Do you have what it takes to be state senator (for a day)?

January 22, 2013 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Marty Golden is looking for his replacement.  Well, someone to take his place for a day, anyway.

Golden, a state senator, (R-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) announced that he is sponsoring his 11th Annual Senator for a Day Essay Contest for students in his district.

The contest is open to youngsters in middle schools in the 22nd Senate District. Students from public, private, and parochial schools are eligible.

Golden said he is sending a letter to every middle school in the district, asking sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to participate in the contest. Students must write an essay describing what they would do if they were state senator for a day. The essay must be no more than 250-words and must begin with the phrase, “If I Were a State Senator for a Day.” Students should write about the issues they see facing the community.

The winning essays will be judged on content and creativity.

“There is great talent in the classrooms of my district, and I invite the students to write an essay and tell me what they would seek to accomplish as a State Senator,” Golden said. “As our middle school students are being educated in school, they also travel, shop and frequent our parks.  They see some of the issues I do, and some different, but through this contest, they can be assured that I will continue to work to improve the quality of life of our neighborhood.  I look forward to reading the essays and this contest,” he said.

Finalists will be notified and invited to a special ceremony in the spring where they will read aloud their essays in front of a panel of judges.  The winner of the contest will be invited with their class to spend the day in the State Capitol in Albany.

Teachers should return entries for this contest to: Senator Marty Golden c/o Senator for a Day Contest, 7408 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209.

The deadline to enter the contest is Monday, March 18.

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