Category Archives: Kemp Hannon

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: to share your opinion or to request help with any issue involving New York State.


Thank you for your participation.


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Hannon to Long Islanders: Stop Washington From Eliminating State and Local Tax Deductions

A Message from Senator Hannon


Join the fight. Tax changes proposed in Washington would eliminate state and local tax deductions from your Federal tax bill. Result? Hiking your tax bill! Call on Washington to actually CUT your federal taxes, not raise them.


To sign the petition, click here.


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Hannon Offers Info to Support Puerto Rico After Hurricanes

Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph to 155 mph, struck the island of Puerto Rico mere days after Hurricane Irma dealt a glancing blow. It is estimated this major hurricane caused as much as $1 billion in damages, causing fatalities, devastating the island’s infrastructure, producing prolonged electrical outages and stalling any potential for economic recovery for months to come. You can help by donating to charities in Puerto Rico that are leading the effort to mitigate the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Here are some proven organizations with direct access to the victims of these hurricanes.


  • Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services click “Give”
  • Red Cross ,
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Archdiocese of San Juan Puerto Rico


Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 191914
San Juan, PR 00919
tel: (787) 728-8500
fax: (787) 728-7099


Caritas Puerto Rico
201 Calle San Jorge
Esquina Baldorioty de Castro
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
P.O. Box 8812, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00910-0812
787 300-4953


Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico
1719 Ave. Ponce de León
San Juan, PR 00909-1905


Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400,
Fairfield, CT 06825


Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund
1511 Ave. Ponce de León Suite K, La Ciudadela
San Juan P.R. 00909


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Sept. 23: Shed the Meds

Hannon, Ra, and Carey Dad’s Club sponsor “Shed the Meds”


Got Drugs? Turn in your unused or expired meds for safe disposal at Sanitary District #6 (80 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead)


Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Nassau) and the Carey Dad’s Club are hosting a “Shed The Meds” event on Saturday, September 23rd, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at which residents can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The event takes place at Sanitary District #6, located at 80 Cherry Valley Avenue, in West Hempstead. The event is also being held in conjunction with the Town of Hempstead Sanitation Department.


If you are like most people, then your medicine cabinet contains either expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications. Setting aside time to properly dispose of old medication is usually not high on our priority list. But holding on to expired medication of any kind is dangerous for us and our loved ones, and improperly disposing of these expired pills is dangerous for our entire community.


Residents can merely drive up and drop-off any medication that has expired or they no longer need, where it will be collected and safely disposed of by officers from the Nassau County Police Department. No need to even get out of the car!


Throwing out medication improperly, such as flushing them in the toilet or pouring them down the drain, can cause pollution in local waterways and in our drinking water. Safe disposal helps protect the environment and keeps medications out of the hands of young children or others who would use them improperly.


If you’re unable to take advantage of this handy drop-off, you can also dispose of your unwanted prescription medications any time at the New York State Police Troop Headquarters in Farmingdale (Republic Airport), as well as any of the Nassau County Police Department Precinct locations.


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Senator Hannon to Host a Stroke Awareness Program

Senator Hannon and NYU Winthrop Hospital are proud to sponsor a Stroke Awareness Program.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
10 am – 11 am
Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale


Did you know that 80% of strokes can be prevented? Kathleen Michael, Administrative Director & Coordinator of the Cerebrovascular Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital, will explain what you need to know about the signs of stroke, including prevention and acting fast.


Reservations are required for this free event.  Visit Senator Hannon’s website or call 516-739-1700.  To make your reservation go the event page.


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Senator Hannon Hosting Event to Safely Deposit Unwanted Meds

Looking to dispose of expired medications? Drop them off for safe disposal on:


Saturday, June 25, 2017

10 am – 1 pm

Garden City Village Hall

349 Stewart Ave., Garden City


Any type of medication can be brought for safe disposal.  Additionally, sharps are also accepted.  Safely disposing of medications prevents pollution of our waterways, protects our environment and keeps them out of the wrong hands.


Residents may simply dive up and drop off any medication that has expired or no longer needed.  Here, it will be collected, then safely disposed of by officers from the Garden City Police Department.


Throwing out medication improperly, such as flushing them in the toilet or pouring them down the drain, can cause pollution in local waterways ans in our drinking water.  Safe disposal helps protect the environment and keeps medication out of the hands of young children pr others who would use them improperly.


Not able to make it June 24?  Medications may be dropped off anytime at the NYS Police Troop Headquarters in Farmingdale, as well as any of the Nassau County Police Department locations.


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Hannon to Host Senior Scam Prevention Forum

Senator Hannon is partnering with the New York Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection, and LiveOn NY to help seniors learn how to protect their identity against:

  • Credit and Debit Card Scams
  • IRS Impostor Scams
  • Phone Solicitation
  • Funeral Notification Scams
  • Sweepstakes Scams
  • Medical Devise Scams
  • Grandparent Scams
  • Jury Duty Scams
  • Mail Fraud
  • Computer Phishing
  • Healthcare Fraus


Thursday, June 15, 2017

10am – 11 am

Massapequa Public Library, 523 Central Avenue, Massapequa


To register visit this event’s info page.


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Senator Hannon to Host a Free Child’s Car Seat Safety Check

Senator Hannon invites citizens to ensure that the child’s seat in your car is installed properly at a free car seat safety check hosted by the Nassau County Traffic and Safety Board.  Traffic Safety educator Chris Mistron will be thoroughly checking your child car seat for proper instillation and security.  Seantor Hannon reminds citizens that too often child car seats are discovered to have been improperly installed.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

9:30 am – 12 noon

St. Paul’s Parking Lot

295 Stewart Ave., Garden City


Make a free appointment by calling Senator Hannon’s Community Office: 516-739-1700.


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Hannon Announces 6th Annual Youth Leadership Award Contest

Senator Kemp Hannon announces his 6th Annual Youth Leadership Award Contest. The contest is open to high school Sophomores and Juniors in Senator Hannon’s Sixth Senatorial District.


The Senator encourages students to consider participating in the Youth Leadership Award contest, the purpose of which is to honor promising young students who have demonstrated real leadership in their communities. The application categories are:

  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Community Service
  • School


There is also an Overall category which is a combination of the four (4) categories. For the overall award, please combine the four separate award applications.


Information and forms can be found and downloaded below (please click on the links to download):



Application for ACADEMIC AWARD

Application for ATHLETIC AWARD


Application for SCHOOL AWARD



Instructions to Guidance DepartmentInstructions for Students


APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 31, 2017. They can either be mailed to Senator Kemp Hannon, Attn: Youth Leadership contest, 595 Stewart Avenue, Suite 540, Garden City, NY, 11530 or emailed to Winner notification will go out by April 20, 2017. The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Uniondale Library Auditorium, 400 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale.


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