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Brindisi, Griffo Get Sworn In At Rome, Utica Elementary Schools

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

Rome, NY (WIBX) – Fourth graders at Bellamy Elementary School in Rome watched first hand as two local lawmakers took their oaths of office.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and State Senator Joe Griffo were each sworn in by City Court Judge Daniel Wilson. Four students were also picked from the audience to assist in the ceremony.

Brindisi says the event is a great way for kids to meet the people who represent them and their parents, but also provides an avenue for discussion.

“Certainly, parents are frustrated with what’s going on in Congress and the lack of the ability to work together,” Brindisi said. “Maybe some of that translates down to the students, as well.”

Griffo adds that these types of ceremonies help children become more active in their government.

“Today they realize that government is not far away, and that you can access it and be a part of it very easily, but also to get involved,” Griffo said. “That’s why we talk about issues that will be pending before the Legislature that will have an impact on their lives, such as the Governor’s proposals for a longer school day or longer school year.”

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

For some of the kids attending, like 9 year-old Arianna, they may go into local politics. But, what about the Presidency?

“Not really. because I don’t want to rule the whole world,” “I don’t want to rule. I only want to be in the government, that’s it!”

A similar swearing in ceremony also took place in Utica at Watson-Williams Elementary School.

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