Brian Pugh: “If you were mayor, what would you do?” 8th Grade Essay Contest

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Calling all 8th graders: If you were mayor, what would you do? Enter the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) annual 8th grade essay contest and tell the world.


The essay should begin with “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” and explain WHAT you want to do, WHY you want to do it, and HOW you are going to undertake such action, including how you’ll pay for it.


Per NYCOM, essayists should make sure their plans are consistent with the legal powers of a Village Mayor in New York State when choosing your What, Why and How. Mayors can: 1) Lead and collaborate on the building of municipal projects; 2) Promote and implement shared services with other governments; 3)Apply for grants from to make parks nicer, roads wider and sidewalks safer; 4) Work with the Board of Trustees to decide how the village should spend its money; 5) Make local laws; and 6) Manage city and village employees


Three winning essays will be awarded $150, second place $75 and third place $50. The first-place winner—along with their parents—will also be invited to NYCOM’s Annual Meeting in May in Cooperstown, NY.


Each essay must contain the student’s name, school they attend, and city or village in which the school is located. Essays must be between 350-500 words. Essays must be RECEIVED BY NYCOM NO LATER than MARCH 6th and submissions should be e-mailed to


Contest rules and details can be found at:

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