2010 Candidate Responses

2010 Candidate Responses

All of Long Island’s Candidates were asked to fill out a questionnaire that will let you know where they stand on issues pertaining to children. Click on each candidate’s name to read their responses to the questions asked.

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Background: 8 million children have no health insurance in the U.S., 67,000 of them live in Nassau and Suffolk County and 397,000 in New York State. While the Health Care Reform Act does require coverage for basic pediatric services, including oral health, 66% of children enrolled in Medicaid in New York State do not receive dental care. New York State does not meet the national goal for states in preventing tooth decay: 33% of third graders have untreated cavities.

Question: How do you propose to ensure that New York’s children grow up healthy and have access to comprehensive health and dental care?

Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Gary Ackerman
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Tim Bishop
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Carolyn McCarthy
Candidate for N.Y. Senate:           Carol Gordon
Candidate for N.Y. Comptroller:  Tom DiNapoli
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Tom Devaney
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Leon Hart’s
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Michael Montesano
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Andrew Raia

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Background: More than 3 million children nationwide were reported abused and neglected in 2008, 159,556 of them in New York State. New York’s Voluntary Home Visiting resources have not been fully leveraged. This parent mentoring program is proven to help reduce child abuse and neglect, and lessen the need for reliance on the state. Women enrolled in these programs save the taxpayers $1,025 per year on average in food stamps, Medicaid and other government assistance.

Question: What are your plans to keep all children in New York safe from violence in their homes, schools, and communities?

Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Gary Ackerman
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Tim Bishop
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Carolyn McCarthy
Candidate for N.Y. Senate:           Carol Gordon
Candidate for N.Y. Comptroller:  Tom DiNapoli
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Tom Devaney
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Leon Hart
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Michael Montesano
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Andrew Raia

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Background: 779,281 (25%) of New York State’s children are responsible for taking care of themselves after school. On school days, the hours from 3 to 6 pm are the peak hours for kids to smoke, drink, and experiment with drugs; to become victims of crime; to be in car accidents; or to commit crimes. Also, children and teens who begin self-care at young ages are at increased risk of poor educational and behavioral outcomes.

Question: What is your position on how to keep children safe and supervised in the late afternoon and early evening hours?

Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Gary Ackerman
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Tim Bishop
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Carolyn McCarthy
Candidate for N.Y. Senate:           Carol Gordon
Candidate for N.Y. Comptroller:  Tom DiNapoli
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Tom Devaney
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Leon Hart
Candidate for N
.Y. Assembly:      Michael Montesano
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Andrew Raia

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Background:
39% of three and four year-olds in Nassau and Suffolk counties are not enrolled in a pre-kindergarten program. Research tells us that young children are eager learners; the information they learn before primary school matters a great deal. Children who begin kindergarten familiar with letters, numbers, and shapes are much more likely to grasp the foundational math and reading concepts needed to become successful learners. Children denied exposure to these basic skills begin school far behind their peers – and are likely to remain behind.

Question: What is your position on early learning and care, including preparing children for kindergarten?

Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Gary Ackerman
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Tim Bishop
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Carolyn McCarthy
Candidate for N.Y. Senate:           Carol Gordon
Candidate for N.Y. Comptroller:  Tom DiNapoli
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Tom Devaney
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Leon Hart
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Michael Montesano
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Andrew Raia

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Background: 13 million of America’s children live in poverty, 850,000 of whom live in New York State, with 41,000 in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Poverty places children at higher risk for a wide range of problems including exposure to factors that may impair brain development, and social and emotional development. These children are also at risk for poor school performance, inadequate nutrition, increased health risks, behavior problems, and negative emotional well being.

Question: What would you do to help families with children in New York become economically self-sufficient and able to provide for their family’s needs?

Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Gary Ackerman
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Tim Bishop
Candidate for U.S. Congress:     Carolyn McCarthy
Candidate for N.Y. Senate:           Carol Gordon
Candidate for N.Y. Comptroller:  Tom DiNapoli
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Tom Devaney
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Leon Hart
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Michael Montesano
Candidate for N.Y. Assembly:      Andrew Raia

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