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GOVERNOR CUOMO TO SIGN LAW TO PROHIBIT SALE OF CHILD PRODUCTS CONTAINING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS
New Law Protects Children by Banning TRIS Flame Retardant, a known Cancer-Causing Substance, from Child Care Products
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will sign a law to prohibit the sale of child care products containing the flame retardant chemical TRIS which has been known to cause cancer in test animals and has been banned for decades from children’s clothing.
Senator Mark Grisanti recently met with members of the "MAN UP" (Minorities Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer) organization at the Cruisin' For A Cure event that was held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the City of Buffalo.
Doctors, pharmacists, regulators, lawmakers and parents who lost children to prescription drug addictions all agreed Monday that the state needs to take steps this year to address what is becoming a growing epidemic.
What those solutions could entail is still a ways off, as was made clear in a round-table discussion at the State Capitol hosted by Senate Republicans.
Still, several families involved in the effort left Albany confident.
“I am very encouraged by what I’m seeing here today,” testified Avi Israel, whose son Michael, addicted to prescription drugs, killed himself in his Buffalo home last year.
A plan to end or sharply cut state aid in two years to Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been tentatively reshaped to give more time for the hospital to enter into moneymaking arrangements to improve its fiscal health.
The deal, expected to be part of the 2012 state budget coming together this week at the Capitol, would remove a deadline for Roswell Park to become “operationally independent” from the state by March 2014.
Senator Mark Grisanti today unveiled new biometric technology during a midday press conference that will combat Medicaid fraud in New York State.
Grisanti’s co-sponsorship of bill S.4384 establishes the Medicaid identification and anti-fraud technology program utilizing the science of measuring human body characteristics like fingerprinting for authentication purposes.
This legislation will require the Department of Health to develop and implement a program using biometric technologies in hospitals, clinics and pharmacies for the purpose of fighting fraud in the Medicaid program by having patients and providers verify their identity prior to payment being made.
SKM Group, a full-service marketing communications agency, recently announced that it has donated $50,000 to cancer-related causes throughout the country.
The donation was a result of $25,000 the agency raised through various fundraising efforts and community events in 2011-12 and $25,000 SKM committed to match.
“I knew it was a pretty ambitious goal, but I continue to be impressed by the generosity of the community, our partners and our clients,” said Susan K. Meany, President. “This was no exception. Our team dove into this with such enthusiasm and creativity, and it’s been so rewarding to see all of our hard work come to fruition.”
Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) today introduced legislation to expand influenza vaccination programs by providing insurance coverage for influenza vaccine and its administration at all authorized locations. The bills are S.1709 and the same as bill A.1090.
We are currently in the midst of a bad flu season. With this in mind, I wanted to provide you with some helpful information about the flu, including details about recent legislation I sponsored that was passed in the New York State Senate last year but was not voted on in the New York State Assembly.