State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today hailed a series of new laws designed to increase the number of organ and tissue transplants available for desperately ill New Yorkers. The newly-signed laws make it easier for people to give the gift of life, eliminating legal red tape and offering tax breaks to living donors to offset expenses. "The Organ and Tissue Donor Registry will now change from listing individuals who have indicated an intent to donate to those who have provided consent," Senator Oppenheimer said.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) said the 2006 legislative session ended with a flurry of agreements on tough new anti-crime measures, critical child and family funding, and a property tax rebate program, but brought no significant reforms to create a more transparent and open government.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced the creation of an independent Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), with broad new powers to hunt down and prosecute fraud and abuse in New York’s $45 billion-a-year Medical Assistance program for the frail, elderly and poor.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today expressed her strong support for legislation expanding the list of criminals who must submit DNA samples to the State DNA database. The bill (S.8446) was one of a series of tough new proposals designed to fight crime that were passed by the Senate in the waning hours of the 2006 Legislative Session. The legislation was agreed to after extensive negotiations between the Senate, State Assembly and the Governor’s office. "New York State now has the means to prosecute more crimes than ever.
Saying that "reading is one of the most important, rewarding and enjoyable learning experiences for children," State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today announced that she is launching a children’s summer reading program to encourage youngsters to keep learning while school is out. Senator Oppenheimer’s summer reading program promotes parent participation in the reading process, by encouraging families to read books together, and also suggesting activities that foster a reading "experience" such as planning family visits to the local public library, or joining together a
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today issued an urgent call to Mamaroneck residents to give blood and help relieve the community’s blood shortage. According to the Westchester lawmaker, available blood levels suitable for donation are in danger of becoming critically low. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, while only 5% of the eligible population donates their blood in any given year. "A healthy donor is the only source of blood for those in need.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) called on the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice to work together in implementing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) law in New York State as quickly as possible. The issue of full and timely implementation of HAVA is currently in front of a federal judge overseeing a lawsuit filed by the Department.
In recognition of Men's Health Week, which culminates on Father's Day, Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today urged all men age 50 and older to take better care of themselves by getting the facts about a simple screening test that could save their lives. "Only about half of the men at risk for prostate cancer get screened for the disease," Senator Oppenheimer explained.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) reported that New Yorkers will no longer have to pay the State sales tax on purchases of clothing and footwear $110 or less, as of April 1 of this year. On that date, New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont in exempting clothing from the sales tax base. "The Senate Minority have worked for years on this very important piece of tax relief," said Senator Oppenheimer.
Speaking as a dog lover, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced a new charitable program that will help to save the lives of hundreds of abandoned pets. The program sponsored through the pet store chain, PetSmart, will cost nothing -- just a donation of used ink cartridges. Each cartridge sent or brought in will provide $2.00 to PetSmart Charities and go a long way in saving abandoned animals. "This is a very unique and innovative program. We all use printers, whether it be at work or home, and we are left with seemingly useless empty ink cartridges.
State Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced that low-income New Yorkers are just a few keystrokes away from getting the help they need to work through legal issues they might encounter. "Lawhelp.org/NY offers New Yorkers referrals to free legal service programs, information about your rights, links to social services and government agencies and information about the court system. The website is the result of the work of several great organizations whose mission is to assist low- and moderate income New Yorkers with legal issues," Senator Oppenheimer said.
Following the Governor’s annual State of the State Address, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) called on the Legislature to pass sweeping reform measures meant to improve our public schools, strengthen Medicaid, lower taxes, create jobs and allow state government to better serve New Yorkers. "Quite frankly I was disappointed the Governor failed to mention the need for reform in his address," said Senator Oppenheimer. "The momentum for change is springing up across the state in communities like ours.