Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers
The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects (CHDs) through a process called pulse oximetry screening. The bill (S.270B), sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), will save lives through earlier detection of possible heart defects.
“Pulse oximetry screenings are painless, and take one minute to perform,” said Senator Larkin. “By performing this simple test, doctors can take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure that newborns get the care they need, should they have heart defects. Simply, this measure will save lives.”
Senator Bill Larkin had the privilege of speaking at the NYS Department of Health’s 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening press conference held in Albany. His legislation, recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, requiring newborns to be screened for Congenital Heart Defects will now be included as one of the 46 tests required by New York State.
Senator Bill Larkin was recently honored by the March of Dimes for his work on the Pulse Oximetry Legislation. This new law will protect newborns by screening them for critical congenital heart defects before they are discharged from the hospital. Shown presenting Senator Larkin with a plaque are Jerry Silber, Chair, Board of Directors, March of Dimes NY Chapter and Frank DeMeo, Director, March of Dimes NY Chapter.