Issues: Health

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

Senator O'Brien encourages environmental stewardship

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – As part of the Earth Day 2013 observance, Senator Ted O’Brien encourages all New Yorkers to commit to preserving our natural resources and protecting our environment for future generations.

“New York has been blessed with abundant natural resources and we have a responsibility to serve as stewards for our environment,” Senator O’Brien said. “For New York to have a vibrant future, we must ensure our natural resources are used by sustainable industries for long-term job growth. Our children deserve to inherit a New York that is economically prosperous and environmentally sound.” 

April 22, 2013

Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Resources is proud to have published our Spring 2013 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

April 17, 2013

Naiades Oncology Rowing Launches 'Spirit'

On Saturday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony hosted by Naiades Oncology Rowing to launch their newest boat. The group is a rowing organization started to help women who have staged the courageous and tough fight against cancer, or who are currently undergoing treatment and are fighting the terrible disease. Their newest boat is named 'Spirit'. For more information on this great group, visit their website at

April 16, 2013
April 16, 2013

Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Constituents from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to the Capitol

Students from Orange County attending the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences visited the Capitol and met with Senator Bill Larkin to lobby in support of increased access to immunizations and collaborative management of drug therapy.

April 16, 2013

Committee Meeting: Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Meeting

An opportunity to introduce new and continuing members of the Commission and to set forth the goals and initiatives for the current Legislative Session.

April 16, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Anthony L. Jordan Health Center Opens Urgent Care Center

On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the new Urgent Care Center that is now offered at Anthony L. Jordan Health Center in Rochester. To learn more about the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center and all it offers to our community, visit

April 15, 2013
April 12, 2013


Applauds Funding Of Attica Community Environmental Benefit Project

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) welcomed news this week that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has finalized its consent order with Hillcrest Industries of Attica.

“The DEC consent order hopefully marks the beginning of the end of this long and arduous process that has tested the patience of the Attica community. I am especially pleased to see that the financial penalty levied against Hillcrest Industries will be used to fund an Environmental Benefit Project within the community, rather than merely transfer to the DEC’s bank account in Albany,” Senator Gallivan said.

April 12, 2013

To Honor Mother’s Day, Senator Robach Urges Women Over 40 to Get Screened for Breast Cancer

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. There are different kinds of risk factors. Some factors can be changed or modified- others cannot be changed, such as age and gender.

April 9, 2013

Critical Student Health Program Receives State Funding


RICHFIELD SPRINGS, 04/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2013-2014 state budget includes, at his insistence, $150,000 to establish a Bassett Healthcare Network school-based health center (SBH) at Richfield Springs Central School. 

“School-based health centers fill a great void in rural areas like those I serve,” said Senator Seward.  “Bassett Healthcare has developed a successful operating model, the largest rural SBH program in New York State, and expanding services to Richfield Springs Central School will mean healthier children and added peace of mind for parents who choose to utilize the care option.”

April 5, 2013

Caucus Statement on the Nomination of Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals

Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus issues a statement after Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals:

Albany, NY – "We applaud Governor Cuomo for nominating Sheila Abdus-Salaam. It is fitting that she will be the first Black woman to serve. Justice Abdus-Salaam has already showed her commitment to defending our legal system throughout her decades of service. We congratulate her on her nomination and history making achievement. We believe Ms. Abdus-Salaam is highly qualified and deserves a swift confirmation."

April 5, 2013

Senator Kennedy Commemorates April as Autism Awareness Month, Pushes for New Protections for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kennedy Urges Awareness, Advocacy and Understanding of Autism and its Effects.

Push continues to pass Kennedy’s bill to enact a bill of rights for people with autism spectrum disorders. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is encouraging Western New Yorkers to get engaged in the effort to spread further awareness of autism and its effects on children, adults and their families. Kennedy has also been pushing for several legislative initiatives to strengthen the state’s protections and support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

April 3, 2013

Caucus Says "Budget Falls Short"

While there are parts of the budget that are beneficial to the communities we represent, we are greatly disappointed that more was not done to address the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. We were optimistic when many of our top priorities were mentioned as key priorities of the Governor in his State of the State. However, the actual results fell short.

We thank Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for their leadership during budget negotiations for advocating for the poor, low-income and middle class New Yorkers, but their efforts are only part of the process.

March 28, 2013


ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013

NY Daily News: 500 students expected to take part in second Uptown Games at New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory

By Jheanel Walters/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

More than 500 children will put their best foot forward this Saturday at the Armory, where they’ll do their most sincere imitations of Olympians in this year’s installment of the Uptown Games.

March 25, 2013

National Kick Butts Day 2013

Senator Krueger participated in this video for Kick Butts Day 2013, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

March 20, 2013

Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Makes a Statement on Newly Released Marijuana Arrest Report

The report’s findings further prove the need for standardization of marijuana offenses. One million hours, over 440,000 arrests, at a cost over $75 million a year for taxpayers in the last decade is unconscionable. We cannot continue to let minor offenses like these ruin the future of innocent New Yorkers, particularly Black and Latino youth. The NYPD’s aggressive stop and frisk policies have led to a weakening of the relationship between the police department and communities of color. It is time to stop wasting millions of dollars in law enforcement resources on a failed policy, while detracting from the prosecution of serious crimes.

Marijuana Report.pdf

March 19, 2013
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