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In Huntington, community meeting overload?

Jennifer Patrozza, front, and a group of Huntington

Jennifer Patrozza, front, and a group of Huntington School District moms rally outside town hall to push for Jack Abrams Intermediate students to move to the building. (April 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday/Deborah Morris

Huntington Councilwoman Glenda Jackson is up tonight. On Wednesday, it’s Councilman Mark Mayoka.

After last week’s decision by the Huntington school board to create a sixth-grade center at Jack Abrams Intermediate School -- the focal point of discussion about violence in the Huntington Station area -- and move all fourth- and fifth-grade classes to Woodhull Intermediate School, town officials are lining up to sponsor community meetings to hear residents’ concerns.

Jackson's “Community Speak Out!” session will run from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jack Abrams. On Wednesday, Mayoka will hold a similar session, also at Jack Abrams, starting at 7 p.m.

That’s not all. At least three additional public meetings on the issue are slated with town officials and local organizations over the next three weeks. That’s on top of three meetings held by town board members earlier this month, not to mention the school board meeting where vote on the school move was held.

And several council members are also holding private meetings with community groups.

“They are trying to wear us out! lol,” said one person on the Jack Abrams Facebook group.

But Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter says the more opportunities to communicate, the better:

“Our position is that the community gave us a loud and clear message that we need to improve our communication with them and we are committed to doing whatever is necessary and take whatever measures necessary to keep open and expand the lines of communication that have formed recently. This includes meetings, not just to update the community on what’s happening, but to listen, to see how we can work with the community, to join forces with the community to make feelings known.”

Jennifer Petrozzo, front, and a group of Huntington School District moms rally outside town hall to push for Jack Abrams Intermediate students to move to the building. (Newsday Photo / Deborah Morris  /April 22, 2010)

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