Issues: Health

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #13: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer: The mere mention of these words has me squirming in my seat. And surely, I’m not alone.

It’s a subject no one wants to bring up in conversation, but also one that could save your life.

So allow me to get the conversation started, in honor of my mother – who is a survivor.

If you’re between 50 and 75 years old, you should be getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer. If you’re younger than 50 but there’s a family history of cancer, Crohn’s disease or colitis, you should be talking to your doctor about when to start getting tested.

March 27, 2014
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Griffo Congratulates the Mohawk Valley-New York State Women’s 3-on-3 Basketball Team Upon the Occasion of Winning A Bronze Medal at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio

Thank you, Mr. President.

It is really a pleasure for me today to be able to host an outstanding group of ladies who I had the opportunity to meet earlier today.

It is March Madness. And the brackets are out there. Perhaps, Senator DeFrancisco, if some of these ladies were on the court with Coach Boeheim, we would have had a better result.

I think this is very important because these individuals come from a variety of career paths. They are really fascinating talent, phenomenal personalities and they have some extraordinary stories.

March 26, 2014
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Queens pols hold coat drive with nonprofit New York Cares

Senator Gianaris joined Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas and Mike Dendekker and New York Cares to host a coat drive to help those in need this winter. Read about how the coat drive helped New Yorkers in need stay warm in the Queens Courier

March 26, 2014
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236th Legislative Health Committee Report

The 2014 legislative session was very active for the Senate Standing Committee on Health.  Please see the attached Committee Report detailing the Committee's legislative accomplishments, initiatives, public hearings, roundtable discussions and confirmations.  Hard copies of the Committee Report are available upon request,

March 25, 2014
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Senator Serrano Moderates Important Panel Discussion for the 2014 SOMOS El Futuro Conference Weekend in Albany

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano moderated a very important panel discussion entitled "Addressing Health Disparities in the Latino Community," for the 2014 SOMOS El Futuro Conference weekend in Albany. Experts in the field of health provided information regarding the alarming rate of chronic diseases that are disproportionately affecting the Latino community. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and many others have reached epidemic proportions among Latinos and other communities of color. 

March 22, 2014
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Senator Serrano to Moderate Panel Discussion on Health Disparities at SOMOS el Futuro Conference

Senator José M. Serrano will moderate a panel discussion at the SOMOS el Futuro Conference weekend in Albany, entitled “Addressing Health Disparities in the Latino Community.” The topic of this workshop is a discussion with experts in the field of health regarding the alarming rate of chronic diseases that are disproportionately affecting the Latino community. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and others have reached epidemic proportions among Latino populations and other communities of color.

March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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NURSING STUDENTS DISCUSS NEW LEGISLATION WITH STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.

Middle Village, NY, March 21, 2014 – Nursing students from Long Island University sat down with State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. to express their support for new, patient-related legislation and to ask the senator to be their “voice to the health care industry.”

March 21, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #12: Working Toward Another On-Time Budget

I want to pass a fourth on-time budget by April 1. So my colleagues and I recently outlined our priorities to provide a starting point for negotiations.

Here’s what I’d like to see in this year’s budget:

TAX RELIEF

I agree there’s a need for property tax relief. That’s why I want to make the property tax cap permanent and strengthen the STAR program.

The Senate is proposing a $1.4 billion tax relief proposal for homeowners, plus reducing various taxes for businesses. Our plan also doesn’t include any new taxes or fees.

March 20, 2014
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Capital NY: Senate GOP lobbies Cuomo Medicaid waiver money upstate

By Laura Nahmias

ALBANY—A group of 13 Republican state senators has signed off on a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to ensure upstate hospitals get a share of $8 billion in federal Medicaid waiver funds.

While the state and federal government reached a broad outline of an agreement more than a month ago to give New York state $8 billion over the next five years to transform its hospitals, that plan has not yet been finalized, in part because of continuing negotiations over which hospitals will qualify to receive the money, particularly over the definition of so-called “safety-net” hospitals.

March 20, 2014
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Larkin Receives Legislator of the Year Award from the American Heart Association

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named Legislator of the Year by the American Heart Association.  Senator Larkin received the award at a ceremony held in Albany for his work on the Pulse Oximetry legislation.

March 19, 2014
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March 20, 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
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SENATOR VALESKY, IDC RELEASE SENIOR AFFORDABILITY REPORT

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee,  along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

March 19, 2014
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Ms. Magazine: New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions

Ms. Magazine writes of Sen. Krueger's "Boss Bill":

The "Boss Bill" would close a loophole in New York's current workplace anti-discrimination laws to ensure women are not discriminated against for their personal reproductive health choices and to protect their privacy. Krueger and Jaffee drafted it in response to the over 100 federal lawsuits by employers trying to avoid the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles.

March 18, 2014
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Lawmakers get into the details of proposed pot program

By Laura Nahmias 2:41 p.m. | Mar. 12, 2014

ALBANY—With a proposal to legalize medical marijuana gaining momentum in the State Senate, lawmakers on Wednesday questioned patients, attorneys and marijuana business owners on the particulars of such a program.

“Many of us in the legislature are conversant I guess with the legislative side of it, but very few of us are conversant with the kinds of questions we’re asking,” said Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a Westchester Democrat, after one witness explained the difference between street names for strains of the drug (including "Bubble Gum Kush") and the technical labels that some states assign.

March 18, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014

Contact: Josh Fitzpatrick, (518) 455-2381, fitzpatr@nysenate.gov

March 18, 2014
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Seward Joins Task Force To Fight Rising Heroin Epidemic

ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to the newly created Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force will examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. 

“Heroin use has reached epidemic proportions,” said Senator Seward. “Law enforcement resources are being stretched thin, public health costs are skyrocketing, and lives are being lost. Heroin is infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and we need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend.” 

March 17, 2014
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Senator Young Meets with Mercy Flight Central

For Release: Immediate, March 17, 2014 

Member of Board of Directors Richard D. Burke Visits Albany 

            ALBANY - Richard Burke of Avon, a member of Mercy Flight Central’s Board of Directors, visited Albany recently to meet with Senator Young and other legislators and discuss the important work of the non-profit air-medical services provider based in Canandaigua.

March 17, 2014
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Senator Maziarz named to new Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.  Senator Maziarz will serve as a member of the Task Force.

March 17, 2014
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

March 17, 2014
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