Issues: Health

Senator Foley, Suffolk County Legislators Propose PBC for Foley Skilled Nursing Facility

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and members of the Suffolk County Legislature announced today their proposal for the creation of a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) for the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility. This proposal would protect the public mission of the facility by avoiding its sale to a private entity, while relieving the county of the responsibility for operating the facility.

September 3, 2010
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Alzheimer's Disease, Hospice Care and Palliative Care Forum

In honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, please join Senator Jose Peralta and the Alzheimer's Association for a forum on prevention and caring for affected loved ones.

 

 

September 21, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Thompson Leads Prostate Cancer Awareness March. "Early Detection Saves Lives."

For Immediate ReleaseAugust 30, 2010Contact: Ken Houston | 716.854.8705 | sk2houston@hotmail.com

Buffalo, NY – Prostate Cancer strikes one in every four men and New York State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-parts of Erie & Niagara counties) is working to bring awareness to the disease.  The Senator is hosting a Prostate Cancer Awareness march this Saturday, September 4th at Delaware Park.

August 31, 2010
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AMC HOLDS OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW TUPPER LAKE SERVICES

New Health Center, Renovated Resident Wing, Dialysis Center, And New Physical Rehabilitation Services Featured

SARANAC LAKE – The public was invited to an Open House ceremony for a first-hand look at the improvements and new services Adirondack Medical Center has brought to the community of Tupper Lake and beyond.

In addition to a newly constructed health center and renovated residential space at its skilled nursing facility, AMC now offers dialysis treatment at AMC-Mercy, one of only a few long-term care facilities in the state to offer the life-saving treatment.

August 31, 2010
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Public Hearing: Impact of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act (Public Health Law, Article 13-E) on improving public health.

 SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

SUBJECT:      Impact of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act (Public Health Law, Article 13-E) on improving public health.

PURPOSE:     To learn how the State’s regulation of smoking and tobacco products works to improve the health of all New Yorkers and any actions needed for continued benefits.  Are we doing enough?

September 23, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Promoting Affordable Health Coverage To All New Yorkers

Small Businesses Have a More Affordable Buy-In Option Under Enhanced Program

August 27, 2010
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New Medicines for Children Press Conference at RGH

On Friday, August 27th, Senator Robach attended, and provided remarks at, a press conference regarding the advancements that are being made in the health care industry regarding new medicines for children. Rochester General Hospital hosted the press conference.

August 27, 2010
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NEW YORK TIMES: Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

Excerpt from Jane E. Brody's August 24, 2010 New York Times column citing the Palliative Care Information Act, which Senator Duane sponsored and Governor Paterson signed into law.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 24, 2010

Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

August 27, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND CCMAC TEAM UP TO PROVIDE FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

            Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right), County Executive Mangano (second right), Assemblyman Dave McDonough (second left), and CCMAC Co-founder Colette Coyne (left) watch a demonstration of a derma scan machine, which shows the user damage to the skin on their face caused by the sun which is not visible to the naked eye.

August 26, 2010
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Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Urgent Care Coming to Manhattan's Lower West Side via North Shore-LIJ and VillageCare’s Announced Partnership

Finally, after much advocacy and hard work, The North Shore-LIJ Health System (NS-LIJ) has announced a plan, in affiliation with VillageCare, to operate a 24-hour urgent care center at 121A West 20 Street on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. I and the community expect that the proposed facility will provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art urgent care possible and that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will quickly approve the project.  That said, actions speak louder than words.  Nothing can be taken for granted.  We must remain vigilant until this facility is operational and we can be sure that it is providing the same level of high-quality, culturally sensitive care to all who need it regardless of their ability to pay. 

August 26, 2010
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Power House Kingdom Cathedral C.O.G.I.C. Health Fair

Recently, Senator Robach took part in a health fair held at Power House Kingdom Cathedral Church of God in Christ. The health fair was a chance for people to find out their blood pressure and also receive HIV, glucose, and lead testing. For more information on Power House Kingdom Cathedral C.O.G.I.C., you can visit their website by clicking here.

August 24, 2010
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Bill Extending Health Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters Signed by Governor Paterson

ALBANY, N.Y.— Governor David Paterson signed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will extend cardiovascular health benefits for volunteer firefighters an additional five years (S.2769A).

“Everyday volunteer firefighters across New York put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” said Senator David Valesky. “Extending their benefits enables them to continue to protect the places they live, without compensating their health coverage.”

According to the law, firefighters stricken with heart problems while performing their duty are allowed to claim benefits unless substantial evidence is given that their activity as a firefighter did not cause the heart disease.

August 23, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND CCMAC TEAM UP TO OFFER FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) to help protect residents from skin cancer after a summer in the sun. 

August 20, 2010
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8/15/2010: Bone Marrow Drive

State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica)attended a bone marrow drive accompanied by rap impresario and entertainer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. The event took place in Southeast Queens at 50’s Community Garden. The bone marrow drive was inspired by the story of 11-year-old leukemia patient, and Broadway’s Lion King star Shannon Tavarez. Unfortunately Shannon still hasn't found a bone marrow match, so when Senator Huntley heard of the event, she came out to register as a potential marrow donor. Senator Huntley also wanted to bring attention to the need for people to register and get swabbed to see if they could be candidates to donate marrow for Shannon and others suffering from leukemia. 50 Cent sponsored the registry through his G-Unity Foundation.

August 14, 2010
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Protecting Our Drinking Water

Senator Antoine Thompson, Residents & Advocates UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute New York’s Drinking Water

August 13, 2010
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Facts About Asthma

As the summer months begin to fade away and the back to school season approaches, many children will be ramping up their level of physical activity.  Some may be returning to sports or joining an athletic team for the first time while others may be looking forward to physical education class or simply rejoining their friends on the school playground.  No matter how intense the participation, as youngsters get back into the swing of things, it is important to watch for signs for the chronic condition of asthma.

August 12, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

(35th District – NY) Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents.

The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9. This bill provides for a suspension, until May 15, 2011, of the issuance of new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of hydraulic fracturing. The legislation is now awaiting action by the Assembly before it can be sent to the Governor for his support.

August 11, 2010
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Skin Cancer Screening Program


New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) to help protect residents from skin cancer after a summer in the sun. 

August 26, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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ADDABBO: LET’S PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER

Senate Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo Mandates Moratorium to Allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale

Queens, NY, August 11, 2010 – Just back from the end of a rare summer session in Albany, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that due largely as a result of the public support to hold off on a natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, the Senate passed legislation that would put a hold on hydrofracking in the state. The legislation, which now goes to the Assembly for a vote, would stop the issuing of upstate drilling permits until May 2011.

August 11, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. 

August 10, 2010
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