Category Archives: Kemp Hannon

Senator Hannon Hosting ‘Best In Town Photo Contest’ Ceremony

High school students throughout Senator Hannon’s Senatorial District participated in the annual photo contest, which sought to capture the spirit of the district and surrounding areas via photography. Students were eligible to submit one photograph for one of the following four categories: People, Places, Pets and Nature. Please see below for a listing of all the finalists.

 

Senator Hannon extends congratulations to all our participants. Almost 300 photos were received this year and it certainly makes the selection process very hard as all the photos submitted came from very talented young students.

 

Finalists, their families and teachers are invited to join him at his awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 26, promptly at 7:00 PM at the Levittown Library. Invitations have been mailed to each finalist and all participants in the contest will receive a souvenir photo of their submission. For further information, please call his community office at 516-739-1700.

 

Photos of our winners will be posted after the ceremony so please visit us again to see their submissions.

 

List of Winners by High School

 

Division Avenue

  • Olivia Barreto
  • Kayla Connolly
  • Kaitlyn Cronin
  • Ashley Mamys
  • Madyson Nuzzi
  • Amy Rzemieniewski

 

East Meadow

  • Elisabeth Carter
  • Natalie Insinna
  • Emily Lam
  • Jan Samson

 

Garden City

  • Emily Butler
  • Abigail Cox
  • Tara Fenty
  • Mary Haggerty
  • Ella Heaney
  • Hope Mauceri
  • Anna Paisley

 

W. Tresper Clarke

  • Brianne Courtney
  • Cecelia Jimenez
  • Michelle Lambiaso
  • Natalia Reyes
  • Rebecca Shin


Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy

  • Brooke Zindman

 

Bethpage

  • Anna Hughes
  • Bridget Michie
  • Megan Russo

 

H. Frank Carey

  • Christina Callovi

 

Gen Douglas Macarthur

  • Christopher Atias
  • Emily Scalice
  • MacKenzie Tierney

 

Plainedge

  • Allison Hough
  • Isabella Picicci
  • Julia Spagnuolo

 

Island Trees

  • Destini Craven


Uniondale

  • Jackson Baez
  • Yunior Guevara
  • Alexander Hernandez
  • Elaine Ly
  • Edwin Moreno-Murillo
  • Jorge Parra
  • Steven Sookramnauth
  • Emily Sorto

 

Hempstead

  • Jasmine Martinez
  • Kevin Pereira

 

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Hannon Announces Rape Kit Legislation Passed in the Budget

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the State Senate Health Committee,announced the passage of legislation in the FY 2019 Budget aimed at further addressing how rape kits are handled. The legislation builds upon new laws Senator Hannon has championed over the last few years to advance the rights of sexual assault victims.

 

“This legislation ensures that sexual assault survivors have the time they need to heal and decide if they want to pursue justice through the criminal justice system,” explained Senator Kemp Hannon. “In 2016, I passed legislation to ensure that New York State is testing all rape kits, no matter how old. This year’s budget builds on that legislation and includes other important protections. I will continue to advocate for sexual assault survivors to ensure that they get the best treatment possible and are not re-victimized by the system.”

 

The legislation extends the length of time unreported rape kits are maintained from 30 days to 20 years to allow victims more time to decide to have their kits tested. It also ensures hospitals are not inappropriately charging victims for sexual assault forensic examinations. In addition, funding was provided to create a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) telehealth program, allowing hospitals without SAFE certified staff to access them during sexual assault examinations and evidence collection.

 

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas said, “I am deeply gratified that this year’s state budget included provisions we fought for to preserve rape kits for 20 years and to create a tracking system so sexual assault survivors are notified where their kits are stored and when the 20-year storage period is about to expire. Compassion must always be paramount in the law enforcement response to sexual assault victims. No sexual assault survivor should ever be told that a prosecution is not possible because a rape kit was disposed of prematurely. Preserving rape kits is the right thing to do and it will help lock up dangerous criminals.”

 

Ilse Knecht, Policy & Advocacy Director for the Joyful Heart Foundation, stated, “We applaud Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Simotas, and Governor Cuomo for their commitment to extending access to justice to all sexual assault survivors. By ensuring that all sexual offense evidence will be maintained for 20 years, and survivors are given advance notice before their kit is destroyed, survivors can now take the time they need to decide whether or not to have their kits tested and participate in the criminal justice process. This move takes New York from having one of the shortest evidence retention statutes in the country to full compliance with federal best practices for handling sexual offense evidence. We look forward to continuing our work with Senator Hannon and Assemblywoman Simotas to enact meaningful changes in the way rape kits are handled and processed and to strengthen survivors’ rights in New York.”

