Issues: Health

Smokers at record lows in New York City

Queens Courier wrote about the decrease in New York City smokers over the last ten years and included Senator Gianaris' comments.

More New Yorkers than ever have put out their last cigarette.

The number of New York City smokers has reached all-time lows, officials recently announced. In the past decade nearly half a million New Yorkers have put out their cigarettes, with 100,000 smokers quitting between 2009 and 2010. Smoking is down 35 percent throughout the city over the past eight years.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, premature death in New York City and the nation today and we’re proud that a record number of New Yorkers are saving their own lives by quitting,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

September 22, 2011
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Senator Gianaris and VNSNY to offer free flu shots

Senator Gianaris and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) will offer free flu shots to community members. Appointment is required. To make an appointment, call Senator Gianaris' office at 718-728-0960.

October 17, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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ADDABBO’S NO-COST OR LOW-COST MAMMOGRAPHY EVENT DRAWS 22 WOMEN FOR CANCER TESTS TO FOREST HILLS

Queens, NY, September 20, 2011 – On Thursday, September 8, NYS Senator Joseph P.

September 20, 2011
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2011 Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS

On Saturday, September 17th, Senator Robach had the honor to speak with, and visit with, participants prior to the start of the 2011 Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS at Ontario Beach Park. For more information on the great work that the ALS Association of Upstate New York does in our community, click http://webuny.alsa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=UNY_homepage to visit their website. Great job to all those who took part in this year's walk to raise money for this important cause!

September 20, 2011
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Senate GOP Still Holding up Insurance-Exchange Legislation

Posted by: Cara Matthews - on Sep 14, 2011

Nearly three months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers forged an agreement on legislation to set up a health-insurance exchange in the state, the GOP-controlled Senate has yet to indicate whether it plans to return to Albany to vote on the bill. States are required to set up health-care exchanges to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

The measure passed the Assembly at during the last week of session in June, but it was removed from the Senate agenda because some Republicans said they oppose “Obamacare” and thus would vote no on the bill. Senate leaders said it could be taken up later in the year. The Senate has not returned since June, and it’s unclear whether the bill will be voted on.

September 19, 2011
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Senator Krueger Discusses the Need to Vote on the Healthcare Exchange Bill

Click here to listen to Senator Liz Krueger’s interview with Susan Arbetter on The Capital Pressroom.

September 19, 2011
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September 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES OSWEGO SENIOR HEALTH EXPO

** UPDATED LIST OF EXHIBITORS AND SERVICES BELOW **

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Expo in Fulton, at the War Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free, and will feature over 50 exhibitors on health and wellness, health catre, senior nutrition and fitness, and other services.

There will also be free flu shot, health screenings and refreshments.

Over 1500 seniors attended a similiar event in September in Watertown. That was a new record for attendance at such an event.

You can view a video report on that event here.

September 15, 2011
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PBS: IS NEW YORK BACKTRACKING ON HEALTH CARE REFORM? (WITH VIDEO)

 

John Farley

(VIDEO)

After President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in March, 2010, New York seemed to be on the fast-track to implementing health care reform.

September 15, 2011
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THE PATCH: PROGRAM BRINGS DENTAL AND VISION BENEFITS FOR VETERANS TO WESTCHESTER

By Brian Marschhauser

State and county politicians gathered in White Plains Monday in an effort to raise awareness for Smiling on America’s Heroes—a new program that provides discounted dental and eye care for retired military veterans.

September 14, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE’S SENIOR HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO OFFERS 51 EXHIBITORS

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Jefferson County Office for the Aging have lined up more than 51 exhibitors to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

September 13, 2011
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Gianaris: Not Voting On Health Exchange ‘Foolish’

State of Politics wrote about Senator Gianaris' comments regarding the healthcare exchange from his interview on "The Capitol Pressroom." Senator Gianaris believes that we should not refuse large amounts of federal aid that would benefit New Yorkers simply for political reasons.

Not voting on a measure that would create a health-insurance exchange in New York is “foolish” Sen. Michael Gianaris told Susan Arbetter earlier today.

Gianaris, who has increasingly become the public face of the Senate Democratic Conference, blamed Senate Republicans for obstructing the bill.

September 13, 2011
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LOHUD: ASTORINO, BALL AND CASTELLI PLUG PRIVATE VETERAN HEALTH PROGRAM

 

Posted by: Gerald McKinstry

Joined by veterans and veteran’s advocates earlier today, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino promoted the “Smiling on America’s Heroes,” a discount dental and eye care program that is available to veterans and their dependents. Also endorsing it was State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and Assemblyman Bob Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge.

September 12, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE: SMILING ON AMERICA’S HEROES (WITH VIDEO)

 

(Senator Greg Ball and Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino announcing the launch of Smiling on America’s Heroes in Westchester County) 

September 12, 2011
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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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