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Brien McMahon Students Take Part In 'Meet The Leaders' With Rilling, Duff

Brien McMahon High School Principal Suzanne Koroshetz, Cablevision host David Smith, student Eric Van Der Els, student Claire Keller, state Sen. Bob Duff, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and student Helmuth Iraheta.
Brien McMahon High School Principal Suzanne Koroshetz, Cablevision host David Smith, student Eric Van Der Els, student Claire Keller, state Sen. Bob Duff, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and student Helmuth Iraheta. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Students at Brien McMahon High School recently participated in the Cablevision television show "Meet the Leaders at School."

Following welcoming remarks by Principal Suzanne Koroshetz and an introduction by Cablevision moderator David Smith, state Sen. Bob Duff and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling addressed the audience and participated in a Q&A with students that covered a variety of topics. Questions discussed ranged from the effect of social media on political campaigns, everyday challenges facing an elected official, relationship between the state Senate and the local mayor, the reasons for pursuing a career in politics and more.

“Congratulations to all the students who participated in the event,” Duff said. “Programs such as this are invaluable as they make public service come alive for young people. Getting students interested in and enthused about how local government works will definitely provide us with better citizens in the future and leaders who are involved in their communities.”

“It was a pleasure interacting with the bright, motivated students here today,” Rilling said. “Their questions were interesting and very perceptive.”

“Cablevision’s 'Meet the Leaders' is a terrific platform through which to engage students in current affairs and provide them with a firsthand opportunity to meet leaders like Sen. Bob Duff and Mayor Harry Rilling,” said Jennifer Ostrager, Cablevision vice president of public affairs. “Our young people are our next generation of leaders, and it is vital that they be knowledgeable about key issues that affect both them and their families.”

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