Issues: Health

Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Presents Liberty Medal to Batavia Resident

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Western New York native Ricky Palermo is the recipient of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for his contributions to the treatment of spinal cord injuries.  The Batavia resident has helped raise more than $1-million for research and awareness.  

June 10, 2015
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Senator Flanagan And Long Island Blood Center Sponsor Blood Drive In Centereach

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with the Long Island Blood Center (LIBC) to host a blood drive in Centereach. The event will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4927 located at 31 Horseblock Road from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, June 18th.

June 10, 2015
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Senator Serrano's Asthma Study Legislation Passes New York State Senate for 2nd Year in a Row

(Albany, NY) - On Wednesday, June 10th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill, S1165, for the second year in a row. Serrano's bill mandates the New York State Department of Health to conduct an intensive study on the alarmingly high asthma rates in the Bronx and to use the findings to create a comprehensive remedial plan

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Patients, Families As They Rally For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined patients, family members and advocates as they stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

June 9, 2015
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Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help assist and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The bill (S3968) would create a dementia and Alzheimer’s disease program database to help coordinate resources available to patients and caregivers.

There are many programs across the state that are designed to assist and support individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Innovative ideas are implemented at the local level, but it can be difficult for groups in other areas of the state to find out about them.

June 9, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo’s bill to ban chemicals in synthetic drug “N-Bomb”

ALBANY – The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would ban key ingredients contained in certain synthetic drugs that mimic the hallucinogenic effects of LSD.

The synthetic drug known as “N-Bomb” or “Smiles” has already been linked to a number of fatalities nationwide, particularly in Arizona last month. But by banning four of the chemicals used to manufacture these potentially harmful drugs, Griffo believes this legislation (S738) will help prevent the scourge of N-Bomb from ever gaining a foothold in New York State.

June 4, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: The Task Force will continue the Senate’s focus on improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases to better protect the health of New York residents

Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases
Chair: Senator Susan Serino
Meeting: The Task Force will continue the Senate’s focus on improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases to better protect the health of New York residents
Place: Multi-Purpose Room, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559
Media Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-2945
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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'CareFirst hospice celebrates opening of new building' ~ Senator O'Mara calls it a great day

Coopers Plains, N.Y.--CareFirst, formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, held an Open House on Wednesday to dedicate its new administration building in the former Frank Pierce Elementary School.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "CareFirst hospice celebrates opening of new building"

And in today's Corning Leader, "CareFirst celebrates new location with ribbon cutting"

June 4, 2015
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Senate Passes Measure to Fight Medicaid Fraud

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3019), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean), that would create a financial incentive for counties to further investigate and prosecute Medicaid frau

June 1, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health  Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair  12 Noon, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 124 CAP

June 2, 12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
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Senate Passes Legislation to Increase Access to Dental Care In Underserved Communities

Measure would add dental services to the “Doctors Across New York” program

 

ALBANY – Untreated oral diseases which can lead to serious health consequences and even life threatening medical emergencies, and a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas, are the target of the “Dentists Across New York” legislation authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that recently passed the State Senate.

 

May 28, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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TAKING CAUTION DURING TICK SEASON

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

May 24, 2015
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Senator Sets Forth Legislative Effort to Improve Child Protective Servcies

OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett

 

ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.

 

In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.

 

May 22, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health  Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair  12 Noon, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 124 CAP

May 28, 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Passes Legislation In The Senate To Ban Smoking Near After-School Programs

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

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), the ranking member of the State Senate Health Committee, announced the passage of bill S.993A in the State Senate. The legislation, which was introduced at the urging of an after-school program located in Senator Rivera's district, would ban smoking tobacco products in and around after-school programs.

May 20, 2015
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RECORD 10,000 TIRES COLLECTED IN LAST WEEKEND’S DROP-OFF EVENTS

Senator Ritchie’s Effort is Cleaning Up Roadsides, Protecting Public 

More than 10,000 waste tires were removed from area backyards and roadsides during last weekend’s free disposal events sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

It’s the most ever collected during the one-day events, made possible through special State Budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie. Over three years, Senator Ritchie’s efforts have resulted in the removal of more than 30,000 waste tires from area communities.

“Waste tires along roadsides and in backyards are not only unsightly, they can be a cause for spreading disease because mosquitoes love to breed in the standing water that collects inside them,” Senator Richie said. “With proper disposal, we are cleaning up our roadsides and communities, protecting the environment and preventing disease.”

May 15, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO CONTINUE HELPING GROUND ZERO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM SEPTEMBER 11th RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to continue the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years and help those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites. The bill (S4711) would enable the Task Force to continue its work past the current authorization date of June 10, 2015.

May 15, 2015
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