Issues: Health

OVER 230 PETS PROTECTED SO FAR THROUGH RITCHIE’S NO-COST RABIES CLINICS

Nearly 170 pets were vaccinated through a free rabies clinic hosted Thursday evening in Louisville by State Senator Patty Ritchie; bringing the total number of animals vaccinated so far through her no-cost clinics to more than 230.

Thursday’s clinic was the second of six clinics being held in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties made possible through a special state grantsecured by Senator Ritchie. Senator Ritchie secured the funding in response to an increase of wildlife rabies cases.  So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.

September 27, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC THURSDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host a no-cost rabies clinic on Thursday evening in Louisville.

The event—which is the second of 6 free clinics Ritchie is hosting in the North Country—will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lousiville Municipal Building, located on Route 37. 

“Rabies is a deadly disease, and it’s critical that pet owners take this very important step to protect their animals,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Last week more than five dozen pets were vaccinated at my Heuvelton clinic and I’m hoping that this event will be just as successful in helping to safeguard animals from rabies.”

***CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF NO-COST CLINICS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY***

 ***CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF NO-COST CLINICS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY***

September 25, 2013
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Lyme Disease forum slated for October 4th in Glens Falls

Area lawmakers to participate in panel discussion of diagnosis, treatment and new research

Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and Assemblyman Tony Jordan will co-host a public forum to raise awareness of Lyme disease on Friday, October 4, 10 am to noon, at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls.

The state legislators will be joined by Congressman Bill Owens and a panel of experts to discuss Lyme disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research being undertaken at the world-renowned Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake.

September 25, 2013
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Swift Fix To EI Program Billing Needed

ONEONTA, 09/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a swift solution to a billing situation that has placed Early Intervention Program services for hundreds of special needs children at risk.

“Worried parents and dedicated providers alike have contacted me in regard to the newly created complexities in the Early Intervention (EI) Program payment system,” said Senator Seward.  “Providers are not being paid, and, more significantly, children in need of vital services are going without the care they desperately need.   Swift action must be taken to correct this detrimental situation.”

September 24, 2013
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MORE THAN 5 DOZEN PETS PROTECTED THROUGH RITCHIE RABIES CLINIC

More than 5 dozen pets were protected from the deadly rabies virus through a free clinic hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie Thursday in Heuvelton. 

The clinic, which was the first of 6 being hosted in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, was made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.  So far this year, St. Lawrence County has had 23 confirmed cases of rabies and Jefferson County has had five confirmed cases.

September 20, 2013
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NEW HOTLINE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK'S HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE

The New York State Department of Health has opened a hotline to help customers sign up for New York's healthcare exchange.  The enrollment period runs from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.  You can reach the "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777.  The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.  For additional information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

September 19, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE PROPOSED REDUCTION IN HOURS AT THE CORNWALL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM

“I was very pleased with the response to Tuesday’s meeting with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital concerning the proposed reduction in hours at their Cornwall Campus Emergency Room.  Local officials had the opportunity to express their fears to the hospital representatives and ask pointed questions regarding the announced changes.  Everyone agreed that more dialogue and discussion are needed before any changes are finalized.”  

“I look forward to meeting again with the hospital representatives and local officials to make sure the public’s concerns are heard on these proposed changes and ensure the safety of our local residents.”

September 19, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Donating Blood at Empire City Casino Blood Drive

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) donated blood at a drive she co-hosted with Empire City Casino, Senator George Latimer, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer on Wednesday afternoon at the Raceway.

Blood donations collected at the drive helped replenish the New York Blood Center which has faced a shortage of blood supply in recent weeks. Participants also received a free mini-medical exam on site which included information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level.

September 18, 2013
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Senator O’Brien recognizes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with local advocacy groups

Note: Each speaker's name is linked to a short extract from their spoken remarks on YouTube.