 

Abby Haglage, a sexual assault survivor and member of Rise, stated, “My right to pursue justice was stolen the day my rape kit was destroyed. In New York—thanks to Senator Hannon’s thoughtful leadership—that narrative ends today. No survivor should have to endure the fate I did; now, they will not have to. In February, I said New York could do better. Today, it has. On behalf of the 6.8 million sexual assault survivors in New York, I want to thank Senator Hannon for refusing to tolerate injustice, and working to ensure our rights are protected. It is rare that survivors’ voices are heard, but when they are, we all get one step closer to justice. In a tumultuous time like this one, it’s comforting to know that democracy still works.”

 

This legislation is effective immediately.

 

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Hannon Passes Bill Holding Drug Dealers Accountable for Overdose Deaths

The New York State Senate took another step towards combating the ever-growing heroin and opioid epidemic by passing “Laree’s Law.” The bill (S2761), would allow law enforcement officials to charge a drug dealer with homicide if the sale of heroin or an opioid-controlled substance results in death.

 

“My Senate colleagues and I continue to build on our record of tackling the heroin and opioid epidemic head-on, but there is still more work to be done,” stated Senator Kemp Hannon, Senate Health Committee Chairman. “We need to continue efforts to curtail the alarming rise in the use of heroin and other opioids, and the devastating overdoses that result from this abuse. Diminishing the availability of these dangerous drugs on our streets is crucial and holding drug dealers accountable for their actions is a major step in the right direction. I commend Senator Amedore, Co-Chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, and his leadership on this important legislation.”

 

Laree’s Law sends a strong message to mid-and high-level dealers that they can no longer thrive on others’ maladies. The state’s “Good Samaritan Law” will continue to provide safeguards to those who attempt to help individuals suffering from a drug overdose.

 

This legislation in only part of the ongoing commitment to combat this public health crisis. The expansion of prevention, treatment, recovery and education will continue to be a priority of the New York State Senate.

 

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

 

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Senate Gives Final Passage to Measure Protecting New Yorkers from Overpaying for Prescription Medications

The New York State Senate this week gave final passage to a bill that helps fight the high cost of prescriptions by preventing consumers from overpaying for medications. This new measure (S6940) sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), helps consumers become better informed about the price of drugs and prohibits two costly practices – gag clauses and clawbacks – used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Each have come into question recently as prescription drug prices continue to rise.

 

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Health Committee, said, “With prescription drug costs skyrocketing, this legislation is necessary to ensure people are being afforded the opportunity to pay lower drug prices when possible. Co-pays should not exceed the cost of a drug and pharmacists should be allowed to tell a consumer when the cost of a drug is in fact cheaper if they pay out of pocket. Clawbacks and pharmacy gag practices are unacceptable and not a good status quo.”

 

The measure prohibits PBMs from imposing “gag clauses” in their contracts with pharmacies. Gag clauses prohibit pharmacists from telling consumers information regarding the price of medication, the availability of alternative medications, or that the drug may actually cost less if they pay out of pocket. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, and North Dakota have already passed laws banning these types of gag clauses.

 

This bill will also prohibit the practice of clawbacks in PBM contracts, which often result in profits generated for pharmacy benefit managers at the expense of unsuspecting customers. These clawbacks occur when a patient pays the pharmacy a copayment that is more than the actual cost of the drug. The PBM then recoups or “claws back” the excess cost collected by the pharmacy and actually makes money on the transaction. The legislation prohibits PBMs from charging a co-pay higher than the cost of the drug and prohibits them from taking additional discounts and fees from the pharmacy after the prescription has been dispensed and the claim adjudicated.

 

The bill has passed the Assembly and will be sent to the Governor.

 

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Senator Hannon Leads Bipartisan Push to Protect Sexual Assault Victims

Legislators Are Joined by Advocates to Ensure Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors are Strengthened

 

New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon recently led a bipartisan push of key measures that would help expand the rights of sexual assault survivors. Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislators were joined by advocates to discuss the importance of these measures, which will ensure all sexual assault survivors are afforded a greater opportunity to seek justice.

 

Senator Hannon said, “This package of legislation aimed at helping survivors of sexual assault builds upon new laws the Senate championed over the last few years to provide funding and make sure New York State is testing all rape kits. This package of bills makes sure survivors rights are clearly spelled out, unreported kits are maintained according to federal best practices, all victims have access to specially trained sexual assault providers, and that hospitals are not inappropriately charging survivors.”

 

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said, “Compassion must always be paramount in the law enforcement response to sexual assault victims; it’s the right thing to do and it will help to lock up dangerous criminals. Mandating the quick processing of rape kits, which we did in 2016, was just the first step and helping sexual assault victims through the difficult process of evidence collection is the necessary second step. Legislation that I’ve sponsored – A8401 – would do just that. Victims must be informed of their rights, they must have access to information about the status of evidence analysis and untested rape kits must never be destroyed prematurely. This is common decency and common sense.”

