Issues: Controlled Substances

DMAA Press Conference with Jose Canseco

What: Following the sudden deaths of two U.S. soldiers during routine fitness exercises, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will call for a statewide ban of the controversial and unregulated dietary supplement linked to each soldier's death. The drug, known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, is currently banned by half a dozen countries, as well as by the U.S. military and nearly every major league sports organization.

March 6, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Joined By Former Major League Baseball Star Jose Canseco, Medical Experts, and Victims, Introduces Legislation to Ban Popular Over the Counter Nutritional Supplement “DMAA”

ALBANY, NY - In the wake of two military deaths linked to the use of a risky over the counter dietary supplement, New York State Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced legislation today that would immediately ban all future sales of products containing the popular but dangerous substance. The supplement, known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, is currently banned in six countries, as well as by the U.S. military and nearly every amateur and professional sports organization.

March 6, 2013
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As I-STOP Takes Effect, Senator Kennedy Presses for Answers on State’s Preparedness for Prescription Drug Abuse

Epidemic of prescription drug abuse has given rise to statewide need to re-tool addiction treatment services. 

Kennedy urges state officials to ensure WNY gets its fair share of resources for addiction treatment and prevention. 

Kennedy: With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels in WNY, state must re-tool the approach to fighting addiction before more lives are lost.

February 27, 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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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG'S SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA REFORM, URGES ALBANY TO PASS LEGISLATION NOW

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation (S3105) to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, welcomed Mayor Bloomberg's support for the bill and the change to NYC policy announced in today's State of the City. Squadron released the following statement:

"Legislation I carry would reform the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute and the inconsistent way it's enforced. 

February 14, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces New Addiction Treatment Services for Western New York

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to add 25 new residential treatment beds for young adults in WNY. 

At August forum, Kennedy called attention to the dramatic lack of treatment beds in WNY, has been pushing for more resource for region.   

Kennedy: Rx drug addiction is a local public health crisis. The addition of 25 new beds is an important step toward ensuring WNY families have access to the treatment services they need.

February 6, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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Senator Flanagan’s Drug Drop Off Event Gets Over 175 Pounds Of Household Drugs Out Of Community

To help community members get unwanted drugs out of their households, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Drug Drop Off event at the Selden Fire Department.  The event, which was held with the cooperation of the Suffolk County Police Department and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, enabled community members to drop off unwanted drugs anonymously and helped collect over 175 pounds of drugs.

October 3, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Working To Help Parents Fight Drug Abuse

Senator Flanagan is joining with Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. and Suffolk County Police Department to sponsor a DRUG DROP OFF EVENT

Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 1 pm

Selden Fire Department

44 Woodmere Place, Selden

September 20, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces I-STOP Signed into Law

Kennedy-cosponsored measure to prevent prescription drug abuse becomes law

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced new measures to prevent prescription drug abuse have been signed into law. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed I-STOP, or the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, into law Monday.

August 27, 2012
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Kennedy, Ryan Host Roundtable Forum on Drug Addiction Treatment in Western New York

Several leading treatment providers, advocates and researchers outline local issues related to addiction treatment and prevention. Forum discusses steps forward to improve patient care and adapt to the new challenges of prescription drug addiction

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of drug addiction treatment in Western New York Monday at D’Youville College. Several expert panelists participated in the conversation and detailed challenges facing treatment providers and prevention advocates.

August 13, 2012
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Statement from Senator Flanagan Regarding New Synthetic Drug Regulations

With so many stories in the media highlighting the dangers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo is a step in the right direction.  But the severity and increasing number of these incidents make it abundantly clear that even stronger actions need to be taken as soon as possible.

August 7, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

The actions taken by Governor Cuomo to crack down on synthetic marijuana and bath salts are a good step towards preventing the sale and possession of these very dangerous drugs.  However, we need to go even further to stop the scourge of these terrible drugs that are causing deaths and acts of violence. That’s why I am calling on the state Assembly to pass the Senate’s bill (S6694) to impose felony-level penalties for the sale and possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana.

August 7, 2012
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TELL THE ASSEMBLY TO PASS ALIX'S LAW NOW!

Sign The E-Petition Today

Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.

June 28, 2012
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Senate approves legislation, co-sponsored by O'Mara, targeting meth makers

Albany, N.Y., June 27—The New York State Senate has approved legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), to restrict sales of over-the-counter cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

O’Mara, noting the dramatic rise in meth-related arrests and other incidents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions over the past year, said that the legislation targets the manufacturing of the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

June 27, 2012
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012
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NYS Senate approves bill to help police catch meth-makers, but Assembly doesn't vote on it

By Teri Weaver / The Post-Standard The Post-Standard

Syracuse -- State and local police could go after meth-makers buying cold medicine in bulk under a proposed law the New York State Senate passed today.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, mirrors a federal law that tracks and limits the amount of purchases of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient needed to make methamphetamine.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012
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NEWS FROM THE SENATE BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN

As this year’s legislative session comes to a close, the NYS Senate is hard at work ensuring the passage of important legislation such as the following:

June 15, 2012
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