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Stepping Forward with Andrew Cuomo


I can still picture the signs in my neighbors' yards...the Ferrecchia sign in orange and yellow, the Conary sign in maroon and white. These were candidates running for local Marlboro elections when I was a kid. It was my first taste of politics and realizing that people were promoting their vote on their front lawn for all to see.

I remember going to the voting booth with my Mom and crowding in the small space at her feet with my sister. I remember my Dad not wanting to share who he voted for and considering it a private matter. I remember voting in my first election as an absentee vote since I was away at college. I remember voting for the first time in New York City and what a different experience it was versus my smaller hometown.

I think my past political involvement was more passive and limited to just voting. But that has all changed lately with Covid-19 happening. I've come to realize the importance of our government leaders and how they are connected to the political system. I now have a truer understanding of the role that state leaders play in dealing with this virus. Me, along with many New Yorkers, have developed a strong liking to Andrew Cuomo. He has done a great job in leading this state by being inspiring, empathetic, and proactive. To showcase my love of Cuomo, I even bought a pair of socks with his image on them!

During these crazy times, I look for a true leader to help guide me. A Mister Rodgers quote has been making the rounds lately... "My mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world." To me, Cuomo has been that helper to get me through this tough time. Now maybe I need some socks with Mister Rodgers on them.

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