 

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried said, “Victims of sexual assault, dealing with the trauma of a violent crime, should never face the additional burden of a hospital billing for forensic exams. Some hospitals have been billing victims despite Federal law designed to prevent this. Our legislation will ensure that no victim will be burdened by a hospital bill for a rape kit.”

 

The bills, (S6428A), (S6947A) and (S6964A), focus on creating a Survivor’s Bill of Rights, maintaining unreported rape kits for 20 years, creating a rape kit tracking system, establishing a sexual assault forensic examination (S.A.F.E.) telemedicine pilot program and ensuring victims are never billed for exams.

 

Amanda Nguyen, CEO and Founder of Rise, said, “Currently in New York State, rape kits can be destroyed after 30 days. The DNA evidence in a rape kit is both crucial for survivors seeking justice and exonerating the innocent. We are hopeful the state of New York will pass this legation to meet the federal standard – ensuring rape kits will be preserved for 20 years for the 6.6 million survivors in New York.”

 

Nancy Harris, Nurse Practitioner and Manager Forensic Nurse Program for St. Peter’s Health Partners, said, “All patients/victims of a sexual assault deserve to be provided comprehensive care and appropriate treatment, but many facilities lack the professional training of a sexual assault provider. With a S.A.F.E. pilot program, we can assist the provider through the process and allow the patient timely care, treatment, and follow up while following the national standards.”

 

These measures currently before the houses are necessary to ensure sexual assault survivors in New York get the best treatment possible and are not re-victimized by the system.

 

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Senator Hannon Leads Bipartisan Push to Protect Sexual Assault Victims

New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon recently led a bipartisan push of key measures that would help expand the rights of sexual assault survivors. Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislators were joined by advocates to discuss the importance of these measures, which will ensure all sexual assault survivors are afforded a greater opportunity to seek justice.

 

Senator Hannon said, “This package of legislation aimed at helping survivors of sexual assault builds upon new laws the Senate championed over the last few years to provide funding and make sure New York State is testing all rape kits. This package of bills makes sure survivors rights are clearly spelled out, unreported kits are maintained according to federal best practices, all victims have access to specially trained sexual assault providers, and that hospitals are not inappropriately charging survivors.”

 

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said, “Compassion must always be paramount in the law enforcement response to sexual assault victims; it’s the right thing to do and it will help to lock up dangerous criminals. Mandating the quick processing of rape kits, which we did in 2016, was just the first step and helping sexual assault victims through the difficult process of evidence collection is the necessary second step. Legislation that I’ve sponsored – A8401 – would do just that. Victims must be informed of their rights, they must have access to information about the status of evidence analysis and untested rape kits must never be destroyed prematurely. This is common decency and common sense.”

 

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried said, “Victims of sexual assault, dealing with the trauma of a violent crime, should never face the additional burden of a hospital billing for forensic exams. Some hospitals have been billing victims despite Federal law designed to prevent this. Our legislation will ensure that no victim will be burdened by a hospital bill for a rape kit.”

 

The bills, (S6428A), (S6947A) and (S6964A), focus on creating a Survivor’s Bill of Rights, maintaining unreported rape kits for 20 years, creating a rape kit tracking system, establishing a sexual assault forensic examination (S.A.F.E.) telemedicine pilot program and ensuring victims are never billed for exams.

 

Amanda Nguyen, CEO and Founder of Rise, said, “Currently in New York State, rape kits can be destroyed after 30 days. The DNA evidence in a rape kit is both crucial for survivors seeking justice and exonerating the innocent. We are hopeful the state of New York will pass this legation to meet the federal standard – ensuring rape kits will be preserved for 20 years for the 6.6 million survivors in New York.”

 

Nancy Harris, Nurse Practitioner and Manager Forensic Nurse Program for St. Peter’s Health Partners, said, “All patients/victims of a sexual assault deserve to be provided comprehensive care and appropriate treatment, but many facilities lack the professional training of a sexual assault provider. With a S.A.F.E. pilot program, we can assist the provider through the process and allow the patient timely care, treatment, and follow up while following the national standards.”

 

These measures currently before the houses are necessary to ensure sexual assault survivors in New York get the best treatment possible and are not re-victimized by the system.

 

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Seante, Hannon Passes Bill to Save Health Care Premium Dollars

This week the New York State Senate passed legislation to protect consumers from a new state “windfall tax” proposed by the Governor. The Governor’s proposal anticipates insurers will see savings from federal tax reforms and attempts to recoup this windfall to balance the state budget. The bill (S7587A), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), is necessary to combat the Governor’s proposal, and ensure the savings are returned to consumers and taxpayers who pay health care premiums.

