Issues: Nutrition

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

Senator Kennedy Celebrates New State Support to Help Meals on Wheels Prevent Hunger in WNY

Kennedy says low-cost power from the state through the Recharge NY program will help protect Meals on Wheels’ vital mission to feed the hungry throughout WNY.

December 20, 2013

Governor Cuomo Signs Klein Bills Tackling Childhood Obesity in New York

ALBANY, NY – Today, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (Bronx/Westchester) announced that three of his signature bills aimed at combating the ills of childhood obesity have been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

December 19, 2013


Brooklyn, NY- With devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) affecting families only a week before Thanksgiving, Senator Kevin Parker distributed almost one hundred-plus free turkeys at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Dozens of local community-based organizations, faith-based institutions and non-profit charities who are helping feed the hungry received their turkeys from the Senator so they might prepare traditional dinners to those less fortunate in their respective constituencies. Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Renaissance Home Health Care, Jetro Cash and Carry, and Key Food Supermarket were proud sponsors of this year’s event.

November 21, 2013

Senator Kevin Parker Urges Congress to Restore SNAP Funding and Work to Create Middle Class Jobs

(Brooklyn, NY) – Today, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, will be cut by $5 billion. “I call upon our leaders in Congress to restore funding to SNAP and pass legislation that will create strong middle-class jobs,” said Senator Parker. “People are hurting and instead of promoting policies to guarantee food security and grow the economy, House leaders would rather impede our economic recovery and shut down the government,” continued Parker.

November 1, 2013

Stavisky, Kim and Koo Kick Off First Korean Restaurant Week in Flushing

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing,) Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing,) and Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing) kicked off Flushing’s first Korean Restaurant Week by sampling Korean fare at Shinjung Galbi.

October 24, 2013

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Lawmakers urge Governor to sign legislation into law that will help reduce obesity, particularly amongst children and adolescents

September 13, 2013

Senate Unanimously Passes Klein Bill Aimed at Fighting Childhood Obesity in High Risk Communities

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Monday night, the New York State Senate passed legislation to combat childhood obesity by implementing a wide array of initiatives. These initiatives include: expanding community gardens where fresh produce is grown, kick-starting new obesity programs that encourage schoolchildren to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and launching new services through Cornell University that provide obesity and respiratory disease prevention programs in high risk areas. Additionally, New York State will establish direct marketing campaigns aimed at encouraging children in high-risk neighborhoods to consume healthy foods.

June 4, 2013

Senator Valesky’s Expanded Pride of New York Legislation Passes Senate Bill Will Encourage Restaurants to Use Local Foods

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation creating a program to recognize restaurants featuring local products promoting New York-grown products sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) passed the Senate today.

May 30, 2013

Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Bring Local Food to Senior Facilities

ALBANY, NY – The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will help bring local farm products to senior centers and other institutions for the aging.

May 7, 2013

IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany.

March 14, 2013

Press Conference: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, IDC, and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

**Photo/Video Opportunity**

When: Today, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 1:00 PM

Where: Albany, The Capitol, Room 124

March 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

Senator Martins Samples Great Neck South High School's Healthy Lunch Menu

Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, who both represent Great Neck in the New York State Legislature, recently returned to high school for lunch period at Great Neck South High School.

While the senator and the assemblywoman may have been students at different schools – Martins at Chaminade and Schimel at Midwood – this time, they were classmates, enjoying the school’s new nutritious lunch menu with students. The senator and assemblywoman were able to listen to the students’ thoughts on the new lunch menu, which was implemented in Great Neck schools using guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

February 12, 2013

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Calls for Immediate Statewide Ban of Popular Over-the-Counter Performance Enhancing Drug

In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s admission of longtime performance enhancing drug (PED) use, New York State Senate Co-Leader Senator Jeff Klein called for the immediate ban of the extraordinarily popular—and dangerous—performance enhancing drug known as DMAA. DMAA is currently the active ingredient in some of the most popular muscle building products sold at all GNC and Vitamin Shoppe stores. DMAA, which has been widely banned across the world and by every major sports organization, was recently banned by the Pentagon after the sudden deaths of three marines who had been using the product.

January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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