Issues: Health

Damaged gym at PS 234 Astoria means students watch movies, do jumping jacks in classrooms

The New York Daily News article investigates a school gym repair delay that has deprived students at Public School 234 of physical exercise. Senator Gianaris speaks out against the delay, stating that physical exercise is an educational requirement. 

While a Queens elementary school waits for the city to fix its gym, the phys ed program consists of jumping jacks in the classroom and movies in the auditorium.

A city Education Department official said work on the the gym at Public School 234 in Astoria is expected to begin over the winter break and should be completed within the next three months. The facility was damaged by April storms.

January 13, 2012

Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Mental Hygiene"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Mental Hygiene

February 14, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Health / Medicaid"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Health / Medicaid

February 8, 10:00 AM - 6:07 PM

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 11:00 AM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: January 2012

Senator Krueger's January Community Bulletin is available. You can download the bulletin as a PDF file from this page, or read it below:

January 2012 Community Bulletin for Print.pdf

January 12, 2012

Statement from NYS Senator Eric Adams on Lenox Hill Hospital's Treatment of New Parents in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

"It is regrettable that what should have been a joyous and memorable occasion for new parents and their families was turned into affont at Lenox Hill Hospital on January 6.  In an effort to secure the privacy of a celebrity couple - who themselves had just witnessed the birth of their daughter unperturbed, Neil Coulon was allegedly denied access to visit his wife and newborn daughters in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

January 10, 2012

Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning Receives Funding to Support Testing

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning (CPLP) recently announced a $21,000 grant from the Monroe Plan for Medical Care is supporting bi-monthly lead testing events at the Jordan Health Link, 273 Upper Falls Blvd.

Here are the testing dates and times:

Tuesday 01/12/12     1-5pm

Thursday 01/24/12    9am-Noon

Thursday 02/09/12    1-5pm

Tuesday 02/21/12      9am-Noon

Thursday 03/08/12     1-5pm

Tuesday 03/20/12       9am-Noon

You can also download a PDF version of the scheduled by clicking on the download link below.

For more information, please go to, or call (585) 224-3125.

January 10, 2012

2011 Year in Review: Top Health Stories of the Year Through Walks and Weigh-ins, Senator Promotes Healthy Living

by Jeanmarie Evelly - Norwood News

Through Walks and Weigh-ins, Senator Promotes Healthy Living 

Bronx State Sen. Gustavo Rivera spent much of this year — his first in office — looking for ways to make the Bronx healthier. Citing a slew of statistics that rank the borough last in terms of health indicators, Rivera launched the Bronx CAN (Changing Attitudes Now) Health Initiative this June. 

January 9, 2012

Healthcare Providers Meet with Legislators in Albany to Discuss Statewide Telemedicine/Telehealth Network

ALBANY ¬– Access to healthcare can be life-changing, especially for individuals who may live in rural or isolated areas.

“With telemedicine and telehealth programs, that much-needed access becomes a reality, providing access to world-renowned experts and improving quality standards while alleviating the isolation of rural providers. The possibilities are endless, from literally saving lives to allowing disabled and frail elderly to stay in their homes,” said Senator Catharine Young.

January 9, 2012


Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Ban Use of Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics In Animals Sold As Food

FDA Took Step in Right Direction By Restricting One Class of Antibiotics, Now NY Must Act

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh are urging immediate passage of their bill to ban the use of antibiotics in animals sold for food in New York, as well as stronger federal regulations, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will restrict the use of a type of antibiotic used in livestock that may contribute to high drug resistance in humans. 

The routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals meant for human consumption poses an unacceptable risk to public health, creating treatment-resistant bacterial infections.  For years, the FDA dragged its feet on the issue. That is why Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh introduced legislation (S80 [Squadron] / A05582 [Kavanagh]) that would make New York a leader on food safety and prohibit the use of antibiotics in all farm animals sold for food in New York, except for the treatment of sick animals.

January 6, 2012


Today, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) and Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) joined with local pharmacists in hailing the passage of S3510B/A5502, which will prevent health insurers from mandating that customers purchase prescription drugs from mail-order pharmacies.

Mail-order pharmacies present many problems to consumers and local business owners alike, including issues of job loss, unreliable service, and the diversion of prescription drugs onto the streets.

January 6, 2012

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 10, 12:00 PM - 12:12 PM

NYS Health Department Awards $500,000 in Doctors Across New York Funds to Support Physicians Practicing in Underserved Communities

Five health care providers in New York State have been awarded grants totaling up to $500,000 over two years to support physicians who practice medicine in underserved communities through the "Doctors Across New York" Program. The announcement was made by NYS Health Commissioner Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

"The Doctors Across New York Program is a critical program to help ensure that New Yorkers in every community in the State have access to high quality health care services," Commissioner Shah said. "These grants will help these institutions increase access to vital health care services in rural and urban areas."

January 3, 2012


Review Cites Progress For New York On Taxpayer Protection, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Public Integrity, Civil Rights & Environmental Protection

The Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including public safety, economic justice, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights and environmental protection.

December 29, 2011

CBS News: Sen. Espaillat and Elected officials help to provide housing to Octavio Estevez

NYC Father in need of life-saving kidney transplant gets new home

By Alex Silverman

Friday, December 24, 2011


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just days ago, he was pleading for his life on the steps of City Hall. Now on Christmas eve, Octavio Estevez and his family have a place to live and a chance at a future together.

Estevez is in need of a kidney transplant and had to leave his job because of his health. Because he couldn’t afford his rent, he and family have been living in a shelter.

Without a permanent home, hospitals have said they can’t perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive.

But now, that’s all changed.

December 27, 2011

Manhattan Times: Sen. Espaillat and elected officials help Octavio Estevez recieve housing one day before Christmas, hopefully saving a life

A Christmas Miracle

By Sandra García 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Christmas came a day early for Octavio Estevez.

Estevez, 54, in the terminal stages of renal disease, is in dire need of a kidney.

For the last week, and long before, Estevez’s life has taken a series of dramatic, and sometimes harrowing, turns.

But this past Sat., Dec. 24th, on “Nochebuena,” or Christmas Eve, Estevez, who’d been living with his family in a Bronx shelter for months, received keys to a new apartment in Washington Heights – keys which may very well save his life.

December 27, 2011

Senator Gianaris Participates in Schumer-Gianaris Press Confernence

The Senators requested the TSA investigate what actually occurred during incidents of alleged inappropriate strip-searching of elderly women as well as the implementation of a "passenger advocate" program at all airports

December 27, 2011

Senator Gianaris tours City Harvest's new facility in Long Island City

Senator Gianaris speaks with David Levy, VP of Distribution, in the facility's giant fridge.

December 20, 2011
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