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August 27, 2015

Governor Cuomo Announces $17.2 Million to Bolster Biomedical Research in New York State

Governor Cuomo announced $17.2 million in state awards to 26 academic medical institutions for the training of new clinical researchers working on cutting-edge biomedical research. These awards, administered over a two year period through the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program, are vital to helping New York both attract new researchers and solidify itself as a national biomedical research hub.

State Health Department Announces Updated School Immunization Regulations for 2015-16 School Year

The New York State Department of Health today announced amended vaccination regulations for children entering or attending school. According to the amended regulations, New York State school children will now be mandated to receive a complete series of all required vaccines – or be in the process of doing so – in order to attend classes.

August 19, 2015

Governor Cuomo Announces $2.5 Million For Legal Support Services For Individuals and Families Living With HIV

Governor Cuomo announced support and protections for HIV-positive individuals and their families through $2.5 million in grants awarded to 11 organizations across the state which provide these individuals with access to various legal services.

August 17, 2015

Governor Cuomo Announces $8 Million to Strengthen Cancer Screenings Across New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is expanding its efforts to prevent colorectal cancer, the state’s second leading cause of cancer death. Over five years, $8 million in federal grants will go toward new screening initiatives that will be administered by the New York State Department of Health. Each year, nearly 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result, however with regular screenings, many of these diagnoses and deaths can be prevented.

August 12, 2015

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker Provide Update on Legionnaires' Disease

Today, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Bassett and New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Zucker gave an update on the outbreak Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx. All testing is done by a single laboratory run by the state of New York, the Wadsworth Laboratory located in Albany, and as such all information is uniform and coordinated.

August 11, 2015

Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce Joint Emergency Regulations to Combat Legionnaires' Disease

Today, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito announced the State and City would take the unprecedented step of jointly crafting and instituting uniform regulations to combat Legionnaires' disease. The regulations and legislation are being drafted by the Governor's office, Mayor's office and City Council representatives. The unparalleled outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx this summer, and other outbreaks across the state, have posed new challenges which government must respond to rapidly.

August 10, 2015

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker Provide Update on Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease

Today, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Bassett and New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Zucker gave an update on the outbreak Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx. All testing is done by a single laboratory run by the state of New York, the Wadsworth Laboratory located in Albany, and as such all information is uniform and coordinated.

Governor Cuomo Announces Continued Mobilization For Legionella Testing and Public Outreach in the Bronx

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state's multi-agency deployment is continuing to test for Legionella and canvass additional locations in the Bronx. Efforts over the past two days resulted in more than 500 building sites being canvassed. The State Mobile Command Center is open at Hostos Community College to lead the effort, and expanded outreach and testing efforts are taking place throughout the borough. Teams led by the State Department of Health will be focusing on high impact areas and providing information on Legionnaires' disease to members of the public as well as surveying additional buildings for cooling towers. Teams led by the New York State Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control will be taking samples from cooling tower sites.

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