Issues: Nutrition

Senator Farley Meets with Nutrition Association

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of the New York School Nutrition Association on Feb. 10th in Albany. Teal Carpenter of the Gloversville Enlarged School District, Melinda Madison of HFM BOCES and Northville Central School District, and Clifton Park resident John Ricci of ConAgra Food, discussed budget issues and the “farm-to-school” program.

March 5, 2015

Senator Marc Panepinto Comments on the Passage of First Anti-Hunger Legislation

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the passage of his first co-sponsored bill (S.854) combatting poverty and hunger:

“We have all been taught from very young ages that food should never be wasted. My co-sponsored bill tackles this notion head on by increasing the amount of food assistance that New York provides to the poor and disadvantaged. By finally establishing protocols and communication procedures to donate any excess or unused edible food from the more than $2 million school meals that are served every day in our state, we are moving the needle forward on not only a social justice front, but an economic justice one as well. While I will continue fighting for more long term solutions to reducing poverty and hunger such as raising the minimum wage, I am proud to have passed this commonsense legislation which expands relief for so many New Yorkers who go to sleep hungry at night.”

March 3, 2015

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

Senator Valesky Drops Off Donation to Food Bank of CNY

Senator David Valesky stopped by the Food Bank of CNY on November 24, 2014 to drop off a donation check. The amount, $1,926.04, is based on the total weight of items collected at his e-recycling event in October: 113,383 lbs of e-waste! This donation will provide 7,000 meals for the patrons of the Food Bank's services. With Senator Valesky are, from left, Alice Kim, director of government relations for Time Warner Cable; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of CNY's executive director; and Craig Wilson, community liaison for Senator Valesky.

November 24, 2014

Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014

Greenway Shoprite's Help Bag For Hunger

To continue her efforts in the fight against hunger, Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow, took part in Greenway ShopRite's "Help Bag Food for Hunger" Event on Wednesday, September 17th, during National Hunger Awareness Month. This year’s ShopRite Partners In Caring contest issued a new challenge to ShopRite associates – to raise an unprecedented $1.5 million to support food banks in the communities ShopRite serves.

September 19, 2014

Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014


Brooklyn, NY – For the seventh consecutive year, State Senator Kevin Parker and Sesame Flyers International, Inc., hosted Harvest Fest – an end-of-summer /  back-to-school celebration for Brooklyn families at Paerdegat Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Over 500 families came out for the event which included face painting, games, fitness and nutrition resources and CPR instruction to children and their parents. 

September 10, 2014

In the News: Westchester Food Bank Goes Orange For Hunger Awareness (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

The holiday season is usually the biggest donation time for food banks, but Food Bank For Westchester (FBW) hopes to inspire others to remember the hungry every time of year.

In observance of September as Feeding America's Hunger Action Month, the FBW announced Thursday its "Go Orange To End Hunger," campaign – a month-long campaign to raise awareness of Westchester's hungry residents.

September 8, 2014

Food Bank for Westchester September's Hunger Action Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins wore orange on Thursday, September 4th, to help the Food Bank For Westchester raise awareness during September's Hunger Action Month. Volunteers joined in at the Elmsford warehouse, raising their arms in the fight to end hunger. They estimate 200,000 people in Westchester are hungry or food-challenged, 66,000 of them are children and 44,000 are seniors. #GoOrangetoEndHunger

September 4, 2014

Moms Rally at City Hall in Support of Breastfeeding, Celebrate 20th Anniversary of NYS Civil Rights Law Allowing Women to Breastfeed Anywhere They Have the Legal Right to Be

Today on the steps of City Hall, breastfeeding mothers and families, lactation professionals and advocates from all over New York City participated in the NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council Annual Breastfeeding Subway Caravan, joined by Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and multiple elected leaders, inlcuding Sen. Krueger. After the rally, the caravan traveled on the “A” train to Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza for the Brooklyn Alliance for Breastfeeding Empowerment’s (B.A.B.E.) day-long breastfeeding celebration.

August 8, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Senator Jeff Klein Receives 2014 YMCA "Champion for Healthy Living" Award for Efforts in Preventing Childhood Obesity

ALBANY, NY – Today, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) addressed YMCA Healthy Kids Day, an advocacy event dedicated to raise awareness on the issue of childhood obesity and get more children physically active.

May 7, 2014

Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Yvonne Graham, NYS DOH Associate Commissioner


April is National Minority Health Month. Senator Parker welcomes New York State Department of Health Associate Commissioner Yvonne Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention.

Listen as they discuss the health inequities among various populations and how her office works plan to address these specific issues 2013-2017.

For more information about the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, please call 518-474-2180 or visit


April 29, 2014

Senator Gallivan's Family Health & Safety Fair

Free health screenings & safety information from the following:

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


ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014


The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

February 5, 2014

Senator Farley Discusses Nutrition

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the New York School Nutrition Association on January 28th in Albany and discussed child nutrition programs. Pictured, left to right, are Executive Director Carol Beebe, HFM BOCES and Gloversville Enlarged School District representative Teal Carpenter, Senator Farley, Theresa Travis of Fort Plain and John Ricci of ConAgra Foods.

January 29, 2014

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Time Warner Cable, and Celebrity Contestants from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Announce Measures to Combat Obesity

ALBANY, NY – In marking the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session, Senate Co- Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, along with representatives from Time Warner Cable, celebrities from NBC’s The Biggest Loser,  and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz today doubled down on their efforts to reverse the rising obesity trends among children and young adults in New York.

January 8, 2014

Senator Valesky Presents Check to CNY Food Bank

On November 27, Senator David J. Valesky presented Lynn Hy and Liz Occhino from the Central New York Food Bank with a check for $2,486.65. Included in the donation was a portion of the proceeds from the electronics recycling event held in September in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable. Along with him are Alice Kim, northeast government relations director for Time Warner Cable, and Steve Porubek from Time Warner Cable.

December 20, 2013
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