Cutting Consultants Key To Balanced Budget

It’s obvious that New York State is going to have to act decisively to reduce a growing budget gap.Next year that gap could be between $3.7 and $4.7 billion and over the following three years the deficit will total at least $18 billion. As the late U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) once jokingly said, "a billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money."Well the time for New York is now. It’s real, and we have to find real solutions.Last week Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith proposed a number of ideas to reduce the shortfall.

December 4, 2007

The Fiscal Practices Of HMOs In NYS

Background:Last year, Senate Democrats commissioned an independent study by a well-known actuary to look at HMO profits in New York State. Frankly, we were amazed by what the study revealed. While consumers are paying higher premiums, higher copays and higher deductibles for health care coverage, they are receiving dramatically less coverage for their money.

November 13, 2007

Senator Breslin Reflects On Diabetes Awareness Month

In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today encouraged New Yorkers to learn the risk factors and early symptoms associated with a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans, though authorities estimate that about one in three cases goes undiagnosed.

November 9, 2007

Senator Breslin: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Highlights The Importance Of Early Diagnosis

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Albany) today called on New Yorkers to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month by speaking with friends and loved ones about the deadly disease that one in eight women will develop at some point during her lifetime. Because treatment is more likely to be successful when breast cancer is detected early, screening plays a key role in saving lives. "Every October, we renew our commitment to educating New Yorkers about the importance of breast cancer screening," said Senator Breslin.

October 2, 2007

Senator Breslin Reminds New Yorkers: The Need For Blood Doesn't Take A Summer Vacation

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today reminded constituents that the state’s blood supply usually drops by about 10 to 15 percent during the summer, which can lead to dire circumstances for hospital patients in need of transfusions. He encouraged volunteers to help prevent the rationing of blood supplies by donating blood. "When a personal health crisis hits, blood must be immediately available," said Senator Breslin. "A dwindling blood supply during the busy summer months can literally mean the difference between life and death.

August 3, 2007

Senator Breslin Announces Funding For School-based Health Clinics

State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today announced that Whitney M. Young Community Health Center will receive a $64,098 grant from the State Department of Health in support of school-based health clinics, which provide on-site health care services free of charge to students at their local school."In order for preventive health care measures to work, we must find ways to reach our children as soon as possible, since they benefit most from early intervention," Breslin said in announcing the grant.

June 25, 2007

Senator Breslin: This Father's Day, Remind Dad To Get His Yearly "tune Up"

In recognition of Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week, celebrated each year as the week leading up to it, State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today called upon New York families to urge Dad to take good care of himself by making sure to get regular medical care. "Between the demands of work, caring for loved ones, and the constant upkeep of cars and home, many Dads put off getting an annual checkup," Senator Breslin said.

June 12, 2007

Senator Breslin: Prevent Tragedy By Poison-proofing Your Home

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today applauded National Safety Month, observed each year during June. In recognition of the annual event, he asked New York parents and guardians to set aside a little time to make sure their homes are safe for little ones. "Most people regard their home as a safe haven in a stormy world, but home can be a dangerous place when it comes to accidental poisoning," Senator Breslin said.

June 7, 2007

Phrma Facts

Call the center's toll free 888-477-2669 (PPA-NOW) and Web site, PPA has helped connect more than 99,000 New Yorkers with at least one program to help meet their prescription drug needs! • Who We Are: PPA brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, patients advocacy organization and civic groups.

May 4, 2007

Senator Breslin Urges HMOs To Help Close The Healthcare Gap In New York's Underserved Communities

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) praised legislation introduced by State Senator John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) that would improve health care in medically-underserved communities, stimulate local economies by helping start-up businesses obtain health insurance and reduce the soaring costs of health care premiums by returning regulation of HMO rates to the State Insurance Department. The Albany lawmaker noted that Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) profits nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005, from $672 million to $1.3 billion, while HMO payment reimbursements decreased.

March 19, 2007
February 13, 2007

Senator Breslin Urges Parents To Start Early: Teach Children Proper Oral Hygiene

In recognition of Children's Dental Health Month, observed each February, State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today said one of the best ways New York parents can educate their children about good oral health care is to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of pediatric dentistry. "While it's important to develop good oral health habits in children, it's just as important to understand and break bad habits, such as thumb sucking or swallowing large amounts of toothpaste, which can lead to the ingestion of too much fluoride," Senator Breslin said.

February 13, 2007

Senator Breslin Urges Women To Protect Themselves Against Cervical Cancer, Highly Preventable Through Regular Screening

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today encouraged every adult woman to take advantage of Pap smear screening, which tests for cancer of the cervix. January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month.

"With the start of a new year, as many of us make resolutions to improve our lives, January is a perfect time to make an appointment to be screened," Senator Breslin said. The ability to detect subtle changes in the cervix before cancer develops, or find early cancer in its most curable stage, is one of the great success stories in women's health."

January 23, 2007

Senator Breslin Co-chairs Public Hearing On Judicial Diversity

At a public hearing held last week by the Senate Minority Conference, State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) said New York must do more to promote widespread diversity on all levels of the State’s judicial system, including the Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court. "Our judiciary can only benefit from a diverse and varied viewpoint," said Senator Breslin, who convened the first of a series of public hearings on judicial reform along with Senate Democratic Leader-elect Malcolm A. Smith and State Senator John Sampson (D-Brooklyn).

December 12, 2006

State Funding Available For Public Libraries

The New York State Legislature has provided a one-time budget allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction. Application materials and additional information for this grant program are available on the New York State Library’s web site at Please note that that all local libraries must submit all application materials to their library system, which will set the deadline for receipt.

December 1, 2006

With Flu Season Fast Approaching, Don't Forget A Dose Of Prevention

          As fall begins its slow cascade of colors, we’re reminded that winter’s miseries can’t be far behind. High up on the list of the season’s maladies is influenza, which causes approximately 36,000 deaths nationwide each year.           The "flu" is a respiratory illness that spreads mainly from person to person through coughing and sneezing.

October 26, 2006

Senator Breslin Celebrated In New Yorks Only Environmental Scorecard

           ( ALBANY , NY ) Senator Neil Breslin (D-46) was honored in the 2006 Voters Guide released by EPL /Environmental Advocates for forcing a vote in the Senate on one of the environmental communitys priority Super Bills. Not content with having his name on a Super Bill that was not allowed to the floor for a vote and could empower hundreds of  New York towns to protect their natural heritage, the Senator drafted his own version of the Community Preservation Act and forced a vote on the bill.

October 12, 2006

Senator Breslin Notes Dental Answers Are Just A Phone Call Away

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Albany) encouraged New Yorkers with questions about oral health to take advantage of a toll-free hotline manned by multi-lingual dentists on Tues. October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Many people have questions about oral or dental health," said Senator Breslin. "If you ever wanted to ask a dentist about whitening your teeth, or wondered why your gums are bleeding, this is an ideal opportunity to get answers." Participating dentists from the New York State Dental Association will be on hand to take calls on a range of oral health topics.

October 11, 2006