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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM THE ADDICTIVE RISKS OF NICOTINE IN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

By LILY WILSON

The New York State Senate reassured their commitment to the Health and Safety of children by closing loopholes to prevent youth from acquiring E-Cigarettes or using them on school grounds. The Senate continued their vow by passing two bills that would help prevent teen smoking by prohibiting the free distribution of electronic cigarettes to minors under 18 and preventing e-cigarette use on school grounds.

One of the two bills prohibits the free distribution of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 years old. Despite current law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, manufacturers will no longer be able to take advantage of a loophole that allowed them to distribute free samples of their products to minors. Senator Akshar, the sponsor of this bill said, “This is about protecting our communities’ children – simple as that. Allowing e-cigarette companies to exploit a loophole and distribute free samples to minors is unacceptable and needs to stop.”

The second bill, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, focuses on banning the use of electronic cigarettes on any school property. Although many schools already have a “tobacco-free” environment, e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco so this new measure would help schools continue to restrict youth from using e-cigarettes at school.

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CHANCELLOR ZIMPHER HONORED WITH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

By LILY WILSON

On March 30th, Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York, received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her long-standing advocacy for community colleges in New York State and across the nation. Zimpher was presented her award during the spring meeting at SUNY Broome Community College by the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

“The Faculty Council is very proud to recognize Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for her leadership and support of SUNY’s 30 community colleges. Her commitment to cradle-to-career initiatives ties in perfectly with the mission of our open access community colleges, where students arrive after high school for liberal arts transfer programs and for workforce development or worker re-training. We are all things to many people and the Chancellor has reinforced New York State’s and SUNY’s support for this sector in many ways over her eight year tenure. She has been a champion for community colleges as well as for our faculty and students,” said Faculty Council of Community Colleges President Nina Tamrowski.

The Distinguished Service Award, created in 1987, honors an individual who has proven to be an advocate of community colleges and their mission. Former recipients include state legislators, SUNY staff, trustees, and college presidents.

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AQE APPLAUDS PARENT VICTORY IN SCHOOL RECEIVERSHIP LAWSUIT VS. CUOMO ADMINISTRATION

By LILY WILSON

On Monday, The Alliance for Quality Education applauds the decision by the Appellate court which grants parents and students a major victory against Governor Cuomo’s efforts to withhold $37 million from 20 schools that were placed in receivership. Governor Cuomo previously withheld funding from all 20 schools when nine of these schools were removed from the receivership list as a result of improvements in student outcomes.

“The Governor needs to stop with the petty politics and capricious actions, put students’ best interest first, and release the funding to the schools that need it,” said Marina Marcou-O’Malley, Operations and Policy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “Today’s decision, the second by the courts on this lawsuit, marks the absurdity of the governor’s actions. It’s time to release the funding and tell the students in these schools that they matter.”

The Education Law Center, which represents parents of students from Hackett Middle School in Albany, Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, and JHS 80 Moshulo Parkway Middle School in the Bronx also released a press statement about the ruling.

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DEC ESTABLISHES OAK WILT PROTECTIVE ZONES IN GREENWOOD HEIGHTS, CANANDAIGUA AND SUFFOLK COUNTY

By LILY WILSON

On March 27, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that Oak Wilt Protective Zones have been established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenwood Heights, Kings County; the Town of Canandaigua, Ontario County; and all of Suffolk County. These zones are the first line of defense in preventing the spread of oak wilt, a deadly tree disease.

“Across the country, oak wilt has killed tens of thousands of trees, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and economic loss,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “New York is working strategically to prevent such devastating losses of oak trees in our state where oak is a widespread and valuable hardwood.”

The oak wilt fungus can spread from one oak to another even after the infected tree has died and moving potentially infected oak firewood, logs, and branch debris contributes to the spread of the disease. To prevent this, the Oak Wilt Protective Zones prohibit the removal of any living, dead, standing, cut, or fallen oak trees or any portion thereof, including branches, logs, stumps, or roots, green oak lumber, and firewood (of any species) out of the Protective Zone unless it has been chipped to less than one inch in two dimensions.

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENTS WITH THREE MOBILE HEALTH APPLICATION DEVELOPERS

By LILY WILSON

On Thursday, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements with three popular health-related applications sold in Apple’s App Store and Google Play regarding misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices. The settlement follows a year-long investigation of mobile health applications and requires the implicated companies and developers to amend deceptive statements about their apps and modify their privacy policies to better protect consumers. The applications also make it clear that they are not medical devices and are not approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

“Mobile health apps can benefit consumers if they function as advertised, do not make misleading claims, and protect sensitive user information,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.”However, my office will not hesitate to take action against developers that disseminate unfounded information that is both deceptive and potentially harmful to everyday consumers.”

Under the Attorney General’s settlements, the developers agreed to provide additional information about testing of the apps, to change their ads to make them non-misleading, and to pay $30K in combined penalties to the Office of the Attorney General. Additionally, the developers now post clear and prominent disclaimers informing consumers that the apps are not medical devices and are not approved by the FDA.

