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Aug. 22, 2016: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Asw. Jaffee, Judith Enck, Dr. Patricia Bomba

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke with Susan Arbetter about the newly appointed East Ramapo monitor Charles Szuberla.

Then we heard reaction on the appointment from East Ramapo area Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D).

Albany’s Ezra Prentice housing project and its playground sit directly adjacent to the Port of Albany. We are talking yards away from the tracks. For years residents have complained about the ubiquitous and combustible oil trains that use the port as a hub, as well as the fumes emitted from trucks transporting oil from those trains. We spoke with Judith Enck, the EPA Region 2 Administrator, who recently sat down with residents to hear their concerns.

As more health forms go electronic, advocates and lawmakers are hoping the Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), which helps patients with advanced chronic illness maintain control of health care decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment, will be included in the growing list. Dr. Patricia Bomba, vice president and medical director of geriatrics at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, explained why an eMOLST form can help chronically ill patients and family members have more assurance about care at the end of life.

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