 

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said, “my legislation will ensure that the $140 million gained by health insurance companies from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is returned to consumers and taxpayers instead of being used to offset state spending, as proposed by the Governor. Most New Yorkers saw their health insurance premiums increase this year. Any windfall insurance companies see as a result of the federal tax cuts must go directly to lowering consumer health care costs, not to balance the state budget.”

 

This legislation builds on the Senate’s “Blueprint for a Stronger New York” agenda, which strives to make New York more affordable for all New Yorkers. Reducing healthcare costs and protecting New Yorkers from additional tax increases is a critical step towards that goal.

 

The bill has now been sent to the Assembly.

 

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Senator Hannon: $37.7 Million Awarded to Improve Access to Breast Cancer Screening

New York will provide $37.7 million in funding as part of the “Get Screened, No Excuses” initiative to improve access to breast cancer screening for New Yorkers.

 

Funds are being used to support peer educators in community settings, make patient navigators available to help women as they undergo screening and other necessary follow-up care, and operate mobile mammography vans in underserved neighborhoods to bring health services to New Yorkers.

 

“Increased access to breast cancer screening will save lives,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health. “This funding to expand programs throughout the state will reduce barriers and help countless women.”

 

On Long Island, funding will be provided for the Brookhaven Memoral Hospital Medical Center Breast Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Breast Health Center, Huntington Hospital Breast Care Center, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Fortunato Breast Health Center, Nassau Health Care Corporation, Northwell Health Breast Cancer Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital Breast Care Center, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Winthrop University Hospital Breast Health Center.

 

“We’re building on our previous efforts to invest in healthcare and education programs which expand access to mammograms and cancer screenings,” said Hannon. “Early detection, expanded mammography screening and other programs will ensure more lives are saved, and this funding will continue to help more women get screened regardless of insurance status.”

 

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in New York State. Each year, over 15,000 women in New York State are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 2,500 die from the disease. Screening for breast cancer can increase the likelihood of identifying cancer at an early stage when treatment is most successful.

 

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Senators Hannon, O’Mara Introduce ‘Drug Take Back Act’ to Prevent Opioid Abuse, Protect Water Supplies

New Measure Holds Drug Manufacturers Responsible for the Proper Disposal and Collection of Their Products

 

Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) and Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today announced the introduction of legislation to enact the “Drug Take Back Act”. The measure (S7354) helps combat the abuse of prescription drugs and prevents unused drugs from contaminating water supplies by establishing a statewide pharmaceutical drug take back program for their safe disposal.

 

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, “New York, like the rest of the nation, continues to struggle with the opioid addiction crisis. Despite our best efforts to stem the tide of opioid related deaths, the number of deaths continue to rise. Due to the fact that some drug addictions are first supplied by leftover medication a family member or friend did not use, cutting off that supply is essential.”

 

Senator O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “It’s incredibly important to do anything and everything we can to complement and support the efforts of local law enforcement and other community leaders to combat prescription drug abuse. These efforts include National Prescription Drug Take Back Days and other initiatives like this one to facilitate the collection, and safe and responsible disposal of unused medications. This proposal to greatly expand the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations would be a very positive, cost-effective addition to the state’s ongoing, overall strategy to protect our communities and local environments.”

 

The legislation would create a unified, statewide drug take back program that will save government and taxpayer money and reduce medication misuse. In addition, the program would protect New York State’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means that result in contamination of water bodies and negatively impact aquatic life. Last year, New York made a historic investment in improving and protecting our water and keeping drugs out of water supplies is another important and necessary step.

 

The bill makes pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for all costs of the take back program, ranging from public education and awareness to collection, transport, and destruction. The Act further requires chain pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies to provide consumers with on-site collection, prepaid mail-back envelopes, or other DEA-approved methods to encourage safe drug disposal.

 

“This legislation will hold manufacturers rather than consumers financially responsible for safely managing the disposal of their products,” stated Senator Hannon. “With chain pharmacies providing for collection, we will be able to reach more consumers, ensuring a successful program.”

 

The legislation is currently on the agenda for this week’s scheduled Senate Health Committee meeting.

 

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Senator Kemp Hannon’s 2018 Legislative Questionnaire

A statement from Senator Kemp Hannon

 

Dear Neighbor:

 

The Legislative Session is shaping up to be a busy one and I would like to invite you to complete this brief questionnaire. Your feedback will help me better represent your needs and interests.

 

My office is always available to assist you and your family . I look forward to a productive year and wish you all the best in 2018! As always, please feel free to contact me at 516-739-1700 and/or by email at: hannon@nysenate.gov to share your opinion or to request help with any issue involving New York State.

 

Thank you for your participation.

 

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