Issues: Health

November 22, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts Senior Golden Gathering

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) hosted a Senior Golden Gathering event last week to bring free healthcare screenings and informational services to our community’s seniors and their families.

Despite the snowy weather, over thirty vendors representing everything from consumer protection to health and nutrition turned out to answer questions and provide demonstrations of their useful services. CVS of Shirley (pictured above with Senator Zeldin) was on hand to provide free flu shots to defend against the impending season.

November 20, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN PUSHING LEGISLATION TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) sponsored legislation today to freeze New York State’s plan to close psychiatric health centers across the state, including the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in the Town of West Seneca.

Gallivan is the third senator to sponsor the “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act” (S.5986), which places a moratorium on closing the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and all targeted facilities until April 1, 2015, providing lawmakers, the executive and mental health experts time to devise a plan that is more responsive to the needs and challenges of Western New York’s mentally ill.

November 20, 2013
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Free Flu Shots for the Community

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano, in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), offered free flu shots to the community at his District Office.

“Going into these winter months it is important that we all protect ourselves from the flu virus and remain in good health,” said Senator Serrano. “Many thanks to the great RNs at the VNSNY for providing and administering the shots to constituents from across my district,” concluded Serrano.

If you have not already received your flu shot, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's flu prevention website at nyc.gov/flu to identify a provider near you.

 

November 20, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL WOULD BLOCK PSYCH CENTER CLOSING

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced new legislation to stop the state’s plans to close the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center’s inpatient care facilities, and give state mental health officials and community members additional time to seek alternatives.. 

The “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act,” S.5986, is jointly sponsored by Senator Ritchie and Senator Thomas Libous, the Deputy Senate Leader, whose district also is hard hit by the state’s plan that slashes inpatient mental health care.

“The state’s plan puts our most vulnerable citizens and children in danger, without a clear alternative that ensures sufficient, continued mental health care services close to home and in our communities,” Senator Ritchie said.

November 19, 2013
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December 19, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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Public Forum Announced

An opportunity for the public to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s proposed reduction in operating hours of the Emergency Department at the Cornwall Campus

Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis announced today that they will host a public forum on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornwall Central Middle School auditorium located at 122 Main Street in Cornwall.  The purpose of this forum is to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s request to the New York State Department of Health to reduce the operating hours of the emergency department at the Cornwall campus.  

November 6, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW LAW PROHIBITING SMOKING ON HOSPITAL & RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITY GROUNDS NOW IN EFFECT

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that a new law he supported to prohibit smoking on the grounds of general hospitals and residential health care facilities is now in effect.

November 1, 2013
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Understanding the Affordable Care Act Community Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Community Baptist Church Men's Club, hosted a community forum to discuss and share information about the new Affordable Care Act on Monday, October 28th at the Community Baptist Church in Yonkers, NY. 

November 1, 2013
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NEARLY 1,000 PETS PROTECTED THROUGH RITCHIE RABIES CLINICS

6 No-Cost Events Held in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties 

Nearly 1,000 pets have been protected against rabies through State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost vaccination clinics held recently in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

The clinics—which were made possible through funding Senator Ritchie secured in the state budget in response to an alarming increase in the number of wildlife rabies cases reported in the North Country—were hosted in conjunction with St. Lawrence County Public Health and Jefferson County Public Health.

“Rabies is a deadly disease, and I’m thrilled that through my clinics, we were able to vaccinate nearly 1,000 dogs and cats that may not have otherwise been protected,” said Senator Ritchie.

October 31, 2013
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November 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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November 25, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Senator tours Amsterdam hospital's cancer facility

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Updated: 4:09 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

Amsterdam Recorder

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk delivered a proclamation to the Cancer Medicine Center at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam Friday afternoon.

"I wanted to recognize St. Mary's and let people know that this is a great place to go and get help and support," Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said.

In her proclamation, Tkaczyk recognized St. Mary's staff and its professional experience in providing patients with individualized attention and care.

October 28, 2013
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GO PINK…ALL YEAR ROUND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

October—also known to many as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—lasts just 31 days.  However, the efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat the disease occur year round. 

While great strides have been made there’s still a long way to go: more than 40,000 women and 400 men die annually of breast cancer. As October turns to November, I encourage you to continue to support those fighting the disease and take steps to reduce your risk.  Here are some of the best ways you can prevent breast cancer:

Limit your alcohol consumption: Studies have shown that the more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.  Medical experts suggest that if you choose to drink, limit it to no more than one alcoholic beverage per day.

Stay active: Being overweight or obese also increases the risk of breast cancer.  Experts encourage people to exercise regularly and eat nutritious foods to stay at a healthy weight.

October 28, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO EXTEND MANDATORY PERMIT PROCESS FOR PERFUSIONISTS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed his bill (S.5353A) into law that will improve patient safety statewide.  

October 25, 2013
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer. 

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER OFFERS FREE FLU SHOTS TO SENIORS AND CHILDREN

Brooklyn, NY-  Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker and event sponsors Citi Home Helath Care Services and WellCare, provided free influenza vaccinations for seniors and children in his district as part of a broad-reaching effort to keep his constituents and Brooklyn residents healthy. More than 50 free flu shots were administered by certified nurse practitioners from Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

October 24, 2013
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NEARLY 225 ANIMALS VACCINATED AT RITCHIE’S NO-COST RABIES CLINIC

More than 225 animals were vaccinated at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost rabies clinic, which took place Wednesday evening in the Town of Le Ray.

The clinic was the second of three in Jefferson County being hosted in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health.  The free clinics are made possible through a special state budget grant secured by Senator Ritchie. 

In addition to her Jefferson County events, Senator Ritchie also hosted three no-cost rabies clinics in St. Lawrence County.  So far more than 700 pets have been vaccinated as a result of her efforts. 

October 24, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW REQUIRING HOSPITALS TO OFFER HEPATITIS C TESTING

Hospitals Must Now Offer Hepatitis C Testing to Those Born Between 1945 and 1965

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he cosponsored requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for Hepatitis C to all patients born between 1945 and 1965, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

October 24, 2013
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Free Breast Cancer Screening On October 24th!

According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime.October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is very important that women take the time to get tested.  That is why Senator Boyle has partnered with Project Renewal and Scanvan to co-host a free Mammogram Screening for women forty and older who have not been tested within the last year.

October 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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