Issues: Health

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 124 CAP

April 12, 12:00 PM - 12:18 PM

Senator Gianaris protests construction of an asphalt plant in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris held a rally with other local leaders to protest the placement of an asphalt plant in Long Island City. The plant is being planned without proper input from the local community and without proper notification.

April 7, 2011

Autism Awareness Month

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 6, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTHSenator Shirley L. Huntley supports Autism Advocacy

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.

April 6, 2011

IDC, Assemb. Ortiz, Join 10-year-old Heart Transplant Survivor to Push for Life-Saving Legislation

'Lauren's Law' to Increase Organ Donation Passed Important Committee Vote Today


ALBANY, N.Y. The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, (D-Brooklyn) joined 10-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and her family today in a push for life saving legislation.

April 5, 2011

Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 19th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be co-hosting his annual health fair with Catholic Charities Family Room on Tuesday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the upper level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate.

Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s Amsterdam District Office at 843-2188 to obtain brochures. A list of helpful websites you may want to visit for healthy information is listed below.

April 1, 2011


 Local Women Urged to Welcome Spring, the Season of Renewal, with Breast Cancer Screening

 Queens, NY, March 25, 2011 – On Saturday, April 16, between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is sponsoring a free Mobile Mammography Van, with the staff from St. Barnabas Hospital, at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven. An appointment is necessary; call 1-718-738-1111. Women ages 40 and over are urged to have a free screening for  cancer. This is the eighth free mammography event the Senator has coordinated with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation for women in his district since October 2008. 

March 28, 2011

Sen. Klein & Public Health Advocates Unveil Plan to Combat Underage 'Alcopop' Abuse

Plan Comes Amid Evidence that Minors Continue to Have Access to Four Loko and Similar High Alcohol Drinks

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), chairman of the Senate Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee, was joined by public health advocates from across New York Sunday to unveil plans to crack down on easy access that minors have to Four Loko and similar high-alcohol malted beverages.

March 27, 2011

Seeking Your Experiences: The St. Vincent’s Community Health Assessment Survey

A credible and exhaustive analysis of our community’s unmet needs is still necessary to convince the New York State Department of Health, hospital executives and other health care providers of service gaps that must be filled.

March 25, 2011

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 29, 12:00 PM - 12:12 PM

National Kick Butts Day Video

Today is National Kick Butts Day. We cannot allow tobacco companies to continue targeting our youth. If we are to eliminate the health problems associated with tobacco use, we must keep our children from falling victim to aggressive marketing efforts.

March 23, 2011


March is brain injury awareness month. Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) on Brain Injury Awareness Day, March 16th, joined Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator George Maziarz, co-sponsor, and members of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, a group that advocates nationwide for victims of brain injuries, to push for legislative action on the Concussion Management Awareness Act.“We realize now what we may not have known a few decades back. Concussions create long-term, detrimental health effects, and those hits taken on the playing fields can have substantial and lasting impacts. It’s time to get serious and protect our young athletes so they can enjoy long and healthy lives,” said Senator Ball.

March 23, 2011

Senate Passes Klein Bill to Strengthen Green Markets/ Increase Access to New York Grown Products

The State Senate Tuesday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would expand local and regional green markets, like those in the greater Bronx area, and increase access to New York State grown fruits and vegetables.

March 22, 2011

Senate Passes Bill to Ban Salvia Divinorum

In an effort to protect the youth of New York State,  the State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to ban the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia divinorum.   Senator Flanagan renewed his efforts to ban the dangerous herb following media reports that Ryan Santanna, a 21-year old Roosevelt Island resident, had allegedly been smoking salvia divinorum before apparently leaping to his death in Roosevelt Island earlier this month.  This is the same legal substance that pop star Miley Cyrus was allegedly smoking in a widely distributed video clip in December of last year.  

March 21, 2011
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