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Mayor Will Visit Jackson Heights For Town Hall Meeting

P.S. 69

P.S. 69

Nov. 10, 2015 By Laura A. Shepard

If you have a question for the mayor, you may get to ask him yourself at a town hall meeting Thursday night.

Councilman Daniel Dromm and several community groups will host the town hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina and several senior DOE officials at P.S. 69, located at 77-02 37th Ave.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. with brief remarks from the politicians.

Wiley Norvell from de Blasio’s press office said he expects issues to range from early education to specialized high school admissions, but added, “ultimately the parents and community members will decide.”

He also noted that the crowd is expected to reach its capacity of 300, so he suggested that residents reach out to Dromm’s office before attending to ensure there is sufficient space.

Dromm’s office can be reached at (718) 803-6373.

The format of the town hall will be question and answer, but there will be staff on hand to provide information and assist families with casework. Therefore if a family has a specific issue, someone will be there to help them resolve it.

The mayor’s office selected Jackson Heights for the meeting because the surrounding school districts 24 and 30 are very dynamic, Norvell said.

“There’s a high proportion of English language learners, some overcrowding issues and the population of young people in that area has grown enormously in recent years,” he said.

Norvell also said de Blasio recently expressed the desire to do more town hall meetings, so more will likely follow in the coming months.

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