Issues: Health

Senator Serrano Testimony for City Planning Commission Public Hearing on the FRESH Program

August 5, 2009

I applaud the City for its proactive strategies to combat the shortage of healthy and affordable food throughout the five boroughs. Last year, I convened a task force of local stakeholders to address concerns and identify solutions in East Harlem, and my office even mapped out the closures of several local grocery stores. As part of that process, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office, and I was impressed by their expertise and thorough understanding of the problem.

August 5, 2009

Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009

Statement By Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Deputy Leader Jeff Klein And Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“Our investments in education are among the most important responsibilities before the Senate, and we applaud the selection of Dr. David Steiner by the Board of Regents as our state’s new education commissioner and President of the University of the State of New York. 

July 27, 2009

Family Health Care Decisions Act Passes Senate

For the First Time, Family Health Care Decisions Act Passes Senate; Bill Now Pending in Assembly

July 21, 2009

Towleroad: NY State Senator Tom Duane Gives Gripping, Angry Speech on AIDS

At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent.

The bill passed by a vote of 52 to 1. But not after Duane reminded people of the horrors of the early 80's:

July 16, 2009


(Albany, NY) Just days after new research from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of 140,000 women, indicated clear health benefits relating to breastfeeding for the mother and newborn, the New York State Senate has passed the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights (S1107A). 

July 16, 2009

Serrano Sponsors Roosevelt Island Health Workshop for Seniors

Senator Serrano sponsored a Health Workshop for Seniors as part of his monthly Roosevelt Island Constituent hours. The Senator has consistently fought to protect public health – on issues related to air quality, food access and environmental justice –throughout the 28th District. 

July 6, 2009

Protecting Nurses and Patients

Mandatory overtime (MOT) often results in nurses working long hours with little rest. These dangerous conditions can increase the risk of nurses making errors in the care of patients, and can negatively affect the well-being of those patients.

July 1, 2009

Daily Gazette: Psychologist pushes ban on torture

By Sara FossGazette Reporter


CAPITAL REGION — As a psychologist, Steven Reisner believes his job is “to do good . . . to improve human welfare.”

Now, as a co-founder of the grassroots organization New York Campaign Against Torture, Reisner is pushing for the passage of legislation that would prohibit any licensed New York health professional from participating in interrogations or “improper treatment” of prisoners.

June 20, 2009

Chelsea Now: West Siders call for end to 9th Ave. pedestrian deaths

A group of West Side advocates staged a funeral procession down Ninth Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend to memorialize the pedestrians killed by vehicles on the high-traffic street in recent years.

June 17, 2009

Senator Johnson speaks in favor of having Autism-related medical expenses covered by insurance companies.

Senator Johnson speaks in favor of legisaltion make New York the 10th state to have Autism-related expenses covered by health insurance companies.

June 12, 2009

Health Workshop for Seniors

Click below for printable flyer.

July 7, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
June 10, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Senate Insurance Committee Votes to Extend COBRA Benefits

Extends Health Insurance Coverage From 18 to 36 Months.

(Albany, NY)-Today Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D- Jamaica) announced that the New York State Senate  passed S.5471 through the Insurance Committee,  legislation that will protect workers who have lost their jobs in today’s economic downturn by ensuring that their health insurance coverage is extended from 18 to 36 months.

June 2, 2009



There’s lots to do at Senator Fuschillo’s Golden Gathering!

October 22, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Breast Cancer Screening Program

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) will be sponsoring a breast cancer screening program in Merrick on Thursday, September 17th.

September 17, 8:30 AM - 2:10 PM

Senate Passes Bill to Offer Flu Vaccinations to Parents of Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units of Hospitals

Senate Passes Bill to Offer Flu Vaccinations

To Parents of Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units of Hospitals


June 2, 2009

Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Newborns From Flu

Bill requires flu vaccine access in hospitals with neonatal intensive care units (Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3911A) that would require any hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to offer flu vaccine to the parents and anticipated caregivers of newborns currently in the NICU. 

June 1, 2009
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