Issues: Drugs

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #24: My Priority Legislation

As the Senate regular session comes to a close, I have redoubled my efforts to get my priority legislation passed before then.

In total, I’ve gotten 47 of my 119 bills passed so far this session. The Assembly has also passed 23 of those 47 bills, and the governor has signed 16 of them into law. Five are awaiting his review. I thank my colleagues for helping me achieve the success I’ve enjoyed so far.

Here’s my thinking. First and foremost, a good state legislator is an advocate for his constituents. I’m occasionally asked by local government to help them enact special laws that would only apply to them – a good example is the regular reauthorization of a local sales tax rate, which can help ease the property tax burden.

June 12, 2014
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STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR AND SUNY PLAN TO COMBAT HEROIN ABUSE

Across our state and our nation, the spike in heroin use has meant the loss of life, increased crime and heartbreak amongst families and friends of those who use this deadly drug.  Today, I applaud Governor Cuomo for his announcement of a statewide initiative to combat the rise of heroin use. This initiative—which includes stepping up law enforcement efforts, an awareness campaign taking place at public college and university campuses throughout the state—will greatly help to address the heroin epidemic. 

As a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I’ve heard from many individuals who are on the ground level about what can be done to stop the spread of heroin.  Time and time again, one of the top suggestions  has been educating individuals—especially young people—about the dangers the drug presents.  As we saw last month at SUNY Oswego, heroin is a deadly drug, with very serious consequences.  I am extremely pleased that the Governor and SUNY leaders are focusing their attention on increasing awareness at colleges across our state. 

June 11, 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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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS LONG ISLAND’S GROWING HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Legislation Would Give Parents New Options to Get Treatment for their Children & Increase Education for Teens

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to address the growing heroin epidemic on Long Island and throughout New York State. The bills would give parents new resources to get treatment for their children and increase education for teens about the dangers of heroin and drug abuse.

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY THAT FIGHT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

ALBANY, N.Y.--A package of bills co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that target heroin and opioid abuse prevention and treatment and that expand resources for law enforcement passed the New York State Senate today. The bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, of which Senator Valesky is a member, formed in response to the statewide heroin epidemic and recommended action on these specific bills.

June 10, 2014
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State Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release:   Immediate, June 9, 2014 

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Young Will Enhance Treatment and Prevention

            ALBANY - After the successful joint heroin and opioid addiction forum hosted by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I - Olean) and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the State Senate passed 23 bills to battle the alarming rise in the use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and devastated families across New York State.

            “We received great local input at our forum and much of this information is reflected in the bills we passed. Families who have been torn apart by heroin and opioid addiction spoke about changes that are needed to get this epidemic under control. Prevention, treatment, and enforcement all need to be tackled. Our legislation will make a real difference for those struggling with addiction,” said Senator Young.

June 9, 2014
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Senate Passes Bills Recommended By Heroin Task Force

The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package passed today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

June 9, 2014
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State Senate acts on bills recommended by Heroin Task Force

Albany, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer gives an update on 23 bills, recommended by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, passed by the State Senate.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted a public forum for the Task Force in Batavia on May 23.

June 9, 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

 

June 9, 2014
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today. The growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

June 9, 2014
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Senate to Act on Bills Recommended by Heroin Task Force

The New York State Senate today will act on 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package to be acted on today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

June 9, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RITCHIE ON PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

What was once thought to only be a problem in inner cities, heroin is a drug that has pushed out across our state—being used everywhere from rural Northern New York to our Central New York suburbs and beyond. 

Today, the Senate has taken a major step in fighting back against this deadly drug; passing a package of legislation to combat the heroin epidemic, including my bill (S.7662), which will help recovering abusers gain insurance coverage for treatment.  The passage of these bills—which target the important areas of treatment, prevention and law enforcement—will go a long way to stop the spread of heroin and ensure those looking for help receive it. 

June 9, 2014
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Legislative package backed by Heroin Task Force passes State Senate

Albany, NY- Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that the State Senate has passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York.  

The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed in a report by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted a public forum last month at Batavia City Hall, along with Task Force Chairman Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County).

June 8, 2014
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Press Release - Senator Young and the Seneca Nation of the Indians Join Together to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

SENATOR CATHY YOUNG AND THE SENECA NATION OF INDIANS JOIN TOGETHER TO FIGHT                         HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION         Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention         IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.

June 5, 2014
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Griffo, Oneida County Leaders Announce Strategy to Combat Heroin

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Oneida County leaders today outlined additional measures they’ll be taking to combat the heroin epidemic.

“I’m proud of the work the Senate Majority Coalition has done statewide to gather input from people affected by this drug scourge,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s time to take this one step further, and make sure we arm everyone with the tools to combat an opioid overdose.”

June 5, 2014
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NYS Senate and Seneca Nation hold discussion on heroin abuse

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Senator George joined several of his legislative colleagues and leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians to host a discussion on heroin abuse and reform in our society.  Senator Maziarz is a member of the NYS Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction and also Chairman of the NYS Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Affairs.  The officials heard from many experts in health care, law enforcement, and other areas as they gather input to improve state policies with respect to dealing with addiction.

June 5, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #23: Combating Heroin Use

Heroin – its use and abuse – continue to pepper police blotters across New York lately.

I joined the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction because I wanted to see if we could make an impact legislatively. I know this addictive drug, which is cheap and easy to obtain, isn’t going away. But that’s no reason to give up. Too many families have waged prolonged battles to help loved ones, only to see them overcome by their addiction.

June 5, 2014
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Senator Cathy Young and the Seneca Nation of Indians Join Together to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release: Immediate, June 4, 2014

Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention

            IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.

June 4, 2014
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