Issues: Health

May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month

Earlier this week, the New York State Senate passed a resolution which declared this month as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in the State of New York. Chronic viral hepatitis due to Hepatitis C has been a disease that has little or no public awareness due to its nature as being largely asymptomatic until irreversible liver damage has occurred. Hepatitis C currently infects nearly four million Americans, including an estimated 158,000 New Yorkers, and there are about 30,000 new cases and approximately 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.

May 3, 2013
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The New York Physical Therapy Association Visits Albany

Senator Bill Larkin welcomes constituents from the NY Physical Therapy Association to Albany to discuss their 2013 legislative agenda.

May 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 123 CAP

May 7, 12:00 PM - 12:07 PM
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SENATOR MARCHIONE SPEAKS ON LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION SHE SPONSORED HONORING RACHAEL MURRAY, UPSTATE NY CHAPTER OF THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S 2013 “GIRL OF THE YEAR”

Senator Marchione recently met with, and honored, Rachael Murray, the Upstate New York Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Girl of the Year." Senator Marchione also spoke on the Senate Floor in support of the bi-partisan Legislative Resolution she sponsored to honor Ms. Murray's inspirational achievements.

May 1, 2013
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SENATOR MARCHIONE VISITS WITH MURRAY FAMILY IN SENATE CHAMBER, PRESENTS LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION TO RACHAEL MURRAY

Immediately following the State Senate Session on Monday (April 29, 2013) Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) presented a Legislative Resolution to Rachael Murray, who was named the Upstate New York Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Girl of the Year.” Senator Marchione also met with the Murray Family on the Senate Floor to present the Legislative Resolution.  Pictured, from left to right, are Senator Kathleen Marchione and the Murray Family: Bill Murray; Ryan Murray; Michele Murray and Rachael Murray.

May 1, 2013
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Senator Marchione meets with, honors Rachael Murray, the Upstate NY Chapter of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Girl of the Year.”

SENATOR MARCHIONE HONORS RACHAEL MURRAY, THE UPSTATE NEW YORK CHAPTER OF THE LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S 2013 “GIRL OF THE YEAR”

May 1, 2013
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Senator Nozzolio Urges Individuals to Receive Meningitis Vaccination

 

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio is urging everyone, especially high school and college students, be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis this spring.  Recent warnings by the New York State Department of Health indicate that a new strain of meningitis – that is especially lethal, has been detected in New York. 

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Facilitate Care for the Elderly

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for the elderly or other relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities. The measure (

April 30, 2013
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Get Involved: I Love My Park Day

This Saturday, May 4th, New Yorkers across the State will be gearing up to show their love for our State parks and historic sites. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with clean-up and beautification at various sites. To get involved or to find a site near you, please take a second to visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/findanevent.shtml.

April 30, 2013
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Energy on East Opens

Recently, I had the privilege to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Energy on East, located at 320 East Avenue in Rochester. Energy on East is a new hollistic and wellness center. It offers Reiki, Healing, integrated Energy Therapy, Tarot & Spiritual Readings, yoga, and more. Best wishes to Leslie and your entire team!

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Measures to Combat Prescription Drug Fraud and Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting “pill mills” that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.

April 29, 2013
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Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Receives Grant For Pediatrics Unit

West Islip, NY - Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was recently the recipient of a $250,000 grant secured with the assistance of New York State Senator Owen Johnson. The Senator has been a long-time supporter of Good Samaritan Hospital services and programs. The grant funding went towards a Central Monitoring System for the hospital’s Pediatric Unit.

“Having a state-of-the-art monitoring system for children in Good Samaritan’s Pediatric Unit offers a significant advantage in caring for patients,” said Good Samaritan Hospital’s Chair of Pediatric Services Catherine Caronia, MD.

New York State Senator Phil Boyle, members of the Hospital Foundation Board and physicians shared in the celebration on the Good Samaritan pediatric roof top garden, a beautiful and soothing outdoor space, available for patients and their families to help speed the recovery and minimize the stress associated with a hospital stay.

April 29, 2013
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Hispanic Health Day at John Paulding Elementary School

Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by John Paulding Elementary School in Tarrytown, NY for "Hispanic Health Day", an open clinic aimed at providing free health consultations and screenings to people in need, including non-Hispanics.At the event, the Leader had her blood pressure and glucose screened by volunteer healthcare professionals from Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.

April 28, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO SUNY'S WITHDRAWAL OF LICH CLOSURE PLAN

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and its surrounding communities, released the following statement upon the State University of New York's decision to withdraw its closure plan for LICH. Instead of pursuing the closure plan, SUNY will work on securing a sustainability plan without an active closure plan on the table -- creating the possibility of collaborative process:

It's good news that SUNY is withdrawing its closure plan for LICH. Now there's a real opportunity for a collaborative process that engages the community and local leaders on LICH's future.

We've been making our voices heard loud and clear: LICH is vital to Brooklyn. And it's clear we're being heard.

April 26, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 123 CAP

April 30, 12:00 PM - 12:11 PM
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Senator Boyle & Assemblyman Sweeney Lead Charge to Remove Toxic Chemicals from Kids’ Products

‘Child Safe Products Act’ Legislative Sponsors Champion Fight for Passage in 2013Mineola—Thousands of toxic chemicals, most untested for safety purposes, are being used to make everyday children’s products, such as car seats, toys, and bedding. Senator Philip Boyle (R-Babylon) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), the lead sponsors of the Child Safe Products Act (A.6328/S.4614), announced that the bill has passed the Assembly and are calling on their colleagues in the Senate to pass this important legislation. The bill identifies the most dangerous chemicals,  begins a phase-out of these chemicals in 2018, and has broad support in the health, environmental and business communities.

April 25, 2013
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Albany Times Union: NOW Wants Governor's Women's Equality Agenda Needs to Go Before the Legislature

Wednesday, Sen. Krueger joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, other colleagues, and a broad group of advocates for women's rights to call for the introduction of legislation and an open vote on the Governor's women's equality agenda, including reproductive rights and workplace fairness legislation. From the Albany Times Union:

Though several pro-life groups have expressed disdain for Cuomo's decision to yoke the rest of the agenda items to the more controversial reproduction rights provisions, Sen. Liz Krueger expressed the hope of the vast majority in the room was for an omnibus bill. "You need that full package," she said.

See the full article at the Times Union, or read on to watch video of the press conference.

April 25, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Commends DFS Superintendent Lawsky for Taking Decisive Action in Fight Against Meningitis Outbreak

New York, NY (April 24, 2013) — Today, New York State Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky sent letters to health insurers directing them to inform the public that meningitis vaccines effective against a new, lethal strain of that disease are covered under insurance.New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), who had reached out to the Superintendent to request this action, said: “I commend Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services, for directing health insurers to inform health care providers and the public that vaccination for meningitis is covered by their insurance plans. I greatly appreciate the Cuomo Administration’s decisive action on this issue.

April 24, 2013
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April 24, 2013
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Rural Resources Commission Discusses Successes from Budget, Plans Agenda for Rest of Session

ALBANY – As the Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that the bi-partisan Commission charged with addressing the needs of rural New York has chalked up several policy victories so far this year.

“Traditionally, the Rural Resources Commission has functioned as a think tank with a focus on advancing rural New York. Throughout its thirty year history, the Commission has remained a cooperative effort. It brings together the Legislature as a whole, as well as interested parties to better understand the issues rural New Yorkers face and to develop legislative solutions to best meet those needs,” said Senator Young.

April 23, 2013
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