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News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. huntleyFor Immediate Release: June 28, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Applauds Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012
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SEN. RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST EEE HORSE VACCINE CLINICS THIS WEEK

Vaccine 90 Percent Effective Against Always-Fatal Disease in Horses

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she’s sponsoring two, no-cost EEE vaccine clinics for horses this week.

June 25, 2012
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DON’T RISK RABIES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

*** CLICK HERE FOR FACT SHEET ON RABIES ***

Sunny skies, warm weather, and plenty of things to do.  For most people, summertime means spending a lot more time outside. 

While the camping trips, cookouts and beach days are all fun, it’s important that we know how to protect ourselves from the potential dangers that can be found in the great outdoors.

June 22, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Announces Passage of Lauren’s Law

Passed in Senate and Assembly, Bill Now Moves to Governor Cuomo’s Desk

NANUET, NYSenator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced the historic passage of Lauren’s Law (S.7103A), the first of its kind law in New York State that will save lives and increase the enrollment of organ donation. 

Joined by 12 year-old Stony Point resident Lauren Shields, the heart transplant recipient for whom the law is named after, as well as organ donation advocacy groups that pushed for passage of the bill, declared victory as the bill now heads its way over to Governor Cuomo’s desk to be signed into law.

June 22, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON SPONSORED LEGISLATION PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO MINORS

Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) announced today that the New York State Senate passed a bill he sponsored to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under 18 years of age.Electronic cigarettes, also known as “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices that vaporize cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals that the user inhales. Currently, there is no prohibition on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.“This legislation is needed to protect children and young adults from the dangers of smoking electronic cigarettes,” Senator Johnson said.  “To date, electronic cigarettes are unregulated and have not been proven to be safe for use at any age.”

June 21, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO SEWAGE SPILL NOTIFICATION BILL

Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act Protects Public Health by Increasing Awareness of Water Conditions    The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would require prompt notification of such sewage discharges so that the public has the information they need to make decisions about water based recreation like swimming, boating, and fishing.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR JIM ALESI TO REGULATE HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN CHILDREN’S JEWELRY

Legislation Would Regulate Heavy Metals, Magnets, and Batteries in Children’s Jewelry

June 21, 2012
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS EFFORT TO FIND VACCINE FOR EEE

Directs State Health Leaders to Target “21st Century” Challenges

June 21, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND CCMAC TO OFFER FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM IN COPIAGUE ON JULY 19TH

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be partnering with the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) in sponsoring a free skin cancer screening program to help protect residents from skin cancer.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Reform New York's Care of People with Special Needs and Disabilities

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 21, 2012
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Free Skin Cancer Screening Program- Copiague

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be partnering with the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) in sponsoring a free skin cancer screening program to help protect residents from skin cancer.

July 19, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce costly and unexpected medical charges to health insurance consumers. The bill (S7745), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) establishes consumer protections to prevent surprise medical bills and ensures consumers have adequate access to necessary services.

June 20, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO EXPAND ACCESS TO VACCINES PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Add Shingles Vaccine to the List of Vaccinations Pharmacists are Permitted to Administer

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that legislation he sponsors to give residents greater access to the shingles vaccine has been passed by the New York State Senate.

     The legislation (S3808B) would add the shingles vaccine to the list of immunizations that trained licensed pharmacists are permitted to administer to adults, when ordered by a patient's physician or nurse practitioner.

June 20, 2012
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Griffo: Senate Approves Creation of New Agency to Help Persons With Disabilities

Senate Passes Bill to Reform New York's Care of People With Special Needs and DisabilitiesLegislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

(Albany) - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said today that the Senate passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REFORM NEW YORK’S CARE OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers    The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 20, 2012
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Major Enhancement to Breast Cancer Prevention Passes Senate

In a major victory in his three-year battle to enhance women’s ability to protect themselves against breast cancer, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation (6769B) he sponsored to assist in the fight against breast cancer has passed the Senate and is expected to pass in the Assembly.  The legislation will provide women with dense breasts the information they need to make decisions regarding their health care.

June 19, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Assembly Member Dinowitz Pass Smoking Ban Legislation

Albany, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) yesterday afternoon passed S 6854-B/A 10141-B in both the State Senate (54-2) and State Assembly (102-2). This legislation was the first of Senator Rivera's health bills that was developed from dialogue with health partners and community members during the 2011 Bronx CAN Health Initiative.

Click here to watch State Senator Gustavo Rivera discuss this legislation [S.6854-B] on the floor of the State Senate.

June 19, 2012
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"Cool Sweep" for City Residents

Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat. Cool Sweep kicks off once schools let out for summer recess. A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees.

 

Cool Sweep hours are normally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operation employs the use of a cooling spray from fire hydrants and extended hours at City pools and Durand Eastman Beach. The use of City spray parks and pools in certain city high schools are also available to the public.

 

When hot summer days creep in make sure to watch the news and check the newspaper for a possible Cool Sweep day announcement from Mayor Richards.

June 19, 2012
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