As the H1N1 flu outbreak has developed, it has caused concern among many New Yorkers. The New York State Senate has put together this information sheet to help understand the current situation and the response on all levels. Please see the attached document for further details.
“Today, I was informed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that New York City has made the decision to close three more schools in response to increased influenza-like symptoms related to H1N1. I would like to express my deep concern with the evolving situation and applaud the Mayor, Governor and city and state health agencies for their immediate and decisive response.
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.
Bill Honors Teen Who Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; Requires the Installation of Detectors
(St. Albans, NY) Senator Smith has announced the enactment of Amanda’s Law to protect families from carbon monoxide poisoning. Known as the “the silent killer” responsible for the deaths of more than 500 people every year, victims cannot see or smell the carbon monoxide poisoning their bodies.
Albany, NY -- At the State Capitol on Wednesday, Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, joined Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein and members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference to kick-off a Teen Health Awareness Campaign. The campaign focuses on reducing adolescent obesity, educating students about the health consequences of short and long-term alcohol and substance abuse, and raising awareness among young women and health professionals about endometriosis, an often undiagnosed but debilitating disease. March is Endometriosis month. At the press conference, Senator Klein was joined by seventh graders from JHS 141, a middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
(Albany, NY) State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) met with over 25 members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to discuss the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (S.3691).
The legislation would set minimum staffing requirements for acute care facilities and nursing homes and call on them to implement a certain patient-to-nurse ratio. It also requires such places to submit a documented staffing plan annually and upon application for an operating certificate.
Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.