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Faso, Schumer, Gillibrand won't hold April 7 town halls called for by students

Mar 28, 2018 2:47 pm

Millions of young people around the country marched in Washington D.C., Poughkeepsie, Albany, and elsewhere March 24 to change gun laws, organized by the students from the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting. But that was not the last action the students from Parkland, Florida are taking. They have next called for all Congressional representatives to host town hall meetings on April 7, as elected officials are back in their home districts. WGXC reached out to both New York senators and Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) to see if they would be holding town hall meetings that day. They are not. Faso and Sen. Chuck Schumer did not get back to WGXC, but both do not list any public events on their websites. A spokesperson for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand did get back to WGXC, but did not address any upcoming town halls, only listing past events. While none of the current representatives are listening to the Parkland students on this issue, six of the seven Democrats who want to replace Faso will be at a town hall-styled event on April 7 at Cooks Falls/Horton Fire Hall, at 116 Cooks Falls Rd in Delaware County. Zephyr Teachout, who ran against Faso in 2016, will moderate the forum. Candidates Pat Ryan, Gareth Rhodes, Brian Flynn, Antonio Delgado, David Clegg, and Jeff Beals are expected to attend. The Parkland students are also organizing a second school walkout on April 20.