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State and Local Politicians to Lead SUNY Canton Constitution Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Three female trailblazers in New York state politics will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities for women in public service as part of SUNY Canton’s Constitution Day celebration.

State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley and Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The panel will be moderated by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor and former St. Lawrence County Manager Karen St. Hilaire.

Senator Betty Little, Mary Ann Ashley, Janet Otto-Cassada

The event is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Attorney’s office.

In addition to Constitution Day, which commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, New York has also reached the centennial anniversary of signing women’s suffrage into state law in 1917, three years before the United States passed the 19th Amendment.

“The origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. can be traced back to our neighbors in Central New York,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “So as we celebrate Constitution Day, it’s also a fitting occasion to recognize this important voting rights anniversary that was the result of a lengthy and difficult struggle by our state’s foremothers.”

There will be other events to observe the milestone, including a visit by Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212.

In addition, a collection of memorabilia related to the suffrage movement will be on display at the Southworth Library Learning Commons from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22.

The college will also hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at several locations on campus.

“One of the best ways to honor Constitution Day and New York’s women’s suffrage centennial is to encourage young people to get involved in our democracy, partularly by registering to vote,” Szafran added.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

About State Sen. Betty Little

Little is serving her sixth term representing the residents of the 45th Senate District, which comprises Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. Prior to first winning election to the State Senate in November 2002, Sen. Little served in the New York State Assembly for seven years.

About Former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley

Ashley served as the Mayor of Canton from 2014 to 2016. She also served three years as a village trustee and is a past member of the Canton Central School Board. She retired in 2016 from her job as a counselor for St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

About Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada

Otto-Cassada has served as the Mayor of Waddington for more than 10 years. She also previously worked for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and currently works for the St. Lawrence County Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2013 Otto-Cassada was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the St. Lawrence County Chapter of New York State Women, Inc.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

New York Supreme Court Justice to Speak at SUNY Canton for Constitution Day

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Judge Caruso

New York State Supreme Court Justice Vito C. Caruso will be presenting at SUNY Canton at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton and the Office of the St. Lawrence County Attorney will be hosting New York State Supreme Court Justice Vito C. Caruso for its Constitution Day celebration.

Caruso will be presenting “The Constitution, its Origins – and its Future” at 1 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16) in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public and parking will be available in Lot 7 near French Hall.

“The Constitution, just those thin sheets of parchment, is all that that stands between us and anarchy and tyranny,” Caruso said. “Democracy and self-government are risky, but the experiment begun by our Founders some 250 years ago has proven, time and again, that the people are capable of governing themselves, that they can be trusted with the reins of power – and that our constitutions, state and federal, protect our cherished freedoms and individual liberties from encroachment by the government and the mob.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted constitutional issues have been prominent in the platforms and speeches of both presidential candidates, which makes its interpretations especially important for informed voters.

“The Constitution is the source of our rights and freedoms as American citizens,” Szafran said. “We are extremely fortunate that Judge Caruso will be sharing his knowledge and expertise to help our students, faculty and staff familiarize themselves with this formative document.”

St. Lawrence County Attorney Stephen D. Button expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming presentation.

“SUNY Canton affords the town of Canton and the surrounding communities of St. Lawrence County with wonderful opportunities to experience top-notch speakers with real world experience,” Button said. “St. Lawrence County is pleased to be a part of the program and welcomes Judge Caruso to the North Country.”

Caruso was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1994. He was appointed as administrative judge for the Fourth Judicial District in June, 2004. The Fourth Judicial District is comprised of 11 counties (including St. Lawrence County) and is the largest geographic district in the state.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Schenectady County Bar Association, a board member of the New York State Greater Capital Chapter of the National Italian American Bar Association and a member of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court.

Caruso is a past district deputy of the New York State Elks Association, along with being a past exalted ruler and trustee of the Rotterdam Elks Lodge. He is also a member of the Order of Sons of Italy, Lodge 321, the Rotterdam Knights of Columbus, a former volunteer firefighter with Rotterdam District 2 Fire Company and a former chair of the Schenectady County Republican Committee. Justice Caruso is proud to have been the first recipient of the Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics from SUNY New Paltz and began his legal career in 1973, serving as law clerk to Assemblyman Clark C. Wemple of Schenectady. He continued in that capacity until 1977, when he was admitted to the New York State Bar.

Constitution Day is celebrated Sept. 17, commemorating the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. SUNY Canton holds at least one educational program corresponding with that day annually. In the past, the college has run essay and poster contests, and run voter registration drives.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Assemblymember Russell to Speak at SUNY Canton in Honor of Constitution Day

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Addie Jenne

In recognition of Constitution Day Sept. 17, state Assemblymember Addie Jenne Russell will speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Russell’s speech is the first of a series of events SUNY Canton is hosting in honor of Constitution Day. On Thursday, Sept. 17, SUNY Canton will host a voter registration drive, as well as a trivia contest. Local fifth- and sixth-grade students are also participating in a Constitution Day poster contest, which will judged by a group of SUNY Canton students, faculty and staff.

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed Sept. 17, the day in which delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia in 1787.

Constitution Day 2017

About Assemblymember Russell

Russell is a 1996 graduate of Indian River Central School District. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from the University at Albany in May 2000, and a Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law in May 2003. She was born in Watertown now resides in Theresa.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Win $100 in the Constitution Day Essay Contest

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Students can win up to $100 in the 2014 Constitution Day essay contest. To enter, view this video of a New Mexico traffic stop http://youtu.be/dlaVkpoJW_B8 and write an essay identifying the constitutional issues involved. Responses should be at least a page, type written. First prize is a $100 gift card redeemable at the Campus Center Store or any on-campus eatery. Second place is a $50 gift card, and third place is $25. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Sept. 17. Good luck!

The US Constitution along with the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments guarantees basic civil liberties. SUNY Canton celebrates Constitution Day annually with unique challenges meant to raise awareness and increase education of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

Please send all submissions to: constitutionday@canton.edu