Suffolk County Medical Society

Suffolk Academy of Medicine


Allowing Enhanced Religious Exemptions for School Based Immunizations Passed in Senate Education Committee

Senate Bill 6141D, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden, which would allow the admission of certain unvaccinated students to public schools, has passed out of the NYS Senate’s Education Committee and is reported to the Senate Finance Committee.

To Oppose this bill for Unvaccinated Students in Public Schools 

The passage of this bill is the first time that this bill has been voted on by members of any Senate committee.  S. 6141-D amends the Education Law to provide the procedure for religious exemptions from vaccination requirements.  Under the bill, a parent or guardian would complete a religious beliefs vaccination exemption form to ensure a public school district does not deny admission to their unvaccinated child.  A religious exemption is currently allowable under NY State law, but the exemption allows the school institution to make a decision on whether the student should be exempt from vaccination.  

This bill, if passed by the Legislature, would force schools to accept the form and allow unvaccinated students to enter the school. Its companion measure, A. 8123B, sponsored by Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, is also pending before the Assembly’s Education Committee. 

Voting against the bill in the Senate Education Committee were: Senators Serrano, Mayer, and Brooks.  Voting Yes, without recommendation were: Senators Peralta, Serino, Lavalle, Little, Stavisky and voting Yes were: Senators Marcellino, Gallivan, Avella, Hamiliton, Lanza, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Addabbo, Breslin.  Senator Croci was listed as excused and Senator Montgomery was absent. 

Physicians are urged to write to the members of the NYS Legislature and urge that this bill not be enacted. 

To write a letter go to the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center.   

  The MSSNYPAC Executive Committee

Thomas J. Madejski, MD

Joseph R. Sellers, MD

Gregory Pinto, MD


Cordially invite you to

Physicians’ Day at the Races

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Saratoga Race Course

“At The Rail Pavilion”

Saratoga Springs, NY

$500/physician, $300/guest, $250/guest under 21

Ticket price includes clubhouse admission, post parade programs, a gourmet buffet lunch at your own trackside table (11:30 am - 2:30 pm), unlimited open bar, private viewing of the horses as they bring them from the paddock and private betting windows with a 1:00 pm post time.

 Saratoga Stakes Races: Jim Dandy, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, and Amsterdam are scheduled for this date.

Dress: Neat casual attire. Gentlemen require collared shirts.  Ladies require dresses, skirts or slack outfits.  Jeans, shorts, sneakers, flip-flops or abbreviated wear are not permitted at the venue. Non-members of MSSNY are also welcome.

Visit for further details.

Contact Jennifer Wilks at 518-465-8085 to secure tickets.




Upcoming Events:

 Saturday, June 9, 2018   7:30am - 12:00pm

Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Uniondale, NY

 7:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00am: Meeting Begins

12:00pm: Wrap Up & Box Lunch Served

Click Here for Event Flyer

 Guests from the Suffolk Medical Society can register by going to and entering the password “IntegratedCare”


The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2018 Legislative Breakfast

 2018 House of Delegates

March 23-25

Top row (left to right):
Nabil K. Kiridly M.D., Hannah Ortiz M.D., William Wertheim M.D.
Stephen F. Coccaro M.D., Ani Bodoutchian M.D., Kara Kvilekval M.D., Daniel E. Choi M.D.
Ramin Rak M.D., Princess Mark M.D., Charles Rothberg M.D., William R. Spencer M.D.
Samara Churgin M.D., Maria Basile M.D., Frank Dowling M.D., Aaron Kumar M.D.
 Missing in picture delegates:
Richard A. Schoor M.D., Diana Meyler M.D. 



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Medical Professionals’ Conference

on Opioid Medication-Assisted Treatment



Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, NY



Presents the 212th Annual Meeting

& Installation of Officers

Incoming President: Ramin Rak, M.D.

 Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.


 To be held at ~ Lombardi’s on the Bay ~

located at 600 South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue  


Annual Meeting Flyer



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