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Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... more

Officials: Ontario County woman dies from vaping-related illness

Officials: Ontario County woman dies from vaping-related illness
State officials say two more people have died from vaping. One of those deaths was a Finger Lakes area woman, who was in her 50s. Officials say the woman was from Ontario County. No other information was provided about her identity, but Governor Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his sentiment that these deaths are preventable. The case remains under investigation,... more

Mitrano launches healthcare listening tour, will work with RIP Medical to pay off local debts

Mitrano launches healthcare listening tour, will work with RIP Medical to pay off local debts
Tracy Mitrano, a Democrat seeking to challenge Congressman Tom Reed this fall says she’s working to shed light on medical debt in the Finger Lakes. She announced the start of a five-city healthcare crisis listening tour. Mitrano’s announcement came during a press conference at the Pendergast Library in Jamestown to highlight a unique partnership helping district residents out from under... more

Longtime Seneca Falls medical practice joins Finger Lakes Health

Lorenzetti and Randall-Mantella join Finger Lakes Health
Finger Lakes Health announced on Thursday that Joseph Lorenzetti, M.D. and Susan Randall-Mantella, MSN, FNP had joined the FLH team. Lorenzetti and Randall-Mantella will continue to see patients located at 28 Cayuga St in Seneca Falls, according to a press release from Finger Lakes Health. They have been delivery family care for the past 32 years. Lorenzetti said “When considering... more

URMC Psychiatry Dept. awarded $6.7 million grant to fight rural opioid abuse

URMC Psychiatry Dept. awarded $6.7 million grant to fight rural opioid abuse
Big money is coming to study the rural opioid fight. The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a $6.7 million federal grant, which will help rural communities use evidence-based practices to overcome opioid abuse. The grant is one of three given to Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder. Leaders in substance use disorder and rural medicine from... more

Could marijuana legalization finally happen in New York?

Could marijuana legalization finally happen in New York?
In 2019 it looked like marijuana legalization could happen. It had passed in some nearby states, and Democrats, who controlled both chambers in New York State were generally supportive of the idea. The legislation stalled, though, and subsequent vaping illnesses stirred up new concerns that residents and voters hadn’t thought of before. “This year, let’s work with our neighbors …... more

State bills to ban sale of electronic, traditional flavored tobacco products gaining steam

State bills to ban sale of electronic, traditional flavored tobacco products gaining steam
Lawmakers are looking to seal the deal on the flavored tobacco product fight, which has been boiling over since mid-2019. There are a pair of bills, which are being backed local social justice group, parents, and legislators universally. They would end the sale of all flavored tobacco products in New York. “We know what the problem is,” State Sen. Brad... more

Schumer calls for new conditions to be treated as part of Agent Orange protections for veterans

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Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for changes to how so-called Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions are treated. In this case, he’s calling for more of them. The VA has proposed that four new conditions be added to the benefits list, which are additions that have not been finalized yet. Sen. Schumer says that it’s time for that to happen. “This delay,... more

‘BACK IN BUSINESS’: Judge rules against Governor Cuomo’s vape ban

‘BACK IN BUSINESS’: Judge rules against Cuomo’s vape ban, again
Over the weekend, acting state Supreme Court Justice Catherine Cholakis ruled that the state Public Health and Health Planning Council overstepped its authority last September when it issued a ban on e-cigarettes and e-liquids flavored with anything other than tobacco or menthol. Regulations like the kind that were put forward by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration – are the kind that... more

FLH will host Community Mobility Screening Program on January 16th at GGH

FLH will host Community Mobility Screening Program on January 16th at GGH
Finger Lakes Health Rehabilitation Services will be conducting a free monthly Community Mobility Screening Program on Thursday, January 16 at Garnsey Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Geneva General Hospital.  This program is open to all individuals over the age of 65. The screening will measure participant’s scores on tests that predict their risk for falls, recognize strength deficits and balance issues... more

Free blood pressure screenings coming by FLH

Free blood pressure screenings coming by FLH
Nurses from Geneva General Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Department are offering monthly free blood pressure screenings and education at the Geneva Community Lunch Program held at the Geneva Methodist Church located at 340 Main Street. This month’s screening is scheduled for Friday January 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 75 million adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure in... more

Cuomo directs additional state resources to battle flu

Cuomo directs additional state resources to battle flu
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Health to take additional steps to ensure healthcare facilities are prepared for the remainder of the flu season. The Governor directed the Department to begin enhanced monitoring of hospitals through the Health Emergency Response Data System to ensure hospitals have the capacity, guidance and resources necessary to combat the... more

Medicaid cuts could have an impact across NYS

Medicaid cuts could have an impact across NYS
Cuts to Medicaid could have an impact across New York State. On January 1st the state’s health department cut one percent from the program. Additional cuts are expected in the coming years. Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health, says the cut could devastate the healthcare industry, according to 13WHAM. “This is an impact on everyone,” Norwood told them. “It... more

Flu cases on the rise in Ontario, but fewer cases seen in Yates, Seneca

Flu cases on the rise in Ontario, but fewer cases seen in Yates, Seneca
In Ontario County and other parts of the Finger Lakes – the flu season started slow. In Monroe County, it moved quickly. That can happen, and is pretty indicative of a typical flu season, according to experts. But, Mary Beers, Director of Public Health in Ontario County says things are picking up. “We were behind (our usual numbers) for most... more

Soldiers & Sailors recognized for accreditation in mammography

Soldiers & Sailors recognized for
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital has earned several recognitions for its mammography unit. SSMH has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a... more

Juul delivers more nicotine than other products, as bad as smoking cigarettes

Juul delivers more nicotine than other products, as bad as smoking cigarettes
A new study has found that certain brands of vape products, like Juul, deliver more nicotine per hit than other e-cigs. “Juul has a lot more nicotine and that’s one of the things that makes Juul hook kids,” UCSF Cardiology Professor and the study’s Senior Author Matthew Springer said. “The rats exposed to the Juul had a lot more nicotine... more

Watchdog group looks at why local hospitals rated so poorly for safety, quality

Watchdog group tries to identify why NY hospitals rank so poorly for safety, quality
When it comes to hospital quality and safety, New York State facilities struggle. A recent study released by the New York Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog, says that a lot of factors could be at play. The takeaway from the report is that New York has some of the worst rankings for quality and safety in the U.S.... more
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