Issues: Tobacco

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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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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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "I commend the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) for having created ‘World No Tobacco Day’ in 1987 to not only glean international support on the prevalence of tobacco use and its negative effects, but to also encourage one day of abstinence by smokers and tobacco users.

Sadly, statistics show us the global tobacco epidemic contributes to approximately six million deaths per year, including slightly more than half a million deaths from secondhand smoke. More close to home, approximately 23,600 New Yorkers’ deaths are attributed to tobacco use per year.

May 31, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Celebrates the Irish at the St. Patrick's Breakfast hosted by Orange County Clerk, Annie Rabbitt

Senator Bonacic with daughter, Melissa Bonacic; Annie Rabbitt, OC Clerk; and Legislator Dennis Simmons.

March 13, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #7: Protecting Tax Dollars In Welfare Programs

I believe one of government’s most important functions is to provide a helping hand to those who are working, but are still struggling to meet life expenses, such as food, rent, utility bills and household necessities.

Public assistance programs are funded through taxpayer dollars, so it’s in our best interest to ensure that the money is used for its intended purpose.

I have zero tolerance for recipients who abuse the welfare program by withdrawing cash from their Electronic Benefits Transfer card to pay for tobacco, alcohol, gambling and adult entertainment.

February 13, 2014
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NY Senate votes to ban spending welfare money at casinos, strip clubs for third year

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

February 04, 2014 at 4:54 PM, updated February 04, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The New York State Senate today voted to ban using cash from public assistance money to buy alcohol, tobacco products and lap dances.

The "Public Assistance Integrity Act," which passed 53-4, would prohibit people on welfare and other public help programs from using their "electronic benefits transfer" card at ATMs in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. It would also limit people from using cash obtained through public assistance to buy alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

February 10, 2014
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Public Assistance Integrity Act passes State Senate

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.

 

“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”

 

February 7, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT WELFARE CARDS FROM BUYING TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND BEING USED AT LIQUOR STORES, CASINOS AND STRIP CLUBS

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

February 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act to Crack Down on Welfare Abuse

Reforms to EBT Debit Cards Will Qualify New York for Federal Funding

            ALBANY - With only weeks left to meet a federal deadline requiring changes that will clamp down on fraud in New York’s public assistance system, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her Senate colleagues passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (Senate Bill 966) today. The reforms will prevent recipients of public assistance from making Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs, helping to prevent wasteful and unnecessary purchases, while keeping New York State in compliance with federal requirements.

February 4, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 4, 2014
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Griffo: Time is Running Out to Cure E.B.T. Abuse

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today called on the state Assembly to support legislation that would prevent New Yorkers from using public-assistance funds on alcohol, tobacco, gambling or strippers.“New York has just 30 days left to prove it has tried to curtail E.B.T. debit card fraud and abuse, or lose out on $120 million in federal funding for needy families,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important that we pass this legislation now, so that those on public assistance who play by the rules aren’t hurt.”Media reports and public documents have proved that E.B.T.

January 24, 2014
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT OF CIGARETTE SHIPPING LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to strengthen enforcement of New York State’s law against shipping cigarettes has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law closes a loophole which allowed individuals caught illegally shipping cigarettes through a law enforcement “sting” operation to escape prosecution.

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & TOBACCO ACTION COALITION OF LONG ISLAND CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXPANDED CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island today celebrated the 10th anniversary of New York State’s expanded Clean Indoor Air Act. Senator Fuschillo authored the law to help protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke. 

     “New York State’s expanded Clean Indoor Air Act was enacted to save lives and protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke. As we have seen over the last 10 years, the law is working. Public health has improved, public support for the law continues to be strong, and New Yorkers are safer from the harmful effects of secondhand-smoke,” said Senator Fuschillo.

July 24, 2013
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Rochester Associate Professor, nominated by Senator O'Brien, appointed to State Tobacco Board

ROCHESTER, N.Y.Scott McIntosh, Ph.D., director of the Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center (GRATCC) and associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), was nominated by Senator Ted O'Brien to the New York State Tobacco Control Program Advisory Board. His appointment was made in late June and he began serving on the board this month.

July 16, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT OF CIGARETTE SHIPPING LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to legislation he sponsored to strengthen enforcement of New York State’s law against shipping cigarettes. The legislation would close a loophole in the current law which could allow individuals caught illegally shipping cigarettes through a law enforcement “sting” operation to avoid legal penalties. 

June 21, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN VOTES IN FAVOR OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

Legislation Designed to Protect Taxpayers Against Abuse of Public Assistance

Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) today voted in favor of the “Public Integrity Act” (S. 966), which protects taxpayers by cutting down on the abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using the money associated with the card for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and gambling, as well as strip clubs.

June 18, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES MERRICK RESIDENT ON APPOINTMENT TO STATE TOBACCO USE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Merrick resident Marc Hamroff on being appointed to the New York State Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board. Mr. Hamroff was appointed to the Advisory Board by Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos at the recommendation of Senator Fuschillo.

     The New York State Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board’s role is to advise the State Commissioner of Health on tobacco use prevention and control issues, including methods to prevent and reduce tobacco use in the state.

May 1, 2013
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KICK BUTTS DAY 2013

Kick Butts Day and every other day we are committed to protecting our youth from aggressive tobacco marketing tactics so our children can grow up in a healthy community.Senator Bill Perkins | District 30 - Manhattan

March 28, 2013
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National Kick Butts Day 2013

Senator Krueger participated in this video for Kick Butts Day 2013, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

March 20, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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