U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Flushing, said has been forced to cancel a U.S. service academy information forum she was planning to host this week due to the government shutdown.
The forum, which had been scheduled for Oct. 18 at Forest Hills High School, would have been the congresswoman’s first-ever information for students interested in applying to one of the nation’s service academies, such as West Point or the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Representatives from several institutions were planned to discuss requirements and procedures for applying.
But Meng said she had to cancel the event because a majority of the representatives who had planned to attend were furloughed amid the government shutdown.
“Canceling this important forum for our local students is extremely disappointing,” Meng said. “It illustrates how our congressional district continues to feel the effects of the GOP shutdown.”
Despite the forum being cancelled, Meng is still accepting applications from students to the academies. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.
Students who need an application should call Meng’s offices at 718-445-7860 or 718-445-7861.