Annual Legislative Breakfast

November 16, 2012

Left to right: Supervisor Michael Ponticello, Supervisor Linda Kemper, Supervisor Frank Lauria, Supervisor Michael Gendron, Supervisor Marie Born, Supervisor Richard Handy and Dr. Swanger

Fulton Montgomery Community College recently hosted City, County, and State Officials at its Annual Legislative Breakfast where guests heard updates on accomplishments and challenges for the College. FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger and Board of Trustees Chairman James Landrio welcomed the local leaders which included Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman Marc Butler, Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, along with several local supervisors, representatives, and other elected officials.

Dr. Swanger and members of his Leadership Team updated the officials on accomplishments of the College including campus upgrades such as “Raiders Hall,” the College’s new student housing, and “Union Stations,” the College’s new dining facility. The presentation also offered up challenges that the College is facing along with a question and answer session. After the breakfast, guests were invited to tour the College’s vacant pool area in the Physical Education building which is currently being renovated to create the newly anticipated “Raiders Cove,” a modern-day gathering space for FM students to include an Internet café, a stage, pool tables, and large screen TVs. Raiders Cove is scheduled to open January 2013.

“The principal goal of this annual breakfast is to provide a forum for the College’s partners to witness the progress over the past year in meeting the higher educational needs of the community,” said Dr. Swanger. “This is not a time when we are asking for budget support, but an opportunity for our partners to see what we are doing with the taxpayers and students’ investment.”

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