STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
August 16, 2021
Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
AN ACT to direct the New York state department of health to conduct a
study on the incidences of cancer clusters in cities and towns having
a population of more than ninety thousand
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. 1. The commissioner of the New York state department of
2 health is hereby authorized and directed to prepare or have prepared a
3 study of the incidences of cancer clusters in all cities and towns
4 having a population of more than ninety thousand inhabitants as deter-
5 mined by the last federal decennial census. Such study shall include an
6 analysis of high risk neighborhoods examining disparities in: income,
7 race and ethnicity, public and private housing, proximity to major
8 sources of air pollution, proximity to major sources of carcinogens, and
9 an evaluation of the effectiveness of existing medical facilities in
10 each city. The study shall include recommendations for evidence-based
11 interventions to address the high burden of cancer clusters in each city
12 and town included in the study.
13 2. For the purposes of this act, "cancer cluster" shall mean a great-
14 er-than-expected number of cancer cases that occurs within a group of
15 people in a geographic area over a period of time.
16 § 2. The study shall be completed and posted on the department of
17 health's website by September thirtieth, two thousand twenty-three.
18 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.