Hawley Hosts 4-H Group at Capitol

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM EDT

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Hawley Hosts 4-H Group at Capitol

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- New York Assemblyman Steve Hawley on Tuesday hosted a statewide group of 4-H participants at the Capitol in Albany.

The assemblyman, who has a lifelong connection to the agricultural industry and way of life, spoke to the young people about public service, improving state government and New York pride.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to speak with these 4-H participants who are poised to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Hawley said in a news release. “I was happy to discuss many aspects of civic engagement, such as the value of community service, the process of how a bill becomes a law, and viewing public service as a vocation rather than an occupation. I not only encouraged, but challenged the young people to stay here in New York and help clear the path for economic growth by eliminating unfunded mandates and reducing excessive local costs like Medicaid spending, rather than fleeing the state and being a part of the problem. The group was responsive and energetic, and it does my heart good to know that these youngsters will be the next generation of great, New York leaders.”

Hawley grew up on his family’s Hawley Farms, which he would later go on to operate. He is a past president and current member of the New York State Farm Bureau, and a former 4-H club member of the Light Horse Club in Genesee County.