Insight Winter 2016

Insight: The Voice of

The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc.

Winter 2016


President, Lori Scharff




Editor: Annie Chiappetta



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President’s Message – Lori Scharff

Editor’s Message – Annie Chiappetta

Getting to Know You – Featuring Karen Blachowicz and Kathy Casey

Post State Convention Highlights – Kathy Lyons

The Work of the ACBNY Legislative Committee – Mike Godino

News from the National Library of Congress: Bookshare

On Veterans Day: The Hadley Institute for the Blind

Chapter Round Up

Potpourri (New) Cookies and Reindeer


Press Release for Ann Chiappetta’ new poetry collection

A Fond Farewell from Father John Sheehan



Officers and Chapter Representatives



President’s Message by Lori Scharff

Greetings from The President

By Lori Scharff


I want to thank the Western New York chapter for putting together a fantastic convention. When we hold conventions above Albany, our numbers tend to be much lower for vendors and also for attendees. We had over 20 tables in the exhibit hall, and around 60 people in attendance.


ACBNY was able to present our first scholarship to a well deserving student. Our first scholarship recipient is Christopher Kchao, who attends Nassau Community College while also working part-time. Chris has been a member of ACBNY since 2013. While membership is certainly not a requirement, it is always nice to award a scholarship to a member who understands the mission of ACBNY.


I would like to thank the membership for believing in me and re-electing me for another term of office as president of ACBNY. It is an honor to serve as your president and as I told someone during convention, I am one of you so just call me Lori.


I want to thank the outgoing officers of the executive board for their ongoing support and dedication to ACBNY, Kathy Casey and Meghan Schoeffling (now Parker since her marriage in early October). Kathy and Meghan were a huge help during my first year as president. Both of them helped me immensely to make sure ACBNY continued to function while I was taking care of Evelyn Larson. This dedication and support continues during their service today.

I also would like to welcome onto the executive board Michael Golfo, First Vice President and Karen Blachowicz, Second Vice President. Bob White will continue to serve as Treasurer, and Nancy Murray will be continuing on as Secretary.


Chapters need to submit the person who will be their director, including the person’s contact information in to Nancy Murray by December 15. Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality documents need to be back to Nancy Murray by December 31.


At my writing of this message, a site has not been selected yet for the ACBNY 2017 state convention. But, the ACBNY board will be meeting on November 20th to choose a site from among the bids that were submitted.


Along the lines of conventions, the American Council of the Blind National Conference and Convention will be held here in Rochester, NY in 2019. The whole state will be working hard to ensure New York can be a most welcoming place to blind and visually impaired people from across the country and around the world.

In closing, I want to wish everyone a joyous Thanksgiving and a happy and healthy holiday season.


Lori Scharff

President ACBNY



Editor’s Message by Annie Chiappetta

Hello and Happy Holidays.

2016 is coming to an end and I predict 2017 will unfold into a very productive year for our affiliate. We have voted in a new team of State officers at the annual convention in Buffalo. Thank you to all the outgoing officers and directors for your time and dedication to our affiliate and the blindness community. I have worked with some of you and wish you all the best. We are also saying so long to one of our best and most compassionate members and contributors, Father John Sheehan, who will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Xavier Society for the Blind and moving to Jordan. Father John, I hope we will be hearing from you occasionally and I wish you all the best.


While chatting with the other members at the State Convention I was pleased to hear many chapters are increasing membership. Our Western New York chapter did a fabulous job hosting the convention and the hotel staff were most helpful. It was great connecting and trading information and strategies pertaining to making our chapters stronger, which in turn, assists the State to become stronger, too.


We are still looking for contributions for the newsletter and the deadlines are June 1 and November 1. I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you, so please let me know if you would like to submit something or help with the newsletter.


Your Editor,





Getting to Know You

Beginning in this issue, we will post short biographies of our members. Thanks to Karen for being the first person to do this.

I am Karen Blachowicz and I was currently elected to the office of second vice president of ACBNY. I am also currently the president of ACBWNY (American Council of the Blind of Western New York) and I sit on the Erie County public library outreach committee. I am a mother of 2 children, both with special needs, and currently work part time doing bookkeeping and some light accounting.


