Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 200-9716


*** Saturday, June 8th at Noon***


Brewster, N.Y. – 6/06/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) will be hosting a School Safety Roundtable on Saturday, June 8th at Westlake High School with the Mount Pleasant Central School District Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney, to address school safety and mental health issues.

“In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook event and other recent school shootings, I believe it is vital that we come together as a community to find sensible solutions to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am eager to sit down with local law enforcement, school officials, mental health experts and students to figure out how we can coordinate our efforts to ensure our schools are safe.”

“School safety is our top priority for all of us here at the Mount Pleasant School District. It is so important that we bring everyone together to ensure we are doing everything in our power to protect our most precious resource, our children,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney. “I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for his dedication to our school safety and for his work in pulling together the key members of our community to make this roundtable possible.”

During the roundtable, the participants will give input on ideas and legislation to improve school safety in our area and throughout the state. In addition to school safety, the roundtable will also focus on discussing mental health issues such as providing funding to schools and communities for adequate mental health.

The Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents in a recent letter noted that while most gun violence against children occurs away from school, in the last twenty-five years nearly forty shootings have occurred at schools resulting in deaths of 111 students and 26 school personnel.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

What: Roundtable Focused on School Safety

Who: New York State Senator Greg Ball,

Mount Pleasant Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney

Members of the Mount Pleasant Central School District Board of Education,

Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Lou Alagno,

Mt. Pleasant School Board President James Grieco,

Mt. Pleasant School Board member Vincent D’Ambroso,

Mt. Pleasant School Board member Laurie Donato,

Mt. Pleasant School Board member Thomas McCabe,

Westlake High School Guidance Counselor Nick DiPaolo

Westlake Middle School Principal Robert Hendrickson,

Columbus Elementary School Principal Michael Cunzio,

Columbus Elementary School Psychologist Nicole Lloyd,

Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services Mary Ellis,

Director of Special Education and Student Services Jennifer DelConte,

Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Donna Pirro,

Search for Change, Inc. Director of Human Resources Tricia Golden,

Search for Change, Inc. Director of Residential and Community Services Ashley Brody,

United Way Westchester and Putnam, Outreach and Emergency Management Director Pat Anderson,

Law enforcement officials,

Mental health professionals,

Students and others.

When: Saturday, June 8th at noon

Where: Westlake High School: 825 Westlake Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594

For more information please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.


Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball

Media: (845) 200 9716

Personal: (914) 406 5114

Bazzo 06/07/13


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