It was standing room only at a board meeting in Lancaster on Monday night as more than 100 teens told their elected officials how they felt about the proposed skateboarding law. YNN's Natalia Martinez was at the meeting where emotions ran high.
LANCASTER, N.Y. -- They held signs and spoke before a crowd of nearly 200 people in support of a sport they love.
"Skate, snowboard and surf, that what my life revolves around," said Emily Handy, skateboarder.
But, some at the Village of Lancaster Board Meeting on Monday night said they've had enough with unruly skateboarders not watching out for those using the sidewalk.
"We've already had issues, we've had people run into, people run over. I don't hear anybody, anybody defending that," said Susan Foster, local business owner.
The board is proposing changes to an old village ordinance that would make skateboarding on sidewalks and walkways illegal. Dan Prichard used to own the Siren Skateshop, until he shut it down in protest of what he calls the demonization of skateboarders by the media and others.
"It infuriates me, it infuriates me enough to shut my store down because I don't want to be part of a community that's going to do that to their own kids," exclaimed Prichard.
Before voting on the ordinance banning sidewalk skating, the trustees had to decide whether or not to proceed to the next step, which would be a public hearing. But, officials knocked that idea down due to the inspirational speeches of so many teens who are participating in local government and trying to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.
With the help of the father of Bryce Buchholz, a hit and run victim, the Lancaster skaters have raised $53,000 to build a skatepark, which inspired the trustees to say they'll do everything they can to make the park a reality.