Watervliet, NY – Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) met with Advanced Placement (AP) government students at Watervliet High School to discuss progress and advocacy on behalf of bill S2824/A9907. This legislation will establish a maximum temperature in school buildings and indoor facilities. It also calls for schools to provide a policy to protect the well being of students and faculty in cases of extreme heat equaling 90 degrees or higher. The bill is sponsored by Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak.
Each year, AP government students at Watervliet High School select a topic to research with their teacher Scott Burke. This year, the students chose to research excessive temperatures in high schools and public facilities. They found that there is no state or federal laws which set a maximum limit for hot temperatures.
Mr. Burke and his class have been gathering signatures and writing members of the Legislature to advocate on behalf of the bill. The students held a question-and-answer session to discuss how a bill becomes a law with Assemblymember Gabryszak and other members who were present. The students updated the Assemblymember with their progress.
“I applaud these high school students for their advocacy and research,” Assemblymember Gabryszak said. “They are learning the legislative process first hand and taking a proactive approach to fight for something they believe in.”
“We appreciate Assemblymember Gabryszak’s assistance with our project and we appreciate his concern for safe and comfortable learning environments for New York State schools,” said Jordyn Sogoian, a 12th grade student at Watervliet. “The Assemblymember has given us a first-hand experience in government participation and the state legislative process.”
“I am very proud of our students’ efforts to follow through on the development and execution of a proposed bill,” said Dr. Lori S. Caplan, Superintendent of Watervliet City School District. “We appreciate Assemblymember Gabryszak taking the time to talk with our students as they learn the importance of participating in our democracy.”
“I am proud of all of my students, past and present, who have championed this important civic issue,” said Scott Burke. “Assemblymember Gabryszak has enabled us to see the fruits of our hard work and effort.”
“This legislation is important for the safety and well being of students and faculty at Watervliet High School as well as across the rest of the state,” Burke added. “I do not remember summers being as warm as they are now when I was in high school. Schools and other public facilities need to adapt to climate change.”