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Alum Appointed, Young Leaders Congress

Rochester native Jeremy Cooney’s loyalty to his state has been made evident in past years through the research and work he has done to promote the benefits of living in New York. Now, as a recently-appointed member of the New York Young Leaders Congress, he has the chance to have an even greater impact on his fellow young New Yorkers.

The congress is comprised of appointed young leaders from across New York who have shown a passion for and an interest in promoting their home state. This particular congress is partnering with Empire State Development (ESD) to address New York’s “brain drain” issue. Over the past few decades, New York’s population has declined 22 percent among 20 to 34 year-olds, and 29 percent among 25 to 29 year-olds. The two groups are working together to launch three new initiatives to attract young professionals to New York and to give them reasons to stay. These initiatives include supporting regional marketing with a jobs and internship portal as well as a livable communities capacity grant program.

Cooney has been active in addressing the “brain drain” issue since his graduation from Hobart in 2004. He has been published in the Democrat and Chronicle regarding how to win young voters during the Kerry/Bush election, he has volunteered as chair of the ROC City Coalition surveying young professionals, and more recently he has been featured in a WAMC public radio segment in which he discusses the details of how the Young Leaders Congress plans to address the issue.

He was selected last spring to serve on the editorial board for the Albany Law Review ( as its Executive Editor for Symposia. In this role, he is charged with organizing a symposium that brings together speakers for a daylong seminar at the law school. This year’s symposium took place on October 8, and focused on regulatory reforms suggested in the wake of the financial crisis. Cooney is also responsible for the publication of the organization’s second book, which publishes articles by professors, legal practitioners, and students on the subject matter of the symposium.