Western New York Assembly Minority Members To Host Forum On Mental Health, School Safety & Violence

***Media Advisory***
February 11, 2013
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, along with Assemblymen John Ceretto, Raymond Walter, David DiPietro, Steve Hawley, Joseph Giglio and Andy Goodell, will be holding a legislative forum to discuss the very serious issues of Mental Health, School Safety, Gun Violence, and General Public Safety and the correlation of those factors and what comprehensive measures we can take to actually improve the safety of every individual in New York State. Other State representatives from Western New York who will also be in attendance include Senator Patrick Gallivan, and Assemblymen Dennis Gabryszak and Mickey Kearns.

Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act has come under much scrutiny for the lack of process and discussion regarding a law that impacts so many citizens. Their objective is to have a transparent and productive conversation with testimony from individuals and organizations, which aims to improve school and public safety, and adequately address many of the concerns and growing need for enhancement of mental health services and programs for our community. The public is welcome to attend and listen to testimony or follow the event on Twitter using #SAFEForum.

WHO: Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (Clarence)
Assemblyman John Ceretto (Lewiston)
Assemblyman Raymond Walter (Amherst)
Assemblyman David DiPietro (East Aurora)
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (Batavia)
Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (Olean)
Assemblyman Andy Goodell (Chautauqua)
Erie County Sheriff, Tim Howard
Erie County Clerk, Chris Jacobs
Erie County Mental Health Assn, Executive Director, Kenneth Houseknecht
National Assn. of School Psychologists, Former Pres., Dr. Peter Faustino
Erie County Assn. of School Boards, Executive Director, Jane Burzynski
SCOPE, President, Stephan Aldstad
SCOPE, Chairman, Bud Schroeder

WHAT: Western New York Legislative Forum on Mental Health, School Safety and Gun Violence

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mahoney Office Building, Hearing Room 4, 65 Court Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

CONTACT: Paul Bologna: (716) 839-4690 (office) or (716) 536-3625 (cell)