Issues: Health Care

SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES THE REPEAL OF A LAW THAT WOULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE BRONX

(Bronx, NY) - Today, Senator Rivera announced that the Health and Mental Hygiene budget bill (S.2007-B/A. 3007-B), which passed with 60 to 1 vote, contained a provision to repeal state law that would require potential health facilities projects in Bronx County to undergo a public forum process to authorize its construction.  The portion of the law that was repealed was passed as part of the 2014-2015 budget in an effort to obstruct the development of a Montefiore facility in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRAIG LOPEZ ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF $8.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez (R/C/I – Shawangunk) announced today that the 2015-2016 New York State Budget will include a full restoration of $8.5 million in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program. 

March 30, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

One Limb For Life

      I often marvel at the resiliency of the human spirit. More often than not it’s reflected in a person’s grace in dealing with adversity, accepting that which cannot be changed, and persevering despite the challenge. This resiliency is vibrantly displayed in those who, through a condition at birth or misfortune later in life, rely on prosthetics to go about what we would otherwise consider routine. For them, access to a prosthetic limb is their link to the pursuit of a normal, everyday life and modern healthcare has come a long way in that regard. That’s why what I’m about to share is so implausible, so unreasonable, that you’ll undoubtedly be as offended as I was to hear it.

March 27, 2015
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March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”

 

March 25, 2015
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Senator Comrie, Community Board 12 and Christ Church International Ministries Host Care Expo for Jamaica

Community Health Fair What the Doctor Ordered 

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: words to live by for those hundreds that flocked to Community Board 12’s first annual Health Fair yesterday, February 19th, 2015, in Jamaica, Queens. The inaugural health fair, offering screenings, services and advice from local health providers, was held at Christ Church International Ministries, and sponsored by Queens Community Board 12, State Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Members I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica), Ruben Wills (D-Ozone Park) and Rory I. Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Pathmark Supermarket.

March 20, 2015
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Lawmakers Announce Legislation Helping New Yorkers Who Suffer from Chronic Wounds

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 18, 2015
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Senator Venditto's Blood Drive at Farmingdale State College

New York Blood Center has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations to ensure their continued capability to serve area hospitals. Their primary concerns are their ability to meet predictable patient needs as well as any unexpected emergencies that may occur. Please make every possible effort to donate blood.

Eligibility Criteria:

 Must have valid photo ID or ID with signature
 Minimum weight 110 lbs
 Between 16 to 76 years of age
 No tattoos in past 12 months

 For more information please call Senator Venditto's office at 516-882-0630.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Panepinto Votes for CARE Act During First Health Committee Vote

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement:

“Today’s Health Committee CARE Act vote brings us one step closer to successfully addressing the issue of affordable and effective long-term healthcare in New York State. Family caregivers play a critical role in keeping loved ones from the costly re-admission to a hospital or health facility. This piece of legislation will help ensure that the 4.1 million family caregivers throughout this great state are not left out of patient health discussions and are properly instructed on how to perform necessary medical or nursing tasks at home.

February 3, 2015
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Senator Carlucci to Host Emergency Blood Drive

In wake of the recent blood shortage, Senator David Carlucci, in collaboration with the New York Blood Center (NYBC) is hosting an emergency blood drive this Thursday, February 5th from 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Congers Community Center, located at 6 Gilchrest Road, in Congers, NY.

Due to last week’s snow, and the cancellation of numerous blood drives across the state, NYBC estimates 3,000 scheduled donations have been lost – the largest single loss since Superstorm Sandy.

January 31, 2015
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Prostate Screening at the Bellmore Library

Prostate Screening:

Open to all men age 40 and older who have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of whether they have insurance.

February 24, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014
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Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Brad Hoylman Applauds Governor Cuomo and Superintendent Lawsky for Their Efforts to Prohibit Private Health Insurers from Discriminating Against Transgender People

NEW YORK, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky for issuing a bulletin that will prohibit private insurers in New York from discriminating against transgender people in their health care.

December 11, 2014
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Cuba Memorial Hospital Receives $3.3 Million in Support from New York State

For Release: Immediate, December 4, 2014

Funding follows designation as a Critical Access Hospital

CUBA- Senator Catharine M. Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced great news for the region following Cuba Memorial Hospital’s completion of the hospital’s final mortgage payment. The mortgage payment comes as a result of the hospital receiving state support of just over $3.3 million under its designation as a Critical Access Hospital.

December 4, 2014
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Senator Gallivan & Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs Team Up to Increase Organ Donations

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs say a state law designed to increase organ donations has not been implemented as intended by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Gallivan and Jacobs are calling on DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala to make the necessary changes to the department’s computer system in order to comply with the spirit of Lauren’s Law.

October 30, 2014
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