Lieutenant Governor Delgado Visits Leadership Greater Syracuse

(March 6, 2024 – East Syracuse, New York) – Leadership Greater Syracuse (LGS) was honored to welcome Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado to its offices on February 29, 2024. Lt. Governor Delgado was in the Syracuse area to visit organizations that focus on civic engagement. These visits across the state come on the heals of a major announcement in January from the Governor’s office about the creation of a new Office of Service and Civic Engagement. This new office, overseen by Lt. Governor Delgado, will work to promote civic and service opportunities across New York State.

In the 2024 State of the State address, Governor Hochul proposed the “Inspire Stronger Communities Through Public Service Opportunities” within the Office of Service and Civic Engagement.

“We applaud the Governor for this proposed initiative and the potential impact it can have across our great state. It aligns so well with LGS’s mission which is ‘to inspire current and future leaders to make a different in the community where we live and work,’” says LGS executive director, Michele Diecuch.

The initiative aims to identify and train local leaders and public servants to encourage civic participation in order to help communities across the state to grow. Says Diecuch, “We’re looking forward to partnering and assisting the Lt. Governor in any way we can. After participating in Leadership Greater Syracuse’s programs, graduates have held more than 850 volunteer positions throughout the community. It’s crucial for leaders to get involved and encourage younger generations in order to help the Central NY area thrive.”

Each year, LGS participants represent employees from a cross-section of local employers, including corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and start-ups. To date, more than 300 employers have enriched their workforce by supporting employees’ participation in LGS’s flagship program. Approximately 85 percent of LGS’s 1,500 graduates remain in CNY.

LGS’s mission is to inspire current and future leaders to make a difference in the community where we live and work. Leadership Greater Syracuse was founded in 1991 by CenterState CEO, Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse, and Onondaga Community College.  LGS is financially supported by many organizations including United Radio, Community Bank, Turning Stone Resort Casino, VIP Structures, and National Grid.

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