Issues: Health

New York State Senate Standing Committee on Health Medicaid Reform Roundtable

Senator Hannon, Chair Opening Remarks, Introductions

Senator Gregory Ball

Senator Thomas Duane, Ranking Member

Senator Hugh Farley

Senator Eric Adams

Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr.

Senator Michael Gianaris

Senator Martin Golden

Senator Carl Kruger

Senator William Larkin Jr.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery

Senator Roy McDonald

Senator Gustavo Rivera

Senator James Seward

Senator Malcolm Smith

Senator Catharine Young

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins


January 14, 2011
January 14, 2011

Serving on Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Task Force

On January 5, 2011, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order creating the Medicaid Redesign Team.  New York’s Medicaid program provides health insurance coverage to almost one in four New Yorkers, and costs over $52 billion per year.  The Medicaid Redesign Team is charged with conducting a comprehensive review of the State’s Medicaid program; making recommendations to the Governor by March 1, 2011 on potential Medicaid spending reductions in the State’s Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget; and issuing a final report at the end of Fiscal Year 2011-2012 on additional short-term reforms and systemic changes to improve quality of care at lower cost. 

January 13, 2011

Community Health Fair

News from New York State Senator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: January 19, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

**Press Advisory**

Community Health Fair

January 29, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Seward Meets With Tobacco Prevention Advocates

The Telegram

ALBANY, 01/12/11 — One Ilion teenager and dozens of regional other tobacco prevention advocates met with state representatives at the capitol on Tuesday.

Chelsea Blovat, a senior at Ilion Senior High School, spent the day in Albany with about 25 other youth leaders from Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties as representatives for Reality Check, a youth-based, adult-mentored group that wants to see the end of tobacco use and advertising.

“We were able to go and see some of our legislators and were able to talk to them and invite them to events in the near future,” said Blovat in a phone interview Tuesday.

January 12, 2011

Senator Seward Receives Key Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2011 – 2012 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS Insurance – chair, Agriculture,  Education, Finance,  Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 11, 2011


Local Women Are Reminded: Have Breast Cancer Screening for Early Valentine’s Day Gift   

Queens, NY, January 10, 2011 – On Sunday, January 30, between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is sponsoring a free Mobile Mammography Van at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven. An appointment is necessary. Call 1-800-453-8378, Ext. 1. Women ages 40 and over are urged to have a free screening for  cancer as an early Valentine’s Day gift to themselves. This is the seventh free mammography event the Senator has coordinated with the American Italian Cancer Foundation for women in his district since October 2008.  

January 11, 2011
January 10, 2011

No-Cost Mammograms sponsored by Senator Addabbo


Sponsored by: Senator Joe Addabbo and the American Italian Cancer Foundation.

January 30, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: Smoke-Free Co-Op Forum

Please join Senator Peralta, Councilmember Danny Dromm and the Queens Smoke Free Partnership to learn how to make your co-op smoke free!

• Learn about the dangers of second hand smoke

• Hear successful stories from neighbors who have implemented smoke free policies

• Find out how to increase your health while increasing your property value

Please print and post a flyer in your building.


April 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Senator Krueger Urges Young and Old to Make Life Changing New Year’s Resolution

For Immediate Release | January 4 , 2011

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


(New York, NY) – During the beginning of the new year, while New Yorkers vow to exercise and eat healthier, save more money and cut down on the amount of reality TV shows watched, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) is urging all New Yorkers to fill out a Health Care Proxy, a resolution that will bring comfort and clarity to end-of-life decisions.

A Health Care Proxy (or some other form of Advance Directive), enables an individual to make important decisions about his/her health care planning, particularly regarding end-of-life care.

January 5, 2011

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On The Veto Of Hydrofracking Legislation

Unrestricted hydrofracking activity will create a clear, present, and potentially permanent danger to the health and safety of millions of New Yorkers. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City draw their water from areas that will not be fully protected by the Governor’s Executive Order. Allowing the special interest influence of the few to outweigh the public safety interests of so many is disappointing.

December 11, 2010

Keynote Address at Greyston Workforce Development Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered the keynote address at the Greyston Foundation’s Workforce Development Program (WD 2.0) Graduation ceremony, held in the Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch. Immediately preceding the ceremony, employers from throughout Westchester County met with graduates to assess employment possibilities.

December 6, 2010

Senator Krueger Calls for Gov Paterson to Sign Hydrofracking Moratorium Legislation

Yesterday, just 24 hours after it was sent to the Governor for his signature, Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign the Hydrofracking Moratorium Bill previously passed by the State Senate and recently passed by the Assembly (S8129-B / A11443-B).


Dear Governor Paterson:

I am writing to urge you to sign S.8129-B / A.11443-B, legislation that will place a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale until May 15, 2011. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I support this moratorium so that we may have more time to properly vet a controversial process that has been connected to disastrous effects in other States.

December 3, 2010

Health Care Proxy & Living Will Information

Living Wills and the appointment of a person who can function as your health care proxy are important decisions we all should make related to how we wish to be treated as our life ends. These decisions are not just considerations for the frail and elderly, but choices to be made when we are alert and willing to evaluate our views on end- of- life care. Discussions with close family and friends is a good way to have opinions known, but will have greater relevance if they are also supported by a living will and a health care proxy.

Health Care Proxy[1].pdf

December 3, 2010

Senator Oppenheimer Asks New Yorkers to Remember Those in Need This Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays by Helping Others Stay Warm this Winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is urging families to open their hearts, closets, and attics to find donations that can help keep the homeless and needy warm and sheltered this winter.

December 2, 2010

Raising Awareness on World AIDS Day

Every December 1 since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed around the globe.  As New York State’s only openly-HIV-positive State legislator, and as the representative of a district that has one of the highest rates of known HIV infections in the country, HIV/AIDS is, for me, a daily concern.  However, I recognize the importance of World AIDS Day in helping to bring the HIV/AIDS pandemic – and what each individual can do to bring an end to it – into focus for the wider public.

December 1, 2010

Statement from Senator José M. Serrano Re: World AIDS Day

"Each year, World AIDS Day recognizes the progress that has been made over the years, commemorates those we have lost, and reminds us that there is still a great deal of work to be done in the battle against this devastating illness.“One in five of an estimated 1.1 million Americans living with HIV do not know they have contracted the virus.  In New York’s communities of color, the statistics are particularly sobering. According to the Department of Health, from 2008 to 2009 more than 37,000 people lived with HIV, while over 60,000 people were diagnosed with AIDS. In both cases, about 45 percent of those affected were African American and 31 percent were Hispanic.

December 1, 2010

Statement by NYS Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. on World AIDS Day 2010

“Unfortunately in recent years, HIV has taken a back seat to super-infections, food-born illness and other health issues, but this dreaded disease is far from being under control. In fact, Hispanic and African-American teenage women are among the highest HIV-infected populations in New York City’s five boroughs,” Sen. Espada said.

December 1, 2010
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