For Rashida Tyler, a fellow at the University of Albany’s Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany County Legislator Lucille McKnight is a real role model.
At Monday’s meeting of the county legislature, Tyler, who is working on a master’s degree in public administration, formally presented McKnight with a thank you card on behalf of herself and several students.
McKnight, a Democrat from District 1 who serves as deputy majority leader, has inspired the students during their studies, even introducing many of them to legislators during a meeting in March, Tyler said. The student said she enjoys keeping up with politics and current events in Albany, and first met McKnight at a community meeting in January.
“She’s been a really wonderful influence since we became friends,” Tyler said. “I was very proud to officially present her a thank you card.”
The UAlbany student from Kingston now lives in Albany. She relates to McKnight because of the Democrat’s efforts to combat poverty, and help women of color, the marginalized and disenfranchised. There’s a lot to admire in McKnight, Tyler said.
“It’s just her willingness to help young women,” Tyler said. “We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and she’ll pull you right up there with her. She’s willing to give back.”