State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle on July 13 announced that he had secured $75,000 in funding to fight Lyme and other tick-borne diseases on the East End.
Mr. LaValle, a member of the Senate Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, obtained the funds to be used at Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center.
Additionally, legislation, co-sponsored by Senator LaValle, to educate and increase awareness among students of the diseases has passed both the Senate and Assembly and will be sent to Governor Cuomo for his consideration.
“With the continuing high incidence of these tick-borne illnesses, we need to work to eradicate the diseases and end the transmission to individuals,” Mr. LaValle said in a release. “Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center has led the way in educational outreach for the public on both the North and South Fork. Additionally, they support programs for elementary-aged children to make them more aware of the issues, have run medical symposia on the topic, and are participants in a National Institute of Health study for diagnosis of the Lyme disease. I am pleased that we are able to gain state support for these vital programs.”