State of New York Archives: on Technology

Charles Schumer: New York's "geek in chief": inspire kids to pursue science

Senator Charles Schumer, introduced as "the state of New York's geek in chief," took the next step in his all-encompassing campaign onto the stage of Google's second annual Geek Fair. Google hosted over 500 children at the tech festival yesterday, a public event organized to inspire kids to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and enlisted Sen. Schumer to endorse its message.

"Particularly to our young people, we would love you for the good of America, for the happiness of yourself, to really consider getting involved in STEM," said the senator. "I can tell you this from my experience: you'll find it extremely useful and fun in your life."

Sen. Schumer urged parents and children to explore STEM fields, arguing society may have reached the "saturation level" for lawyers, but not at all for scientists. Even if science is not a child's calling, the senator believes systemic thinking is an indispensable skill for any career.

Source: N. Y. Observer coverage of 2016 New York Senate race May 29, 2015

Jeb Bush: BlackBerry pictured in official gubernatorial portrait

A spokeswoman for Jeb Bush, said, "from time to time, Governor Bush of course passed along information or requests to the White House, which were routed to appropriate channels. There is nothing odd or inappropriate about that," she added.

Bush's reliance on written communications presages his habits as an elected official. As governor, he was known to spend up to 30 hours a week on email and so adored his BlackBerry that he insisted on featuring the device in his official portrait.

The archives at the Bush and Reagan libraries contain more than 1,200 pages of documents relating to Bush, capturing dozens of exchanges between him and the White House staff. But even that may represent just a fraction of his messages, since the archives are incomplete.

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 profiles of 2016 Presidential hopefuls Feb 15, 2015

Zephyr Teachout: Open universal broadband: 21st Century Internet

Like electricity, water, and telephones, Internet today is an essential service. In order for New York citizens to participate in our 21st century democracy and economy, we need a 21st century Internet: service that is open, universal, affordable, and world-class.

At present, we are staggeringly far from that reality. Huge swaths of New York State lack reliable broadband infrastructure. Slow and spotty Internet access is a problem in New York City, Long Island, throughout the Southern Tier lakeside, along the St. Lawrence, and everywhere in between. In some commercial districts it's still difficult to get a broadband connection at all.

Worse, deficiencies in this essential service also compound inequality. Inadequate broadband infrastructure and unnecessarily high prices exclude members of underserved communities and low-income residents from accessing resources online in their homes. Yet we know that affordable, high-speed, broadband Internet is critical for finding work in today's economy.

Source: 2014 N. Y. Governor campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

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