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    Written by: Marcela Rojas

    A roundtable discussion on school safety and mental health issues will be hosted Saturday by state Sen. Greg Ball and Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith.

    The roundtable is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Mahopac.

    The event comes four months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that left 20 children and six school employees dead.

    The roundtable is open to the public and is meant to give Putnam residents an opportunity to offer input on ideas and legislation for improving school safety . Mental health issues including providing funding to schools and communities will also be discussed.

    β€œIn the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook event and other recent school shootings, I believe it is vital that we come together as a community to find sensible solutions to keep our communities safe,” Ball said in a statement. β€œI am eager to sit down with local law enforcement, school officials and students to figure out how we can coordinate our efforts to ensure our schools are safe.”

    Among the participants will be superintendents from Mahopac, Carmel and Haldane central school districts, representatives from the Mental Health Association of Putnam County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Putnam County, as well as law enforcement from Carmel and the MTA. (ARTICLE)