Update From Albany: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Caitlin O'Brien, our government relations director in New York State, sums up our activities from the recently concluded legislative session - and gives us a forecast of what's to come.  New York’s Legislative Session came to an anti-climactic end on June 20th. With continued political turmoil in the Senate stemming from an even number of Democrat Senators and Republican Senators, the Legislature [...]

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

State’s Inaction is Very Disappointing

 The state Legislature left Albany without listening to the will of the people, and left a measure to reduce the risk of death and disease on the table. “We are so disappointed in our elected representatives that they didn’t pass Tobacco 21,” said Caitlin O’Brien, New York state government relations director for the American Heart Association. “More than 75 percent [...]

By |June 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Albany County Executive Signs Legislation Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies

Very good news in Albany County today! Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today signed Local Law A, which bans the sale of tobacco and other nicotine products in pharmacies and stores containing pharmacies throughout Albany County. County Executive McCoy held a public hearing on the measure after the bill was adopted by the Albany County Legislature on May 14 [...]

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jeanne Walsh takes the reins in Albany office of the Heart Association

Jeanne Walsh After 28 years with the American Cancer Society, something she never expected happened to Jeanne Walsh: she was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine. That was in February 2017, and required two surgeries, and treatments from May till the end of July, not in her [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update From Albany: Despite uncertainties, let’s continue the push for Tobacco 21

New York's Government Relations Director Caitlin O'Brien, left, and the American Lung Association's Director of Public Policy Kristina Wieneke continue to lead the push to pass #Tobacco21 statewide. Our New York State Government Relations Director Caitlin O'Brien has a June Update From Albany. With only a few weeks left of this year’s legislative session, the fate of Tobacco [...]

By |June 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Still thinking red!

We had such a great day at the 2018 Go Red for Women Luncheon! Take a look at the great photos that ran in the Times Union. https://www.timesunion.com/photogallery/article/SEEN-Go-Red-for-Women-luncheon-2018-12943202.php

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Albany County Legislature bans tobacco sales in pharmacies

Albany County Legislature The American Heart Association applauds the Albany County Legislature tonight, as it voted to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The county Legislature approved Local Law A 26 – 11, with one abstention. “This is a great step forward for the health of Albany County residents,” said Caitlin O’Brien, New York state government [...]

By |May 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update From Albany: Changes, Lobby Day Approaches

Heart Association advocates will return to the Capitol on May 8. With the American Heart Association’s Tobacco 21 lobby day set for May 8, a strong show of support will go a long way. Help us protect the health of our youth by letting elected officials know that you support raising the minimum legal sales age of tobacco [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Red Couch Tour arrives at the Y on April 24

Leigh Hornbeck The third stop of the Red Couch Tour is almost here! On Tuesday, April 24, at the Southern Saratoga Y, you can join host Leigh Hornbeck of the Times Union on the red couch presented by the American Heart Association and Ellis Medicine, and share your story of how heart disease and stroke has affected you. [...]

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two survivors chair Go Red for Women Luncheon

Dr. Joy Lucas Hope Plavin On a Thursday evening in March 2015, Dr. Joy Lucas, owner of Upstate Animal Medical Center in Saratoga Springs, didn’t feel right. But she kept on about her business, working 12-hour days, taking her four-mile runs, and doing her intense workouts at the gym. The following Tuesday, after her chiropractor made [...]

By |April 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments