Issues: Alcohol

GOVERNOR SIGNS SEN. GRIFFO’S LEGISLATION TO BAN SALE OF POWDERED ALCOHOL IN NEW YORK STATE

UTICA – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo was signed into law today that would ban in New York State the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol products, commercially known as “Palcohol”. 

Griffo, R-Rome, thanked the Governor for approving this legislation, which Griffo believes will help keep yet another potentially dangerous substance out of the hands of minors and other people who might abuse it. New York now joins several other states that have already passed similar legislation, including Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

August 14, 2015
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Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Sale of Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1757A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would prohibit the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product in the state. 

June 8, 2015
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Senate Passes Griffo's Bill to Ban Sale of Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1757A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would prohibit the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product in the state. 

June 8, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE, ALBANY COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG APPLE TO HOST COMMUNITY NARCAN TRAINING

SENATOR AMEDORE, ALBANY COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG APPLE TO HOST COMMUNITY NARCAN TRAINING

May 8, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse  Senator George Amedore, Chair  11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015  Room 801 LOB

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME 

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An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing protocols for assisted outpatient treatment for substance abuse

May 12, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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A life-saving message being delivered to area high school students this week ~ Seneca Beverage Corporation sponsors powerful local presentations by Sarah Panzau Evans, courageous survivor of a drunk driving accident in 2003 ~ Read and watch more (UPDATED)

A life-saving message is being delivered to high school students across the region this week by Sarah Panzau Evans, who was nearly killed in drunk driving accident in 2003 and now shares her story with young people nationwide in the hope that it will help them make better choices.

Read and watch more from WENY-TV about Sarah's appearance at Elmira High School on Tuesday, "Drunk Driving Survivor Speaks to Local Students"

April 29, 2015
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Senator Comrie Announces Bill Protecting Minors from Harmful Advertisements

Legislature Called on to Prohibit Alcohol and Sexually Suggestive Ads on State-Maintained Property

(Hollis, Queens) Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis) was proud to announce the introduction of Senate Bill S.4455-2015, new legislation that will moderate advertising alcoholic beverages and provocative content to minors on state-owned property. This legislation was announced this afternoon at a press conference attended by Assembly Member Bill Scarborough, Council Member Ruben Wills and leaders from the South Queens community.

April 28, 2015
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Public Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Set at NU

Co-Chairman of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Sen. Rob Ortt has announced one of the several open forums will take place at Niagara University on May 7. There, he and a panel of speakers will hear gather ideas from the public in order to strengthen legislation on the growing problem. Read more about the forum from The Buffalo News.

April 16, 2015
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Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Announces Forums

 First Round of Dates Scheduled for Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, and Albany

The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

April 13, 2015
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Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Push for Powdered Alcohol Ban, Call New Product Dangerous and Targeted Towards Teens

“Palcohol” is Easy: Easy to Hide, Easy to Sneak into School, Easy to Slip into Drinks. Should be Easy to Ban.

Bill Introduced In State Legislature Would Ban Sales of Powdered Alcohol

April 9, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator George Amedore, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Room 801 LOB

March 17, 9:00 AM - 9:04 AM
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WNY Distillers & Brewers Are Toast of the Town – Kennedy, Panepinto & Ryan Push to Make it Easier for Them to Give Customers a Taste of Hometown Craft Beverages

Tasting Tax Exemptions in Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Ease Restrictions on Producers and Drive Western New York Economic Activity 

March 5, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE APPOINTED AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Senator George Amedore was appointed as Co-Chairman of the New York State Senate’s  bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senator Amedore will Co-Chair the Task Force along with Senators Terrence Murphy (Yorktown) and Robert Ortt (North Tonawanda). 

February 5, 2015
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SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Senator George Amedore today announced he has been selected to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

"It's an honor to be selected to serve as Chairman of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee," said Senator Amedore. "I have always believed that one of the primary responsibilities of elected officials is to provide assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community, including those battling substance abuse and addiction."

Senator Amedore will also serve on the Senate Committees on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Banks, Consumer Protection, and Elections.

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January 24, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, & COMMUNITY BOARD 3 TOUR BUSY NIGHTLIFE NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SLA COMMISSIONER

Squadron, Brewer, Silver, Hoylman, Kavanagh, Glick, Chin, and Mendez Highlight Quality of Life Concerns

Tour Provides Context for Liquor License Applications in The Lower East Side And East Village

MANHATTAN – On Friday night, State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, Assemblymember Kavanagh, Assemblymember Glick and Council Member Mendez, as well as representatives of Assembly Speaker Silver, State Senator Hoylman, and Council Member Chin, in cooperation with the 5th, 7th and 9th Precincts and Manhattan Community Board 3, toured the Lower East Side and East Village with State Liquor Authority Commissioner Kevin Kim to highlight the quality-of-life challenges associated with an over-saturated nightlife scene, and give the Commissioner a better understanding of the neighborhood when making future license application decisions.

October 20, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Toughens Penalties for Drunk Drivers

Albany, NY—The New York State Senate yesterday passed S640A, a bill that automatically revokes for six months and then institutes a one-year probationary period on licenses of people convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. The bill, introduced by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) is an expansion on another drunk driving law the Senator co-sponsored in 2005 popularly known as “VaSean’s Law.”

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7217A) today, sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a concentrated alcoholic beverage also known as “Palcohol.”  

June 11, 2014
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