In early May, several CVA students spent time with Village of Ilion officials and employees, learning what they do each day to provide for the community’s residents.
The program began on Wednesday, May 1 with a dinner sponsored by the Elks Lodge #1444. Central Valley Superintendent Jeremy Rich, CVA Principal Dick Keeler, Mohawk Mayor James Baron, Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica, and New York State Assemblyman Brian Miller each spoke about the importance of government and the role of public service in a healthy society. The following day, students were greeted by the village boards and Elks representatives. Students traveled to various offices where they met with the people who work there. They returned to the Ilion Village Hall for a mock village board meeting on economic development. The day concluded with lunch and a tour of the Mohawk Fire Department and the Ilion Water Treatment Plant.