Issues: Controlled Substances

SENATOR VALESKY, IDC RELEASE SENIOR AFFORDABILITY REPORT

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee,  along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

March 19, 2014
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Lawmakers get into the details of proposed pot program

By Laura Nahmias 2:41 p.m. | Mar. 12, 2014

ALBANY—With a proposal to legalize medical marijuana gaining momentum in the State Senate, lawmakers on Wednesday questioned patients, attorneys and marijuana business owners on the particulars of such a program.

“Many of us in the legislature are conversant I guess with the legislative side of it, but very few of us are conversant with the kinds of questions we’re asking,” said Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a Westchester Democrat, after one witness explained the difference between street names for strains of the drug (including "Bubble Gum Kush") and the technical labels that some states assign.

March 18, 2014
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O'Mara serving on new Senate task force to examine growing heroin epidemic regionally, statewide

Albany, N.Y., March 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will serve as a member on the Senate Majority Coalition’s new Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The creation of the bipartisan task force was announced in Albany.  It arrives as local police departments, including many across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, continue to point to the alarming rise in the availability and use of heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

March 18, 2014
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LARKIN NAMED TO NEW TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the new Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The task force was formed in response to the sharp rise in the use of these drugs across New York State.

March 17, 2014
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RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

     Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction and Its Related Crimes

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been named to the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, a group organized to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

“Heroin is an extremely addictive drug that has the power to ruin lives and destroy families. In Central and Northern New York, we’ve seen an alarming increase in its usage and according to officials, in some areas, the price of the drug has been cut in half,” said Senator Ritchie, who is a member of the Senate’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. 

“I’m pleased to be a part of this task force and am looking forward to working with my colleagues in an effort to develop initiatives and measures that will help put a stop to the use of these deadly drugs.”

March 17, 2014
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

March 17, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction

and Its Related Crimes

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

 

March 17, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #11: Combating Heroin Abuse

Heroin is our newest epidemic. It’s readily available and costs less than other street drugs, which has contributed to its meteoric rise in popularity over the past year.

Heroin does not discriminate. It makes addicts out of the young and old, the rich and the poor, the unemployed and the employed.

Heroin abuse is not just a drug addict’s problem. It’s a community problem. Heroin use creates “spinoff crimes.” Addicts are shoplifting, stealing and burglarizing homes to pay for their high, which decreases everyone’s quality of life.

March 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Drug Dealers From Preying on Children

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

March 5, 2014
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING PENALTIES FOR DEALING DRUGS TO CHILDREN

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to strengthen penalties for criminals who deal drugs to children.

     “Drugs destroy lives, and the victims of drug abuse are getting younger and younger. Drug use among children, especially heroin, is a growing epidemic on Long Island. Criminals who target young children and poison them with heroin and other controlled substances deserve tougher penalties. This legislation will give law enforcement another tool to keep these drug dealers off the streets and behind bars where they belong,” said Senator Martins.

March 5, 2014
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New Community Initiative To Combat Drug Abuse

ONEONTA, 02/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) today joined Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and the City of Oneonta Police Department to unveil a new drug take-back collection box inside the Oneonta Public Safety Building at 81 Main Street in Oneonta.  

Mallinckrodt is providing a lock box at the Oneonta police station for people to dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications.  This is the most recent installment of Mallinckrodt’s continued efforts for patient safety and education.  

February 24, 2014
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2014 Legislative Questionnaire/What Are Your Priorities?

As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.

February 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Senator Hannon To Get Insurance Rights For Families Affected By Heroin Epidemic

With the recent death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman highlighting the growing impact of heroin and other drugs, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that he is joining with Senator Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) in his effort to provide families affected by addiction with the tools they need to fight this serious disease.  Senators Flanagan and Hannon are sponsoring legislation (S.4623) that would put treatment decisions for those struggling with addiction in the hands of physicians as opposed to insurance companies.

February 18, 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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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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Local Leaders React to Cuomo's Tax Plans and Marijuana Stance

by Jim Kenyon

In order to get into the convention center to hear the State of the State, people had to file past a loud group of protesters calling for a ban on fracking for natural gas, and others opposed to the New York SAFE Act which became the centerpiece to last year's speech.

On Wednesday, the Governor talked about creating jobs by relieving the tax burden on employers He wants to reduce the corporate income tax, abolish it all together for upstate manufacturers and put a freeze on property taxes.

Senator Dave Valesky supports the efforts. " We feel very confident that we'll be successful in providing meaningful tax relief to the taxpayers of our state." he told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.

January 13, 2014
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'Watchdog Report: Buyers, renters left in dark on former meth-making in their new home'

A special "Watchdog Report" in the Sunday, December 15, 2013 Star-Gazette highlighted the reemergence of meth across the Southern Tier and devoted special examination to the need for a state law to disclose to potential homebuyers if a residence is the site of a former meth lab.

Read more, "Buyers, renters left in dark on former meth-making in their new home"

December 18, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Introduces Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in New York State

Joined by a broad spectrum of drug law reform advocates and fellow elected officials, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced that she will be introducing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) today. The legislation would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana under state law along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol, and would represent a new approach for New York State after decades of costly, counterproductive policies that have produced racially discriminatory outcomes.

“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” said Sen. Krueger. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars. Worst of all, this system has resulted in a civil rights disaster: African Americans are dramatically more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite similar rates of marijuana use among both groups.”

December 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS HEARING ON ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle, that included testimony from various experts in the field of addiction treatment and prevention. Among those who testified were New York State Officer of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzales-Sanchez and Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director of the Long Island Coalition of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 

The hearing examined the problem and drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. The problem is a serious one in our region that will take a community effort to combat.

Also attending was New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino. 

November 14, 2013
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Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

  

Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), in conjunction with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board, held a successful event yesterday to examine and discuss the state of Sober Living Homes in Suffolk County.

October 16, 2013
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