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SENATOR BROOKS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION REQUIRING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE SCREENING OF COLORECTAL CANCER

By LILY WILSON

On March 23, Senator John E. Brooks announced legislation requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnostic screening of colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society has also recently reported that although the majority of colorectal cancers are found in people over 50 years of age, there has been a sharp rise of diagnoses in younger adults. In fact, the American Cancer Society predicts that in 2017 colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 50,260 deaths.
“Colorectal cancer is on the rise, but is in large part preventable with regular screening and prevention techniques,” said Senator Brooks. “This legislation will facilitate early detection of colorectal cancer, and ultimately save lives. By requiring coverage for screenings, we can help reduce the number of people who develop colorectal cancer and the number of deaths due to the disease.”
This legislation requires all medical insurance policies issued in New York State to cover diagnostic screening for colorectal cancer including digital rectal examinations at any age for people with a family history of colorectal cancer, or a personal history or polyps or inflammatory bowel disease. It is also requires coverage for an annual standard diagnostic examination for people age 50, and for people age 40 and over who have a family history of colorectal cancer.

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LONG ISLAND MAN FOUND GUILTY OF DEFRAUDING SOUTH KOREAN SCHOOL

By JORDAN WILIAMS

On Tuesday, Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that William Cosme, was found guilty in Manhattan federal court in connection with a scheme to defraud a Christian missionary school in South Korea of $5.5 million dollars. Cosme was convicted on both counts with which he was charged following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska.

“As a unanimous jury swiftly concluded after trial, William Cosme duped and defrauded a South Korean international school out of $5.5 million, money the school needed to carry out its mission of educating children. Cosme then took this stolen money and spent it lavishly on himself, including on a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, and a Cadillac Escalade, not to mention a 110-day gambling spree in Las Vegas. Cosme now faces time in a federal prison for his brazen crimes,” said Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.

Cosme faces a minimum sentence of two years in prison for his conviction for aggravated identity theft, and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for his wire fraud conviction. He also faces a maximum term of three years of supervised release and a fine of the greatest of $250,000, or twice the gross pecuniary gain derived from the offense or twice the gross pecuniary loss to the victim.

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NY GEARS UP ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATE PROGRAM

By JORDAN WILIAMS

On Tuesday, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the launch of a zero-emissions vehicle purchase rebate program for consumers. The program, New York’s first, was approved in the SFY2016-17 Budget and provides a $2,000 rebate per vehicle.

Conor Bambrick, air & energy director of Environmental Advocates of New York said, “Thanks to forward thinking of the Legislature and the Governor, New York is in a position to drive consumers to cleaner vehicles in the face of the Trump Administration’s attacks on vehicle emission standards. With the auto industry’s push to roll back regulations, the U.S. is entering crisis-mode for people’s lungs and pocketbooks. But Governor Cuomo has made two game-changing promises: 800,000 electric vehicles on New York roads by 2025, and an end to fossil fuel uses entirely in just 33 years. This rebate program is the first of many steps the State must take, and it demonstrates that New York has the ability and willingness to break from the status quo despite President Trump’s fossil-fuel agenda. Let’s keep this kind of progress going in 2017 with passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act in the next State Budget!”

 

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SENATE TO ACT ON A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE OF BILLS TO “GROW NEW YORK’S AGRICULTURE FROM THE GROUND UP”

By LILY WILSON

On March 21, The New York State Senate took up a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state’s leading industry. The bipartisan measures help support farm workforce retention and expansion through creating new tax credits for preserving farmland, transitioning to organic certification, and offering healthy options in communities.

“The Senate Majority Conference has been leading the charge in reversing damaging funding cuts and investing in innovative efforts – like our New Farmers program – that are helping to protect the future of agriculture. This plan will help support the hardworking farmers responsible for the continued success of New York’s leading industry, as well as provide the agriculture professionals of tomorrow with the resources they need to be successful,” said  Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), Chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee.

These measures build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to agriculture, including its role as the undisputed leader in restoring more than $55 million in proposed state funding cuts since 2011. This funding has helped support investments in cutting-edge agricultural research, education for the next generation of family farmers, environmental stewardship, and protections for plant, animal, and public health.

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SENATOR BROOKS ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF NASSAU COUNTY’S PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

By JORDAN WILIAMS

On Tuesday, Senator John E. Brooks announced legislation that passed the Senate to retroactively restore and continue Nassau County’s property tax abatement program for seniors. This program provides eligible seniors with relief on their property taxes and was originally enacted in 2002, however expired at the end of 2016.

“People in Nassau County are already paying some of the highest property taxes in the nation.  This tremendous tax burden is especially hard on seniors, many of whom are living on fixed incomes,” said Senator Brooks. “Restoring this program is essential to keeping seniors in their homes. We need to provide relief to taxpayers, not drive them away due to the high cost of taxes.”

The program’s expiration resulted in a significant property tax increase for seniors without any advance notice. This legislation extends the senior tax exemption through 2028. To further assist seniors, Senator Brooks is sponsoring a Senior Scam Prevention Seminar at the Wantagh Public Library on Tuesday, April 18th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

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