Issues: Health

Senator Hoylman Hails Governor Cuomo’s Signing of Bill to Allow Life-Saving Meningitis Vaccination at Pharmacies

Albany, NY – Last night, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law State Senator Brad Hoylman’s and State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s legislation to expand access to meningitis vaccines in the midst of an alarming and deadly outbreak of the disease among men who have sex with men (MSM).

August 1, 2013
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RITCHIE TAKES PART IN SEAWAY FESTIVAL PARADE

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members, as well as her fellow members of the Save the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force recently, to march in Ogdensburg's annual Seaway Festival Parade.

July 31, 2013
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First national "African-American Hepatitis-C Action Day" proclaimed by Senator O'Brien

Meets with community, government and health organizational leaders to discuss Hepatitis-C awareness and testing

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien met with representatives of a coalition promoting citizen awareness of and testing for Hepatitis-C in the African-American community, striving to raise awareness and honoring the coalition for their efforts to fight this severe public health risk.

"One of my primary responsibilities as a legislator is to keep the people of New York state healthy and safe," said Senator O'Brien. "It is my honor to be involved with this effort to promote awareness and, even more importantly, testing for Hepatitis-C."

July 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer announces health information available at 2013 Family Health Fair

Senator Ranzenhofer has announced that information on the following health topics will be available at this year's Family Health Fair:

Stroke Prevention
Chiropractic Care
EPIC
Dental Health
Alzheimer's Disease
Medicare
Substance Abuse
Venous Disease
Nutrition
Heart Disease
Cancer Support
Diabetes
Emergency Preparedness
Health & Wellness
Parkinson's Disease
Empower NY Program
Organ Donation
Celiac Disease
Gluten Free Diet
HEALTHeLink

 

July 24, 2013
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Ranzenhofer announces screenings/services at 2013 Family Health Fair

Senator Ranzenhofer has announced that the following services/screenings will be offered for free at this year's Family Health Fair:

Balance & Strength Assessments
Blood Pressure Checks
Bone Density Heel Scans
Cholesterol Screening
Foot Screening
Glucose Test
Hearing Screening
Medicine/Prescription Review
Mini-Reflexology Sessions
Retina Scans
Prostate Cancer Screening
Skin Cancer Screening

 

Click here for more information about Senator Ranzenhofer's 2013 Family Health Fair. 

July 24, 2013
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Public Service Announcement: Senator Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair

Senator Ranzenhofer has partnered with Time Warner Cable to encourage residents to take advantage of all of the free health services, screenings and information at the 2013 Family Health Fair.

Click here for more information about Senator Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair. 

July 23, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER ON CONTAINMENT OF MEASLES OUTBREAK IN BROOKLYN

“While I am delighted that the measles outbreak in Borough Park and Williamsburg has been contained, we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security. This disease can quickly and easily be transmitted again. 

Now is the time to be proactive and ensure that anyone who still has not been immunized gets the proper vaccinations. Those who remain unvaccinated continue to pose a great health risk to their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Measles, mumps and rubella are very preventable diseases. If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact my office at 718-253-2015 for assistance.”

July 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO OFFERS FREE “SUMMER HEALTH TIPS” BROCHURE TO RESIDENTS

With summer in full swing, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is offering a free brochure to residents to help them stay safe when enjoy the outdoors.

July 18, 2013
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Ranzenhofer hosts 2013 Family Health Fair

Free Health services, screenings and info from more than 80 providers
New! Screenings for Hearing, Skin and Prostate Cancer
Free admission / No reservations needed

 

Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 3rd  from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.  

July 18, 2013
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Rochester Associate Professor, nominated by Senator O'Brien, appointed to State Tobacco Board

ROCHESTER, N.Y.Scott McIntosh, Ph.D., director of the Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center (GRATCC) and associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), was nominated by Senator Ted O'Brien to the New York State Tobacco Control Program Advisory Board. His appointment was made in late June and he began serving on the board this month.

July 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH CANCER PATIENTS TO DISCUSS HOW BEST TO SERVE

Senator Jack M. Martins along with other elected officials including Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Councilman Angelo Ferrara met a home of June Bleich in Manhasset Hills to discuss how best to serve cancer patients. 

July 16, 2013
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THIS SUMMER: TIPS FOR BEATING THE BUGS

Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

With the recent warm weather and sunny skies, many people in the Central and Northern New York region have been spending the bulk of their summer days—and nights—outside.  While there’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes looking to take a bite out of your summer fun.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly known as EEE, is a rate but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes. There are typically 5-10 human cases in the United State annually; with people over the age of 50 and under the age of 15 at the greatest risk of serious infection.  EEE is much more common in horses and has resulted in deaths of dozens of horses in our region in recent years. 

This year—for the second year in a row—I was able to secure special funding in the State Budget for an “Eastern Equine Encephalitis Program,” aimed at paying costs of aerial spraying to control mosquitoes, funding a low-cost horse vaccination program and supporting educational outreach to communities affected by the disease. 

July 15, 2013
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Seward Delivers Funding For A.O. Fox

ONEONTA, 07/08/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide medical equipment for A-O Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

“A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital is a recognized leader in the field of rural, community health care,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with the hospital as they update their patient care model to successfully meet new challenges while continuing to offer the best possible care.”

July 8, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND CCMAC TO OFFER FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM IN COPIAGUE ON JULY 18TH

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) will be sponsoring a free skin cancer screening program to help protect residents from skin cancer.

July 3, 2013
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Skin Cancer Screening Program-Copiague

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) will be sponsoring a free skin cancer screening program to help protect residents from skin cancer.

July 18, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Summer Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 2, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to restore OPWDD funding, continues to work with advocates to address future needs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – At the end of this year's legislative session, Senator Ted O’Brien worked to restore $90 million in funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Today, Senator O'Brien joined local experts and advocates to discuss the importance of supporting quality services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

July 2, 2013
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Opening Of The Justice Center For The Protection Of People With Special Needs

New State Agency Will Implement the Toughest Standards and Practices in the Nation to Protect Over 1 Million New Yorkers with Special Needs and DisabilitiesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new state agency that will implement the toughest standards and practices in the nation to protect the special needs community from abuse and neglect. The Justice Center was created through legislation the Governor spearheaded last year to reform how the state cares for people with special needs. The agency will begin operations tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th.

July 1, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Passes Bill Mandating Study of Urgent Care Centers

Albany, NY – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) announced today the passage of the The Health Care Delivery Models Study Act (S.4493A Hoylman/A.6838A Gottfried), which directs the New York State Commissioner of Health to conduct a study of the provision of services at urgent care centers, mini clinics operating within pharmacies and other health care delivery models not presently required to undergo the state Certificate of Need process nor required to obtain authorization to conduct office based surgery.

June 24, 2013
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