My goal and primary mission is to get the proper education for our children. Literacy seems to be the forgotten subject in schools in how our children are being taught. I will do anything to see that TVIs (Teachers of the Visually Impaired) are doing their part in teaching our children all methods of learning, including but not limited to, braille and technology. A blind child can be anything they dream of   with the proper tools and opportunity. This is why I give 100% of my effort to the ACB, ACBNY and the Western New York chapter.


From outgoing First Vice President, Kathy Casey:

It has been a pleasure being your first VP for the past five years. The time has flown. I’ve helped run State sponsored conventions, represented ACBNY in various capacities such as Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, among others. I would strongly encourage everyone to go to a National Legislative Weekend and leadership meetings because you can learn a lot.

I have enjoyed doing these activities and will continue to do what I can to support our organization. I would encourage anyone to get involved. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn how we operate as an affiliate.


I want to thank you all for your support.



Post Convention Highlights: 2016 Convention in Review by Kathy Lyons


As you probably all know, the Western New York chapter hosted the 2016 annual convention. A leadership session led by Karen Blachowicz and Lori Scharff took place on Thursday morning. That same afternoon, 10 of us went to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for a gourmet lunch and art tour. We even had the opportunity to make art during the last hour of the program.

In the early evening, a group descended upon The Anchor Bar for their world-famous chicken wings. Not everybody ordered wings, as the menu has many tasty items.

To finish out the evening, several committees met.


On Friday after the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) Town Hall meeting, Frank Coumarate, the Erie County Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, welcomed us to Erie County. He then read a proclamation by the County Executive proclaiming October 21 ACBNY Day in Erie County. Following his presentation, the US Army presented the colors, including the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.


After lunch, we held the annual business meeting which included election of officers. Friday evening there was a scholarship fundraiser for both Western New York (WNY) and ACB of New York (ACBNY).


On Saturday, many activities were happening simultaneously. The exhibit hall was open until 4pm. Many enjoyed the zoo-mobile. Others attended the low vision presentation. Still others joined Guide Dog Users of the Empire State. The first half of the session was given to instruct guide dog users with canine first aid. In the second half of the session a group of students from an organization called Leggo enjoyed learning about traveling with guide dogs. There was a children’s event and a parents group during this time as well.


In the afternoon, we heard a panel discussing games and leisure events.

The second presentation featured the superintendent of the New York State School for the Blind, the Director of Rehabilitation for the Department of Defense, and the Commissioner of the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB).

The final session dealt with pedestrian safety This topic keeps being challenged by new structures, such as round-abouts, that add to the difficulty of travel.


Later in the day, Father John Sheehan said Mass for a group of 15.

Saturday’s banquet speaker was a former Executive Director of ACB, Oral Miller. The Paul Sauerland Award was given to the Braille Group of Buffalo. The WNY chapter presented a lifetime service award to Vincent Tagliorino and to Jill Pariso of the Buffalo Braille Group.

The food was wonderful and the basket raffle was a great success. The hotel staff were helpful and patient but like all good things, the convention ended and we all went home, until next year.



The Work of the ACBNY Legislative Committee

By Mike Godino


It was a thrilling election season and now it’s over, thank goodness! I was beginning to think it would never end. However, now that the elections are in the past, it’s time to look at the future. The best way to manage that future is with legislative action.


In case you did not know, the Legislative Committee co-chairs, Terence Page and Mike Godino, have been busy thinking and talking about the legislative session. If you are a policy wonk, have an interest in how and why the laws work, or just want to know more about what it means to belong to an organization that has advocacy in its mission, this committee is for you.


The core mission of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), its affiliates and all the hundreds of local chapters throughout the country is advocacy. And, we must always keep in mind, all advocacy is local. ACBNY has a legislative committee that has at least one member from each of its state chapters. The Legislative Committee pulls together an annual legislative agenda for the organization. However, the committee is only as good as the people from within the organization who are out in the community acting as representatives to and with the folks that can make a difference.


Who are those folks, you might ask. First, there is you. Without you, we are just an organization. Think about the work you do in your chapter. You meet with transportation providers. You meet with local service providers. You attend local conferences to address issues confronting people who are blind within your community.


On the state level, we all have representatives in Albany; our assembly member, our senator, and at the top, our governor. Some of you may know these people; others of you may want to get to know them. They may have important positions, but remember that they are men and women just like you.


