Issues: Health

Senator Carlucci Passes Critical Legislation To Tackle Heroin Epidemic

As Vice Chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) authored the successful passage of two pieces of legislation that focus on prevention and treatment options for those who have fallen prey to the recent heroin epidemic.

At hearings across the State friends and family members of victims shared similar experiences of loved ones being denied outpatient treatment for their addiction.  

June 9, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Heroin Package

ALBANY, 06/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.7662) that would improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services was part of the package.

June 9, 2014
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today. The growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

June 9, 2014
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RITCHIE: MEASURE TO HELP FIND VACCINE FOR EEE GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Legislation Will Create 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation (S.2115) to help find a vaccine to prevent the deadly EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) disease has passed the State Senate.

The bipartisan measure will create the 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction within the state Department of Health.  The group, comprised of experts in diseases, infection and public health, will be tasked with pushing for the development of effective vaccines against diseases, including EEE, West Nile Virus and Lyme. Included in the new State Budget is $100,000, secured by Senator Ritchie to fund the new workgroup.

June 9, 2014
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Relay for Life at Gates Chili High School

On Friday night, I joined students from Gates Chili High School and the Gates Chili community at their annual Relay for Life Event. This was a great event that brought so many people together to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Many thanks to the students and facility that helped plan and coordinate this day.

June 9, 2014
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NORTH COUNTRY LEADERS PEER INTO THE FUTURE AT PSYCH CENTER

Ritchie’s Land Transfer Plan Focus of Multiagency Tour

June 5, 2014
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Senator Cathy Young and the Seneca Nation of Indians Join Together to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release: Immediate, June 4, 2014

Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention

            IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.

June 4, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Advocates Applaud Passage of “Boss Bill” in Senate Labor Committee, Call for Floor Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Senate Labor Committee’s passage today of her legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578B). Sen. Krueger called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to follow up on this positive step by allowing a floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 3, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on HealthSenator Kemp Hannon, Chair12 Noon, Tuesday, June 3, 2014ROOM 332 CAP

This meeting will be called off the floorNOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF COMMITTEE MEETING.

June 3, 10:00 AM - 10:11 AM
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Heroin Task Force Releases Report, Legislation

ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.

May 28, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, MEMBERS OF SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

May 28, 2014
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Press Conference: JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION TO RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

After conducting 18 public forums across the state, listening to 53 hours of testimony and speaking with more than 2,000 residents about the tragedy of the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic, the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will release its report tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:15 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol.

Twenty-five Senators who participated in the Task Force will be joined at the news conference by experts on substance abuse, and representatives of law enforcement, to make legislative recommendations to address issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York that has claimed countless lives and hurt families across the state.

May 28, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
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Voto histórico pro marihuana

Según ha informado Telemundo 47:

El Comite de Salud del Senado de Nueva York aprobó el proycto de ley que que permitirá el uso de marihuana con fines medicinales en el estado de Nueva York.

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May 22, 2014
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Senator Parker, Legislators and Veterans Groups Advocate for Bill to Guarantee Veteran Amputees Latest Prosthetic Technology

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker joined Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo and veterans groups advocate to announce their bill, A6820/S5390, which clarifies that amputee veterans who have lost a limb due to their military service, and who have private insurance to supplement their Veterans Administration benefits, cannot be denied replacement of their outdated artificial limbs when new and more advanced prosthetic technology is available.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #21: Putting More Truth in Advertising

Here’s a straightforward, but deceptively hard question: You’re deciding between two doctors for your upcoming heart surgery. One has advertised as being “board certified” by the American Academy of Cardiology. The other, you learn, was certified by the American College of Cardiology. Which one would you trust with the scalpel? (The answer is at the end of this column.)

If you’re hemming and hawing about your answer, take comfort. You are not alone. It is so easy to get confused about the qualifications of medical professionals – and your life may depend on it.

I believe the medical profession needs more truth in its advertising. I’ve introduced a bill that would protect the patient by implementing four small changes.

May 22, 2014
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Statement form State Senator Gustavo Rivera on the Passage of the Compassionate Care Act in the Senate Health Committee:

"Today, New York State took a big step toward providing thousands of New Yorkers suffering from serious and debilitating conditions access to medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms. As Ranking Member of the Senate Health Committee, I proudly voted for the Compassionate Care Act, and I congratulate Senator Diane Savino and my other colleagues who voted to approve the bill. Now it goes to Senate Finance. While its future is uncertain, I know we did the right thing today - and I will work as hard as I can to ensure that the Compassionate Care Act passes the Senate before the end of this session.

May 20, 2014
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Organizations Representing More Than 200,000 NYS Veterans Urge Passage of Griffo, Brindisi Bill

Bill Creates Criminal Justice Framework to Ensure Veterans with Untreated Mental Health Conditions Receive Treatment & Fair Process

May 20, 2014
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5,600 WASTE TIRES COLLECTED IN FREE DISPOSAL DAY EVENT

Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign

Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.  The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year. 

May 20, 2014
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Senator Serrano Supports Medical Marijuana Legalization in New York State

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano supported passage of medical marijuana legalization in New York State. Serrano is a co-sponsor of bill S4406, which legalizes medical marijuana.  He sits on the Health committee, which passed the medical marijuana bill in the State Senate.

May 20, 2014
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Gottfried, Krueger, Advocates Announce Reintroduction of New York Maternal Depression Bill to Help New Mothers and Families

Sen. Krueger and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried today announced their reintroduction of legislation providing education, and promoting screening and treatment-referrals for postpartum depression and other maternal depression disorders (S. 7234 / A. 9610). Despite the widespread nature and severity of maternal depression, our healthcare system has no system-wide screening and referral procedure.

May 19, 2014
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