Issues: Health

Gianaris Announces Legislation Expanding Good Samaritan Laws

An article written by the Queens Gazette looks into the new legislation proposed by Senator Gianaris, which would expand on current New York Good Samaritan laws in order to protect local businesses and non-profits from being held liable for damages or injuries that could occur while helping a victim.

Continuing his fight to ensure safety in the neighborhood, state Senator Michael Gianaris announced he has introduced new legislation expanding New York’s Good Samaritan laws.

 The legislation would protect local businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens from being held liable for damages or injuries that may have occurred while helping a victim.

January 18, 2012
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Parents from P.S. 234 angry over unusable school gym

The Queens Courier wrote an article about the delay in reopening P.S. 234’s school gym, which has many parents concerned. Senator Gianaris believes the handling of the situation is unacceptable.

Parents from P.S. 234 are exercising their voices in disapproval of the delay in reopening the school’s flood-ravaged gymnasium.The elementary school, located at 30-15 29th Street in Astoria, has been without a gym since September due to damage caused by severe rain storms. The flooding produced “bumps” in the gym floor and has prevented the facility from being used thus far this semester, prompting many parents to wonder whether their children are receiving the proper physical education.

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January 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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Senator Adams with Planned Parenthood constituents during a visit to the Capitol in support of the Reproductive Health Act.

Senator Adams with Planned Parenthood constituents during a visit to the Capitol in support of the Reproductive Health Act.

January 17, 2012
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$1.5 MILLION IN NEW STATE FUNDING WILL ENHANCE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Senator Saland credited with facilitating the new funding from Albany

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene will work with the New York State Office of Mental Health and various community partners to improve and expand mental health services in Dutchess County, utilizing an additional $1.5 million in continuous funding from New York State secured through the advocacy of New York State Senator Steve Saland.

January 17, 2012
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Elected Officials Seek Construction Funding For P.S. 2, P.S. 11

The Queens Gazette wrote an article drawing attention to a School Construction Authority (SCA) budget ammendment proposal, which reduces construction funding for schools in desperate need of assistance. Senator Michael Gianaris, along with parents and other elected officials, urges the SCA to include these schools back in the capital plan in order to ensure that the needs of the children are satisfied. 

While supporting needs throughout District 30, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and state Senator Michael Gianaris spoke in support of two especially beleaguered schools: P.S. 2, Jackson Heights and P.S. 11, Long Island City.

January 13, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:

File: 
January 2012 Community Bulletin for Print.pdf

January 12, 2012
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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
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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 www.letsmakeleadhistory.org, or call (585) 224-3125.

January 10, 2012
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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
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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
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH: NEW FDA BAN ON ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK FIRST STEP, NOW NEW YORK MUST LEAD

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
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LOCAL LEGISLATORS, PHARMACY OWNERS CELEBRATE PROTECTION OF CONSUMER PHARMACY CHOICE

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
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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
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