News – On The Front Line

In August, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a coordinated effort by several state agencies and institutions to prevent underage drinking on college campuses and in college towns. Then on Sept. 7, he signed the “brunch bill,” an amendment to allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier than was previously legal [“Approval for booze at brunch,” News, Sept. 8]. In addition, restaurants will be eligible...

"One person can ignite a fire that can light the entire forest"  On March 30, 2016 I had the pleasure of meeting a true hero - Dr. Bennet Omalu. He was the keynoter at the Head Injury Association's Awareness Sports Forum at the Hyatt Regency Long Island. In 2002 Dr. Omalu discovered the presence of degenerative disease in the brain of National Football League (NFL) player Mike Webster. He named the brain...

Access delayed is access denied. These are words that ring true for thousands of families across Long Island who have been unsuccessful in accessing timely and affordable mental health and addictions care through their health insurer. How do I know this? From the stories that people tell us at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, a 63-year-old children’s mental health agency in Nassau County. Health insurers are mandated by government to offer...

Poisoned children in America By Andrew Malekoff The poisoning of an American city: Where is the outrage about the incomprehensible crime against the children and families of Flint? I have worked for the welfare of children for 45 years, starting as a big brother in New Brunswick, New Jersey when I was an undergraduate at Rutgers College and, after graduating, as a VISTA volunteer in Grand Island, Nebraska. Then I went on to...

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="288"] Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center[/caption] Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. What happens when something that affects children’s lives is widespread but hidden in plain sight? What if it is something that creates untold heartache in lives that are already unnecessarily damaged? It should be addressed and corrected. Yet, because it is hidden...