Finally, there is that other level, the national one. There we all have a congressional representative, two national senators, and a president. Visiting and getting to know these folks is somewhat tougher, but not impossible, and can be a whole lot of fun. However, it can be somewhat costly on Capitol Hill.

Working on the state level within the legislative committee says you are interested in assuring the independence and dignity of people who are blind throughout New York State. Together we will have the opportunity to read through and discuss the bills within the State Assembly and Senate that raise concern for the community of people who are blind. The discussion usually concludes with a vote selecting the three or four main issues we hope to address within the written legislative agenda and any number of issues we might want to discuss with others or talk about at the legislative training.


After the issues have been selected and the first drafts have been written, they are edited to make sure our positions are stated clearly and concisely as the legislators often know very little about our issues and why we are supporting or opposing them.


We then hold a Legislative Weekend that includes a board meeting, training on the issues, speakers, and of course a meal where we can gather and share in each others interests and work. Tensions may be high and the nerves of the first-timers  may be on edge, but we will all come together to prepare for and do the work of advocates.


We will wake up Monday morning, dress in our best business attire, and head out to the Legislative Office Building. We will visit legislators with whom we have appointments. We will share information, brochures and legislative agendas with everyone we talk to. We attempt to educate everyone we talk with about our issues and how making the changes in the ACBNY legislative agenda will make things better for all blind people throughout New York State. Speaking with legislators and/or their aides is not difficult. We all know how to talk, and who doesn’t enjoy moving others to our side.


So, it’s time to dig in and get really involved by joining the ACBNY Legislative Committee. It’s really easy; just contact Terence Page at or Mike Godino at

There is never too much representation or too much attendance at the Legislative Weekend. So, come, have fun, learn about what we do and why we do it as you represent ACBNY and your local community on a state level. Come out, be a leader and make sure your voice is heard.


I am looking forward to working with you all on the committee and seeing you all at the Legislative Weekend in the spring.

See you there.



News from the NLS: Bookshare

Free Bookshare for TBBL members

Bookshare usually charges a fee for non-students, but the New York Public Library in New York City is now making it free to all NYPL library card holders with a print disability. All New Yorkers, including members of the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library, may obtain a New York Public Library card and thus gain free access to Bookshare.


The basic procedure involves first creating an account with the New York Public Library and then receiving your library card in the mail. The wait time will be about two or three weeks. Once you receive your card in the mail, complete the Bookshare part of this two-step process (see steps 1 and 2 below)

Step 1: Obtaining your NYPL library card

Apply for your New York Public Library card. Fill out the form on


Once you apply, the system is going to assign you a temporary bar code. You will immediately receive a confirmation email with a temporary bar code.

Write the number down and call 917-229-9676 or email the temporary bar code to the following email address

NYPL will send you the library card to the home address provided.

Please wait until you have received your card in the mail before providing validating identification to the NYPL Patron Accounts Management team by e-mail at or faxing (212) 621-0278.

For Help, see

Step 2: 

How to get your free Bookshare account if you do not already have a Bookshare account

Bookshare:  First complete the application, then choose NLS Verification for your Proof of Disability. Once someone has an NYPL card they can call 917-ask-nypl to get the promo code to include in their Bookshare application to get it free. You will enter the promo code on the Bookshare application. If you have questions about Bookshare or their sign-up form, call their help center at 650-352-0198

Learn more:

If you already have a Bookshare account, simply send an email to with the promo code NYPL16 and Bookshare will extend your subscription for free under this new agreement with the New York Public Library.



On Veterans Day: From the Hadley Institute for the Blind:

Dear Friends,


One of the hardest things for veterans to do coming home after active duty is to reconnect with their family, friends and the community.


When Eileen Vasquez came back after six years as a nuclear mechanic on the USS Enterprise air craft carrier — connecting was especially hard — now that she was blind due to radiation exposure.


Through Hadley’s Blinded Veterans Initiative, Eileen began taking courses that helped her find new hobbies and new skills. Her first course was container gardening and she soon progressed to taking several business and entrepreneurship courses.


Today, Eileen is the owner of Locavore Thyme, which brings organic food to the marketplace through the use of sustainable agriculture systems, such as aquaponics. This year she also captured the top spot in Hadley’s New Business Venture Competition, taking home $12,500 of seed money.


