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Organization says ‘preventive’ efforts are crucial, as CDC releases new data on suicide

Organization says ‘preventive’ efforts are crucial, as CDC releases new data on suicide
The Centers for Disease Control says U.S. suicide rates have spiked at an alarming rate over the last two decades. The report came on the heels of news that fashion designer Kate Spade, and renowned television personality and chef Anthony Bourdain had lost their lives to suicide. While suicide remains the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., since... more

Helming successful in advocating for rural health initiatives in Albany

Senator Pam Helming announced that she successfully advocated for several rural health initiatives in the recently enacted New York State budget. These include increases in funding for Iroquois Healthcare Association’s “Take a Look” tours, as well as for Rural Health Networks and Critical Access Hospitals, to bring medical care to rural communities. “The beautiful rural communities that make up the... more

Wayne Co. to host showing of documentary ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’

Wayne Co. to host showing of documentary ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’
This week the Wayne County Department of Mental Health and the Wayne County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host a showing of the documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”, a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive.... more

Senate bill includes $190M for Canandaigua VA project

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Monday that $190 million to complete a modernization and expansion project at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center has been included in a fiscal year 2019 Senate appropriations bill. “Our veterans have protected and defended us, and when they finish their tour of duty it is our job to care for them,” Schumer... more

O’Mara legislation targets methamphetamine-related crimes amid epidemic

O’Mara legislation targets methamphetamine-related crimes amid epidemic
The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and across New York State by significantly increasing the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug. The legislation specifically targets meth labs. It would increase the criminal penalties for the possession of... more

NY Assembly OKs universal health care; bill halted in Senate

NY Assembly OKs universal health care; bill halted in Senate
The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system. The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure last week for the fourth year in a row. Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however. The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year next year. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie... more

SF to host services fair to highlight available resources in Seneca County

SF to host services fair to highlight available resources in Seneca County
After gaining valuable feedback from the community earlier this spring, the Town of Seneca Falls and multiple agencies will partner to host a Community Services Fair. The event is slated for Thursday, June 28th at the Seneca Falls Community Center, located at 35 Water Street. Pizza, wings, and salad will be available and provided by the Town of Seneca Falls... more

NY health department to call for marijuana legalization

New York’s top health official says a long-awaited state report on marijuana will recommend state legalization. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Monday in Brooklyn that officials examined the pros and cons of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana and determined the benefits of legalization outweighed the negatives. The report is now being finalized. Zucker’s boss, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has long... more

Court refuses to dismiss lawsuits against opioid manufacturers

Court refuses to dismiss lawsuits against opioid manufacturers
A New York State Supreme Court Judge has refused to dismiss lawsuits against several large opioid manufacturers in one of the earliest decisions to come out of the cases brought by local governments over the prescription painkillers. In two rulings on Monday (June 18), Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo rejected motions to dismiss brought by Purdue Pharma, Endo... more

Legislation aimed at helping those with special needs awaits Cuomo’s signature

Legislation aimed at helping those with special needs awaits Cuomo’s signature
Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Senate passed a bill that she sponsored to help improve communication with people who have developmental disabilities. The legislation (S.2565) creates a new optional identification card that can be given to law enforcement officers or other first responders in an emergency and conveys important details, such as potential difficulties with interpersonal... more

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester receives $300K award

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester receives $300K award
Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Senate passed a Senate Resolution awarding $300,000 to the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. This critical funding will assist BCCR with its continued outreach and support services to those impacted by breast cancer in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to... more

State DEC crews battle plant causing burns and blindness

State DEC crews battle plant causing burns and blindness
State DEC crews are out in full force battling against a plant that can cause burns and blindness. It’s called giant hogweed. The sap inside the towering plant can cause burns on your skin if it is exposed to the sun. Crews use herbicide to kill the plant without killing pollinators like bees and butterflies. While Livingston, Monroe, and Wayne... more

AFSP will host ‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ on October 21st

AFSP will host ‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ on October 21st
Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. It touches millions of lives, and impacts people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. The research is clear, though: Suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the more lives we can save. That’s why the Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition... more

Hundreds of Erie Canal cyclists to pass through Seneca and Cayuga Counties

Hundreds of Erie Canal cyclists to pass through Seneca and Cayuga Counties
More than 700 cyclists participating in the 20th annual 400-mile Cycle the Erie Canal tour departed Buffalo on Sunday and will reach Cayuga County this week, a Parks & Trails New York press release said. The cyclists, travelling 40-60 miles of the Erie Canalway Trail a day, are expected to arrive in Seneca Falls on Tuesday. On Wednesday, with the... more

Recreational marijuana should be legalized, New York report concludes

Recreational marijuana should be legalized, New York report concludes
New York could take in up to $678 million in tax revenue in a year if it legalizes marijuana for recreational use, according to a long-awaited report issued Friday by the state Department of Health. The state Health Department's 74-page report officially backed the legalization of marijuana, concluding that the "positive effects" outweigh the "potential negative effects." That conclusion was... more
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