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March 19, 2012

Legislator Karasek Appointed to NYSAC Advisory Committee

Oswego County Legislator James Karasek (District 22, Granby) has been named to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) standing committee on Children with Special Needs.

A vocal advocate for those with disabilities, Legislator Karasek is employed as manager for independent living services for Oswego ARISE.

"Your participation on this committee assists the association in developing priorities for our ongoing advocacy efforts," NYSAC President Mary Pat Hancock said in announcing Karasek's appointment.

The New York State Association of Counties represents, educates, and advocates for county governments and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public across New York State. NYSAC's standing committees are essential in the development of the series of resolutions that go before the full county delegation and become the basis of NYSAC's legislative program for the year.

"I have the most amazing job in Oswego County," said Legislator Karasek. "Every day I have the opportunity to work with people with disabilities in a wide range of areas that present challenges in how to improve the quality of life for individuals. My initial ignorance in this area has grown from the unknown to meeting amazing people with amazing talents, dreams and goals that often only need a pathway opened to them. Each day I encounter the hardship of physical barriers, policy restrictions, housing, jobs and educational needs for those with disabilities.

"As an advocate, I have spoken while at NYSAC conferences of my interest in using what I am learning every day to assist others in understanding the needs of those with disabilities. I am fortunate that my job does not have constraints by economic, ethnic, age or religious backgrounds. So when I was approached to join the committee, I saw this as an opportunity to further advocate for the young that have disabilities. If we could begin to correct the barriers that are placed before our children with disabilities -- well, imagine a whole generation growing up where disability is a word, not a reaction."

Legislator Karasek was elected to represent the residents of District 22 on the Oswego County Legislature in 2010. He is vice chairman of the County Legislature's Strategic Planning and Government Committee, and is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee.


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