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n the wake of Elliot Spitzers resignation, NewYork inaugurated its first black head of state,David Paterson. Hes the countrys first governorwho is legally blind and the third black governor
of any state since the Reconstruction era. Born inBrooklyn in 1954, he is the son of Basil, a former StateSenator who later served as Deputy Mayor and NewYorks Secretary of State.
An early childhood infection left David Paterson withlimited vision. He went on to graduate from ColumbiaUniversity and Hofstra Law School, has completed aNew York Marathon and is an adjunct professor atColumbia. He and wife, Michelle, have a son, Alex,13, and a daughter, Ashley, 19, from her previous mar-riage. Here is an excerpt from his recent inaugurationspeech:
The last time I was in this chamber I was gaveling infor the State of the State, and Speaker Silverbrought me in here to practice so I didnt destroy any-thing in our first year. But in our second year, I said,Dont bother, I know how to do this.
Apparently, I was about to bring the gavel down on aglass, like this one.
The speaker at the last second grabbed the gavel awayfrom me and told me in his own inimitable way, I willnot allow you to turn the State of the State into a Jewishwedding.
In so many ways, we woke this morning to a not-so-ordinary day. But in one way, we woke this morning toa New York dawn that is like every other one thatcame before it. For today, like we always do, we moveforward.
Of course, I never expected to have the honor of servingas governor of New York State. This transition is an his-toric message to the world that we live among the samevalues that we profess, and that we are a government of
laws and not individuals. Today we can be proud of ourdemocracy.
There is work to be done. Theres trust that needs to berestored. There are issues that need to be addressed. Ifwe are going to build a viable future for New York, weare going to have to help single mothers who have twojobs. We are going to have to give children betterschools, and families who dont have health care someredress.
I learned about government right here in this Legisla-ture. I studied the same issues and had the same expe-riences, hopes and frustrations as so many other NewYorkers. I am chagrined at the high cost of educationfor my family. And the prohibitive price of health care.
I have talked to New Yorkers for decades about thecrumbling upstate economy, the crush of property taxesand the lack of affordable housing. These are issuesthat we will continue to focus on and address, but wecan do more.
I have a vision for New York. Its a New York whereachievement is developed only from hard work, wheredoors are always open and where anyone can achieveno matter where they live.
Let us, right here and now, grab the unusual opportu-nities that circumstance has handed us today, and putpersonal politics, party advantage and power strugglesaside in favor of service in the interests of the people.
I have worked most of my life for New Yorkers andfought for New Yorkers. I believe that if we standtogether, our collective talent will bring us to a bet-ter period.
We dont know the path yet. But thats because wehavent blazed the trail. And I think you all know thatI know a little bit about finding ones way throughthe dark.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
I was born in the borough of Brooklyn. I was educatedon Long Island. Harlem is my home. This is where Ilearned love for family and appreciation for community.
I have confronted the prejudice of race and challengedthe issues of my own disability. I have served in govern-ment for over two decades. I stand willing and able tolead this state to a brighter future and a better tomor-row. Let me reintroduce myself. I am David Patersonand I am the governor of New York State.
CALL HIM GOVERNOR:David Paterson Steps Up
he Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) Sum-mer Youth Camp marks its ninth year with amove to Clarksville, OH. The new locationaccommodates even more children who have
limb loss or limb difference than was possible in its pre-vious, Warm Springs, GA, home.
The camp will be held July 20-24 with kids from 10 to16 enjoying horseback riding, swimming, dancing, fish-ing and more. Theyll also participate in team-buildingactivities, which will provide an opportunity to learnfrom peers and junior counselors who are alsoamputees. The Joy Outdoor Education Center ofClarksville serves as the host of this years event.
There are an estimated 70,000 children living with limbloss in the US, according to ACA, a non-profit organi-zation that works for men and women who have experi-enced an amputation or are born with limb differences
This will be the second summer that we have a JuniorCounselor Program, said Paddy Rossbach, ACA presi-dent and CEO. The six counselors are former campers;they are now 17 and 18 and have come back to volunteer.
The camp fee is $500 per child. However, no one willbe excluded because of a familys inability to pay, Ross-bach said. Fee waiver forms are available.
For an application go to:http://www.amputee-coalition.org/youth_camp_camper_2008.pdf
For more information on ACA visit:http://www.amputee-coalition.org
o launch her Dancing With the Stars career, con-testant Marlee Matlin had been training severalhours a day at this writing. Though none of thisyears batch of hopefuls had ever danced in the
pro ranks, she had the additional challenge of beingdeaf. But shes said that has not been a problem.
Though shes never heard a single music note, shesexpected to step, twirl, dip, smile, clap, spin and jumpin time with the rhythm. For tha