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Saturday
May042019

KP Cub Scout Pack 379 Meets With Legislator Trotta

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Speaks at Meeting of Kings Park Cub Scout Pack 379 Webelos Den 2

Pictured at the meeting are Den Leader Janine Victor (rear, left), Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (4th, front row) and scouts Jeremy Victor, Tristan Pinto, Dallas Calderone, Anthony Cusumao, Tyler Schroeter, Diego Valladares, Donovan Valentin, Luca DeFalco, Jack Hiris, Wyatt Hiris and Max Hiris.(Smithtown, NY)…The scouts of Pack 379 Webelos Den 2 invited Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta to attend their recent meeting. They gave Legislator Trotta a warm welcome and had many questions for him. Legislator Trotta spoke about legislation he sponsored that became a law in Suffolk County and was the first of its kind in New York State. A couple of years later, similar legislation passed in Congress and President Trump signed it into law. He showed the boys a picture of the bill signing at the Oval Office. This legislation requires that all phones in businesses, hotels and motels be programmed to dial 911 directly without having to dial nine first. The impetus for this measure was an incident in Texas where a mother was severely injured in a motel room and her young child tried dialing 911 but it would not go through because nine had to be dialed first to get an outside line. Legislator Trotta heard this story from a friend who knew the family and noted that children are taught at an early age to dial 911 in case of an emergency so he sponsored this legislation to protect the residents and visitors to Suffolk County. Den Leader Janine Victor said that he probably has saved lives because of this law.

At the meeting, Legislator Trotta and the scouts talked about local government, the new law to ban straws, the five-cent fee for bags, the environment and the plans for the Nissequogue River State Park.

Legislator Trotta thanked the scouts and for inviting him to their meeting and encouraged them to get involved in their community with service projects and to make sure that when they are old enough to register to vote that they do and participate in the election process.