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What’s Going on in Albany

With the New York State Budget finalized, here’s a peak at what else the AHA has planned for this legislative session.

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With less than three months left in New York State’s legislative session, the American Heart Association still has some big policy priorities that we hope to see passed. As you know, we focus on legislation that helps New Yorker’s live their healthiest life. A big part of this is making sure healthy food is easily accessible. One way we can do this is by implementing healthy vending machines in state owned facilities. This way, employees and visitors can be sure they have a healthy snack when outside of the house. As we move forward with this legislation, we would love to hear from anyone interested in sharing their support with elected officials. 

Our other top priorities include passing Tobacco 21 and prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products which entice young adults through flavors like fruity pebbles and chocolate. Tobacco 21 is common sense, lifesaving legislation that raises the sales age of tobacco products to 21. By delaying the age in which youth can legally access tobacco products, we can prevent them from ever stating. If you’d like to get involved, please consider joining our Lobby Day in Albany on May 8th

If interested in participating in any of these initiatives, please email Caitlin O’Brien at




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