Issues: Health

Community Comes Together to Help Family of Teens with Cerebral Palsy

Event held to celebrate renovation work being done to serve the needs of Depew family. DEPEW, N.Y. – Twin sisters Amber and Ashley Geary know what it’s like to overcome great adversity. Since birth, both girls have lived with cerebral palsy – a debilitating disease that has forced them to endure struggles, but has failed to deter their spirits.

December 7, 2011
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SENATOR HASSELL-THOMPSON RECOGNIZES DECEMBER AS AIDS AWARENESS MONTH

Although the joyful month of December is upon us and the holiday season is in full swing, it is also a time to remember that this month is AIDS Awareness Month.  As a former nurse and health educator who worked with persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson urges all New Yorkers to remember that AIDS is still a major health threat.  

December 5, 2011
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Toy Safety Letter

Please open the attached .PDF file to view Senator Alesi's letter to his constituents concerning toy safety.

December 2, 2011
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11/29/2011: Children & Families/Social Service Public Hearing

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

December 1, 2011
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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

A longtime supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's in Dutchess County. The walk, emceed by my good friend Bob Miller of WBPM-FM in Kingston, raised a record amount of charitable funds which will help to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed research.

November 29, 2011
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Food Cart Health Grades

Fox 5 reports

New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors.

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November 29, 2011
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Proposed letter grades for street food vendors

WABC reports

Ever wonder about the cleanliness of your favorite street food cart? State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing that street vendors be forced to post health department letter grades like the ones in restaurant windows.

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November 29, 2011
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Queens Senator Wants Letter-Grading System For Street Food Vendors

WCBS reports

State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.

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November 29, 2011
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Pol pushes cart health grades

The New York Post reports

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing a measure this week that would require local health departments to come up with a letter-based scale similar to the city’s current restaurant-grading system, following a Post report on the worst of the wurst violators.

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November 29, 2011
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STAY INFORMED TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

As part of my ongoing commitment to provide you with information that will help keep your home, family, business and community safe, I am pleased to let you know of a new program called NY-Alert. 

NY-Alert is a web-based, early warning program offered through the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification website.  The information posted here includes severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions.

November 28, 2011
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ADDABBO’S NO-COST MAMMOGRAPHY EVENT DRAWS 35 WOMEN TO WOODHAVEN FOR CANCER SCREENINGS

Queens, NY, November 21, 2011 – On Saturday, November 19, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., sponsored No Cost Mammography Screenings at the American-Italian Cancer Foundation Van parked outside the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces Robert LaValva’s Appointment to NYS Council on Food Policy

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that New Amsterdam Market President Robert LaValva has been appointed to the New York State Council on Food Policy. Senator Squadron asked the Senate Minority Leader to officially recommend Mr. LaValva to the Governor for the appointment.

Mr. LaValva founded the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan, creating a flourishing center for sustainable regional and seasonal food that is open to all New Yorkers. The Market and Mr. LaValva have led efforts to redevelop the East River Market District and the South Street Seaport, helping to revive Lower Manhattan’s economy.

November 17, 2011
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Queens Gazette: GIANARIS ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS: ‘APPLY FOR LIHEAP’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' support for LIHEAP, a state-run assitance program to help New Yorkers pay their energy bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) issued a reminder yesterday to Western Queens residents to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP).

November 9, 2011
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Fuschillo-Martins Autism Bill Signed Into Law

A bill authored by Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that enables individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.

November 2, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that he co-sponsored (S.4005A), which will enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment.

November 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS SIGNING OF AUTISM BILL

New York Now 29th State To Provide Coverage To Families

State Senator Patty Ritchie hailed the signing of a new law she supported that will insure that families dealing with autism can obtain the kind of treatment they need.

“Early diagnosis and treatment can make a critical difference for the one out of 110 children and their families affected by autism spectrum disorder,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “With more than 30,000 children under the age of 19 in New York State identified with autism, this legislation will insure that families can obtain the care they need when they need it.”

November 1, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

New Law Requires Coverage of Autism Disorder by Health Insurance ProvidersGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. The legislation will help families afford the expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits.

November 1, 2011
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Calendar Quirk Won't Cost Taxpayers

ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.  The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.

“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward.  “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”

November 1, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Expand Health Care Coverage for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

The legislation will help families afford the expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits.

November 1, 2011
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