Three pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Cuomo announced the bills’ sponsor, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). Of the three bills, two were local legislation dealing with Orange County’s one percent sales tax extension and conveying land in the Thiells-Roseville Fire District. The other piece of legislation dealt with requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects.
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.
“I was very pleased with the response to Tuesday’s meeting with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital concerning the proposed reduction in hours at their Cornwall Campus Emergency Room. Local officials had the opportunity to express their fears to the hospital representatives and ask pointed questions regarding the announced changes. Everyone agreed that more dialogue and discussion are needed before any changes are finalized.”
“I look forward to meeting again with the hospital representatives and local officials to make sure the public’s concerns are heard on these proposed changes and ensure the safety of our local residents.”
An opportunity for the public to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s proposed reduction in operating hours of the Emergency Department at the Cornwall Campus
Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis announced today that they will host a public forum on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornwall Central Middle School auditorium located at 122 Main Street in Cornwall. The purpose of this forum is to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s request to the New York State Department of Health to reduce the operating hours of the emergency department at the Cornwall campus.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said: “I am very pleased that St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has decided to keep the Cornwall Emergency Department open 24 hours a day and not pursue an application with the Department of Health for a reduction in hours at this time. While we are not out of the woods yet on this issue, I look forward to working with all parties to make sure the community and most importantly the patients are represented while the discussions concerning the Cornwall campus occur.”