Issues: Health

Bedbugs found in Astoria school

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris'  Bed Bug Notification Bill, passed last year, a measure to prevent incidents such as the one that occurred at P.S. 70.

Bedbugs have infested PS 70, an elementary school in Astoria, according to reports published last week, which said the school has the worst bedbug problem in the city.

The Department of Education discovered the infestation last December, including evidence the bugs were breeding, but never told anyone at the school about it.

For the first time, the DOE has admitted the problem came from within the school itself. In the past, the department has claimed bedbugs were brought into schools by students.

Residents and area politicians are incensed with the agency’s oversight.

September 8, 2011
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Astoria leaders fuming over bedbug find

Queens Times Ledger wrote about Senator Gianaris' demand that DOE investigation the bed bug incident at P.S. 70.

Elected officials from Astoria were furious after the news broke that PS 70 on 42nd Street had the worst bedbug problems in the city and did not inform administrators or students.

“This type of negligence puts students and teachers at risk, and prevents families from taking necessary steps to protect their children,” state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said in a statement.

September 8, 2011
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Bedbugs Ignored In Local School

Queens Gazette wrote about the bed bug infestation in P.S. 70.Children must be able to learn in an environment that is not hindered by bedbug infestations.

Parents and elected officials are furious at Astoria’s P.S. 70 for failing to notify them of a bedbug infestation that has been ignored since last winter.

An inspection was performed at the school in December, in which several bedbugs were found in one of the school’s closets with signs of breeding. No notification was given to the parents, students or teachers. Even Principal Donna Gellar was left in the dark; she was unaware an investigation took place to begin with.

September 7, 2011
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Ridge Road Fire District to Host Blood Drive

 

The Ridge Road Fire District along with the American Red Cross will host a Community Blood Drive to help blood donation shortfall caused by Hurricane Irene on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 from 1pm –to- 6pm at the Headquarters Fire Station at 1299 Long Pond Rd.

 

September 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BRINGS HER ‘MOBILE OFFICE’ TO HANNIBAL RESIDENTS

 Over Two Dozen Residents Take Advantage of Government in their Backyard

September 1, 2011
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RITCHIE WANTS PUBLIC FORUM ON EEE

Infected St. Lawrence Co. Horse is Latest Incident of Disease That Claimed Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie is again calling on state officials for answers after a St. Lawrence County horse reportedly died from the same mosquito-borne illness that had claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.

September 1, 2011
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ADDABBO BRINGS NO-COST OR LOW-COST MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS TO FOREST HILLS

Urges Women: “Don’t Take a Summer Vacation from Life-Saving Cancer Screening”     

August 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Successful Blood Drive With New York Blood Center

Senator Jack M. Martins and New York Blood Center joined forces on Wednesday, August 24 to hold a successful blood drive. A total of 20 pints of blood was collected in the New York Blood Center bus that was located at the Herricks Community Center.

Senator Martins held the blood drive in response to the need for blood during the summer months when not as much blood is collected. New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey alone, requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in its 200 partner New York and New Jersey hospitals. In fact, blood donations are even more needed during the summer months as many people go on vacation.

August 26, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & CCMAC SPONSOR FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) today partnered to sponsor a free skin cancer screening program to help protect residents from skin cancer. The program was held at Wantagh Park. 

August 25, 2011
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New initiative in the Bronx shows residents they CAN live healthy

By Adrian Cabreja - Bronx Free Press

“Do you know how many servings of vegetables one needs to consume every day?” asked Marta Garcia, of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, as she stood before an attentive crowd of Bronx residents of all ages on a recent Saturday afternoon.

The group, which had just moments before chattered loudly, grew quiet.

 “Two and a half cups of vegetables should be the daily intake,” said Garcia.

August 25, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE PLANS SENIOR HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie along with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging invites the community to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

“The Senior Health and Wellness Expo will provide a one stop experience for people who want to meet and talk to health care professionals,” Senator Ritchie said. “Whether you want to check your blood pressure, get tips on how to keep fit, or get free health screenings, this event will help you preserve your health.”

August 24, 2011
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Groping Attack Victims Host Rally; Safety Seminar Held

Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria Against Violence rally Senator Gianaris attended in response to recent groping incidents in the neighborhood. It is important that we work together to keep our streets safe.

What started out as a single post on a local Web site WhyLeaveAstoria.com (WLA) about a woman who was groped by a man riding a bicycle, culminated in 45 women coming out with their shared experiences, two arrests and a rally organized by two of the victims to speak out against sexual harassment and abuse.

August 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in ribbon-cutting ceremony of Windmuller Park in Woodside.

Senator Gianaris joined local leaders and elected officials to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Windmuller Park.

August 23, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Espaillat's Bill to Crackdown on Dangerous "Nutcracker" Alcoholic Drink

Today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D – Bronx) applauded Governor Cuomo for signing an important law that will protect minors from a dangerous alcohol beverage sold in parts of New York City. The law, sponsored by Senator Espaillat and Assemblyman Castro in the legislature, will crack down on the selling of sugary, colorful, and strong alcoholic drinks, often known as the “nutcracker.”

August 19, 2011
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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

August 19, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS UPON HEALTH DEPARTMENT ACTION IN RESPONSE TO WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY DETECTED IN SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN

Brooklyn - Responding to notification from the New York City Department of Health regarding West Nile Virus activity being detected in parts of the 22nd Senate District, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement

“This morning upon learning that the West Nile Virus activity was detected in parts of my district, I contacted the Department of Health and have requested that the Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Marine Park sections receive additional spraying immediately. I have also requested that neighboring communities, such as Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Gerritsen Beach be scheduled for spraying as well, so to be proactive in protecting the health of area residents.”

August 18, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR ANNOUNCING SUPPORT OF “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION

                                Governor to Sign Legislation Into Law 

August 15, 2011
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Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation Signed Into Law

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' bed bug legislation that was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.State

August 15, 2011
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