Long Island Assembly Delegation Hosts Youth Services Summit
By Nicole Russo
The Long Island Assembly Republican Delegation hosted a Youth Services Summit Round table at Farmingdale State College Campus. Members heard testimony from various representatives of local school districts, summer camps, counseling centers, charities, and other neighborhood organizations that help children on Long Island.
Representatives of various organizations including the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, YMCA, BOCES, Catholic Charities, and countless others were able to meet with legislators and each other to discuss Long Island’s youth services. Together these groups discussed and provided an overview about programs that are working, programs that require improvement and how legislators can assist in any way.
Assemblyman Andrew Raia
“The institutions that exist purely to help our children on Long Island are invaluable and the incredible work they do every day cannot be overstated,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “I am confident that after today’s meeting we will be able to better organize our efforts and offer a sound outreach to the community.”
“This Summit Roundtable is a great opportunity to hear the testimony of and better organize the host of programs and organizations available to assist troubled youth and their families,” said Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). “By better organizing these services, we can ensure those who need help receive it in a timely, efficient manner.”
“In order to meet our obligation to Long Island’s children, it is imperative that service providers, advocacy groups and government officials make a coordinated effort to deliver the support our kids need and deserve,” said Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook). “This forum will bring some of the most dedicated and hard working organizations and individuals together to strengthen the assistance Long Island provides to at-risk youth in need of a helping hand.”
“Youth service programs are helpful in our society to create learning and development opportunities for children and young adults,” said Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown). “Increasing communication between the many different youth programs currently available here on Long Island will expose our young adults to the local community values we hold dear.”
“Long Island is home to a wealth of organizations, programs and services for troubled and at-risk youth,” said Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square). “This summit will be crucial in helping to ensure all our families and children seeking assistance can find and receive it easier.”
“I am excited to be joined by so many who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people. Our young people are our future, and thanks to the hard work of those gathered here, this future is bright. As legislators, we strive to provide those in our communities with the resources they need to make a difference. While many young men and women receive support from our schools, there are other resources available to teens and we want them to be aware of those who are working diligently to help them succeed. Through efforts like today’s meeting, I believe we can better coordinate these initiatives and continue to do what’s best for our children,” said Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WF,I- Huntington Station).