Issues: Health

Summer Blood Drives

The summer months, right through the official end of the season in late September, is an urgent time to donate blood.  

According to the American Red Cross, which this year is running a “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” public awareness campaign, blood donations decrease significantly in the summer and shortages can reach critical and emergency levels.    s a result, numerous blood drives are taking place throughout the month of August across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  

July 31, 2014
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Donate Life!

Based on statistics from the 2013 Donate Life America state-by-state comparison, New York State ranks 47th in the nation in state organ donation. In fact, the most recent statistics show that 22% of New Yorkers are in our donor registry compared to an average of 48% for states nationally.  And we’re far, far behind the state of Montana, for example, where 84% of adults have registered to donate.

July 31, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Special Funding Will Aid Organizations in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help victims of domestic violence in Central and Northern New York. 

“Whether it’s physical or psychological, anyone can become a victim of domestic violence; and often times, it’s difficult for the individual being harmed to seek help,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s where our local organizations that assist victims of domestic violence come in.  They lend a helping hand, and give individuals the courage to get back up on their feet.  I’m pleased to provide this funding to these vital organizations, and commend them for the work they do to promote safety in our communities.”

July 30, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to sponsor Unyts blood drive at Health Fair

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be sponsoring an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts during the Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 2nd  from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center.  

 

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, residents can contact Unyts at (716) 512-7940.

 

“One person needs blood every two seconds.  Your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York and can save up to three lives.  I encourage residents to schedule an appointment to help save lives at Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

 

July 29, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to hold Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair again

Free health services, screenings and information from more than 85 vendors
Free admission 
No reservations needed

 

Amherst, NY– State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that he will host Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair again this year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.

 

July 25, 2014
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MORE THAN 150 POUNDS OF PILLS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT

Thousands of individual pills totaling more than 150 pounds were disposed of at State Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” event, held Tuesday in Ogdensburg.

Hosted in conjunction with the Ogdensburg Police Department and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the event provided residents with a safe, responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medicines, which can pose a danger to children and pets. In addition, improper disposal can also pollute lakes and streams.  Among the pills disposed of were painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times the gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin. 

“The thousands of prescription pills disposed of at my “Shed the Meds” event will go a long way towards our goals of preventing drug abuse, keeping our drinking water clean and stopping pills from getting in the hands of children or being consumed by pets,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 23, 2014
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Unyts TO COLLECT DONATIONS AT WYOMING COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ON JULY 23RD

SENATOR GALLIVAN SPONSORS WYOMING COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) will serve as Honorary Chairman of the Wyoming County Community Blood Drive on July 23.  Unyts will collect blood donations between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Wyoming County Community Hospital at 400 North Main Street in Warsaw.

July 23, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on July 17th in White Plains to announce that they would propose legislation that would protect New York women in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which limits the scope of contraceptive mandate and results in the loss of insurance coverage for prescription contraceptive for many women. The Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act would require employers both to give current employees 90 days’ notice before changing contraceptive coverage and to notify prospective employees of any contraceptive coverage they offer their employees.  

July 19, 2014
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RITCHIE INVITES ST. LAWRENCE RESIDENTS TO ‘SHED THE MEDS’

Teams with County Sheriff, Ogdensburg PD to Host Free Prescription Drug Disposal Event July 22nd 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting residents of St. Lawrence County to clean out their medicine cabinets and drawers and bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medicines to a special event for free, safe disposal.

Senator Ritchie is teaming with St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells and the Ogdensburg Police Department to sponsor the free event next Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Ogdensburg Fire Station, 718 Ford Street.

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“Nearly everyone has leftover, unwanted or expired prescription drugs lying somewhere around the house,” Senator Ritchie said. “But these pills can pose a danger to children and pets, they can find their way into the hands of pill abusers, and improper disposal threatens our water, lakes and streams. Events like this allow people to get rid of unneeded medicine in a safe and responsible way.”

“Pill abuse has been directly linked to the growing problem of heroin usage across the US, and there have been a number of stories nationally involving abusers who break into homes, especially those belonging to seniors, in search of unused drugs,” said Sheriff Wells. “Properly disposing of drugs you no longer need or want helps keep these pills from getting into the wrong hands."

July 16, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Announces Funding Grant for New Women’s Wellness Program at Riverdale Senior Services

RIVERDALE, NY -  State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 grant he secured for Riverdale Senior Services that will go towards a newly created Women’s Wellness program open to women across the Bronx.

 

July 14, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $40,000 TO PROVIDE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING, EDUCATION IN CNY SCHOOLS

Funding Will Expand Programs to All Oswego County School Districts  

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $40,000 to restore anti-drug abuse counseling and education programs to all school districts in Oswego County.    

July 10, 2014
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Senator Farley Offers Information on Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease continues to spread throughout New York State. Since 1986, about 100,000 cases have been confirmed in New York. It seems that everyone has had a personal experience with Lyme Disease or knows someone who has been infected with this illness, which in some cases can be seriously debilitating.

The New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases has just issued an important report and action plan designed to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatments for harmful tick-borne illnesses. The report’s recommendations focus on the need for:

     • Additional research and data about past, current and future disease trends;

     • Increased public awareness as the diseases spread to new communities;

July 9, 2014
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TAKING CAUTION AGAINST TICKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 7, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

BRONX, NY – State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Top Chef Host and Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Padma Lakshmi announced $250,000 in funding secured by Senator Klein to support an education campaign aimed at raising awareness around endometriosis, a painful, and often undiagnosed disorder

June 30, 2014
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NBLCA Raises Hepatitis C Awareness

I joined members of the Rochester chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to help launch a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in our community. The NLBCA's campaign is seeking to improve testing and provide a better linkage to care for those who test positive. For more information visit www.nblca.org

June 30, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Passes Bill Banning Smoking Around After-School Programs

Legislation Inspired by Local Bronx After-School Program Passes in the State Senate

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #26: Let's End Tick-Borne Diseases

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are on a sudden, sharp rise in New York, causing a public health concern that has my attention and that of my Senate colleagues.

In St. Lawrence County, the frequency of Lyme disease cases jumped 41 percent in 2013, when compared to the previous three year average. It increased 34 percent in Oneida County and 4 percent in Lewis County.

Statewide, there are more than 450 new cases this year.

June 26, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY ON PASSAGE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

I supported this legislation because I believe it is about compassionate care, and will provide comfort and relief to people with serious medical conditions.

June 25, 2014
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