Written by: Marcela Rojas

A roundtable discussion on school safety and mental health issues will be hosted Saturday by state Sen. Greg Ball and Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith.

The roundtable is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Mahopac.

The event comes four months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that left 20 children and six school employees dead.

The roundtable is open to the public and is meant to give Putnam residents an opportunity to offer input on ideas and legislation for improving school safety . Mental health issues including providing funding to schools and communities will also be discussed.

“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,” Ball said in a statement. “I am eager to sit down with local law enforcement, school officials and students to figure out how we can coordinate our efforts to ensure our schools are safe.”

Among the participants will be superintendents from Mahopac, Carmel and Haldane central school districts, representatives from the Mental Health Association of Putnam County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Putnam County, as well as law enforcement from Carmel and the MTA. (ARTICLE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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