Issues: Hospitals

November 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

As expected, this was a difficult election season. But thanks to the support of so many of you, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote. First, thank you and know that even if you chose not to vote for me, I will do my very best to serve every constituent of the 26th Senatorial District for the next two years.

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November 30, 2010


Senator Ken LaValle (far left) was pleased to deliver $50,000 in state funding to John T.

October 21, 2010

Senator Maziarz visits Lakeside Health System in Brockport

Senator Maziarz thanks the hardworking nursing staff at Lakeside on a recent visit.

October 15, 2010

Senator Oppenheimer Hosts Caregiver Support Seminar at White Plains High School

On October 13, 2010, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) sponsored a free caregiver seminar in the Atrium of White Plains High School. The event featured experts from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) who offered tips and techniques for taking care of loved ones and preventing caregiver burnout.

White Plains School Superintendent Christopher Clouet welcomed the audience and introduced the Senator, saying “Senator Oppenheimer has the vision to bring community members together to discuss and strategize on the delicate issues facing caregivers. The school district is delighted to host this important event.”

October 14, 2010

Senator Foley Secures Funding for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that he has been able to secure funding for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

The $252,000 capital grant that Senator Foley provided, which will be administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), will be used to upgrade the facility’s imaging equipment. The current, outdated equipment will be replaced with newer technology that will improve the images obtained and reduce exposure to radiation.

September 24, 2010

9/24/2010: Press Conference on Hospital Closure Planning Act

For Immediate Release: September 24, 2010Contacts: Antonio Rodriguez (Huntley) | (518) 455-3531Jane Carey (Lancman) | (718) 820-0241

"Hospital Closure Planning Act" Sent to Governor's Desk for Signature

Bill Requires State To Address Impact Of Hospital Closings On Communities

Elected officials from across the City today urged Governor Paterson to sign the "Hospital Closure Planning Act" (A.10748A/S.7483A). The charge was led at a press conference this afternoon with the bill's sponsors, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica).

September 24, 2010

Press Conference: Hospital Closure Planning Act Legislation

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2010Contacts: Antonio Rodriguez (Huntley)| (518) 455-3531Jane Carey (Lancman) | (718) 820-0241

*Media Advisory*

Queens Elected Officials To Urge Governor Paterson To Sign Into Law Renegotiated “Hospital Closure Planning Act”

Present version updated to address Governor’s concerns after veto last year

September 24, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Aubertine Secures $100k for Samaritan Keep Home


Senator announces funding Tuesday, meets with seniors, staff at skilled nursing facility

WATERTOWN (September 21, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine visited the Samaritan Keep Home today to meet with seniors and announce a $100,000 legislative grant to help the nursing home facility with the digitization of its patient’s medical records.

September 21, 2010

Healthcare Update Newsletter: Effects of Healthcare Reform Legislation

I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.

Please see attached newsletter.

Healthcare Mailer 9.2010.pdf

September 21, 2010

September 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

Already post-Labor Day–wow!

In reviewing what summer 2010 will be remembered for, I am struck by the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the hottest summer on record in New York City and a disturbing upsurge in Islamophobia throughout the US, including right here in New York City.

Early September this year brings the Jewish New Year (L’SHANA TOVA 5771 to those of you who are celebrating) and so too the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community, which is celebrated with a big feast, that happens to fall on September 11th this year. Jewish and Muslim holidays move dates every year due to solar changes.

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September 21, 2010

Senator Flanagan Secures Grant To Help St. Catherine of Siena Expand Cardiac Services

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center to unveil improvements at the newly renovated Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.  Senator Flanagan secured a $100,000 grant for the program which helped enhance the medical center’s ability to enhance its services with advance technology in intravascular imaging.

September 16, 2010

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

Action taken by the United States Senate today is welcome news for New York and other states struggling to overcome historic budget deficits. I urge the House of Representatives to act as quickly as possible and applaud Speaker Pelosi for indicating the House will return from recess to take a vote on this critical funding. Those who supported SA 4575 on FMAP and education funding for state governments understand what the consequences of inaction would mean to our state’s health care services, education programs, and organizations that provide for the needy throughout New York. The Senate’s legislation will also secure jobs for hundreds of thousands of firefighters, police officers, and teachers, keeping our communities safe and economy growing. 

August 5, 2010

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson RE: FMAP Funding

Today’s action by the US Senate on SA 4575 on FMAP, Education, and SNAP funding for state governments is a welcome sign Washington understands the fiscal pressures New York and other states are struggling to overcome.

August 4, 2010

Health Fair in Ozone Park

Come join us at this FREE Health Fair at Nativity BVM Church. There will be many different health organization present to test you and provide information on many different topics. Call 718-738-1111 for more information.

September 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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
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