Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy Visits Anderson Center for Autism’s Parent Advocacy Group

By: Anderson Center for Autism
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - June 11, 2013 - PRLog -- On Tuesday, June 4th, Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy paid a special visit to Staatsburg’s Anderson Center for Autism for the first time.

Serving as Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, Lieutenant Governor Duffy has facilitated the implementation of the Administration’s economic development agenda through efforts to rebuild New York’s economy.

Lieutenant Governor Duffy’s visit to the school’s sprawling campus was very meaningful to the parents of Anderson Center and the agency’s Executive Team.

“It means a lot to the extended Anderson family that the Lieutenant Governor is interested in our school, campus and Adult Programs,” stated one parent.  “He also suggested other policy makers we should reach out to.”

Anderson Center’s newly formed advocacy group, Anderson Family Parents, along with Executive Director Neil J. Pollack and Chief Operating Officer Patrick D. Paul, were able to acquaint the Lieutenant Governor with the agency, strengthening the important relationship with Albany.

The visit began with a tour, encompassing Anderson Center’s campus that just completed an eight-year overhaul to build five new resident homes, a multifunctional village center and to renovate their integrated business center.

“Lieutenant Governor Duffy seemed to be really taken by the Anderson Village. I believe that he was most impressed with the environment we were able to achieve for our students, adults, families and staff,” says Patrick Paul.

“It is clear that the Anderson Center for Autism not only provides support for autistic children and their families, but creates a strong, undeniable sense of community, which is invaluable for the families I’ve met,” said Lieutenant Governor Duffy. “It is fantastic to see world-class facilities and passionate advocates like this that are dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers every day. This center is yet another example of the great work New Yorkers are doing across the state.”

The tour was followed by an in-depth Q&A session with the parents of Anderson Family Partners. Parents were able to explain the significance the agency has made in the lives of their children, as well as specific ways Anderson Center stands apart from other agencies of its kind.

“The questions the Lieutenant Governor asked demonstrates just how much he cares about the specific needs of our children,” says Anderson Center parent Carol Antonoff.

An official celebration and Open House will take place at Anderson on Tuesday, June 11th from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at 4885 Route 9, Staatsburg, N.Y.  All are welcome!
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