Moylan says tonight’s forum more issue-specific

Senator James Moylan (file photo)

Senator James Moylan says the first community forum he plans to hold tonight is more issue-specific and action-oriented than the previous public safety forums organized by Adelup.

The senator is holding his first public forum at 6 p.m. tonight at the Yigo Senior Citizens Center. It is the first of several village town halls to discuss various issues associated with public safety.

The community forum is being done in coordination with Yigo Mayor Rudy Matanane and the Yigo Mayor’s Office.

According to Moylan, what makes his forums different from the previous public safety town halls is that his forums will be more issue-specific, with ideas to improve public safety placed on the table.

He said the previous forums were “circled” around improved enforcement, whereas the upcoming ones will be focused on creating policy.

“We don’t want to hold a hearing just to hear what the community has to say. Rather, we want to hold a hearing with the intent of taking back what was heard and transform it into action,” Moylan said.

He added: “Many bills have been introduced, and these forums would help improve these measures and possibly create newer ones.”

Moylan said he has reached out to his colleagues, the Office of the Governor, and the Chief of Police, along with many other stakeholders to attend these town halls.

The second community forum has been scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Piti Social Hall, which is being coordinated with the offices of the mayors of Piti and Asan.

Moylan said the forums will be an opportunity for the community to express their thoughts on legislation and make recommendations on other means to keep their neighborhoods safe.