New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has been named to the newly formed State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases by Senate Majority Coalition co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein.
The task force aims to find new solutions to the diseases that affect an estimated 300,000 individuals annually, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Tick Task Force plans to review research, consult with experts, hear from the public, and work with the appropriate state and federal agencies in developing recommendations for a New York State Action Plan on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The Task Force will use all the information it gathers to chart a comprehensive road map for the state to improve the disease’s diagnosis and treatment, and to reduce tick densities in deer populations.
In a prepared statement, Senator LaValle said, “I have, for many years, worked with the East End towns in my district to seek ways to control ticks and the spread of tick-borne diseases, including securing funds for four-poster feeding stations. Tick-borne diseases, and specifically Lyme disease, are debilitating and must be controlled and stopped. I thank Senator Dean Skelos for appointing me to this task force and look forward to getting to work on this issue.”
Also appointed to the Task Force are Senator Kemp Hannon, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and Senators David Carlucci, Mark Grisanti, Kathleen Marchione, Greg Ball, Bill Larkin and Elizabeth Little.