Issues: Health

Recovery House of Worship Brooklyn Offers Baby Blankets & Clothes to New and Expectent Mothers

Please refer to the attached flyer on baby blankets and clothes being offered to new and expectent mothers.

File: 
baby ministry.pdf

March 5, 2014
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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
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O'Mara: Let's work to approve 'Compassionate Care Act'

Albany, N.Y., March 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will work with his Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, this session to gain legislative approval of the “Compassionate Care Act” – landmark legislation that would create the most tightly regulated, highly restrictive medical marijuana system in the nation.   

March 4, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Funding for Hospitals and Mental Health Centers and the Governor's Proposal for Prisoner Tuition on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the financial problems concerning Long Island College Hospital, inpatient services at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and my thoughts on the Governor’s proposal to provide prisoners with college tuition.

February 27, 2014
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SUPPORT GROWS FOR RITCHIE PLAN TO RENEW ABANDONED PSYCH CENTER LANDS

Local, State Leaders Getting on Board to Return Unused Parcels to Help Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced growing support for her proposal to return 160 acres of unused land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center back to the community to be used for economic development and to create jobs.

The Senator’s bill, S.6661, was formally introduced in the Legislature today. All three Senators representing St. Lawrence County, including Senator Ritchie, Senator Joe Griffo and Senator Betty Little have signed on as cosponsors.

On Monday night, Senator Ritchie’s plan, which was developed collaboratively with Ogdensburg Mayor Bill Nelson, as well as Ogdensburg’s City manager and City Planner, was officially endorsed by a unanimous City Council.

Members of the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators also unanimously voiced their support during a meeting of that body’s Finance Committee Monday.

February 25, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Sponsors Free Dental Screenings Funded by Briarcliffe College

On Saturday, February 22nd, Senator Lee Zeldin joined with Briarcliffe College in Patchogue to "Give a Kid a Smile.”

February 24, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Lake Shore Hospital on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.

Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open.  They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.

February 21, 2014
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1917-2014 A Look at the History of the Legislators of Color

It is with honor that I present to you this up-to-date chronicle of men and women of color who have served in the New York State Legislature.

This book reflects the challenges that resolute men and women of color have addressed and the progress that we have helped New Yorkers achieve over the decades. Since this book was first published in 1977, new legislators of color have arrived in the Senate and Assembly to continue to change the color and improve the function of New York State government.

February 21, 2014
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RITCHIE, CITY HALL UNVEIL PLAN TO CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AT PSYCH CENTER CAMPUS

'Land Transfer' Bill Aims to Get Unused Land Back on the Tax Rolls, Help Community Grow

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be introducing legislation next week to transfer 160 vacant acres of surplus land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to the City of Ogdensburg as part of a long-term comprehensive program to redevelop the campus.

Senator Ritchie has been working with Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson and City Manager John Pinkerton over the past two months to develop a plan to transform blighted properties at the 125-year-old Psychiatric Center into economic development assets to create opportunities for new jobs and growth.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE SLPC CAMPUS PLAN

The proposal was endorsed by the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force on Thursday.  The Ogdensburg City Council will consider a proposal to endorse the plan Monday.

Senator Ritchie will present the legislation to members of State Assembly and State Senate delegation representing St. Lawrence County in the state legislature on Wednesday to seek their support. Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has announced her support for the plan.

February 21, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON LICH SETTLEMENT

BROOKLYN -- Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement in response to the settlement agreement reached today regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"We've long urged SUNY and the State to agree to a new, more open RFP process for LICH, to make sure our community and all of Brooklyn have the best possible healthcare outcome.

"And, finally, SUNY has come to agreement with the community and healthcare providers on a process that achieves this basic goal, while offering added transparency and community input.

"Now, it's critical that the process moves forward in good faith and in a timely way, with meaningful community participation from the many neighborhoods that LICH serves. We will continue to work with SUNY, the community, and our colleagues to ensure that LICH continues to provide care, and play the role that Brooklyn needs."

February 20, 2014
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A MINUTE TO SAVE A LIFE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

As a mother and a grandmother, I know there’s nothing better than a newborn baby.  I also know that along with the excitement, comes the feeling of wanting to make sure your little one is as healthy as he or she can be. 

February 18, 2014
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Senator Farley Suggests Healthy Heart Tips for Valentine's Day

As people wish each other a Happy Valentine’s Day, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) notes that it is also a good time to focus on your heart’s health. February is designated as American Heart Month.

“February is the month for Valentines and paper hearts, which is a good reminder to focus on the health of your real heart,” Senator Farley said, “Cardiovascular disease is something that everyone needs to be concerned about. Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease; congestive heart failure and stroke.”

February 14, 2014
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera On $8 Billion MRT Waiver

"I commend Governor Cuomo for his relentless work in securing an agreement with the federal government that will allow our state to reinvest $8 billion into our healthcare system.  Not only will this funding be key in allowing our State to improve the quality and access of care for all New Yorkers, but it will also help create a more efficient healthcare system for our State's citizens. These dollars will be essential in repairing the economic strain many of our hospitals face and allow them to continue to provide care to the communities they serve.  This is truly a win for New York."  

February 13, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On $8 Billion MRT Waiver

“I want to thank the Governor for pushing hard for this wavier and working with our federal elected officials to come to an agreement with the Federal Government that would allow New York to reinvest $8 billion in savings to help rebuild our health care system. This much needed money will help so many communities across the state, especially Brooklyn, which have been hurt by inadequate health care services. I congratulate the Senate Democratic Conference’s Brooklyn Delegation including the Dean of the Delegation - Senator Montgomery, Senator Dilan, Senator Parker and Senator Squadron, whose relentless fight to save Brooklyn’s hospitals has been bolstered by this good news.”

February 13, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Calls for Statewide Ban of Harmful Bread Chemical

Introduces Legislation to Ban Azodicarbonamide

Senator David Carlucci announced pending legislation at local bakery Baked by Angels in Pearl River that would ban the use of azodicarbonamide, a chemical primarily used as an additive in synthetic leather and in the production of foamed plastics, in any baked products made or sold in New York State.

February 13, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Introduces Bill to Tax Electronic Cigarette Cartridges in the State Senate

(Albany, NY) – Today, Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a bill in the State Senate that would tax electronic cigarette cartridges as a tobacco product in an effort to continue the pursuit of reducing New Yorker's exposure to nicotine and other damaging chemicals. This bill has also been introduced in the State Assembly by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.  

February 12, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from Budget Hearings on Health and Higher Education

On this program of Your Voice, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses efforts to fix delayed payments to early intervention providers, statewide education reforms and remediation for high school students who plan to enter the SUNY system.  The show features several video clips from the recent public budget hearings on health and education in Albany.

 

February 12, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Hearing Testimony Regarding I-81, Hospital Funding and Early Intervention Repayments on Your Voice

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community.  These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments. 

February 10, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony on I-81, Hospital Funding and Early Intervention Repayments on Your Voice

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community.  These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments. 

February 10, 2014
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