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From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson: February 19, 2010

Legislation Passes Senate

The New York State Senate last week passed important legislation that would allow municipalities to offer health services and insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.

“Our volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers deal with dangerous situations day in and day out in order to help their neighbors and keep their neighborhoods safe,” Johnson said. “I am proud to have voted to allow these brave men and women this option to access to affordable health care.”

Johnson said this act, (S5111) was also drafted in-part to help with efforts to bolster and maintain the ranks of our volunteer fire companies and ambulance services. Although the need for emergency services has risen, the number of volunteers has declined over the last decade.

“This is very dangerous work, and many who would like to join do not out of the fear of health-care costs that could be associated with an injury,” said the senator. “This legislation will help attract more volunteers, which in-turn will help improve the safety of our communities.”

Individuals interested in volunteering should call their local fire department, or ambulance squad, or visit http://www. dos.state.ny.us/fire/firewww.html for more information.

 

H1N1 Clinic Draws Hundreds

More than 200 people received flu vaccinations at a recent H1N1 immunization drive that was sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau).

The Feb. 3 clinic, which was co-sponsored by Nassau University Medical Center and held at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, was among the best-attended H1N1 clinics this season, according NUMC officials. In all, 222 vaccinations were distributed to residents from across Nassau County.

“I would especially like to thank Nursing Supervisor Karen Dudek and the staff at NUMC’s Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine for helping in this very important effort,” Johnson said. “I am glad we were able to provide easy access to these vaccinations to the residents of the 7th Senate District.”