Issues: Health


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

October 27, 2014

Information from NYC Dept. of Health on Ebola

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease caused by a virus. A large outbreak is now occurring in West Africa. Please read below for instructions and information from the NYC Dept. of Health.

NYC DOH Ebola Palmcard

October 24, 2014


Event to Take Place 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Alexandria Bay 

In an effort to protect pets and stop the spread of rabies, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host a no-cost rabies clinic in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th at the Alexandria Bay Fire Hall, located on Walton Street. 

The clinic—which is the final for the season in a series of more than a dozen in the region—is being made possible through $25,000 in special funding secured by Senator Ritchie. 

“Our pets are part of the family, that’s why it’s so important to protect them from dangers like rabies,” said Senator Ritchie.  “These no-cost clinics have been extremely successfully in providing animals with the protection they need to stay healthy and I'm hopeful that owners who haven't had their pets vaccinated yet will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

October 23, 2014

St. John's Riverside Hospital Ashikari Breast Center

(Dobbs Ferry - October 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the good work and care the staff at the Ashikari Breast Center in Dobbs Ferry provides to patients as part of St. John's Riverside Hospital. This facility bears the name of Dr. Roy Ashikari who still practices there 26 years after it was first established. Countless numbers of lives have been saved in the last 26 years and they continue to do so today. Dr. Ashikari's son Andrea, also a doctor at the center, was there to receive a Senate Proclamation today in his father's absence, and was joined by Dr. Melita Charles and a physician's assistant who works at the Ashikari Breast Center.

October 22, 2014

Residents Use Harlem Meeting On Ebola To Shed Light On Outbreak In West Africa

By NY1 News | October 18th, 2014 | Mahsa Saeidi Reporting

On Friday, October 17th—Senator Bill Perkins hosted a “Community Dialogue On Ebola”— to inform, educate and disseminate information to our constituents, as well as answer questions, address concerns and rally support to fight this epidemic both in Africa and New York City.


October 21, 2014

Senator Young Calls for Travel Ban as Part of Comprehensive Response to Ebola

For Release: Immediate, October 20, 2014

            Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.

            “Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nations. Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority. Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State,” said Senator Young.

October 20, 2014

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

(Westchester - October 19th) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Senator Stewart-Cousins was at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Westchester. Besides friends, neighbors and constituents, the Senator also ran into NYSUT President Karen Magee, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Lt. Governor Candidate Kathy Hochul.

October 20, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Perkins Hosts Community Dialogue On Ebola | Friday, October 17th

On Friday, October 17th Senator Perkins will host a "Community Dialogue On Ebola"--to inform, educate and disseminate information to our constituents, as well as answer questions, address concerns and rally support to fight this epidemic both in Africa and New York City.


This Community Dialogue will be held at 6:00 PM at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building—8th Floor Conference Room.


The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Please RSVP to our office at 212.222.7315.


October 17, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch a replay of the October 17th discussion ~ A new state Health Department website ~ A warning on Ebola-related fundraising scams

The New York State Senate Health Committee held a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch a replay of today's roundtable, HERE.


See the new NYS Department of Health website, "Get the Facts About Ebola"

October 17, 2014

NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch today's discussion live, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The New York State Senate Health Committee is holding a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch it live beginning at 2:00 p.m., CLICK HERE.


And see yesterday's announcement on New York State's Ebola preparedness HERE.

October 17, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: Ebola: Is NY Ready?

Standing Committee on HealthRoundtable: To discuss how we can ensure New York's health case system is best prepared to handle an Ebola case should the virus reach New York.Place: NYS Hearing Room , 250 Broadway,New York, New York 10007Time: 2:00 P.M.

October 17, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), and Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) today called on state health, emergency services, and homeland security officials to immediately develop a comprehensive plan to address New York’s readiness to combat the Ebola virus. They were joined by Victor F. Politi, M.D., FACP, FACEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NuHealth System/Nassau Health Care Corporation, and Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence E. Eisenstein, MD, FACP, at a press conference held at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

October 15, 2014

Over 13,000 New Organ Donor Registrants in New York on Anniversary of Lauren’s Law

Today Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) celebrated the one year anniversary of Lauren’s Law at the Student Union of SUNY Rockland Community College. According to the New York State Department of Health, since the law went into effect last year, Lauren’s Law has added over 13,000 new donors to the New York State Donate Life Organ Donor Registry.

These additional organ donor registrants can potentially save thousands of lives though organ transplantation and improve the lives of many more through the gift of sight and tissue donation.

October 3, 2014


Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

This month, our nation “goes pink” in honor of those who are fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their lives to the disease as well as to raise awareness among women about steps that can be taken to stay healthy.

October 2, 2014

Senator Serrano Hosts Free Instructional Hands-Only CPR Class

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano hosted a free hands-only CPR training course in his district office for the community. The American Heart Association provided the Senator, his staff and constituents with an in-depth, informative class on this life-saving technique.

October 2, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Like so many others in our community, breast cancer has impacted my life and my family.  My wife Mary Pat is a breast cancer survivor and while great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of this disease, the fight is far from over. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening -- because early detection can save lives.

October 1, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Find Out More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and it's important for patients and their families to know where to turn for information and support. 

Read more from the:

Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

National Breast Cancer Foundation 

September 30, 2014

2014 Chiropractic for Optimal Health Award

My sincere thanks to the New York Chiropractic Council for giving me the 2014 Chiropractic for Optimal Health Award. I was pleased to join them for their first ever Optimal Health Experience and Community Celebration at the Pieters Family Life Center over the weekend.  

September 30, 2014

Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014

New “Combat Heroin” Campaign Continues Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Use

A new State “Combat Heroin” campaign has been launched to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction, and the resources available to help.

This new awareness initiative was created as a direct result of the work performed by the Senate’s bipartisan Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in examining the alarming rise in use of heroin and opioids across New York State and in successfully advocating for significant funding to be included for this measure in the budget.

Earlier this year, task force members held 18 forums throughout New York where they spoke with more than 200 panelists, and listened to over 50 hours of testimony to prepare an extensive report on heroin and opioid addiction in the state.

September 23, 2014
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