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Candidate for State Assembly Talks With Port Byron Seniors

On the morning of Sept. 27., Port Byron CSD welcomed the first of what we hope will be several local politicians to the school to speak with seniors from two of our civics classes. Keith Batman, who is running for the 126th District Assembly seat, visited Dana West to talk with students about the issues they’ll need to consider as they head to the polls for the first time.
batman addresses the room
Batman began by discussing the importance of the state assembly, stating that the role represents a community’s voice in Albany; one that’s needed to get things accomplished on the local level. He argued that state lawmakers should be concerned with finding funding for local municipalities, rather than making decisions for them from a 10,000-foot view.
students listening intently
students listening to batman

He also addressed a couple of infrastructure issues currently facing local residents, such as the need to provide clean drinking water for everyone, and the increasingly critical need for access to reliable high-speed internet throughout the area.

Job creation was another strong point of emphasis, and Batman spoke at length about his belief that the key to building jobs and retaining young talent lies in a partnership between local community colleges, unions, and businesses.

Students asked Batman a number of questions, ranging from the amount of research required on a topic to Batman’s views on civility (or the lack thereof) in politics. The visit provided exposure to the kinds of real-world concerns these young adults will be thinking about in both the immediate and far future before they cast their vote.

batman answer's a student's question



Superintendent: Neil O'Brien
Phone: 315.776.5728
Fax: 315.776.4050
Address: 30 Maple Avenue
Port Byron, New York 13140