Eileen commented, “Because of the education Hadley has given me, I was able to connect with others and my community. I can’t thank Hadley enough for all they’ve done for me personally, and now helping my business.”


Every day, Hadley helps veterans across the country like Eileen who are blind or visually impaired. In fact, we have assisted veterans from World War I through the post 9/11 conflicts. Since the launch of our Blinded Veterans Initiative on this day 11/11/11 — five years ago — we have had nearly 1,300 veteran enrollments.


Today we ask you to remember all those who have proudly served our country. For more information on how Hadley helps veterans, visit Thank you for your past support, which helped make our work possible.




Julie Tye

Hadley President

Julie Tye | Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired 700 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093



Chapter Round UP


News from the Capital District by Nancy Murray

Hi from the Capital District Chapter. What has this chapter been up to the last six months? Well, we had a picnic at our home in July. We have an in-ground pool,  so many enjoyed swimming and tossing a giant ball around the pool. There was plenty to eat and drink as well. We all had a great time.


In September we sponsored a Dinner in the Dark. We had Stir Fry Chicken or Vegetable Stir Fry with rice. This portion of the dinner was served in the dark.  Anyone who had vision wore a blindfold so they could experience what it is like for someone who is totally blind to eat a meal. After the main course, the lights were turned on and while eating our dessert people could share their experience.  We also raffled baskets and even had a couple of mystery baskets that people bid on. The highest bidder won the basket. There was much laughter and a good time was had by all.


News from Guide Dog Users of the Empire State

By Annie Chiappetta

The first annual Guide Dog Users of the Empire State program took place at the ACB of New York convention from October 21 to 23, 2016. It was wonderful to travel together along with our dogs during the ride to and from Buffalo on the train. The Amtrak staff are always helpful and polite.

We held a board meeting Friday morning and began selling heart-shaped lollipops. The slogan is if you love guide dogs, buy a lollipop. At this point, we’ve done very well thanks to our canine companions and public support.

Saturday, we held our first annual in person business meeting. Following the meeting, we were joined by a cadre of youngsters who asked us, as guide dog users, what did we want help with in terms of technology and way finding. These girls were all very curious and helpful and we talked for an hour, exchanging ideas and information. Following this we were joined by two veterinary technicians from the Erie County SPCA and we learned about first aid for dogs. We learned how to find the pulse and heart beat on our own dogs as well as practice on a dummy dog. We also discussed bloat and other illnesses specific to our dogs.


We are hoping to do more next year, so stay tuned.

You can check out GDUES by going to


You can follow us by checking out our post on Facebook by going to Empire State Guide Dog Users.


News from WCBNY

Greetings from Westchester. Our members are staying involved in the various committees around our county. We regularly attend the Pparatransit Transportation Advisory Committee, Accessible Pedestrian Signal Coalition and the Disability Access and Functional Needs Emergency Preparedness Committee meetings. President Annie and board director Maria have also been accepted to join the White Plains Lions Club and Annie was recently appointed second vice president of the club.


A fundraiser is being planned to be hosted conjointly by the WP Lions and WCB and will be a dining in the dark event.

Additionally, one of our members is concerned about the following regarding one of our local cable providers and your input is welcome if your chapter has taken on any formal correspondence regarding this issue:

News 12 Westchester, the weather forecasting station for Cablevision/Optimum, one of the leading cable TV providers for the lower Hudson Valley region, has this week altered the format of its weather forecasting reports in such a way that the information it provides is no longer accessible to the blind and visually impaired. The channel has eliminated the verbal reports of a weatherman. Now, webcam pictures of cloud cover over various counties are flashed on the screen, with the projected local temperatures and weather conditions for the coming week superimposed graphically. No dialog describes any of this information. By adopting this format, News 12 Westchester has copied a similar change it previously implemented to its traffic and public transportation reports that also made the information they provide inaccessible to the blind and visually impaired.


Please email me at if you have any constructive input as to how we could possibly proceed with this issue both on a local and state level.



