ALBANY, N.Y.--A package of bills co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that target heroin and opioid abuse prevention and treatment and that expand resources for law enforcement passed the New York State Senate today. The bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, of which Senator Valesky is a member, formed in response to the statewide heroin epidemic and recommended action on these specific bills.
Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Young Will Enhance Treatment and Prevention
ALBANY - After the successful joint heroin and opioid addiction forum hosted by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I - Olean) and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the State Senate passed 23 bills to battle the alarming rise in the use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and devastated families across New York State.
“We received great local input at our forum and much of this information is reflected in the bills we passed. Families who have been torn apart by heroin and opioid addiction spoke about changes that are needed to get this epidemic under control. Prevention, treatment, and enforcement all need to be tackled. Our legislation will make a real difference for those struggling with addiction,” said Senator Young.
As Vice Chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) authored the successful passage of two pieces of legislation that focus on prevention and treatment options for those who have fallen prey to the recent heroin epidemic.
At hearings across the State friends and family members of victims shared similar experiences of loved ones being denied outpatient treatment for their addiction.
ALBANY, 06/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.7662) that would improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services was part of the package.
ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today. The growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.
Legislation Will Create 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation (S.2115) to help find a vaccine to prevent the deadly EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) disease has passed the State Senate.
The bipartisan measure will create the 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction within the state Department of Health. The group, comprised of experts in diseases, infection and public health, will be tasked with pushing for the development of effective vaccines against diseases, including EEE, West Nile Virus and Lyme. Included in the new State Budget is $100,000, secured by Senator Ritchie to fund the new workgroup.
On Friday night, I joined students from Gates Chili High School and the Gates Chili community at their annual Relay for Life Event. This was a great event that brought so many people together to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Many thanks to the students and facility that helped plan and coordinate this day.
Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention
IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.
Sen. Krueger applauded the Senate Labor Committee’s passage today of her legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578B). Sen. Krueger called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to follow up on this positive step by allowing a floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.
ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.
State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers.
After conducting 18 public forums across the state, listening to 53 hours of testimony and speaking with more than 2,000 residents about the tragedy of the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic, the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will release its report tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:15 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol.
Twenty-five Senators who participated in the Task Force will be joined at the news conference by experts on substance abuse, and representatives of law enforcement, to make legislative recommendations to address issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York that has claimed countless lives and hurt families across the state.
(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker joined Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo and veterans groups advocate to announce their bill, A6820/S5390, which clarifies that amputee veterans who have lost a limb due to their military service, and who have private insurance to supplement their Veterans Administration benefits, cannot be denied replacement of their outdated artificial limbs when new and more advanced prosthetic technology is available.
Here’s a straightforward, but deceptively hard question: You’re deciding between two doctors for your upcoming heart surgery. One has advertised as being “board certified” by the American Academy of Cardiology. The other, you learn, was certified by the American College of Cardiology. Which one would you trust with the scalpel? (The answer is at the end of this column.)
If you’re hemming and hawing about your answer, take comfort. You are not alone. It is so easy to get confused about the qualifications of medical professionals – and your life may depend on it.
I believe the medical profession needs more truth in its advertising. I’ve introduced a bill that would protect the patient by implementing four small changes.
"Today, New York State took a big step toward providing thousands of New Yorkers suffering from serious and debilitating conditions access to medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms. As Ranking Member of the Senate Health Committee, I proudly voted for the Compassionate Care Act, and I congratulate Senator Diane Savino and my other colleagues who voted to approve the bill. Now it goes to Senate Finance. While its future is uncertain, I know we did the right thing today - and I will work as hard as I can to ensure that the Compassionate Care Act passes the Senate before the end of this session.
Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign
Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County. The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year.