University at Albany

Elma Borcilo
MPA '16

"A friend of mine recently told me, “Elma you enjoy local government because you like the instant gratification.” I began to defend myself, but then realized, she has a point. I love local government because I can take action and make an impact in my community the moment an issue is brought to my attention. Local government is an overlooked force; it has the ability to build communities where state agencies can falter. For the past year I have had the pleasure of being the graduate intern for the Office of the Mayor here in Albany, NY. During my time in this position I have been able to help constituents who are afraid of losing their homes, who are looking to find solutions to landlord issues, who feel passionate about their community and want to keep it safe, and those who just want some potholes repaired and some shrubs trimmed. I have worked to make the process of communicating with constituents efficient, helpful, and timely. During the past year I have had the pleasure of learning from the first female Mayor of Albany and a Mayor’s Office staff that has to deal with a budget deficit left from a previous administration and an ever changing political landscape, and who are constantly working to help anyone who lives or works in Albany. My internship has allowed me to realize local government is exactly where I want to be. Thanks to Rockefeller College and the Jean Poletti Internship Endowment, I can continue to serve my community."

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