Release Date: 
Monday, March 17, 2008
Carl Jacobsen
National Federation of the Blind of New York
(718) 567-7821

National Federation of the Blind of New York Comments on Governor Paterson

Brooklyn, New York  (March 17, 2008): Carl Jacobsen, president of the National Federation of the Blind of New York State, the state’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, said: “We congratulate David Paterson as he becomes our state’s next governor.  Mr. Paterson’s accomplishments are a testimony to our philosophy, which says that with proper training and opportunity, blindness need not be a barrier to achievement.  His career is an example to all blind children today.  With dedication, training, and opportunity they too can achieve anything that their talents will allow.  Our new governor’s long service in public life has demonstrated time and again the capabilities of blind people.  His recognition and approval by his peers and the support of the voters of our state confirm his capability as a leader.  He has proven, as we believe, that blindness is irrelevant when it comes to high achievement.  We look forward to working with Governor Paterson and his administration to improve not only the lives of blind New Yorkers, but also those of every citizen of the Empire State.”