Issues: Health

Prostate Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life

  Because prostate cancer kills so many of its victims, September has been designated Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  It is a treatable and curable disease if caught early enough, yet every 17 minutes a husband, father, son brother, grandfather, uncle, or friend dies from this disease.  Most men are not aware that 33 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than women are to get breast cancer.  Of the almost 219,000 cases that are diagnosed this year more than 27,000 will die because they did not get an examination soon enough. 

September 24, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Health Insurance and Autism Disorders

SUBJECT: The role of health insurance in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to (1) explore the health care needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families; (2) explore what health insurers, the federal government, state and local governments and educational institutions are doing to meet those needs; and (3) explore whether health insurers should be mandated to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

October 23, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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New Law Gives Individuals Greater Control Over Organ Donor Status

Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced that patients will have greater control and flexibility in determining their status as organ donors after Senate bill S.3910 (Duane) was signed into law by Governor Paterson.

September 17, 2009
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H1N1 (Swine) Flu Preparedness

The following information disseminated by the Department of Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help us reduce or limit the potential workplace impacts associated with the H1N1 Flu:

September 16, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Stony Brook University To Promote Prostate Cancer Awareness

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Department of Urology to provide men throughout our community with free prostate screenings to commemorate Prostate Cancer Awareness week, which begins on Monday, September 21st.  The department’s Prostate Care Program, under the direction of Medical Director Howard L.

September 14, 2009
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4th annual Hydrocephalus WALK

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) will serve as the honorary chairperson of the 4th annual Hydrocephalus WALK to help raise awareness of this disease.  This year’s walk, which organizers hope will raise awareness and funding for this incurable disease, will take place at 10:00 a.m.

September 26, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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School’s open — and so are these clinics

Feature article in The Brooklyn Paper

By Mike McLaughlin

Endangered health clinics in four public schools will be open when students return to class today, thanks to an emergency infusion of cash from the state government.

The four clinics located in elementary and middle schools in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Park Slope are run by Long Island College Hospital, which said it had to close the centers because they lose $300,000 per year.

September 8, 2009
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LICH-run kids clinics saved: Parent outrage forces Albany to kick in 300G to avoid closures

Feature article in the Daily News

By Erin Durkin

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 5:41 PMFour school health clinics run by embattled Long Island College Hospital got a shot in the arm last week as state officials announced a deal to keep them open this school year.

Cash-strapped LICH closed the clinics, which serve six Brooklyn public schools, this summer to save $300,000 a year.

September 7, 2009
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7/28/2009: Shema Kolainu"Hear Our Voices" (1 of 2)

On July 28, 2009 at 8:15 am in the Renaissance Ballroom, 5902 14th Avenue, Brooklyn. Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recieved the legislative leadership award in regards to Autism Awareness and Education.

September 4, 2009
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Deepdale Gardens Community Council Annual Blood Drive

Senator Padavan (Queens) honored the Deepdale Gardens Community Council, Inc. of Little Neck, during their annual blood drive held on August 9th at the Samuel Field Y. The Deepdale Gardens Community Council’s annual blood drive is the largest one-day drive in New York City. The drive attracts more than 200 donors and is done in partnership with the New York Hospital of Queens. Padavan presents the Deepdale Community Council members with a Senate Proclamation honor the Councils contributions to the community and commending them for their annual blood drive. 

September 2, 2009
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September 2, 2009
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H1N1 (Swine Flu) Resources

As we continue to monitor the H1N1 Inluenza (Swine Flu) this fall, we wanted to make sure that you had easy access to several useful government websites on the topic. 

The United States Department of Health (DOH) has established a call center to answer questions concerning seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccination requirements.

September 1, 2009
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H1N1 (Swine) Flue Outbreak Update Memorandum 4/30/09

August 31, 2009
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Senate Budget

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

Analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Focusing on Rural New York: Rural Resources Commission Overview

Overview of the Rural Resource Commission's background, legislative chapters and publications.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Vols. I & II

This analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Adopted Budget

August 30, 2009
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