Town Teams With Students To Enhance Safety

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Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Ed Ambrosino recently welcomed a group of 24 Sewanhaka High School students who proposed legislation before the Town Board in an effort to enhance safety in the community. The students’ influential visit to Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion marked another year of Murray and Ambrosino’s longtime involvement with Sewanhaka’s SAIL (Students Active in Law) program.

Sewanhaka’s SAIL class, which meets on a regular basis before the start of school, focused on a number of topics throughout the year impacting the community. Recently, safety concerns at a trio of intersections in the community caught the eye of the students. During the Town Board meeting, the SAIL students spoke before the board to provide specific recommendations within their proposals.

“I enjoy working with these young men and women on issues that have an impact on their fellow neighbors,” Ambrosino said. “This educational program offers students a hands-on opportunity to see how government works and to truly make a difference in their communities.”

The students’ proposals featured the installation of stop signs at both the northbound and southbound lanes of intersections at Madison St./Landau Ave., Marshall St./Raff Ave. and Webster St./Crest Ave.

“I applaud the efforts of these hard working students who were dedicated to a cause in their neighborhood,” Murray said. “They are to be commended for coming before the board to propose something that they believe in; already leaders in their community, these students have the potential to be future leaders in government and in society.”

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