Participants will need to write an essay about what they would do if they were mayor. They need to write about how they would approach what they intend to do as mayor and how they would fund it. “I always value hearing their ideas and feedback whenever I visit our schools or see them at events around the City,” he said in a press release sent to 12 News. The deadline to submit an essay is March 9. The contest is hosted by the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and is open to any 8th grader. Essays can be submitted to [email protected] or mailed to: NYCOM, Attn: Essay Contest, 119 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David is inviting 8th graders to participate in the “If I were Mayor” essay contest held across New York State. Mayor David says Binghamton’s youth are some of the brightest in New York State. Contestants’ essays will be judged by creativity, originality, development of actions and more. First place winners will receive $150 and an overnight stay at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing on May 3. For more information, go to nycom.org.