Enjoying The Holiday Weekend

Dear friends and neighbors,

We’re heading into the last full weekend of April and the weather has finally begun to cooperate making it actually feel like spring. There are so many ways to enjoy what figures to be a spectacular weekend in the 88th Assembly District. Get out and enjoy everything that out cities, towns and villages have to offer.

I’d also like to wish those who are celebrating to have a very happy Passover, which begins this weekend as well.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@Assembly.State.NY.US.

THURSDAY

  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host a Curator’s Talk at 7:30 p.m. The topic is Fashion and Femininity in Gilded Age America. Claire McRee and Sarah Pickman, curators of Gilded Age Glamour: Fashions from the Bartow- Pell Collection, will lead the discussion. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Picture House will present a screening of “Racing Extinction”, which draws attention to mankind’s role in a potential loss of at least half of the world’s species, at 7 p.m. The film will be followed by a discussion with Natalie Cash, Executive Producer at Wildlife Conservation Society. Visit thepicturehouse.org for more information.
  • The Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) Spring Theatre Season kicks off with a production of “Batboy The Musical”. The show is based on a 1992 issue of the Weekly World News that featured a “batboy” on the cover. It’s a dark musical comedy that tells the story of a half-bat, half-boy who seeks love and acceptance from a backwoods town that must face demons of their own. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.

    The Batboy

    The Batboy

  • The New Rochelle Public Library will host a “Friends Mini-Book Sale” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will host its monthly Coffeehouse Music Series at 8 p.m. Bronxville resident Sal Casabianca and Yonkers resident Peter C. North will be performing. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • Speak with Pelham Weekly/Pelham Plus editor Maggie Klein during her Talk with Maggie Sessions in Pelham. Klein will be at Renaissance Bagel (309 Fifth Avenue) at 8:15 a.m.; at JM Café (129 Wolfs Lane) at 9:30; and Bakery at Four
    The Victor LaGamma Trio

    The Victor LaGamma Trio

    Four Corners (4668 Boston Post Road) at 10:45. Visit pelhamplus.com for more information.

  • The Victor LaGamma Trio will return to Alvin and Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host its Clothing Closet Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact Lee Corbett at lcorbett@reformedchurch.org or visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The 35th annual Spring Westchester County Home Show will take place at the County Center in White Plains from 11a.m.-6 p.m. and again on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Pelham Arts Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • Pop artist Michael Albert will be at the Eastchester Public Library at 2 p.m. to discuss his form of art, which includes creating collages out of cereal boxes. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.
  • The White Plains Business Improvement is hosting a screening of The Jungle Book at Cinema De Lux (19 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) at 10 a.m. Visit wpbid.com/events/april-23-earth-weekend-free-showing-jungle-book for more information.jb
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host a workshop entitled “Men Talking to Boys: Tackling Domestic Violence” at 6 p.m. The workshop, which is presented by African American Men of Westchester, focuses on recognizing and preventing domestic violence. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Public Library will host a “Friends Mini Book Sale” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The White Plains Take It Or Leave It (TILI) Shed will open for the season at 9 a.m. at the Gedney Recycling Yard on Gedney Way. Residents are able to leave households items in good condition while taking others. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stamen Animal Hospital (61 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle).  Call 914-632-1269 to schedule a required appointment.
  • The New Rochelle Public Library will host a Humane Education Forum at 10:30 a.m. The Humane Society of Westchester will be on hand with volunteers and the doggie ambassador to discuss the humane treatment of animals. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will host its annual “Woman of the Year” and “Distinguished Community Service Award” ceremony at 5 p.m. Bronxville resident Dee Sorenson will receive the “Woman of the Year” Award while Eastchester residents Margaret and Anthony Colavita will be honored with the Community Service Award. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host Dr. Sándor Szabó as he performs on the church’s new Steinway D piano from 3-5 p.m. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Jewish Center (451 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) is collecting gently used items from 2-4 p.m. for its annual tag sale, which will take place on May 22. Contact Darren Lee at copyusany@aol.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Larks will perform at The Manor Club (1023 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) at 3 p.m. The Larks is an accomplished group of 22 women from Pelham and the surrounding communities who sing a cappella. Visit themanorclubofpelham.org for more information.

    larks

    The Pelham Larks

  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host a Fashion Studio Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in its brand new studio. The program subscribes to The New England Fashion+Design Association’s curriculum and draws on both the deep rich traditions perfected in European Couture Houses and as well from contemporary design techniques. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.

MONDAY

  • The Journal News will be hosting a 7 p.m. debate at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) titled “Should New York Allow Aid in Dying?” I will participate in the debate, which is the result of legislation that I have authored that would allow terminally ill adults to die with dignity. The event is free. Reserve your seat at tickets.lohud.com/e/aid-in-dying-debate.

For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.

