Issues: Controlled Substances

Senators Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins Celebrate Win for Compassionate Care

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) hailed the passage of the Compassionate Care Act on Friday. The legislation establishes the state’s first medical marijuana program and includes provisions to ensure that the drug is reserved only for patients with serious conditions to prevent abuse. The program will be effective in 18 months.

June 22, 2014
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Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

On the final day of the legislative session, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) voted in favor of passing the bill (S7923) to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York State.

Before announcing his vote on the bill, Senator Sanders expressed his dismay at the onerous restrictions recently added to the legislation after an eleventh-hour accord between the bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Co-leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Governor Andrew Cuomo was reached before today’s vote. Sanders remarked, “This is a very timid beginning, but perhaps it is a beginning.”

June 20, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader, Announces Senate Approval for New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State.

Prior to voting for the bill, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “I hope that everyone who has taken the time, pushed this rock up the hill, understands that we could never have done it without you. Our hats off, much gratitude. Let’s get this done.”

The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

June 20, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Remarks on Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of Session, Democratic Conference Leader explaining her support of the medical marijuana bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, telling a story of a long-time friend whose husband had to go to California to receive relief for his illness.. and how this shouldn't have had to happen.

June 20, 2014
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The Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of the 2014 session, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Senate regarding my vote in favor of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud to have been part of a bill that will bring relief to people suffering from serious illnesses.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Supports Effort To Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass legislation to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package to Address Statewide Heroin and Opioid Crisis

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of bills to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The measures target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at the 18 forums held by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. 

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Seward Bill To Combat Heroin & Opioid Crisis

ALBANY, 06/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke on the senate floor in support of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The senate passed a package of eleven bills that were part of a three-way agreement between the senate, assembly and governor.  The package includes senate bill 7912, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 19, 2014
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Senate goes first to approve anti-heroin agreement (Updated, June 20th)

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate gave its approval tonight to a series of anti-heroin initiatives co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to respond to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The legislation is scheduled to be approved by the Assembly later tonight or tomorrow [Update, June 20, 2014: The Assembly also approved all of the anti-heroin measures late Thursday night, read more HERE].

June 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE AGREEMENT ON MEASURES TO ADDRESS HEROIN & PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly, and Governor Cuomo on legislation he sponsored to address the growing heroin, opioid, and prescription drug epidemic. The legislation will be passed by the Senate and Assembly this week and signed into law by Governor Cuomo when it reaches his desk. 

June 19, 2014
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O'Mara says legislative agreement on anti-heroin legislation takes crucial first responses, but he criticizes lack of tougher sanctions against dealers

Albany, N.Y., June 18—A three-way agreement announced today between both houses of the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo will enact a series of anti-heroin initiatives co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to respond to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The new laws, which will be approved by the Senate and Assembly by the end of the week, and then signed into law by the governor, will enhance prevention and treatment services, heighten public awareness and education on heroin’s dangers, and increase some criminal penalties to try to deter the spread of the highly addictive drug.

June 18, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Component Of Legislative Agreement To Combat Heroin

ALBANY, 06/18/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced an agreement between legislative leaders and the governor on several bills aimed at fighting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The package includes a bill, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Kennedy: New Tools to Combat Heroin Epidemic in Legislation Agreed Upon in State Capitol

With 45 Percent Increase in Heroin Overdoses in Erie County in 2013, Kennedy Has Pushed for Necessary Legislative Actions to Combat Growing Crisis.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is confident a package of reforms agreed upon in the State Capitol will help combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities across our state. As this public-health crisis continues to grow more dire, Kennedy believes these new laws will help prevent addiction and reduce drug abuse.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Passes Critical Legislation to Tackle Heroin Epidemic

Earlier this week the Senate passed a bi-partisan, comprehensive package of legislation to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic that is sweeping through our neighborhoods. As the sponsor of two of these pieces of legislation that targets treatment and prevention, it gives me great hope to hear my colleagues in the Senate, who spoke in support of these two pieces of legislation, talk about heroin abuse and addiction as a disease that needs to be treated as such.

June 12, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's call to step up efforts to combat heroin, urges Assembly to follow Senate's lead on anti-heroin legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara  (R,C-Big Flats) today welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for increased state and local efforts to combat the growing heroin crisis locally and statewide, and took the opportunity to urge state Assembly leaders to act quickly on a package of anti-heroin legislation O’Mara co-sponsors that the Senate approved on Monday. 

June 12, 2014
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State Senate approves additional anti-meth legislation sponsored by O'Mara

Albany, N.Y., June 10—On  the same day that the State Senate approved a comprehensive package of of anti-heroin legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the Senate also approved two pieces of anti-meth legislation that O’Mara has been pushing over the past few years.

June 11, 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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SENATOR BONACIC SPEAKS ON THE PASSAGE OF BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

“Holistic and aggressive approach.”  -- Senator Bonacic speaks on the bills passed on June 9th in the New York State Senate to battle against the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic.  The wider distribution of Narcan; crackdown on providers who overprescribe pain killers; expanded insurance coverage for treatment services, and severe penalties for heroin sellers, are among the highlights. 

June 10, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE AIMS TO SAVE LIVES

Measures Will Help Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Use in New York

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

Measures Will Help Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Use in New York        The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues

June 10, 2014
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