New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.
The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently announced that the New York City Ballet will return next year with a full, two-week residency. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Marcia White, SPAC President and Executive Director, about the process of bringing the ballet back for its 50th anniversary season in 2015.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close.
Officials in the Mohawk Valley are enthusiastic about a new casino proposal close to home, but the project could be at a disadvantage with other projects on the table vying for the Capital Region casino license.
Brian Shields Talks With Dr. Todd Doyle On Tony Gwynn's Oral Cancer
The baseball world is mourning the death of Tony Gwynn. One of the all-time baseball greats died this week at the age of 54 from oral cancer. Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, like many of his fellow players, used smokeless tobacco. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who said he never smoked or used smokeless tobacco, recently announced that his oral cancer had returned and has undergone additional surgery. Despite efforts to discourage its use, some baseball players still use smokeless tobacco, a leading cause of oral cancers, according to Dr. Todd Doyle, Chief of Radiation Oncology at New York Oncology-Hematology.
As the legislative session winds down in New York, there's an eleventh hour push to promote a measure that would prevent and protect health professionals from participating in torture - WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke this morning with Dr. Allen Keller, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, who is in Albany today in support of the bill.
The Daily Gazette reports, Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners announced yesterday a first-of-its-kind partnership for the capital region known as a clinically integrated network. President and CEO of Ellis Medicine James Connolly, and James Reed, President and CEO of St. Peter’s, emphasized the alliance is not a corporate merger and the CIN will allow cooperation on clinical, business, and financial levels. Last month Saratoga and Glens Falls hospitals both announced they were exploring opportunities for collaboration.
Hundreds of low-wage workers and advocates descended upon Albany today to urge the Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10, index it to inflation, and allow cities and counties to set their wages 30 percent higher than the state’s minimum.
Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the governor’s objections to many of the measure’s provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days.