Issues: Health

Senator Bill Larkin Honored by the March of Dimes

Senator Bill Larkin was recently honored by the March of Dimes for his work on the Pulse Oximetry Legislation.  This new law will protect newborns by screening them for critical congenital heart defects before they are discharged from the hospital.  Shown presenting Senator Larkin with a plaque are Jerry Silber, Chair, Board of Directors, March of Dimes NY Chapter and Frank DeMeo, Director, March of Dimes NY Chapter.

May 16, 2014
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DON’T FORGET: FIGHT THE BITE WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS SATURDAY

Dispose of Up to Eight Tires With Usual $5 Per-Tire Fee Being Waived

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” by getting rid of waste tires at free disposal events taking place Saturday across Oswego County. 

Studies have shown that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, which have the potential to carry deadly diseases like EEE. Last year, Oswego County residents disposed of more than 2,000 waste tires at similar free events sponsored by Senator Ritchie. In addition to this Saturday’s event, Senator Ritchie and Oswego County will also host free tire disposals on June 14th. 

“There are a number of things we can do to prevent mosquito bites and control the number of mosquitoes around our homes.  With each waste tire acting as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, doing away with even a single tire that sits idle on one’s property can dramatically reduce the risk of getting bit,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 16, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 20, 12:00 PM - 12:54 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS & HERRICKS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION INVITE RESIDENTS TO GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE AT JUNE 2ND BLOOD DRIVE

 Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and the Herricks Teachers Association are inviting residents to give the gift of life by participating in a blood drive they are sponsoring on Monday, June 2nd. The blood drive will take place from 2:45 pm to 7:15 pm at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park). 

May 15, 2014
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Griffo Asks Governor To Proclaim May As Lupus Awareness Month

"I'm pleased to once again help educate my colleagues in state government about lupus. I advocate in memory of my aunt, who was afflicted by this devastating autoimmune disease. Lupus affects more than 1.5 million Americans - 100,000 of them live right here in New York. And yet, there's so much we still don't know about it. We need to find a way to diagnose the disease quicker, to treat it effectively and to wipe it out completely." - Sen. Joe Griffo

May 12, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH NORTH COUNTRY EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with local members of the United New York Ambulance Network in Albany. Included in the meeting were representatives of Seaway Valley Ambulance of St. Lawrence County and Guilfoyle Ambulance Service of Jefferson County. 

May 9, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Create Website for Women's Health Initiatives

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3817), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would direct the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website devoted to women's health initiatives. Senator Hannon said, “This legislation will establish an up-to-date, Department of Health website to assist women in understanding the health initiatives and expansion of covered services that have taken effect.  The federal government already has such a website, but New Yorkers should be able to access a similar site which is specific to our State.”

May 7, 2014
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Senator Jeff Klein Receives 2014 YMCA "Champion for Healthy Living" Award for Efforts in Preventing Childhood Obesity

ALBANY, NY – Today, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) addressed YMCA Healthy Kids Day, an advocacy event dedicated to raise awareness on the issue of childhood obesity and get more children physically active.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Parker's Bill to Protect Mentally Disabled Persons Living in Community Residences

(Brooklyn, NY) – In a unanimous vote on Tuesday May 6, State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, S.955, passed the Senate. The bill clarifies that the discharge of a resident from a community residence licensed or operated by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shall not be considered a landlord / tenant matter, as opposed to be governed by regulations aimed at creating the best therapeutic outcome for such a resident.

May 7, 2014
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SENATOR LARKIN TO HOLD FORUM ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ON MAY 15th IN NEWBURGH

            Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Hudson Valley regional forum of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, New York. 

May 6, 2014
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY TO “FIGHT THE BITE” WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS

Will Take Place May 17th and June 14th at all 5 County Transfer Stations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with Oswego County to “Fight the Bite” and stop the spread of EEE with free tire disposal events taking place on May 17th and June 14th.  The events are being held in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of eight tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces.  Electronic waste, such as used TVs, computers and radios will also be accepted free of charge.

May 5, 2014
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Public Hearing: To consider including electronic cigarettes in the existing Clean Indoor Air Act and regulating liquid nicotine

Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
Public Hearing: To consider including electronic cigarettes in the existing Clean Indoor Air Act and regulating liquid nicotine
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Megan Mutolo (518) 455-2200
Media Contact: Phil Hecken (516) 739-1700
Beth Kempter (518) 455-2200
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 12, 11:00 AM - 12:48 PM
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES NEW FUNDING TO HELP OSWEGO COUNTY, CNY FIGHT EEE

Three-Year Total of 'Fight the Bite' Funding Secured by Senator Ritchie Reaches $700,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new State Budget includes $275,000 to help Oswego County and Central New York "Fight the Bite" and prevent the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, the mosquito-borne illness commonly known as EEE

Over three years, Senator Ritchie has secured a total of $700,000 in additional state budget funds for EEE prevention.

“Oswego County is a hotbed for EEE, and it’s so important that we remain vigilant in our work to protect ourselves from disease-spreading mosquitoes and prevent any future tragedies,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to have been able to secure this funding, which will go a long way towards raising awareness of this deadly virus and increasing prevention efforts.”

May 1, 2014
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Seward To Hold Training Class For Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Medication

ONEONTA, 05/01/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a free heroin/opioid overdose prevention training class on Wednesday, May 7th at the FoxCare Center in Oneonta.

“A key aspect in the short term battle against heroin and opioid abuse is preventing overdose deaths,” said Senator Seward.  “Training more individuals to administer the overdose reversal medicine Naxolone or Narcan will save lives, that’s why I am sponsoring this event and will be among those taking the class on May 7th .”

May 1, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 6, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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May 22, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
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Times Union: Senate Democrats propose manslaughter for opioid-related deaths; help for addicts

By Casey Seiler

 State Senate Democrats, including two lawmakers from the Capital Region, plan to unveil a package of legislation designed to address the growing problem of substance abuse involving heroin and other opioid narcotics.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Shaken Baby Syndrome Resolution

"Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is something that is preventable through education and public awareness," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as she recognizes the week of April 20th-April 26th as Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness week with a resolution, telling the story of Cynthia Gibbs who at 8-months old died from brain damage as a result of being shaken violently by her own caregiver. To learn more about SBS, and how it can be prevented, please visit the New York State Department of Health website.

April 29, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Yvonne Graham, NYS DOH Associate Commissioner

 

April is National Minority Health Month. Senator Parker welcomes New York State Department of Health Associate Commissioner Yvonne Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention.

Listen as they discuss the health inequities among various populations and how her office works plan to address these specific issues 2013-2017.

For more information about the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, please call 518-474-2180 or visit www.doh.gov.

 

April 29, 2014
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"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

 

April 29, 2014
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