFFICE: 163-10 NORTHERN BLVD. #307 FLUSHING, NY 11358 TEL: (718) 961-4117 FAX: (718) 961-4603
NEW JERSEY OFFICE: 185 BRIDGE PLAZA N SUITE 306 FORT LEE, NJ 07024 TEL: (201) 488-4201