New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan today announced the appointment of Senator James L. Seward to the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases (TBDs). The Task Force is charged with improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases to better protect the health of New Yorkers and their families. 

“I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law that will provide vital support for disabled, elderly, hospice and medically fragile home care patients.  Including these patients in the local emergency planning process will ensure that our most vulnerable residents are taken care of in an emergency and public disaster.  I also want to thank Assemblyman Cusick for his leadership and sponsorship of this important law.” Senator Lanza.

Superstorm Sandy created havoc for patients desperately waiting for care

“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law. During Superstorm Sandy, hundreds of pets were lost or abandoned and many pet owners refused to evacuate because they could not take their companion animals with them to safety. This law will help ensure that the lives of residents, defenseless pets and emergency personnel struggling to assist with evacuations are not unnecessarily jeopardized. I also would like to thank Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal for her efforts in leading this bill to become law.” Senator Lanza 

Senator Carl L. Marcellino and Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci today announced that they procured a $200,000 grant for the Huntington School District. The funding will be used to upgrade the Huntington High School Library in a manner that would allow the most efficient utilization of the space to best accommodate a range of purposes and student interest simultaneously.

GENEVA – Senator Pam Helming is pleased to announce that she, Senator Tom O’Mara, and Assemblyman Bob Oaks will host a public hearing to examine the impacts of rising water levels on local businesses and homeowners. The hearing will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Wayne Central Performing Arts Center, 6200 Ontario Center Road, Ontario Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


CAZENOVIA – Senator Pam Helming attended the New York Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD) annual banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Cazenovia and received an appreciation award for her efforts to protect the environment and the natural resources in the our region. NYACD unifies the Directors of local Soil and Water Conservation Districts across New York State to provide leadership in the wise use of water and natural resources.

GENEVA – Senator Pam Helming today announced that she will honor 35 local military who were nominated earlier this year for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Commander Mike Bowen, a U.S. Navy veteran from Seneca Falls, was inducted into the Hall of Fame this spring, and Senator Helming wanted to recognize the other men and women who were considered for this prestigious award.