 

 

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A Debate About Aid In Dying

Dear friends and neighbors,

I will be participating in a debate on April 25th at the Scarsdale Library on a serious and timely issue – Aid In Dying.

The debate, which is being hosted by The Journal News, will begin at 7 p.m. and I will be arguing the pro side. I have written legislation that would allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults to request life-ending medication from a doctor. life

I have hosted Town Hall meetings about this issue and spoken about it through the media, including The Journal News. This, however, will be the first time I will discuss the issue in a debate format.  Joining me in advocating for Aid in Dying will be David Leven, the executive director of End of Life Choices New York, and Stacey Gibson, a volunteer advocate for Compassion and Choices.

Ed Mechmann, the director of public policy for The Archdiocese of New York, J.J. Hanson, the president of Patients’ Rights Action Fund, and Anna Fay, a board member of Westchester Disabled on the Move, will represent the opposing viewpoint.

The debate will be moderated by Gary Stern and Nancy Cutler of The Journal News.

This is a very important issue, one in which I firmly believe and with which I have personal experience. Whether you agree or not with my position or if you haven’t made up your mind, I’d love to have you there so you can listen and learn what this legislation is truly all about.

The Weekend Is Upon Us: The Extended Super Bowl Edition

Dear friends and neighbors,

The Super Bowl will be played Sunday evening and I’m sure many of you are looking forward to the big game. There are, however, plenty of things to do and see in the 88th Assembly District this weekend before the big game that will help fill your time leading up to kickoff.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@Assembly.State.NY.US.

Thursday

  • I will be hosting a “Conversation About Aid In Dying” at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club (37 Drake Road, Scarsdale) from 7-9 p.m. It will be a discussion about allowing terminally ill, mentally competent New York adults to voluntarily request and receive a prescription medication to allow them to die with dignity. Visit http://bit.ly/aidindyingtalk to register for the event.
  • The Committee for New Rochelle Black History Month will host a College Resource Night at New Rochelle High School’s House 4 Cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. The school will also host author David Banks in the Linda E. Kelly Theater from 6-8 p.m. Call 914-200-3743 for more information.
  • The Junior League of Bronxville will hold an informational meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on the third floor of The Christ Church (17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville). Visit jlbronxville.org for more information.

 Friday

  • Head over to Alvin and Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway) for Motown Night with Jazmyn. The jazz/r&b/funk duo will perform between 7 and 10:45 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developmental League will take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the County Center in White Plains at 7 p.m. Visit westchesterknicks.com for more information.knicks
  • The New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital (55 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville) will conduct a Go Red Women’s Health Screening as part of National Wear Red Day in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease. The event will take place in the main lobby from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Visit nyplawrence.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library will host the “Friends Big Book Sale” from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. followed by a “Mini-Book Sale” on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (897 S. Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon) will present “St. Paul’s and the Presidents”, a program detailing the extensive connection between St. Paul’s and five U.S. presidents from George Washington to Franklin Roosevelt. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • I will be a judge at the sixth annual adult and teen spelling bee at Scarsdale High School (1057 White Plains Road) beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is organized by the Friends of Scarsdale Library. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org/friends.

Saturday

  • The Pelham Arts Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) Chinese New Year Folk Art Event will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with dancing and craft workshops. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.

    The Year of the Monkey

    The Year of the Monkey

  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio will perform at Alvin and Friends Restaurant in New Rochelle between 7:30 and 11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestuarant.com for more information.
  • The Big Brew New York Beer Festival returns to the County Center in White Plains from 4-8 p.m. There will be more than 200 craft beers, food and entertainment. Visit bigbrewny.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library will host a Chinese New Year celebration by offering origami and paper cutting with Julie Tang at 11 a.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (24 Depot Square, Tuckahoe) will host an Italian Cooking Class for children from 2-3 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host a Victorian Valentine Workshop (1-3 p.m.) followed by a Winter Walk in the Park (3-5 p.m.). Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester will sponsor “Sew and Style: Fashion Design & Creation for Beginners”, an eight-week program that will show you how to bringing your ideas for clothing designs to life. The 10 a.m. class is at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.
  • The Northeast Etsy Artists Association will put on a Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop from noon-4 p.m. at the West Elm on 678 Post Road in Scarsdale. A dozen artists will be there to discuss and sell their handmade creations. The show will continue Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Visit facebook.com/NortheastEtsyArtistsAssociation for more information.

 Sunday

  • The Symphony of Westchester’s Annual Family Concert will take place from 3-4 p.m. at Iona College’s Murphy Auditorium (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle). The winner of the Symphony of Westchester’s Young Artist’s Competition will also be announced. Visit thesymphonyofwestchester.org for more information.

