Issues: Hospitals

Senate And Assembly Introduce Joint Budget Legislation To Keep Government Working

The Senate and Assembly have reached joint agreement on budget bills that will guarantee the preservation of essential services, and continue to close down the state’s budget deficit. These bills include the remaining fields of the budget:

June 26, 2010

Wall Street Journal: ERs Fill Up Downtown


Emergency rooms in downtown Manhattan have become more crowded since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in April, but ambulances are getting patients into the remaining ERs faster than they did when the 161-year-old Greenwich Village hospital was open.

June 25, 2010

Mothers: Know Your Rights!

In late 2009 I sponsored and pushed through Legislation (S1107) to establish a Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights. All too often women are made to feel ashamed when they breastfeed, which can lead them to quit breastfeeding their babies prematurely.

My Breastfeeding Mother’s Bill of Rights is common-sense legislation that empowers and supports new mothers by providing them with the information they need prior to, and after they give birth so they can make the best decisions for their child and themselves.

June 9, 2010

Senator Krueger Helps End Out-of-Control Increases to Health Insurance Premium Rates

For Immediate Release | June 8, 2010

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


(New York, NY) Those who are struggling under a rising tide of healthcare costs can finally breathe a sigh of relief. In an effort to slow the increasing burden of healthcare costs, Senator Liz Krueger helped pass “Prior Approval” legislation (S8088) which will enact new standards of oversight and accountability of the health insurance industry, making coverage more affordable for individuals, families and small businesses.

June 8, 2010

Ground breaking ceremony for the ER Department at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris

On Friday, June 4th, 2010 Senator Bonacic attended the ground breaking ceremony for the emergency department expansion at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY.  The Senate allocated, at my request $2.5 million for this project.




June 4, 2010

An Educational Panel: What Are Our Options Post-St. Vincent’s?

In the wake of the devastating closure of St.

May 26, 2010

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Room 123 CAP

May 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: An Educational Panel: How Can We Get Back a Hospital for our Community?

NYS Senate Health Committee Chair Thomas K. Duane

and Co-Sponsors NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

US Representative Jerrold L. Nadler

NYS Senator Daniel L. Squadron

May 21, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Room 123 CAP

May 11, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

State Senator Liz Krueger Suggests Urges New Yorkers to Use Mother’s Day As a Reminder to Schedule Mammograms

For Immediate Release | May 4, 2010

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485

(New York, NY) - This year on Mother’s Day, when we take the time to honor the women who have done so much to care for others, State Senator Liz Krueger urges us to remind these same women to take care of themselves by getting regular mammogram screenings. Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for woman, and while many women schedule regular screenings – including self examinations – more than 41,000 women die annually from this disease.

May 4, 2010

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Room 123 CAP

Agenda notes: The committee will consider the following nominations: Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MS: Member, Public Health Council, and Chair and Member, Minority Health Council. John A. D'Anna, MD, MPH: Member, Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct. Gordon W. Felt: Member, State Camp Safety Advisory Council. Lori V. Quigley, PhD: Member, Minority Health Council.

April 27, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Senator Bonaccic pictured with Stuart D. Hirsch, Administrative Director of Emergency Services, Sister mary Feehan, O.S.B., Dr. Eugene Heslin, HealthAlliance Board of Directors Chairman, David Lundquist, CEO HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley and other members of the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, attended the ribbon-cutting for the new Emergency Department at the Kingston Hospital Campus on April 22, 2010.

April 22, 2010

Daily News: St. Vincent's Hospital ER could survive as takeover talks still on the table

BY Samuel Goldsmith

Its board of directors may have pulled the plug on St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan - but the emergency room still has a pulse.

April 13, 2010

Phelps' Special Care Nursery Visit

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins visits Phelps' Special Care Nursery

Phelps' Special Care Nursery offers medical care to newborns that require hospitalization, including infants that are born up to 34 weeks premature.

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recently secured a $100,000 grant to upgrade and renovate the newborn nursery.

April 7, 2010

Statement of Senator Duane RE: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

“While today’s decision by the Board of Directors of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center to close the hospital’s inpatient units was deeply disappointing, I have not given up the fight.  I will continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including City, State and Federal officials, as well as the hospital board, management and labor, to guarantee that the health care needs of our neighborhoods are met."

"I will continue to fight for the preservation of a 24-hour emergency room, widely available and culturally sensitive community-based primary care, and the specialty services that have been at the core of St. Vincent’s commitment to our Lower West Side neighborhoods and our city as a whole.”


April 6, 2010

Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010

Statement of Senator Duane RE: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

“St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center is the only inpatient acute-care facility on Manhattan’s Lower West Side -- the hospital, emergency room, affiliated clinics and care providers play a crucial role in serving our community's health care needs.   I was saddened to learn that Mount Sinai Medical Center declined to become partners with St. Vincent’s.  But I am not ready to give up the fight.

April 1, 2010

NYS Senate Westchester Delegation to Hold Hearings on Executive Budget for 2010-11


In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.


March 11, 2010

Senate Approves Members To Key Hospital, Transportation, Labor And Quality Of Care Boards

The New York State Senate confirmed 36 appointees to key boards today, including members to the New York State Department of Labor, Advisory Council to the Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Board of Visitors of the Rochester Psychiatric Center, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, among many other entities.

March 10, 2010
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