I am proud to announce that four students from the 88th Assembly District were selected as the winners of my “There Ought To Be A Law” contest.
Middle school students in my district were asked to identify a problem impacting New Yorkers and suggest a law that would rectify the issue. Seventy-two students submitted proposals for legislation.
Sarah Jane O’Connor, an eighth-grader in the Pelham Middle School, was awarded first place for proposing that the State mandate insurance coverage for basic hearing aids. I will draft a bill to mandate insurance coverage of hearing aids in response to O’Connor’s proposal.
I am thrilled by the response we received to this contest and happy to know that so many students in my district are aware of issues facing New Yorkers. After reading all the responses, it is clear that we have some very intelligent, civic-minded youngsters in the 88th Assembly District.
Tuckahoe seventh-graders Jack Doherty and Hayden Ehrenfeld tied for second place. Ehrenfeld proposed a ban on neonicotinoids, which are a class of pesticides attributed to the decline in bee population. I will become a prime co-sponsor of A5529-A, legislation written by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-4), which would prohibit the use of the chemicals atrazine, metalaxyl and the neonicotinoids class of chemicals.
Doherty proposed legislation that would protect a student’s athletic records from tampering and alteration. I will draft a bill mandating school districts to create policies pertaining to the protection of athletic records.
Pelham eighth-grader James Nespole was awarded third place for his proposal regarding the creation of a Good Samaritan Law, which would protect people who take action saving children left unattended in a hot car. I will also become a co-prime sponsor of A8336, legislation written by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-96), which grants immunity from civil liability for those who engage in emergency removal of a child from a motor vehicle.
Connor will visit me in Albany this spring where she will be presented with a citation and make an appearance on the Assembly floor. All of the winners will also visit me in my district office. Congratulations to all of them for a fine job and congratulations to all those who submitted entries. I was very impressed.