By Ryan Adell, Next Generation Politics
On Friday, April 28th, 30 members of Next Generation Politics from across Suffolk County, NY, had a forum with Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (R- Smithtown). The forum took place at the American Legion Huntington Post 360, and the event consisted of lunch, networking among NGP members, and, of course, a thought provoking discussion with Legislator Trotta.
The self-described “tell it how it is” legislator opened the eyes of many of our members on the impact of local government and the importance of being informed. After telling attendees a bit about his background, the floor was open for a question and answer session. Members asked questions that prompted insightful discussion on Legislator Trotta’s views on red light cameras, county fees, the county tobacco age, the opioid epidemic, campaign finance, and sanctuary counties. The nearly two hour discussion ranged from members asking questions and making comments to examining bills.
Legislator Trotta is nothing short of passionate for his work; he told NGP members that he is glad to see young people involving themselves in the process of their government, and encouraged attendees to continue doing so.
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