Issues: Nutrition

Gianaris seeks to halt feed additive

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about Senator Gianaris' proposal to ban the chicken feed additive, Roxarsone, which has been linked to several diseases, including cancer.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced Monday he has proposed a ban of Roxarsone (3-Nitro) and other drugs containing arsenic in chicken feed.


Roxarsone aids in making the appearance of poultry pinker because it causes the chicken’s blood vessels to grow unnaturally larger. The additive has been linked to several diseases, including cancer.


“This is a known cancer-causing agent that has no business being in our system,” Gianaris said.




May 29, 2012

Sen. Krueger Writes in The Hill: Washington's Fad Diet

Sen. Krueger wrote this piece for The Hill's Congress Blog, explaining why Congress' proposed millions in cuts to the food stamps program make no sense.

May 24, 2012

Senate Passes Krueger Bill That Would Result in More Federal Food Stamp Aid to City Programs

Albany, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today announced the passage of legislation in the New York State Senate that would result in more federal funding for food stamp programs in New York City. The bill (S. 452) passed the Senate with a unanimous 56-0 vote.

May 9, 2012
July 7, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
May 10, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator Gallivan Encourages Western New Yorkers to Participate in the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off

The National Prescription Drug Drop-Off will be hosting “drive-in, drop-off” programs at sites throughout Western New York this month. Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is strongly encouraging area residents who have any excess, unused, or expired prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs, to take advantage of this opportunity to safely and securely dispose of them.

April 20, 2012

NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - Buy Local - April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012 - NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon "Buy Local" movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state's important agricultural industry.

April 19, 2012

Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012

5th Annual Girls Empowerment Conference

Continental Breakfast - Luncheon - Empowering Workshops Giveaways - Dynamic Guest Speakers - Resource Circle Sistah Circle Rap Session about Bullying and Special Workshop for all the Parent's


April 14, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012

Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012


Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012

Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting


February 9, 2012

Brooklyn Women's Services presents Nutrition For a Healthy Pregnancy

In honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we will discuss some nutrition guidelines to follow during pregnancy in order to promote healthy birth. This includes which foods to avoid, which foods to increase consumption and how to deal with some of the most common side effects experienced during pregnancy. This workshop is free.

Event will take place at Brooklyn Women's Services an affiliate of Maimonides Medical Center, located at 9201 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. For more information or to register please call (718) 748-1234 or visit

January 18, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Ban Use of Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics In Animals Sold As Food

FDA Took Step in Right Direction By Restricting One Class of Antibiotics, Now NY Must Act

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh are urging immediate passage of their bill to ban the use of antibiotics in animals sold for food in New York, as well as stronger federal regulations, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will restrict the use of a type of antibiotic used in livestock that may contribute to high drug resistance in humans. 

The routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals meant for human consumption poses an unacceptable risk to public health, creating treatment-resistant bacterial infections.  For years, the FDA dragged its feet on the issue. That is why Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh introduced legislation (S80 [Squadron] / A05582 [Kavanagh]) that would make New York a leader on food safety and prohibit the use of antibiotics in all farm animals sold for food in New York, except for the treatment of sick animals.

January 6, 2012

Senator Gianaris tours City Harvest's new facility in Long Island City

Senator Gianaris speaks with David Levy, VP of Distribution, in the facility's giant fridge.

December 20, 2011
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