Issues: Health

Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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KLEIN SECURES NEW WHEELCHAIR AND HEADREST FOR BRONX SENIOR

State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that Pelham Bay resident Mary Truter is now able to enjoy a new Hoveround wheelchair and headrest after months of efforts by Senator Klein’s office.

 

June 28, 2010
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Senator Johnson's Prenatal Vitamin Insurance Legislation Passes Senate

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that would help families by requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of prenatal vitamins passed the Senate.

June 27, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Introduce Joint Budget Legislation To Keep Government Working

The Senate and Assembly have reached joint agreement on budget bills that will guarantee the preservation of essential services, and continue to close down the state’s budget deficit. These bills include the remaining fields of the budget:

June 26, 2010
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6/26/2010: Richmond Hill Day

Senator Huntley with members of the Woodhaven/Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

June 25, 2010
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New York Legislature Passes Landmark Bill Extending Healthcare Coverage for Autistic Patients

 

Oppenheimer co-sponsored bill now awaits Governor’s approval

The New York State Legislature passed legislation protecting families and children affected by autism spectrum disorders from exorbitant healthcare costs.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was a key co-sponsor of the legislation (S7000B), which passed the Senate on June 9th, with unanimous, bipartisan support.  Earlier this week, the Assembly passed the bill, which will now be sent to the Governor for his approval.

June 25, 2010
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Democrat and Chronicle: ‘Presumed consent’ idea for organ donation stirs debate

Cara Matthews – Gannett Albany BureauLocal News – June 21, 2010 - 5:00am

ALBANY — A Westchester County assemblyman whose daughter is a two-time kidney transplant recipient wants to flip New York’s organ-donation system on its head by presuming people are donors unless they indicate otherwise.

“What we have in New York is a completely failed system,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.

June 25, 2010
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Senate Sets Grading System For Food Establishments To Protect Consumer Health

Commissioner of Health to give restaurants A, B, or C letter grades

June 25, 2010
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June 24, 2010
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DIRTY RESTAURANTS GET A FAILING GRADE

Klein Bill Establishes Uniform Letter Grade System for Restaurant Inspections

 

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Thursday that the Senate passed his legislation to establish a uniform, state-wide grading system for restaurants. Klein’s bill (S.8171) would require the NYS Commissioner of Health to establish a uniform letter grading system of “A,” “B,” and “C” to classify restaurant inspection results and mandate that restaurants prominently display their letter grade for patrons.

 

June 24, 2010
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Senate, Assembly Unanimously Pass Legislation Ensuring Safe Child Products

Tough measures on the manufacture and sale of child products containing BPA

June 24, 2010
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Upstate Medical to Study Link with Watertown/Fort Drum

Senate passes Aubertine bill to direct SUNY Upstate on North Country branch campus

June 23, 2010
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ADDABBO: PEARLE VISION COMING TO MASPETH SELF-HELP SENIOR CENTER ON JUNE 25, GIVING FREE EYE EXAMS TO MASPETH’S OLDER ADULTS

Queens, NY, June 23, 2010 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., will bring his once-a-month series of free eye exams by Pearle Vision's Ozone Park staff to the Maspeth Self-Help Senior Center, 69-61 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, 718-429-3636, on Friday, June 25, from 10 AM – 11 AM.

June 23, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE BRINGS AWARENESS TO LIPA’S “CRITICAL CARE PROGRAM”

If you or a loved one rely on life-support equipment that would be affected by an electrical outage, Senator Kenneth P. LaValle would like to make you aware of the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) “Critical Care Program.”

June 22, 2010
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Senate Takes Lead on NY Jobs, Passes Energize New York

 

Aubertine bill reforms Power for Jobs as permanent, sustainable job creation, preservation tool

ALBANY (June 21, 2010)—The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reform the state’s low cost power for economic development programs, including the expired Power for Jobs, by creating a new streamlined “Energize New York” program that positions the state for long term job growth.

June 21, 2010
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Protecting Our Children’s Health & Nutrition

Senate Passes Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act

Today, the Senate passed legislation (S4057B) introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to preserve good health and nutrition as part of early childhood development and establish the Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act of 2011.

Health and nutrition are directly correlated to a child’s success in school, and later achievement as an adult.

June 21, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION APPROVED BY STATE ASSEMBLY

Individuals With Autism Would No Longer Be Forced to Spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars Out of Pocket on Diagnosis and Treatment Under Proposed Law

June 21, 2010
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