Students at the Huntington Youth Council's 2nd Annual "Youth Forum"
Huntington, NY - Over 150 high schools students shared
their opinions on a variety of issues this past Tuesday at the Huntington Youth
Council's second annual 'Youth Forum'. Students from all ten high schools
in the Town were invited to participate in a Town Hall meeting held exclusively
for high school students. The event was sponsored and coordinated by the
Huntington Youth Council, which was founded by Councilwoman Susan A. Berland
five years ago.
After Councilwoman Berland and the Huntington Youth Council Supervisor Jason
Rudin, Deputy Supervisor Kevin Kong and Town Clerk Jackie Cangero greeted the
packed room; participants met one on one with Council members and discussed
issues that concern the youth of our community.
After students were given the opportunity to meet with Huntington Youth
Council members, the Council presided over a series of public hearings on issues
that were outlined in an agenda given out at the beginning of the event.
Those issues included recycling in schools, researched by Kevin Kong and Sara
Sakowitz, affordable and Next Generation Housing, researched by Dan Rabinowitz
and the status of the Exxon Mobile Tank Farm in Cold Spring Harbor, researched
by Rebecca Dyckman.
Huntington Youth Council representative Lee Gochman lead the public portion
of the hearings, in which participants testified on other issues that included
substance abuse, solar paneling in schools and street light installation.
All participants were invited to join the Huntington Youth Council after the
event for refreshments.
With the cooperation of Five Towns College, the Huntington Youth Council's
second annual "Youth Forum" was taped and produced and will be aired on the Town
of Huntington's government access station, Channel 18, on a later date.
"The Huntington Youth Council's 2nd Annual 'Youth Forum' was a great
success," commented Councilwoman Berland. "The turnout for the event was
excellent and I'm pleased that so many students chose to testify on the issues
that concern them. The 'Youth Forum' was an excellent opportunity for
young people to communicate with the Huntington Youth Council, as well as their
own peers, on the issues that they feel are important. I would like to
thank the Huntington Youth Council for a job well done and for continuing to
inspire their fellow students to become not only involved, but agents of
For more information on the Huntington Youth Council, please call
Councilwoman Berland at 351-3018.