Utica Council of the Blind

What’s Happening At UCB by Gail Hardy

Vice President, UCBf


Well, looks like we did it again, another successful fundraiser! On July 13, we put on an old-fashioned rummage sale right across the street from the Central Association for the Blind where many of our members work. Our sale also coincided with our weekly local Farmers’ Market and we hoped to attract buyers from there. The plan worked because we were able to take in $164 for the sale. Any remaining items were donated to a Veterans’ organization. Now we are getting ready to work internally, and, speaking of veterans, we’re planning to place a bench in our Memorial Park to honor blinded Vietnam vets, especially one of our own UCB members, John Harrison.

See you next time with more exciting news.



Do you have a useful or handy tip to share with other folks who are blind? We are seeking tips and advice on keeping independent and want to hear from you. If you have a tip that isn’t longer than 300 words, send it to



Cookies and Reindeer

By A.M. Roman


My fondest yuletide holiday memory was of dreaming of reindeer. Sure, I wanted Santa to climb down our chimney and deposit gifts, but I wanted to meet his faithful hoofed servants even more. After all, I was an animal lover and I wanted to meet those gifted arctic antelope. I made sure we didn’t forget the carrots, which were placed alongside the milk and cookies on the kitchen table before going up to bed. It was torture trying to fight off sleep while waiting to hear the sled land on our roof.


The next morning I ran down the stairs to the kitchen table, delighted to see that the jolly man’s companions had left the end of the carrot, complete with bite marks. To me, the leftover carrot, cookie crumbs and gifts under the tree, proved Santa and his fuzzy friends had visited.


Fast forward a few decades and I found myself gnawing off the end of the carrot, leaving it on the plate in the dining room for my kids to discover. My husband, always blunt and often painfully honest, would say,

“You know that’s deceiving them into believing something that’s not real, right?”

I would always pick up the cookie and hold it to his mouth,

“Just eat the darn cookie and don’t be such a bah humbug.”

“What about the milk? I hate milk.”

I would snag a cookie and dip it into the milk as I ate it, smirking as he grossed out.


I’m not sure when, exactly, I made the dreaded discovery that Santa and his hoofed friends weren’t real. It wasn’t something I felt was horrible, but at the same time, I did wonder why people went to so much trouble keeping up appearances.


Later on, after the truth was out, I heard a myriad of explanations, like Santa was a marketing ploy for people to buy more Coke ™ products, or that Santa was created to be the non-denominational representation of the birth of Christ and God’s message, “good will” to agnostics and atheists. The best and most unique explanation I heard was that Santa was the American conglomerate of many sectarian/non-sectarian and cultural beliefs all rolled into one jolly belly, representing a worldwide icon for what’s best in us all. It didn’t matter what religion you practiced or who you worshipped, Santa transcended it. I think even my skeptical husband would agree with it. Christmas is a magical time of year and part of me still wants to hear the clattering of hoofs near my window.

Happy Holidays to all.






Contact Ann Chiappetta, Author 914-393-6605


Local Author Publishes First Book


Sept. 14, 2016 — New Rochelle, NY   Ann Chiappetta, a new Rochelle resident who is blind, is  now a published author. The book, titled, “Upwelling: Poems”, is her first poetry collection. 23 poems are part of the 60 page soft cover edition and express a wide range of subjects and include  Chiappetta’s experiences of vision loss, counseling trauma victims and many other aspects of the human condition. She also writes of learning how to work alongside and trust a new guide dog. Ms. Chiappetta has been blind since 1993, the loss resulting from a rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Two poems in the collection are about her vision loss and coping without the benefit of sight. From the publisher: guide dogs, death, and a disturbing dream. Marriage, memories, and intriguing mysteries. Eroticism, abortion, and a wonderfully poetic essay. In this collection of 23 of her short, highly accessible poems from several decades, Ann Chiappetta explores an enormous range of emotions and topics. Travel with her as she moves from illness, death, loss, and grief to renewed hope, security, and serenity.


Chiappetta says she was inspired to publish the collection after losing her Mom, Mary Coelho last July.

“Mom always wanted me to do it, and to honor her life, I did it,”


Ann is available for local signings and readings.


. To Purchase Chiappetta’s collection in e book or printed formats, go to

To read Chiappetta’s  blog, go to:




I wanted to take a moment to write first to all those who were present at the ACB NY convention – thank you for all the nice words, for the traditional warm welcome, and for – as you have always done – making me feel most welcome. Actually the same thing is true for people who were NOT present, for I have always been made to feel welcome any time I have been in contact with the ACB.


