Read Full Story The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), recently announced Maggie Williams as its new director. The Institute of Politics (IOP) decided to sit down with Williams and learn more about her, what she had planned for the future of the IOP, and what she felt needed to be done to inspire the next generation of leaders to get into politics and change it for the better.Q: Why did you decide to become the new director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics?Williams: President Kennedy said that the “future of any nation could be measured by the prospects of its youth.” The Institute of Politics was created to help ensure that our country would continue to flourish, led by generations of smart and caring leaders. I came to the IOP because I wanted to be a part of this community and participate in the work of growing our nation’s leaders.Q: Did your experiences as a Spring 2005 IOP Fellow and IOP Senior Advisory Committee member change your perception of politics?Williams: My experience as an IOP Fellow didn’t change my perception of politics, but it reassured me that the future of politics was in good hands.
Get facts on 2006’s Secure Fence ActPaul Moran’s March 14 letter urges readers to recall who voted for the “Secure Fence Act of 2006.” If other readers are as unfamiliar with this act as was I, I’d urge them to look it up on Wikipedia. It’s hard to conclude it was worth the cost then or would be now. Elmer BertschNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLetter on supervisor comments inaccurateNiskayuna Town Councilman John DellaRatta’s March 10 letter misquoted statements of mine relating to the possible rezone of the O.D. Heck parcel.He stated that I characterized the parcel as a “large swatch of land” in an interview with The Gazette. In fact, I referred to the parcel as the “swath of land adjacent to Mohawk Commons.” He further asserted that I favored the property “to be rezoned as ‘light industrial’.” In fact, I said, “Finding the most appropriate re-zone for that — whether it’s going to be light industrial, commercial, residential —and making sure we are adhering to our comprehensive plan, as well.”Councilman DellaRatta then made mention of a subsequent interview on my brother’s television show. While I’m glad he tuned in, I am forced to correct the record. Councilman DellaRatta insinuated that my comments indicated that I favored a “light industrial” rezone for the O.D. Heck parcel. My interview answer regarding the possible rezone was as follows: “We’ve been talking about possibly re-zoning that and that’s actually come up for discussion recently. And right now it’s zoned R-2 Residential. We may or may not rezone that to Neighborhood Mixed Use, which would allow for both commercial and residential properties.”I suggest that Councilman DellaRatta spend less time inventing or twisting quotes of mine and more time working together helping to solve problems facing the town.That, after all, is what the people of Niskayuna elected us both to do.Yasmine SyedNiskayunaThe writer is the town supervisor of Niskayuna.