Category Archives: Kemp Hannon

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: 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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