Issues: Health

Assembly Member Glick and Senator Hoylman Pass Legislation to Expand Tuberculosis Testing

New bill passed by both houses comes amid news of XDR-TB, a new drug resistant strain of Tuberculosis

ALBANY – Today, the New York State Legislature passed legislation introduced by Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Brad Hoylman (A.7034/S.103) to expand tuberculosis testing by allowing registered nurses to administer tests without needing a patient specific order from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. The bill, which passed the Assembly today and the State Senate on June 10, comes amid recent reports of a new drug resistant strain of TB called XDR-TB.

June 16, 2015
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In Final Days of Legislative Session, Senate Passes Kennedy-Sponsored Bill to Keep Powdered Caffeine Off Shelves; Bill to Curb Overdoses Now Awaits Assembly Approval

After At Least 18 Deaths Reported in Connection With Powdered Caffeine Overdoses, New York Cannot Wait for FDA to Take Action

One Teaspoon of Unregulated Powder May Contain Caffeine Equivalent of 25 Cups of Coffee

June 16, 2015
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Legislature passes bill sponsored by Griffo that would help better understand epilepsy-related deaths

ALBANY – The New York State Senate and Assembly on Monday passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi that would require death certificates to include whether someone suffered a sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy.

June 15, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the End-of-Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss what’s left to accomplish during the final week of legislative session. He also discusses two of his bills, which recently passed the State Senate, that would require a cost benefit analysis of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and would create a database for terrorists.  

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco raises awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation, also know as AVM, and he shares some highlights from his Rebuttal at the 115th legislative Correspondents Association Show.

 

June 15, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health  Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair  Monday, June 15, 2015  Room 332 CAP

THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR.

June 15, 4:03 PM - 4:29 PM
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers.

June 11, 2015
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Young: For The Sake of the Mentally Ill, Public Safety Kendra's Law Must Be Made Permanent

Bill would provide greater protection for the public, increase needed medical care for mentally ill

 

ALBANY – Over and over, the tragic results of people with untreated, serious psychiatric disorders falling through the cracks and inflicting harm on themselves and their communities has been felt across our state and the nation. In light of another near-tragic subway incident, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week passed legislation that would strengthen Kendra’s Law, and are now urging the Assembly to act.

 

June 11, 2015
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Fire Prevention Workshop Offers Tips, Free Smoke Detectors

Fire Prevention Workshop Offers Tips, Free Smoke Detectors 

(Hollis, Queens -- May 8th, 2015) In light of recent deaths across the five boroughs, Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis) hosted a Fire Prevention Workshop for residents of the community yesterday, May 7th, 2015. The workshop was the first in a series of planned fire prevention initiatives to help residents protect their families against home-based hazards. These initiatives are part of an effort to increase awareness and minimize risks from fire, carbon monoxide exposure and household appliances.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

Measures Would Authorize Special Prosecutor to Prosecute Crimes Against Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers. The bill, sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), would improve the state’s ability to respond to the abuse or neglect of people with special needs by strengthening the state’s ability to prosecute crimes reported to the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

June 11, 2015
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Theresa Bowick, Winner of the Get Outdoors Award

I was pleased to present Theresa Bowick with the Get Outdoors Award from Parks and Trails New York yesterday at the State Capitol. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers, a grassroots neighborhood bicycling group that rides along the El Camino Trail in the northeast part of the City of Rochester. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers in hopes that they will inspire her neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates and create a positive image of their neighborhood. Congratulations to Theresa, and all of the members of the Conkey Cruisers, and thank you for your commitment to the City of Rochester!

June 11, 2015
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Senate Continues Fight Against Heroin

ALBANY, 06/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. 

“As a member of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart,” said Senator Seward.  “Despite our progress last  year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.” 

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Presents Liberty Medal to Batavia Resident

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Western New York native Ricky Palermo is the recipient of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for his contributions to the treatment of spinal cord injuries.  The Batavia resident has helped raise more than $1-million for research and awareness.  

June 10, 2015
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Senator Flanagan And Long Island Blood Center Sponsor Blood Drive In Centereach

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with the Long Island Blood Center (LIBC) to host a blood drive in Centereach. The event will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4927 located at 31 Horseblock Road from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, June 18th.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Serrano's Asthma Study Legislation Passes New York State Senate for 2nd Year in a Row

(Albany, NY) - On Wednesday, June 10th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill, S1165, for the second year in a row. Serrano's bill mandates the New York State Department of Health to conduct an intensive study on the alarmingly high asthma rates in the Bronx and to use the findings to create a comprehensive remedial plan

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Patients, Families As They Rally For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined patients, family members and advocates as they stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

June 9, 2015
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Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help assist and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The bill (S3968) would create a dementia and Alzheimer’s disease program database to help coordinate resources available to patients and caregivers.

There are many programs across the state that are designed to assist and support individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Innovative ideas are implemented at the local level, but it can be difficult for groups in other areas of the state to find out about them.

June 9, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo’s bill to ban chemicals in synthetic drug “N-Bomb”

ALBANY – The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would ban key ingredients contained in certain synthetic drugs that mimic the hallucinogenic effects of LSD.

The synthetic drug known as “N-Bomb” or “Smiles” has already been linked to a number of fatalities nationwide, particularly in Arizona last month. But by banning four of the chemicals used to manufacture these potentially harmful drugs, Griffo believes this legislation (S738) will help prevent the scourge of N-Bomb from ever gaining a foothold in New York State.

June 4, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: The Task Force will continue the Senate’s focus on improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases to better protect the health of New York residents

Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases
Chair: Senator Susan Serino
Meeting: The Task Force will continue the Senate’s focus on improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases to better protect the health of New York residents
Place: Multi-Purpose Room, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559
Media Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-2945
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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