Senator Kemp Hannon is calling on the assembly to pass his legislation to increase penalties for illegal prescription drug use.
“Today’s [July 17] announcement detailing the indictment of 48 individuals allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud New York’s Medicaid program of millions of dollars highlights the need for passage of my legislation (S. 5260-C) to increase criminal penalties for diverting prescription drugs,” said Senator Hannon. “This legislation passed the Senate unanimously two years running and has wide spread support from health care professionals and law enforcement.”
No one really needs to be reminded that it’s been a sweltering past couple of days. Although the heat wave broke after Wednesday night and we’re back to enjoying some seasonally comfortable temperatures, it won’t be the last of the dangerously high heat. In fact, I giggle when I hear some people react as if it is the first heat wave to hit Long Island. We all know, it happens every summer, just as it has as long as I can recall, and will most likely always happen every summer.
In response to Susan Lerner’s opinion piece in Newsday on July 3, entitled “Voters Are The Losers In Nassau Fight,” The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes in many of the same principles Ms Lerner proposes. As a nonpartisan organization, the league has repeatedly spoken before the county legislature and to the temporary advisory redistricting commission for a fairer and more transparent process for redistricting than is currently being considered by this advisory commission.
The league believes first that the advisory commission should conduct hearings to receive input from residents about how the process should occur and suggestions on how district lines should be drawn. Then, after the commission creates proposed districts, there should be additional public hearings to discuss them. These hearings should be in all three towns and two cities in Nassau County and should occur at a variety of times (day and evening) and at multiple locations in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Equally important is that all meeting locations be handicapped-accessible.
On many days when a news assignment calls for me to travel from the Tribune’s office in Mineola to Levittown, I take the pleasure of using Park Boulevard to pass through Eisenhower Park from Merrick Avenue to Hempstead Turnpike.
Although I have never scientifically proven that the “pass through” saves time rather than traveling down Merrick Avenue to the proper intersection at Hempstead Turnpike, I just simply enjoy it more.
It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.
I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.
“Prescription drug abuse is a growing crisis in this state and nation,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “We’ve seen armed violence, deaths by overdose and suicide, and increasing rates of addiction.”
While New York State has a pre-eminent program for combating prescription theft and forgery, current penal laws are not sufficient to deter the theft, possession and sale of blank official prescription forms. Current law forces authorities to wait until someone sells a stolen prescription form before law enforcement can act.
The summer reading programs at the local libraries have kicked off and are in full swing. While registration is still available, readers can still join their respective age-appropriate program online, as the public libraries have continued the popular paperless processing from last year’s success.
Readers can join at: www.nassaulibrary.org and then clicking through to their home library. The Levittown Public Library is hosting a program for adults this year.
I’ve made no stranger of my righteous indignation with respect to America’s system of public education; that the opportunities denied our young people are named legion for they are many and constitute a violation of human rights as extensive as that of any despotic regime.
I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer we have an action-packed line-up of quality entertainment and the best part is that most events are free for Nassau County residents.
My efforts to create tourism, coupled with the immense support from local business sponsors, makes it possible to bring top notch events like the TD fireworks spectacular to you at no charge.
This year marks the 15th annual Levittown Lazy Days of Summer Picnic hosted by the Levittown Community Council (LCC). The LCC works diligently throughout the year to plan and prepare this event. The organization seeks volunteers and sponsors to be able to pull this exciting event off, making it a truly memorable summertime experience for the community.
Volunteers are needed to help setup, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and also to help run many of the activities scheduled throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will be held again at the East Village Green on Jerusalem Avenue on Saturday, July 7. Some of the events include relay races, sand art, bubble table, tattoos, face painting.
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