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Don't Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater

letterTo the Editor: I am as frustrated by the dysfunction and corruption in Albany as anyone, so I largely agree with those whose response to an incumbent running for re-election to the State legislative bodies is to say “no way.” However, that should definitely not be the response when considering incumbent Assembly member, Amy Paulin. Rejecting Amy's candidacy would be a big mistake. It is in just these tough times that we need what Amy Paulin has consistently provided: an able legislator who is in office to make positive contributions to helping people in their community, not just to stay to feather her own nest or to help special interests. Amy Paulin is that special legislator who has stood up for people and reform and against entrenched interests.


  • Amy is one of only two Assembly members to refuse to accept what the leadership calls “member-items” but which is just money handed out to reward following the party line; she is sponsoring legislation to completely overhaul the unfair process for awarding this money to legislators.
  • Amy introduced legislation to stop officeholders convicted of a felony from receiving their taxpayer-funded pensions.
  • Amy pushed for an independent ethics and oversight board for the legislative and executive branches.
  • Amy has long been an advocate for an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission.
  • Amy successfully fought for rule-changes in the Assembly to end “absentee voting” and broadcast proceedings on cable television.
  • Endorsed by both Ed Koch and NY Uprising as a “Hero of Reform,” Amy has proven that she can bring about needed reform in Albany.

So before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, stop and recognize who and what Amy Paulin is and I think you will agree with me that she should be reelected on November 2 so that she can finish the job.

Very truly yours,

David M. Brodsky
October 21, 2010



Slow Down

audiTo the angry bald headed man driving the dark Audi on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 8:40 a.m. Do you live on Kingston Road? This is the second time I have seen you driving at a fast speed and turning left onto Brewster blowing through the stop sign without stopping. You continue to speed south down Brewster and turn left into Huntington despite the parents and small children walking to Greenacres School.

There you are thwarted. Others are patiently waiting their turn to pull up to the curb to let their children out in front of the school.

But your life it too important to wait for others. You drive up onto the curb to go around the others. The safety of the children and parents be damned. You pull up by the opposite curb and get out of the car to curse, then drive on in anger toward the Post Road. I did not see which way you turned.

The hatred that you displayed and the utter disregard for the safety of the children is unacceptable. You are not welcome to live in our community displaying this behavior.

Next time, I will have a pen to write down your license plate, and I will call the police.

Greenacres Mother



A Tale of Courage

meterThis letter was sent to the site by Julie Sullivan of Bronxville: Dear Scarsdale10583: I broke my neck in a car accident 16 years ago and became permanently quadriplegic. I had to start a new life in a wheelchair. There were many things that I would never be able to do. Other activities, such as driving, took a bit of courage but were possible. Driving is a treasured privilege. It gives me freedom, independence, and a sense of normalcy.

When I moved to New York, driving became an expensive hassle. Like many disabled drivers, I can’t put money in a meter. Although I had a disabled permit, I was constantly ticketed because the state had no law governing disability parking meters. Rain and snow compounded my aggravation because I can't reach my windshield. Wipers don't work with a ticket stuck to them and it is impossible to respond to a ticket that has been eviscerated by windshield wipers.

My pleas to State administrators for a meter exemption received this absurd response: We won’t help people who can't put money in a meter because it would be unfair to people who can. I felt like Alice in Wonderland. Defeated, I collected parking tickets. Every ticket was a reminder of my limitations.

Fortunately, while serving on the Disabilities Committee for Eastchester, I met Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. During one of those meetings, we discussed the absurd parking situation. Amy and her team quickly created and drafted the solution: a law that provides a statewide parking meter exemption for disabled drivers who can prove that they are physically incapable of feeding a meter. Although it is a common-sense measure, Amy had to fight tooth and nail and overcome opposition from New York City to win passage for the bill.

Passage of that law did not affect your taxes or curb government waste. It wasn’t headline news. It did, however, make an enormous difference every single day in the lives of ordinary people who face extraordinary challenges.

Assemblywoman Paulin's opponent refers to Amy's legislative accomplishments as "nice little bills" implying that they are unimportant. What she doesn't understand is that good government means that sometimes we have to pass nice little bills for nice little people like me who need them. During her tenure, Amy has tirelessly worked on big issues and small for the state, for the communities she represents, and for her constituents. Please consider her impressive record when you vote. Amy Paulin is an incumbent we need to keep in Albany.

