Issues: Women's Health

Senate Passes Bill to Create Website for Women's Health Initiatives

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3817), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would direct the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website devoted to women's health initiatives. Senator Hannon said, “This legislation will establish an up-to-date, Department of Health website to assist women in understanding the health initiatives and expansion of covered services that have taken effect.  The federal government already has such a website, but New Yorkers should be able to access a similar site which is specific to our State.”

May 7, 2014

Breast Cancer Screening Program- New Hyde Park

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) are sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, June 5th from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park).

     Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.

     NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:

June 5, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Senator Bonacic Meets with Representatives from the NYS Association of Licensed Midwives

Senator Bonacic met with representatives from the NYS Association of Licensed Midwives in Albany and discussed issues and legislation that was important to them.  

l to r: Susanrachel Condon (Gardiner); Alice Gilgoff (Rosendale); Susan Rannestad (Pine Bush); and Rachel Ritter (Brooklyn.)


May 6, 2014


Middle Village, NY (May 2, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. once again provided free mammogram screenings and clinical exams to his constituents.

May 2, 2014

Mammogram for Mother's Day

I plan to host mammography screenings in conjunction with the American Italian Cancer Foundation.

The 37 foot mobile mammography van, staffed completely by women, will be outside of Senator Golden’s District Office.

The mammography screenings take about thirty minutes to complete. An appointment, which is necessary, can be made by calling 718-238-6044.

May 12, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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


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

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #13: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer: The mere mention of these words has me squirming in my seat. And surely, I’m not alone.

It’s a subject no one wants to bring up in conversation, but also one that could save your life.

So allow me to get the conversation started, in honor of my mother – who is a survivor.

If you’re between 50 and 75 years old, you should be getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer. If you’re younger than 50 but there’s a family history of cancer, Crohn’s disease or colitis, you should be talking to your doctor about when to start getting tested.

March 27, 2014

Griffo Congratulates the Mohawk Valley-New York State Women’s 3-on-3 Basketball Team Upon the Occasion of Winning A Bronze Medal at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio

Thank you, Mr. President.

It is really a pleasure for me today to be able to host an outstanding group of ladies who I had the opportunity to meet earlier today.

It is March Madness. And the brackets are out there. Perhaps, Senator DeFrancisco, if some of these ladies were on the court with Coach Boeheim, we would have had a better result.

I think this is very important because these individuals come from a variety of career paths. They are really fascinating talent, phenomenal personalities and they have some extraordinary stories.

March 26, 2014

Ms. Magazine: New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions

Ms. Magazine writes of Sen. Krueger's "Boss Bill":

The "Boss Bill" would close a loophole in New York's current workplace anti-discrimination laws to ensure women are not discriminated against for their personal reproductive health choices and to protect their privacy. Krueger and Jaffee drafted it in response to the over 100 federal lawsuits by employers trying to avoid the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles.

March 18, 2014

Sen. Krueger, Assemblywoman Jaffee, Advocates Announce Legislation to Prevent Employer Discrimination Against Women for Reproductive Health Decisions

Today Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) unveiled legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578A / A. 8769). Known to advocates and legislators as the “Boss Bill,” this legislation would close a glaring loophole in New York’s existing workplace anti-discrimination laws.

March 5, 2014

Senator Serrano Stands in Support of Protecting Women's Rights in the Workplace

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano stood with advocates and colleagues in government for a press conference in support of legislation that would protect women's rights in the workplace. Bill S6579A, known as the "Boss Bill," would ban employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions.

March 5, 2014


Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program to Hold 'Living with Lymphedema' on April 3

March 3, 2014

Senator O'Brien, staff "Wear Red for Women"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien and his district staff are all wearing shades of red today, joining thousands of people nationwide in observing "Wear Red for Women" Day, promoting awareness of the danger heart disease poses to women's health.

February 7, 2014

'National Wear Red Day' raises awareness of heart disease in women ~ Find out more here

For more than a decade, thanks to the efforts of the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women Campaign," the first Friday in February (which this year is today, February 7, 2014) has been designated "National Wear Red Day" to raise awareness and promote education over the fact that heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women.

Since 2003, National Wear Red Day has united millions to support efforts that have saved lives and improved the health of thousands upon thousands of women across America. 

February 7, 2014

Family Planning Advocates of NYS Day of Action Rally

At the Family Planning Advocates of NYS Annual Day of Action rally, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins got the advocates on their feet and cheering for the Women's Equality Act. Known statewide as a champion for women's equality, Leader Stewart-Cousins vowed at the rally to continue fighting for passage of all ten points of the Women's Equality Act, including reproductive health.

January 27, 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 Stavisky Commends Governor Cuomo for Approving Expanded Powers to Family and Criminal Courts to Combat Domestic Violence

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) commended Governor Cuomo for signing into law a bill which empowers family and criminal courts to order domestic abusers to return financial control and credit and debit cards to protected parties.


December 27, 2013

Syracuse Post-Standard on Sen. Krueger's Maternal Depression Legislation

The Post-Standard's Marnie Eisenstadt reports this morning on Sen. Krueger's maternal depression legislation, which passed this year and awaits the governor's signature.

December 16, 2013
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