Issues: Women's Health

Alternatives for Battered Women Celebration of Hope

Tuesday morning, Alternatives for Battered Women held their 4th Annual Celebration of Hope. ABW exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by, or at risk of, domestic violence. For more information on the great work ABW does in our community every day, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org.

May 14, 2013
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2013 Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Pink Ribbon Run and Walk

Sunday, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester held it's 12th Annual Pink Ribbon Run and Walk. This year's event moved to Genesee Valley Park. More than 4,000 people took part in the run and walk, which raises money for breast cancer research. All of the funds raised stay right here locally. For more information on the great work that the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester does in our community, visit their website at www.bccr.org.

May 13, 2013
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Breast Cancer Screening Program- Massapequa Park

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will be sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, June 20th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the Massapequa Library’s Bar Harbour Building. The library is located at 40 Harbor Lane in Massapequa 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:

* The program is open to all Nassau County women ages 40 and over.

June 20, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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Walkers Raise Money to Help Fight MS

On Sunday, May 5th, the 2013 Greece MS Walk was held, beginning at Greece Olympia High School. Funds raised give hope to the more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York, and help support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. The walk has taken place since 1988 and has raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.

May 8, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Breast Cancer Research Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that provides additional resources for breast cancer research and also passed a measure to increase access to important information about changes to women’s health coverage. The bills support breast cancer mapping initiatives and facilitate public education about newly-covered preventive services and health screening for women.

May 7, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Breast Cancer Research Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that provides additional resources for breast cancer research and also passed a measure to increase access to important information about changes to women’s health coverage.

May 7, 2013
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Abortion Debate Continues on Albany (Source: YNN)

Source: YNN

But Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins believes an abortion rights bill can pass and will gain Republican support, pointing out that the state's original abortion law did receive GOP backing. Stewart-Cousins said, “When we passed the bill that allowed for abortion in 1970, we had Republican votes. I believe we will have Republican votes.”

Read the full article here.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblymember Titus Present Domestic Violence Resolution to Advocates

(Queens , NY)  Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Michele Titus stood on the steps of Queens Borough Hall and presented advocates for victims of domestic violence with a recently passed New York State Legislative Resolution. This resolution, A313/S1322, made April 22nd “Domestic Violence Awareness Day” in the State of New York, and as a part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

May 3, 2013
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Stewart-Cousins: Abortion Bill a Routine ‘Matter of Updating Our Laws’ (Source: LoHud.com)

Source: LoHud.com

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said on an Albany public radio show Thursday that she “can’t imagine” there won’t be bipartisan support for a bill to strengthen New York’s abortion laws, which she views as a simple “updating” of state statutes to reflect federal standards.

Stewart-Cousins, who is the first woman to lead a legislative conference in Albany, has sponsored the Reproductive Health Act in recent years, a bill that supporters argue codifies in state law the 1973 landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Conservatives and the Catholic church staunchly oppose the bill, arguing it will increase access in a state that already leads the nation in abortions.

May 3, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris Pushes Women’s Equality Agenda

Senator Michael Gianaris stood with the National Organization for Women and his Democratic colleagues to voice support for the Women’s Equality Agenda, a 10-point proposal offered by Governor Cuomo. The Women’s Equality Agenda aims to protect women’s rights and end discrimination based on gender. Senator Gianaris believes its passage is essential as New York continues to lead the way forward on the issue of women’s rights.

“New York has a great history as a progressive leader when it comes to women's rights and it is imperative that we continue to lead the nation on this critical issue,” said Senator Gianaris.

“Attempts to roll back hard-fought victories for women's equality are sweeping the country and have proven that this fight is far from over. Passing the Women's Equality Agenda would enshrine in law a woman's right to control her own health care decisions and would be a signal that the women's equality effort continues to move forward, with New York State leading the way.”

April 25, 2013
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Albany Times Union: NOW Wants Governor's Women's Equality Agenda Needs to Go Before the Legislature

Wednesday, Sen. Krueger joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, other colleagues, and a broad group of advocates for women's rights to call for the introduction of legislation and an open vote on the Governor's women's equality agenda, including reproductive rights and workplace fairness legislation. From the Albany Times Union:

Though several pro-life groups have expressed disdain for Cuomo's decision to yoke the rest of the agenda items to the more controversial reproduction rights provisions, Sen. Liz Krueger expressed the hope of the vast majority in the room was for an omnibus bill. "You need that full package," she said.

See the full article at the Times Union, or read on to watch video of the press conference.

April 25, 2013
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Naiades Oncology Rowing Launches 'Spirit'

On Saturday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony hosted by Naiades Oncology Rowing to launch their newest boat. The group is a rowing organization started to help women who have staged the courageous and tough fight against cancer, or who are currently undergoing treatment and are fighting the terrible disease. Their newest boat is named 'Spirit'. For more information on this great group, visit their website at http://www.naiadesoncologyrowing.com/.

April 16, 2013
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April 16, 2013
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Anthony L. Jordan Health Center Opens Urgent Care Center

On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the new Urgent Care Center that is now offered at Anthony L. Jordan Health Center in Rochester. To learn more about the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center and all it offers to our community, visit http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/.

April 15, 2013
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To Honor Mother’s Day, Senator Robach Urges Women Over 40 to Get Screened for Breast Cancer

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. There are different kinds of risk factors. Some factors can be changed or modified- others cannot be changed, such as age and gender.

April 9, 2013
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STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY WELCOMES TOP CHEF'S PADMA LAKSHMI TO SENATE CHAMBERS

 

ALBANY, NY – State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky met with Food Network personality Padma Lakshmi. The Top Chef host was in Albany advocating on behalf of her charitable organization, Endometriosis Foundation of America.

 

March 19, 2013
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GALLIVAN APPLAUDS SENATE’S 2013-14 BUDGET RESOLUTION

BUDGET PLAN WOULD CHANGE THE STATE’S FILM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR WNY

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes proposals to implement a two-percent state spending cap and reform the State’s film production tax credit program to level the playing field for Upstate.

March 12, 2013
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Powell: Can't Fight Teen Pregnancy with Shame and Blame

New York Times columnist Michael Powell agrees with Liz: the City Human Resources administration's new teen pregnancy ad campaign is counterproductive, insensitive, and wrongheaded.

March 12, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget Resolution

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 11, 2013
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State Senate Coalition Fighting To Restore Millions Of Dollars Cut From Women's Health Programs In Governor's Budget

Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program and Funding for Rape Crisis Centers among Those Targeted for ReductionSenate Coalition Members today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget.Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today.Under the Executive Budget proposal, the Governor recommended shifting funding for 16 women’s health and wellness programs into six discretionary “pools,” and then subjected those

March 11, 2013
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