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PAF101. Week 5:. Monday : Federal, State & Local Government Tuesday : Conducting Surveys Wednesday : Work on Mod 2 Thursday: Government Meeting Presentations Friday : Frontling : Cliffhanger-Preventing the fiscal Cliff. Homework Assignments. Monday : Exercise 3.1

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Week 5:

  • Monday: Federal, State & Local Government

  • Tuesday: Conducting Surveys

  • Wednesday: Work on Mod 2

  • Thursday: Government Meeting Presentations

  • Friday: Frontling: Cliffhanger-Preventing the fiscal Cliff

Homework Assignments

  • Monday: Exercise 3.1

  • Tuesday: Read Chapter 4 in Maxwell Manuel

  • Wednesday: Work on Exercises 4.1-4.6

  • Thursday: Continue working Exercises 4.1-4.6

  • Friday: Continue working on Mod 2

Monday- February 25, 2013

  • DO NOW:

    • Name the 3 branches of Government

    • Name the 2 New York State Senators

  • Objective: Identify and explain the structure of federal, state & Local governments

  • Homework: Exercise 3.1

The American system of government is established by the United States Constitution.

There are three separate but equal branches of government.

3 Branches of Government:




Our government is a system of checks and balances.







Let's take

a closer


at our


Legislative Branch

  • Includes Congress

    • Senate

    • House of Representatives

  • Main job: make laws

U. S. Capitol Building

The Senate

  • 100 members

  • 2 from each state

  • Each Senator serves for 6 years

Charles Schumer

  • Candidates must be: 35 years old and live in the state they represent

  • New York Senators: Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

House of Representatives

  • 435 members

  • Number of representatives depends on the population of each state

  • Each representative serves for 2 years

Sean Patrick Maloney

  • Candidates must be: 25 years old and live in the state they represent

Executive Branch

  • Includes the President, Vice President & Executive Departments

  • Main job: carry out laws

  • Serves for 4 years

So You Wanna Be the President?

  • 35 years old

  • Citizen of the United States

  • Resident of the United States for 14 years

After you're elected...

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Meet our President

Barack H. Obama

Did You Know...

1. The president tosses the first ball of baseball season!

2. If the president is unable to fulfill his or her duties, the vice president must take over.

3. When George Washington became president at the age of 57, he only had one tooth left!

4. George Washington started as president with a salary of $25,000 per term.

5. Woodrow Wilson didn’t have to go to school until he was 9 years old.

6. Jimmy Carter could read 2,000 words per minute!

The White House

The White House

Let's Tour the White House!

Judicial Branch

  • Includes The Supreme Court

  • Main job: decide what laws mean

The Supreme Court

  • 9 members

  • Appointed by the President

  • Serve for the rest of their lives

Let's Review...

  • What are the 3 branches of government?

Legislative, Executive, and Judicial

2. Congress is made up of __________ and __________.

TheSenate and House of Representatives

3. How many Senators are from each state?


4. Which branch of government includes the President?

Executive Branch

Let's Review...

5. What is the job of the Executive Branch?

Carry out laws

6. Who is the current President of the United States?

George W. Bush

7. What is the job of the Judicial Branch?

Decide what laws mean

8. How long do Supreme Court justices serve?

For the rest of their lives

Always remember...

America is a democracy.

Democracy is government by the people.

That includes


Federal Government

State Government

County Government

City Government

New York State Government

  • New York State Governor

  • Andrew Cuomo

New York State Senator

John J. Bonacic

(R, C, IP) 42nd Senate District

District Office

201 Dolson Avenue Suite F

Middletown, NY10940

United States

Phone:(845) 344-3311

Aileen Gunther (100th Assembly District)

District Office

Middletown City Hall, 3rd floor16 James StreetMiddletown, NY 10940845-342-9304

Orange County Government

Edward A. Diana County Executive

Orange County Government Center, 255 Main Street, Goshen, New York 10924 | Ph: (845) 291-4000

District 2 - Melissa Bonacic

District 19 - Michael D. Paduch

City of Middletown Government

Joseph DeStefano

City Mayor

Common Council

Wards in Middletown





Tuesday-February 26, 2013

  • DO NOW: What is the purpose of a survey? Have you taken one before?

  • Objective: How to design a survey?

  • Homework: Read Chapter 4 in the Maxwell Manuel

Module 2 Newsletter reminder!

Chapter 4 Exercises

Take out your copy of the exercises and follow along

Exercise 3.1

  • The players you list you should try to contact for exercise 4.1

  • But you can hypothesize what they might say in answer to your questions.

The Chancellor Wants to Know if dog Doo Doo is a problem on the QUAD


Chapter 4

  • Determining What your client wants: Pages 38-40

  • Choosing a Sample Population: page 40-47

    • 40-44(End at Sample Selection)

    • 44-47

  • Deciding on a method of Contact: pages 47-50

    • 47-48 (end response rate)

    • 48-51

  • Creating Questions: 51-53

  • Estimating the Costs and Time-Table of a Survey: Pages 53-54

EX. 4.1A Key Concepts of Sampling

  • Target Population:

    • The total specifically defined set of people about whom you want to gather information.

  • Sampling Frame:

    • A subset of the population to be surveyed

  • Sample—those who respond

  • Random:

    • Each member of the target population has an equal chance of being in the sample

    • Use the Maxwell Manual!

EX. 4.1B Player Answers

  • Player MUST BE real

  • Answers can be real or hypothetical

  • If real, include the APA citation for “personal communication”

  • Watch out for attitudinal vs. factual

  • Factual Information: Occupations of a particular group, incomes

    • EX: What is your occupation?

  • Attitudinal Information: How people feel about societal problems or about public policies

    • EX: Do you feel safe when using your seat belts?

EX. 4.2 Methods of Contact



Mail or Email

  • Phone


EX. 4.2B Is Your Sample Good?

Target Population


EX. 4.3 Estimating Sample Size

Required contacts = Desired sample size Expected response rate

For example, if you desire a sample size of 250, and you expect a response rate of 40%, the following formula shows that you would need to contact 625 individuals:

625 = 250 .40

Maxwell Manual pg. 37-38

EX. 4.3 Explaining Confidence Interval

EX. 4.4 Types of Questions

  • Open

  • vs.

  • Closed

Wednesday-February 27, 2013

Thursday-February 28, 2013

Friday-March 1, 2013

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