PENFIELD, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with women’s and health care advocates, including the non-profits Made the Same Inc., the Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project and Gilda’s Club of Rochester, to discuss the serious health risk posed to women by ovarian cancer during its National Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer is highly treatable if caught early, but current screening methods are unreliable and early symptoms are so minor that they are often dismissed by doctors. The disease will affect roughly 1 in 70 women in their lifetimes.

September 18, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINICS

6 Free Clinics to be Held in Jefferson, St. Lawrence Counties

 In an effort to prevent the spread of rabies, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host free rabies vaccination clinics in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

The clinics—which are made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie—will take place throughout the months of September and October.  So far this year, St. Lawrence County has had 23 confirmed cases of rabies and Jefferson County has had five confirmed cases.

“With State health officials having found dozens of cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the past two years, there’s even more of a reason to protect our pets from this fatal disease” said Senator Ritchie

“For many people, pets are part of the family and I encourage all pet owners to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to safeguard their animals and stop the spread of rabies.”

September 17, 2013
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HOTLINE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK'S HEALTH-CARE EXCHANGE

The state Health Department has opened its hotline to help customers sign up for New York's health-care exchange.  The enrollment period runs from October 1 through March 31.  You can reach "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777.  The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.  Also for more information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

September 17, 2013
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STANDING ROOM CROWD SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALBANY: SAVE ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH CENTER

More than 100 concerned citizens packed Ogdensburg’s City Council chambers Tuesday to oppose Albany’s plan to shift inpatient mental health care services from the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to other facilities hundreds of miles from the North Country.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S REMARKS ON SLPC

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL PUBLIC HEARING (07h, 30m)

They were participating in a joint public hearing by the State Senate’s Mental Health and Health Committees, and the Assembly Mental Health Committee.

Senator Patty Ritchie joined Senate Mental Health Committee Chair David Carlucci and other legislative colleagues at the hearing. Senator Ritchie has been a strong supporter of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, serving as a member of the local Psych Center Task Force, and leading an online petition drive that amassed 2,200 signatures of supporters, and a separate postcard campaign that delivered more than 5,000 “Don’t Shut the Lights Out on the North Country” messages to Albany officials in support of the Psych Center.

The following are remarks delivered by Senator Ritchie at the opening of today’s legislative hearing in Ogdensburg:

September 17, 2013
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Medicaid Redesign Team Initiative to Provide Supportive Housing to 5,000 High-Need Individuals

The New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Supportive Housing initiative will undertake significant investments to create new affordable housing units and provide needed support to nearly 5,000 high-need individuals, following significant Medicaid savings totaling more than $4 billion achieved over the last year under the MRT initiative. Additionally, over the next five years, the State is on track to save a combined $34.3 billion.

September 16, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Calls for Passage of Lyme Disease Legislation to Expand Coverage, Education Initiatives

NEW CITY – In response to alarming statistics and a recent CDC report showing a much higher prevalence of Lyme disease cases, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today announced a 3-point legislative package that will make treatment options more affordable; expand research for treatment, detection, and prevention; and require professionals to complete continuing education courses of Lyme disease.  

September 13, 2013
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RITCHIE TOURS CLAXTON-HEPBURN MEDICAL CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center recently, meeting with staff and touring the facility.

September 13, 2013
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MORE THAN 1,000 ATTEND RITCHIE SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

More than 1,000 people attended State Senator Patty Ritchie’s annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held this week at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena. 

The free event featured more than 65 local organizations offering health screenings, flu shots and other tips for living a healthy lifestyle.  Lunch and entertainment by the Country Stompers—both sponsored by Senator Ritchie—were also provided.

September 13, 2013
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Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Lawmakers urge Governor to sign legislation into law that will help reduce obesity, particularly amongst children and adolescents

September 13, 2013
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FREE FLU SHOTS AT SENATOR FELDER'S DISTRICT OFFICE!

Appointments necessary. Please call to schedule a time.

October 7, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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September 6, 2013
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