Issues: Health

SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ORGAN DONATIONS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the State Senate recently passed legislation to help increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State. The legislation would help increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. 

April 21, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Lee Zeldin's Roundtable Discussion on MRSA

WHO: Senator Lee Zeldin, High School Athletic Directors, Wrestling Coaches and members of Section XI

WHAT: Roundtable discussion on how to help schools combat MRSA

April 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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April 20, 2011
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Public Hearing: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance Exchange

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James L. SewardPublic Meeting: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance ExchangePlace: Room 124, Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M.Contact: Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2200 or Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131Media Contact: Laura Brookmeyer (516) 739-1700 or Jeff Bishop (607) 432-5524ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Public Hearing: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance Exchange

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James L. SewardPublic Meeting: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance ExchangePlace: Room 124, Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M.Contact: Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2200 or Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131Media Contact: Lauren Brookmeyer (516) 739-1700 or Jeff Bishop (607) 432-5524ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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KLEIN FIGHTS TO GET REFUND FOR PELHAM PARKWAY RESIDENT

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced this week that he helped Pelham Parkway resident Anna Scully get a refund check for over $400 from United Healthcare for an advanced premium payment she made before she was accepted into the EPIC Fee program.

April 15, 2011
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Sponsors Free Skin Cancer Screenings

In celebration of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will be holding free skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 12 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Hauppauge, 800 Veterans Memorial Highway, 2nd Floor Hauppauge, NY 11788.

This event is by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call 631-863-5100.

Please click here for additional information.

May 12, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senate Passes Lauren's Law to Increase Organ Donation

In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and passed life-saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

"The bottom line is that organ donation saves lives. We all have seen it in our own communities. The ability to give life to another is extremely powerful. We need to bring attention to this issue. It is that important," said Senator Jack M. Martins.

April 14, 2011
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WIFFLEBALL, "RED ROVER" NOT DANGEROUS

Asks Health Commissioner To Reconsider New Regulations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the New York State Department of Health to ease new regulations that could close down local summer youth programs by classifying traditional children’s activities and games like “capture the flag,” horseshoes, cooking, wiffleball and even “red rover” as posing “significant risk of injury.”

State health department officials want to reclassify many summer youth recreational activities as “children’s day camps” that would give agency officials broad regulatory authority over them.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Gianaris and Community Rally to Protest Placement of Asphalt Plant in Long Island City

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about a rally to protest the placement of a dirty asphalt plant in Long Island City.The rally was hosted by Senator Gianaris along with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley.

Elected officials and community leaders are asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rescind a permit it issued to an asphalt plant in Long Island City until a proper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is issued.

April 13, 2011
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Lauren Shields' Birthday a True Celebration

On Thursday, April 13th, in honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields. Senator Robach was proud to support life saving legislation passed by the Senate today. Bill S.3885 would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver's license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. Also, Senator Robach took part in a special birthday celebration for Lauren along with his Senate colleagues.

April 13, 2011
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National Kidney Foundation Hosts Free Screening

On Saturday, April 16th, the National Kidney Foundation will host FREE kidney health screenings from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 100 West Avenue. For all the information, click on the link below.

April 13, 2011
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APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Senator Hassell-Thompson Urges Awareness and Advocacy  

April 13, 2011
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Senate Passes Lauren's Law to Increase Organ Donation

      In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields today and passed life saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

April 13, 2011
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4/12/2011: Public Hearing on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Pictured are Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Notice of Public Hearing

Committee on Alcoholism and Substance AbuseSenator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair

Senator Shirley L, Huntley, Ranker  Senator Neil D. BreslinSenator John J. BonacicSenator Roy J. McDonaldSenator Kemp Hannon

April 12, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Richmond University Medical Center breaks ground on a super center

Published in the Staten Island Advance: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 1:18 AM    

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When a new ambulatory care center was first imagined for the hospital in West Brighton, the facility was on the cusp of a transition to new owners and was struggling with financial uncertainty.

Now that Richmond University Medical Center has reclaimed its status as a linchpin of Staten Island’s health care network, the dream for the Ambulatory Care and Endoscopy Center has been realized, hospital leadership said yesterday during an emotional groundbreaking ceremony for the $6 million upgrade.

We are going to develop the finest ambulatory care and endoscopy center on Staten Island," said Richard Murphy, president and CEO of the hospital.

April 11, 2011
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O&W Station in the City of Middletown to become Health Center

On Friday, April 8th, I attended a news conference in the City of Middletown announcing that Middletown Community Health Center plans to restore the old O&W Train Station during the next three years.  Pictured with me is Mayor Joe DeStefano, Theresa Maloney, CEO of the center and Maria Bruni, Director of Office of Economic & Community Development.

April 11, 2011
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April 11, 2011
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SENATOR KLEIN APPLAUDS SENATE APPOINTMENT OF DISTINGUISHED BRONX PHYSICIAN TO THE TRANSPLANT COUNCIL

BRONX, NY - On Friday, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) applauded the appointment of Dr. Milan Kinkhabwala, Division of Transplantation Chief for Montefiore Medical Center, to the New York State Transplant Council.

April 8, 2011
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