BY: MATT PECORARO
In the midst of a blizzard, the North Babylon High School Chapter of NGP held a Town Hall attended by New York State Senator Phil Boyle, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer, North Babylon School Board President Robert Scheid, and North Babylon School Board Trustee John Schneidawin on Friday, December 15, 2017, with the topic of the event being education. Members of the chapter and students of the high school filled the North Babylon Public Library for the event, with some there to satisfy their existing interest government and politics, some to try something new, and, at first, some to receive the extra credit offered by the high school’s social studies department for attending.
The night started with an introduction to the event by the event coordinator and NGP Chapter Leader, Matthew Pecoraro. Following general guidelines about how and when questions will be asked and a brief thank you toward everyone who helped facilitate the event, the town hall began with introductions from each of the elected officials. At length in these introductions, each elected official described their personal involvement in education policy and views about topics of political contention, notably among them the funding principle that New York State has employed and past experiences with how schools function. After this period, the questions began.