    Symphony of Westchester

    Symphony of Westchester

  • The New Rochelle Library will present “Dreams of Love: Great Romantic Songs by the Masters” as a lead-in to Valentine’s Day. Showtime is 3 p.m. at the library’s Ossie Davis Theater. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Annual Westchester Camp and Activities Fair will take place at the Crowne Plaza (66 Hale Avenue, White Plains) from noon-3 p.m. There will be camp directors and staff from more than 50 day, specialty and sleep-away camps in and around Westchester on hand to answer questions about their summer programs. Visit westchestercampfair.com for more information.
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year at The White Plains Library during a 2 p.m. presentation. Visit whitplainslibary.org for more information.
  • Scarsdale’s Hoff-Barthelson Music School Master Class Series will continue with a 2 p.m. performance by cellist Alan Harris at the Scarsdale Library. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway White Plains) will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The drive is part of “100 Acts of Kindness” that will mark the anniversary. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains will also be hosting a Winter Tea at 2 p.m. Displays of unusual tea pots and services will be shown. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.com for more information.

For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.

 

 

A Panel Discussion Regarding Aid in Dying

I will be hosting a Feb. 4 panel discussion at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club on aid in dying. David Leven, the executive director of End of Life Choices, Dr. Howard Grossman, the chairman of Physicians for Compassionate Care, Rabbi Emily Korzenik, the spiritual leader of the Fellowship for Jewish Learning, and Eric Seiff, a terminally ill patient, will be on the panel. Linda Leavitt, the former editor of The Scarsdale Inquirer, will serve as moderator.

I authored A.5261-B/S.5814, a bill which allows a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to request life-ending medication should he/she choose to end their own life in a dignified manner. A recent poll by EaglePoint Strategies reported that three out of four New York voters support access to aid in dying for terminally ill adults.life

Eighty-eight percent of those polled agreed that if they are terminally ill, the decision about whether or not to use medication to choose the time of their death should be a decision made between the patient and their families under a physician’s care. In addition, 87 percent of those polled agreed that the government had no right to make decisions about medical care if a person is dying from a terminal illness. The clear majorities observed extended across party lines, religious affiliations, levels of education, gender, age and region.

The thought of having to suffer through a horrific, painful, degrading death, and one that brings added stress and agony to my loves ones, is inconceivable to me. A majority of New Yorkers have made clear that they do not want limits imposed on their options of what they can and can’t do when they are terminally ill. If I am terminally ill, I should be able to choose to end my life calmly, peacefully and in a dignified way, at a time and in a setting I choose where I am surrounded by those I love. That is what my bill is about.

The Scarsdale Woman’s Club is located at 37 Drake Road in Scarsdale. The public can go to http://bit.ly/aidindyingtalk to register for the event.

Statewide Poll Shows New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Aid In Dying

I sent out this press release on Wednesday and thought I would share it on my blog.

SCARSDALENew York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) today announced that a statewide poll conducted in New York by EaglePoint Strategies shows three out of four New York voters support access to aid in dying for terminally ill adults. Paulin is the author of legislation (A.5261-B/S.5814) that allows a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to request life-ending medication that he or she may choose to use to end his or her life.

Eighty-eight percent of those polled agreed that if they are terminally ill, the decision about whether or not to use medication to speed their death should be a decision made between them and their families, under the care of a physician. In addition, 87 percent of those polled agreed that the government had no right to make decisions about medical care if a person is dying from a terminal illness. The clear majorities observed extended across party lines, religious affiliations, levels of education, gender, age and region.

“I am not surprised to learn that the majority of the people polled believe that their fate should rest solely in their own hands,” Paulin said. “The thought of having to suffer through a horrific, painful, degrading death, and one that brings added stress and agony to my loves ones, is inconceivable. A majority of New Yorkers have made clear that they do not want limits imposed on their options of what they can and can’t do when they are terminally ill. If I am terminally ill, I should be able to choose to end my life calmly, peacefully and in a dignified way, at a time and in a setting I choose where I am surrounded by those I love. That is what my bill is about.”

The announced poll results come in the wake of Monday’s news that California Governor Jerry Brown signed that state’s End of Life Option Act into law. California joins Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana in authorizing aid in dying.

“I am so pleased that Governor Brown has signed this important legislation,” Paulin said. “Enactment of the law in California, together with the poll results here in New York, reflect the growing recognition by a majority of Americans that terminally ill, mentally competent patients should have the right to choose whether and when to end their own lives with prescribed medication when their suffering becomes unbearable. I look forward to having meaningful discussion with my colleagues in the Assembly about this issue so that New York can be the next state to authorize this end of life option.”

The survey of 1000 registered voters in New York State was conducted by phone last month from September 15-20. Respondents to the poll reflected the State enrolled voting electorate by gender, age, political party and region. The survey has a 3.1% margin of error.

Paulin’s legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Bonacic (R-42).