Well, something’s getting done in the Senate. Kind of. Amid all the chaos that is Albany, (see latest here) state Sen. Thomas Morahan, R-New City, announced that South Orangetown Schools Superintendent Kenneth Mitchell will be presented the New York State Senate Liberty Award.
Mitchell was held hostage on Tuesday in his office, located at the district’s middle school. He was locked in his office, and wrestled the suspect to the ground and kicked the gun away as police shot off the locked door and burst in. No one was hurt. Go here and here for the latest news coverage.
The award will be given during a special ceremony at noon tomorrow (Friday) in the library of the South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt.
What’s been interesting about watching Mitchell speak about the incident is his clear belief that he was just doing his job. Refreshing.
Ron Levine, Morahan’s spokesman, said that the actions of Mitchell were “so amazing,” that they couldn’t go unrecognized, even as the Senate is amid leadership coups, aisle-jumping, lockouts and other nonsense that keeps them from the people’s business. “Every senator has the right, whether on one side of the aisle or the other side of the aisle, to recognize good works,” Levine said. “There are still wonderful things going on.”
Just not so much in Albany.
Getting a Liberty Award from the state Senate? Nice thought. Now let’s hope the senators can liberate themselves and get back to work.
JOURNAL NEWS PHOTO: South Orangetown Schools Superintendent Kenneth Mitchell.