Issues: Controlled Substances

Press Conference: JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION TO RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

After conducting 18 public forums across the state, listening to 53 hours of testimony and speaking with more than 2,000 residents about the tragedy of the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic, the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will release its report tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:15 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol.

Twenty-five Senators who participated in the Task Force will be joined at the news conference by experts on substance abuse, and representatives of law enforcement, to make legislative recommendations to address issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York that has claimed countless lives and hurt families across the state.

May 28, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
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At Start of Summer and Beginning of “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” Klein, Crespo Push for Passage of Legislation Curbing Underage Drinking

BRONX, NY -  The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, marks the unofficial start of summer – but it also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Underage drinking continues to be a chronic problem in New York City with nearly 1,800 summonses a year issued by the NYPD for sales of alcohol to minors. 

May 23, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, LEGISLATORS WALKER & SCHAEFER TO SPONSOR FREE NARCAN TRAINING SEMINAR IN HICKSVILLE FOR FAMILIES

     To help combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer will be sponsoring a free Narcan training seminar for residents. The program will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 7 pm- 9 pm at the Hicksville Community Center (28 West Carl Street, Hicksville).

May 22, 2014
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Narcan Training Program-Hicksville

     To help combat the growing epidemic on prescription drug abuse and heroin, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer will be sponsoring a free Narcan training seminar for residents. The program will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 7 pm- 9 pm at the Hicksville Community Center (28 West Carl Street, Hicksville).

June 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Press Release - Senator O'Mara Hosting Heroin Task Force Forum in Elmira

O’MARA HOLDING PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Senate task force hearing will help develop recommendations for enforcement, prevention and treatment

 

Elmira, N.Y., May 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today

that he will bring the Senate Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira

College on Friday, May 16, 2014 for a public roundtable discussion on the growing heroin epidemic

regionally and statewide.

 

May 19, 2014
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Press Release - Senator Larkin Hosts Heroin Task Force Forum in Newburgh

SENATOR LARKIN TO HOLD FORUM ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ON MAY 15th IN NEWBURGH

            Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Hudson Valley regional forum of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, New York. 

May 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Heroin & Opioid Addiction Task Force Forum in Newburgh

Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the Heroin & Opioid Addiction Forum hosted by Senator Larkin which was held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center last week.  Representatives from law enforcement; health, treatment and recovery centers; as well as local elected officials met to discuss this alarming epidemic. Their comments will aid the State Senate Task Force to create appropriate legislation.  Here is the Senator with (l to r) Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman; Senator William Larkin, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler; representative from Sean Patrick Maloney's office; Darcie Miller from the Orange County Office of Mental Health; and Rob Ross CEO of St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.

May 19, 2014
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Press Release - Senator Bonacic Hosts Heroin Task Force Forum in Monticello

Senator Bonacic To Host NYS Senate Task Force Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction 

Representatives from local law enforcement, health, and

treatment and recovery to participate 

May 9, 2014 at the Sullivan Government Center

May 19, 2014
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Senator O'Mara holds public hearing on heroin crisis

Elmira, N.Y., May 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today brought the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College for a public round table discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

The legislative hearing was held at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall.

O’Mara was joined at today’s hearing by the Task Force Vice Chairman, Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Seneca Falls), and area Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning).

May 16, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Discussed The Heroin & Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Senator Bonacic discusses the recent forum he hosted in Sullivan County, and the helpful information provided by panelists and audience members

 

 

May 16, 2014
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O'Mara holds public round table discussion on regional, statewide heroin crisis (UPDATED--including a video replay of the full hearing)

 

[Update, Friday, May 16th: Watch a video replay of today's full hearing HERE

Elmira, N.Y., May 16,--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today brought the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College for a public round table discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

May 14, 2014
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Press Release - Senator Nozzolio Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

SENATOR MIKE NOZZOLIO HOLDS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ON MAY 8th IN CAYUGA COUNTY

As Vice Co-Chairman of the Senate Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force, Senator Mike Nozzolio will be holding a roundtable discussion on Thursday, May 8th in Cayuga County to discuss the rising epidemic of heroin abuse in our local communities.  The Task Force will use the information obtained in these discussions to strengthen our criminal justice laws and develop recommendations on ways to address this critically important issue.

May 14, 2014
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PRESS RELEASE - SENATORS LANZA & SAVINO HOLD STATEN ISLAND FORUM ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

 SENATORS ANDREW LANZA & DIANE SAVINO HOLD STATEN ISLAND FORUM ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Senators Andrew Lanza and Diane Savino today held the Staten Island regional forum of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center of Staten Island.

May 14, 2014
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