PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham Middle School eighth-grader Sarah Jane O'Connor won first place in Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's "There Ought to Be a Law" contest.
“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,” Paulin said. “After reading all the responses, it is clear that we have some very intelligent, civic-minded youngsters in the 88th Assembly District.”
Paulin asked middle school students in the district to identify a problem impacting New Yorkers and propose a law to fix the issue.
O'Connor proposed that New York mandate insurance coverage for basic hearing aids. In response, Paulin will draft a bill to mandate such coverage.
O'Connor will visit Paulin in Albany this spring to make an appearance on the Assembly floor and receive a citation.
Tuckahoe seventh-graders Jack Doherty and Hayden Ehrenfeld tied for second place.
Doherty proposed legislation to protect a student's athletic records from tampering and alteration. Paulin will draft a bill mandating that school districts create policies pertaining to athletic record protection.
Ehrenfeld proposed a ban on the pesticide class neonicotinoids, which has been cited as a cause of declining bee population. Paulin will be a prime co-sponsor of legislation by Assemblyman Steve Englebright, D-4, that would prohibit their usage.
Pelham eighth-grader James Nespole won third place for proposing the creation of a good Samaritan law to protect people saving unattended children left in a hot car. Paulin will be a co-prime sponsor of a bill by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, D-96, that grants civil liability immunity to individuals engaging in emergency removal of a child from a vehicle.