Julie Sullivan

From Jane Manning, President of NOW

manningTo the Editor: I am writing to thank Assemblywoman Amy Paulin for her outstanding work to advance public safety, protect children’s health, and prevent violence against women. The National Organization for Women’s NYC chapter has found Amy Paulin to be one of New York State’s most effective champions for policies that better women’s and children’s lives.

Assemblywoman Paulin won passage of a bill eliminating the statute of limitations in rape cases (under the old law, a rapist who avoided arrest for five years could not be prosecuted under any circumstances, even if proven guilty by DNA evidence). Thanks to Amy Paulin there are rapists in jail—and that means new rapes that will not happen—because of this bill. She sponsored and passed legislation to lengthen orders of protection for domestic violence victims, to expand Family Court access to victims of dating violence, to create criminal penalties for abusers who prevent their victims from calling 911, and to stop human traffickers.

A vigorous advocate for preventive health care, she authored new laws to improve availability of flu and H1N1 vaccines, require insurance companies to cover treatment of mental illness, and expand dental care access for impoverished children.

One of the most productive members of the legislature, she gets results because she is exceptionally hard-working and is respected by Democratic and Republican legislators alike. When I call a Republican legislator or staffer about a bill and mention that it is authored by Assemblywoman Paulin, the bill is taken instantly more seriously because of the trust and respect Assemblywoman Paulin has earned from her colleagues in both parties. Our chapter of the National Organization for Women is deeply grateful to Amy Paulin for her outstanding service to the people of Westchester and New York State.

Jane Manning
President, National Organization for Women, NYC Chapter



In Support of Amy Paulin


Letter to the Editor: We are getting closer to November elections and Scarsdale voters have to make some tough decisions. I've been looking closely at my Assemblymember in the 88th district. I was pleased to find that Assemblywoman Paulin continues to cast votes that are for the greater good. At a time when many lawmakers just vote the party line, Paulin continues to be her own person. It really struck a chord with me when I read that she broke with the Democratic leadership and voted against borrowing $2 billion to balance our state budget. If we had more lawmakers like Assemblywoman Paulin, New York wouldn't be in its current financial mess.

Eric A. Jaffe,
M.D., Scarsdale, N.Y.

Dear Scarsdale10583: When a lawmaker proposes a new tax on us, it is important that we have someone in Albany to fight back. That person is Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. She continues to fight against tax increases and has most recently stopped new taxes on soda, gasoline, cable television, movie theater tickets and Broadway shows. Assemblywoman Paulin has also halted increases in our income tax rate and the mortgage recording tax on co-ops. Can you imagine how many of our hard earned dollars would have been lost had these taxes taken effect? This November we need to re-elect Assemblywoman Amy Paulin so she can continue to be our advocate in Albany, making sure we are not saddled with unfair and burdensome taxes.
Thank you,
Julie Hoofnagle

To the Editor: As a Westchester County resident, mother of four children, and a child abuse pediatrician, I have been amazed at Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s dedication, knowledge, perseverance and skill – particularly in the area of protecting children and keeping children safe. Almost 165,000 cases of child abuses and maltreatment in the State were investigated in 2009. More than 6,100 of these happened in Westchester County.

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin has worked tirelessly to protect the safety and well-being of our children. Having learned of the tragic death of young Nixmary Brown in New York City and of others here in Westchester, Amy actively investigated in hearings throughout the State the failings of our child welfare system and recommended substantive changes to address them. I met Assemblywoman Paulin when I testified at those hearings, and have been continually impressed at her commitment and knowledge about the complex issues related to child abuse.

As a result of her efforts, several changes in the law were made, including requiring teachers to report suspected child abuse directly to the state hotline, improving child protection investigations and supportive services in certain child abuse cases, and expanding and improving the process of reviewing deaths of children in the State. Assemblywoman Paulin has also tackled physician education in the area of child abuse pediatrics through her advocacy for child abuse pediatrics fellowship training and her steadfast support of a statewide sexual abuse medical education program.

As a physician who evaluates neglected and abused children every day, it is so important that we have an effective voice in Albany fighting to protect our most vulnerable. Although we have made significant strides in improving our child welfare system – much due to Amy’s success in enacting good laws – there is still work to be done. Returning Amy Paulin to Albany, I know will ensure that this critical work will be advanced and that Amy will continue her unwavering commitment to prevent harm to our children.

Jennifer Canter M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Child Abuse Pediatrician