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Click on the "Play" button to watch a replay of the "Meet Your Legislator" event, held April 15 at Guilderland High School. In addition, a replay of the event will air on Channel 16 throughout the weeks of April 20 and April 27 on the days and times listed below:
Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., and Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Large turnout for "Meet Your Legislator" event

April 16, 2015—More than 250 people, with standing room only, attended Wednesday’s “Meet Your Legislator” community event. The offices of Senator George Amedore and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy graciously accepted the district’s invitation for this unique community conversation. However, due to unexpected circumstances, Senator Amedore was unable to attend and was instead represented by his Legislative Director Kaitlyn MacLeod.

The purpose of the program was to give the community a chance to meet with their local elected officials to learn more about their priorities and perspectives on education issues.

The evening kicked off with Assemblymember Fahy and Amedore representative MacLeod sharing their views on various issues facing public education today. A representative of the Guilderland Teachers Association then shared a prepared statement outlining the group's views on the recently adopted state budget before parents, teachers, students and community members addressed the panel with their questions and comments. Topics discussed throughout the night included Common Core, standardized testing and teacher evaluations.

Both officials were very receptive of the community's feedback. “Thank you for these actionable items,” said MacLeod. “Part of my job is to look into different policy areas about how we can fix things. So, I’m happy I’m here tonight.”

Assemblymember Fahy echoed that sentiment saying, “I do appreciate the advocacy. I would even say do more."

At the end of the event, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles thanked officials and community members for the dynamic conversation. She concluded, “Theirs is not an easy position. I am confident both Assemblymember Fahy and Senator Amedore’s office will continue to work together with community members to nurture these needs and concerns.”