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Landslide Victory for Fleming in New York Primary for State Senate

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Noyac resident and Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming was a hardy victor in the Democratic primary for the 1st District New York State Senate race against Rocky Point litigation attorney Jennifer Maertz last Thursday. The decisive victory gives Fleming, an attorney with offices in Sag Harbor, the Democratic ticket this November in the New York State Senate race against veteran Republican State Senator Ken LaValle.

Unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections showed Fleming earned 2,031 votes in the primary, 79.08-percent of voters supporting her bid for the Democratic nomination.

Maertz earned 531 votes or 20.67-percent of the votes cast in this race on Thursday.

“I think this race has really strengthened our resolve and given us confidence that the voters are looking for an alternative to the current leadership we have on the East End in Albany,” said Fleming around 10: 15 p.m., Thursday night.

Fleming gave praise to Maertz, someone she said she hopes to work with on community issues.

“I am very please with the outcome and it is consistent with what we have heard from residents as we have moved through this campaign,” she added.

On Monday, Maertz noted that her defeat to Fleming coincided with the lowest voter turnout in the entire State of New York for the 2012 primary races. Maertz said she believed it was either voter apathy or perhaps local Democrats were not particularly interested in this specific race.

“Out of the voters who did go to the polls, it was a question of which candidate was able to reach the voters that would turn out for this primary,” said Maertz. “And she won that battle.”

“I do wish Bridget all the best in her campaign,” added Maertz.

Fleming will now prepare to face off against a decades long member of the New York State Senate in LaValle, the Democrat remained hopeful.

“He is a veteran state senator for 36 years and one thing I know from the work we have done talking to voters is 36 years is far too long to be in Albany,” said Fleming. “We need to convey that message first and foremost. Instead of local investment we see our tax dollars going elsewhere in New York State. Eastern Suffolk County is ready for someone who will truly represent its needs and interests.”

A debate between LaValle and Fleming will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on October 15 in Hampton Bays and again on October 22 in East Hampton with locations yet to be announced.

 

 

 

State Looks to Crack Down on Prescription Drug Abuse

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The New York State Assembly has passed legislation sponsored by East End Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. aimed at cracking down on prescription drug abuse across the state. The legislation would rely on the first real-time prescription-drug database in the country and stronger regulations over some controlled substances.

On Tuesday, the state senate adopted the legislation as well and according to Thiele it has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Prescription-drug abuse is an increasingly serious problem that can have devastating effects on families,” said Thiele, adding that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over 15,000 people die each year from overdoses of prescription drug painkillers. “It’s often very easy for a person to get the same prescription from two different doctors filled at separate pharmacies, without the doctors or pharmacists knowing. This legislation would prevent that from happening and subsequently keep dangerous doses of drugs out of the hands of abusers.”


Specifically, this new law requires the Department of Health (DOH) to establish and maintain a real-time controlled substance database. It would also require doctors to review a patient’s controlled substance history on that database prior to prescribing certain medicines. Patients would have access to their prescription histories and would be able to dispute inaccurate information. The legislation requires practitioners to issue electronic-only prescriptions beginning December 31, 2014, with waivers and case-specific exemptions possible under certain circumstances.

The law also moves the drug Hydrocodone into a higher classification of controlled substance, limiting it to an initial prescription of 30-days and not the current five-refill allowance for first time patients. The bill would also add the prescription drug Tramadol to a higher classification on the controlled substance list.