There Ought To Be A Law

I am pleased to announce that I will be sponsoring my second annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest for students in grades six to eight throughout the 88th Assembly District.

Students must identify a problem impacting New Yorkers that could be solved via a legislative solution.  One first-place winner will be selected and have the opportunity to see his or her idea possibly become a new law. The winner will have the opportunity to join me in Albany where he or she will be acknowledged on the floor of the New York State Assembly and have a private tour of the State Capitol.  Second and third-place winners will receive an official citation from the New York State Assembly.

All contest submissions are due by April 1. The students whose proposals are selected will be notified on April 15, with the first-place winner taking a trip to Albany sometime in late May or early June.

2016 winner Sarah Jane O’Connor of Pelham

Interested students need to write an essay (750 words maximum) detailing their proposed idea for a law. There are no limitations on what a student can recommend; creativity is encouraged. Entry forms can be found at Students can download the form and e-mail their entry or simply fill it out online.

Middle school principals, teachers, and staff can contact the district office for more information by either calling (914) 723-1115, or by emailing Any inquiries or submissions should be directed to Lisa Hofflich.

Pelham’s Sarah Jane O’Connor was the winner of the inaugural “There Ought to Be a Law” contest held last year. The then eighth-grader in the Pelham Middle School was awarded first place for her essay idea which called for the state to mandate insurance coverage of hearing aids.


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