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    BREWSTER, N.Y. – For the second straight year Senator Greg Ball will be assembling a Student Advisory Council of high school students from the 40th Senate District.

    Ball is seeking highly motivated and determined students, according to a media release. Those interested should contact Suzi McDonough at (845) 279-3773 or

    The council was created by Ball so that students could combat issues like bullying, texting while driving, social media privacy and minimum wage increases. The students involved also took a trip to Albany and had the opportunity to introduce, debate, and vote on legislation on the New York State Senate floor in a mock session.

    “When I was a student I wanted to get involved but felt my elected officials were unapproachable,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I really wanted to change that perception once elected. It’s so important that we encourage our youth to get active and involved in our communities.”

    Ball’s Student Advisory Council will also elect a new Co-Chair after Brewster High School graduate Drew Podgorski leaves this fall to attend Macaulay Honors College at CUNY.

    “Serving on Senator Ball’s Student Advisory Council has been a great honor. Last year, the mock senate session was a huge success among both the students who participated and the teachers who witnessed it,” said co-chair of the Student Advisory Council Drew Podgorski. “I encourage any student that would like to get involved and learn how government works to join the advisory council. This has been a great experience and I look forward to coming back to visit all the great friends I have made.”

    The outgoing Superintendent of the Peekskill School District knows the importance of students becoming involved in their community and he is excited about the opportunity created by Ball.

    “This is a wonderful opportunity for kids throughout Peekskill to get a firsthand experience of how state government works,” said Peekskill City School District Superintendent Jim Willis. “I salute Senator Ball for establishing this Student Advisory Council and encourage all our students to get involved.” (ARTICLE)