September 30, 2010

Empire State College Hosts Voter-Information Panel

Archive of the Event Now Available on the World Wide Web

Voter Panel at CDL

Voter Panel at CDL

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 30, 2010) – With the 2010 mid-term elections fast approaching, the State University of New York’s Empire State College hosted a voter-information panel featuring three leading experts on New York state government.

New York Public Interest Research Group Legislative Director Blair Horner, Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters of New York State and the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s Deputy Director Robert B. Ward offered their views on why this particular election is so important for citizens of the state.

The panel was moderated by Al Lawrence, associate professor and coordinator for criminal justice at the college’s Center for Distance Learning.

An archive of the entire webcast and the presentations of each of the three panelists is available here.

At the conclusion of each member’s presentation, Professor Lawrence asked for questions from the audience, which generated lively discussion.

The conversations covered many topics related to the upcoming election and state government, but each panelist touched on the importance of redistricting, ethics reform and campaign financing.

In addition, Bob Ward discussed the upcoming election in the context of the looming $8 billion gap in the state budget.

The event was held yesterday at the Empire State Plaza location of the college, which is overseen by the Northeast Center.

About SUNY Empire State College

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They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit


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