I first came to the Xavier Society for the Blind in December of 2007. During my time there have been a number of major changes, including re-structuring operations, selling the building and finding a new home with the American Foundation for the Blind, and increasing exposure within the blind community and with many other groups as a chaplain or a member of the organization. I was always very proud of being known as the priest who works with the blind at the Xavier Society. Among my innovations were pilgrimages (to the Holy Land, to Greece & Turkey – In the Footsteps of St. Paul – and most recently, Ireland), the annual print calendar, the monthly ENewsletter and creating an active presence at national and state conventions for the NFB, the ACB and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. I learned a tremendous amount and I have to be honest, I met wonderful people and I had great fun.


I have officially and unofficially left the Xavier Society for the Blind. Those who were in Buffalo had a chance to meet Malachy Fallon, the new Executive Director, and I know he is going to be very good. I decided it was time for me to leave because I felt the XSB needed someone with a different skill set, and Malachy has great experience, an engaging personality and most important, a real desire to learn about and lead this important work. Several people have said to me that no one will ever be another Father Sheehan. I thank you for the compliment, but that was the point, to get someone who is very different from Father Sheehan.


I am starting to prepare for my move to Jordan in February. If all goes according to plan, I am supposed to become the Pastor of the English-speaking Church in Amman. In the interval I have doctors to see, about 85% of my personal possessions to dispose of, family to visit and my annual 10-day retreat. I hope to leave right after the Super Bowl.


For those in the New York area, or those who just like to travel, I will be presenting FATHER JOHN’S FAREWELL CONCERT on January 17 at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue at 38th Street. Concert at 7:30, discount tickets for senior citizens, but there will also be the option to have dinner before the concert. Scandinavia House has a wonderful restaurant. More publicity will be forthcoming – I had hoped to have a new website up but there seem to be complications. I’m hoping the address will be


When I was in Nigeria, I was given two chieftaincy titles, and one was Basorun – in the village and tribe where I am a chief, the Basorun is the war chief, so if my village ever goes to war, I have to go back. Dei is Latin – of God. So Basorundei means the war chief of God. I rather liked the idea so that is what I named the website.


So if I don’t see you before I leave, either at an event or my own concert, thank you one last time, and if you are ever in Amman, Jordan, please drop in. Who knows, the Xavier Society for the Blind might even decide to do a pilgrimage.


Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ


Father John’s Farewell Concert

January 17 – Scandinavia House


Residence: Our Lady of Mercy

70-01 Kessel Street

Forest Hills, NY  11375

Cell: 646 853-1820





Inez A. D’Agostino Sept 6, 1922 to November 12, 2016

Viewing services took place on Wednesday November 16. Funeral services were held Thursday, November 17th, 2016, officiated by Rev. Peter M. Colapietro at St. Malachy’s Church/The Actor’s Chapel and she was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, 501 East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY 10470.


Mary Ellen Cronin is passing the following information along from the D’Agostino family:

Inez’s family is asking that donations be given in her name to the following organizations:

The American Printing House for the Blind

Attention: Mr. Bob Belknap

1839 Frankfort Ave.

Louisville, Ky  40206



500 Greenwich Street,

Third Floor

New York, NY 10013





American Council of the Blind of New York

Board of Directors Contact List

November, 2016


The following is the most up to date list of members of the ACBNY Board of Directors. If there are any errors, please notify Lori Scharff at and your newsletter editor, Annie Chiappetta at


Lori Scharff, President:

Kathy Casey, First Vice President: As of January 1, 2017: Incoming VP is Michael Golfo,

Meghan Schoeffling, Second Vice President: (As of January 2017: incoming 2nd VP is Karen Blachowicz, )

Nancy Murray, Secretary:

Bob White, Treasurer:

Chapter Representatives

Capital District:  Michael O’Brien,

Greater New York:  Terence Page

Guide Dog Users of the Empire State: Meghan Parker, ne Schoeffling,

Long Island: John Jeavons

Rochester:  Janet Wettenstein,

Utica:  Maria Heinlein-gage,

Westchester: Ann Chiappetta,

NYSCCLV Kathy Farina, (as of January 2017 Kathy casey,

ACB of Western New York:  Karen Blachowicz,

Member at Large: Jean Mann,


End of the Winter 2016 edition of INSIGHT

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