By Office of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
May 10, 2017: New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is proud to announce that Jacob Ferrara, a seventh-grader at Pelham Middle School, is the winner of the "There Ought to Be a Law" contest.
This is the second year Paulin has sponsored the contest, which asks students to identify an issue impacting New York State residents and to craft a legislative solution. Ferrara's proposed law would mandate free pre-K for all four-year-olds in New York State, giving all students the advantage of early learning. Paulin will be introducing legislation to address this important issue.
Georgia Connelly, Greta Fear, and James Findikyan finished in a three-way tie for second place after each wrote about the dangers of toxic chemicals in cosmetics. Paulin will introduce legislation regarding toxic ingredients in children's products.
There was also a two-way tie for third place between Claire Aumer and Mark Tarazi. Aumer proposed that all puppy mills be subject to stricter monitoring, and Tarazi proposed a bill that would call for terminally ill patients to be able to die with dignity. These proposed bills support legislation that Paulin has introduced.
"We received so many wonderful ideas, almost 100, for a second year in a row. I want to thank all those students who took the time and effort to participate in the contest. It is clear that we have some very intelligent, civic-minded youngsters in the district and teachers who encourage them to apply what they have learned in school to real life."
Last year, Paulin collaborated with winners Pelham Middle School student Sarah Jane O’Connor, on A.2432 to enhance insurance coverage for hearing aids, and Tuckahoe Middle School's Jack Doherty, on A.2093 to make it illegal to tamper with or alter parts of a student's educational files or data, including athletic records. Both bills are currently in committee in the New York State Assembly.
Ferrara will visit Paulin in Albany later this spring, where he will be presented with a citation and make an appearance on the assembly floor.
Pictured here: New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
Photo courtesy Office of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin