Issues: Health

New initiative in the Bronx shows residents they CAN live healthy

By Adrian Cabreja - Bronx Free Press

“Do you know how many servings of vegetables one needs to consume every day?” asked Marta Garcia, of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, as she stood before an attentive crowd of Bronx residents of all ages on a recent Saturday afternoon.

The group, which had just moments before chattered loudly, grew quiet.

 “Two and a half cups of vegetables should be the daily intake,” said Garcia.

August 25, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE PLANS SENIOR HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie along with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging invites the community to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

“The Senior Health and Wellness Expo will provide a one stop experience for people who want to meet and talk to health care professionals,” Senator Ritchie said. “Whether you want to check your blood pressure, get tips on how to keep fit, or get free health screenings, this event will help you preserve your health.”

August 24, 2011
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Groping Attack Victims Host Rally; Safety Seminar Held

Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria Against Violence rally Senator Gianaris attended in response to recent groping incidents in the neighborhood. It is important that we work together to keep our streets safe.

What started out as a single post on a local Web site WhyLeaveAstoria.com (WLA) about a woman who was groped by a man riding a bicycle, culminated in 45 women coming out with their shared experiences, two arrests and a rally organized by two of the victims to speak out against sexual harassment and abuse.

August 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in ribbon-cutting ceremony of Windmuller Park in Woodside.

Senator Gianaris joined local leaders and elected officials to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Windmuller Park.

August 23, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Espaillat's Bill to Crackdown on Dangerous "Nutcracker" Alcoholic Drink

Today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D – Bronx) applauded Governor Cuomo for signing an important law that will protect minors from a dangerous alcohol beverage sold in parts of New York City. The law, sponsored by Senator Espaillat and Assemblyman Castro in the legislature, will crack down on the selling of sugary, colorful, and strong alcoholic drinks, often known as the “nutcracker.”

August 19, 2011
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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

August 19, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS UPON HEALTH DEPARTMENT ACTION IN RESPONSE TO WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY DETECTED IN SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN

Brooklyn - Responding to notification from the New York City Department of Health regarding West Nile Virus activity being detected in parts of the 22nd Senate District, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement

“This morning upon learning that the West Nile Virus activity was detected in parts of my district, I contacted the Department of Health and have requested that the Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Marine Park sections receive additional spraying immediately. I have also requested that neighboring communities, such as Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Gerritsen Beach be scheduled for spraying as well, so to be proactive in protecting the health of area residents.”

August 18, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR ANNOUNCING SUPPORT OF “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION

                                Governor to Sign Legislation Into Law 

August 15, 2011
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Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation Signed Into Law

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' bed bug legislation that was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.State

August 15, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPROVES FUSCHILLO BILL TO PROTECT RAILROAD PASSENGERS FROM SECOND-HAND SMOKE

                       New Law Bans Smoking on MTA Train Platforms and Boarding Areas              

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation he sponsored to help protect MTA passengers from harmful second hand smoke exposure.

August 15, 2011
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Wall Street Journal: Senator Espaillat and Riverkeeper Unveil New Report on Levels of Contamination in New Yorks Waters

Associated Press

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Swimming in the Hudson River is unsafe 21 percent of the time because of pollution from sewage, according to a report issued Tuesday that sampled the water from New York City to Troy.

But the study, by the environmental group Riverkeeper, said most places are acceptably clean most of the time, and that illustrates progress.

August 10, 2011
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Senator Espaillat Joins Riverkeeper in Unveiling Major Report About Water Quality in Hudson River

 Report highlights trouble areas where sewage contamination is especially bad and recommendations on how to deal with sewage releases in our waters

(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) joined Riverkeeper, an environmental watchdog organization, in unveiling a major new report that examines water quality in the Hudson River. The report, based on intensive testing over a four year period, makes a compelling case for the need to monitor and clean the Hudson River.

August 9, 2011
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Oppenheimer and Paulin Hail Governor's Signing of Bill to Empower Local Boards of Health

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) are pleased to announce that their bill allowing local boards of health to impose civil penalties equal to those imposed by the State of New York has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo (S. S.3470/A.346).

The new law will eliminate a disparity in the civil penalties that can be assessed for a violation of the public health law or regulations or the State Sanitary Code.  Previously, the State could impose a penalty of up to $2,000 per violation, while a local board of health was limited to a maximum penalty of $1000.

August 9, 2011
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August 8, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutions

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Jeffrey D. Kleinand Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp HannonRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutionsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 455-3595ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 31, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutions

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Jeffrey D. Kleinand Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp HannonRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutionsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 455-3595ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 31, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Governor Signs Senator Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation

QUEENS, NY--Senator Michael Gianaris’ Bed Bug Notification Bill for New York City Public Schools was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Senator Gianaris wrote and first introduced the legislation in 2007, when he was a member of the Assembly. The legislation requires that the Parent Teacher Association and all parents of potentially affected New York City school children receive notification from school health officials upon detection of bed bugs in their child's school. The notification includes informational brochures that enable parents to take preventative steps and make more informed decisions regarding the health and safety of their children and families.

August 5, 2011
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