Health and Safety Initiative
Stop Smoking In Cars With Children
Millions of children across the country are exposed to second-hand smoke every year. They are being exposed to unnecessary health risks causing an increase in respiratory diseases, childhood cancers, and medical expenses.
- Childhood asthma: According to the C.D.C., secondhand smoke causes more than 28,000 child hospitalizations for asthma each year. Some of these children die.
- Childhood cancer: Secondhand smoke contains numerous potent carcinogens and toxic substances including hydrogen cyanide.
Smoking in vehicles with children sends a message that smoking and secondhand smoke are not as unhealthy, lethal, and dangerous as they are. We have a responsibility to protect the health of all children in New York by helping make sure every child can grow up in a smoke-free environment.
Roundabouts: Promoting Safer Intersections
Advance New York seeks to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in New York State. Part of an intelligent, comprehensive approach to traffic safety is to improve the safety of intersections, where so many particularly dangerous side impact collisions occur. Roundabouts are proven
to dramatically reduce the number of injuries and fatalities occurring at intersections. Roundabouts are also cheaper to maintain, improve traffic flow, and are more environmentally friendly than intersections with traffic signals.As part of this advocacy, Advance New York is reaching out to state and local officials across New York to encourage officials to adopt these best practices and make our highways safer, greener, and more affordable.
Surgery Checklists: Making Hospitals Safer
Medical errors kill
. Surgery Checklists save lives. They are Simpler, safer and more affordable
: Surgery checklists reduce expensive medical errors, making hospital visits safer for patients. Medical error is a leading cause of death of New York residents, and checklists are proven to reduce costs and improve the odds of survival in surgery.Despite all the benefits of something as simple a surgical checklists, New York does not require standardized checklists in Intensive Care Units and during surgical procedures. Mandating the adoption of medical checklists makes sense. It saves lives and cuts costs. Advance New York is encouraging the State of New York to be more proactive and forward leaning in adopting best practices in health care. Health care is a tremendous expense for individuals, families, and taxpayers. More importantly, best practices save lives.
Voting Access & Civic Engagement Initiative
Early Voting for New York State
The current election administration in New York State (no early voting) makes it unnecessarily difficult for lower income and limited mobility New Yorkers to participate in our democracy and make their voices heard. New York should follow the lead of numerous other states and adopt early voting to include, at a minimum, one week (including Saturday and Sunday) of early voting. Adopting early voting for New York would help make sure as many New Yorkers as possible can participate in elections without undue hardship. No one should have to skip work to vote. Early voting would also help reduce lines on election day, which would encourage greater voter turnout.
Image: April Sikorski (Wikimedia Commons)
Move Absentee Voting Online
New York State's Boards of Elections devote a significant amount of time and resources to assembling, mailing and receiving absentee ballots. As New York State moves forward in the digital age, it is just a matter of time before absentee voting moves entirely online. In these tough economic times New York should take advantage of the cost savings of reduced postage and personnel time now. As a more secure and faster way of collecting absentee ballots, emailing absentee ballots to voters has the potential to increase voter turnout for absentee voters. It should be a priority for any democracy to make participating in government easier, faster, and more secure. It’s time for New York to move absentee voting online.
Automatic Registration of Youth Holding Drivers Licenses
Thousands of 18 year-olds hold drivers licenses and identification cards in New York State and yet aren't registered to vote. Voting, a cornerstone of effective civic engagement, is critical to maintain citizen involvement in the affairs of our government. Encouraging voting among our state's youth is particularly important in establishing lifelong citizen participation in government. Automatically registering those who have ID cards when they turn 18 is a simple, intelligent, and significant step forward in accomplishing this goal. Automatic registration would save the state time and resources avoiding the duplicative printing and collecting of voter registration cards. New York should move against the grain of states attempting to undermine voter participation and pass this common sense good governance measure.
Environmental Health & Sustainability Initiative
Making Our State Parks Smoke Free
Our natural landscape is one of the most important resources that our State has to offer. Protecting these shared resources should be a major priority for New York State. A simple, effective way to do this is to ban smoking within publicly owned state park lands outside of designated areas. Cigarette butts contain many harmful chemicals which do not break down well in nature. More importantly, park visitors should be able to enjoy all New York State Parks have to offer without being exposed to dangerous and unpleasant second-hand smoke. This is a sensible and simple measure the state should embrace to improve both the quality of our parks and the health of our public.
The Shared Prosperity Initiative
A Living Wage for New York
Thousands of New Yorkers work full time and still cannot support their families. We can do better than this. One way to help those who work hard and yet cannot get ahead is to raise the minimum wage. New York State's current minimum wage has not kept up with the rising cost of living. Further, there is little evidence that raising the minimum wage increases unemployment. Advance NY believes that all New Yorkers who work full time should be able to support their families and live a life with dignity. It's time for New York State to raise the wage