ACS CAN Voter Guides in NY Races

NY Senate and House Candidates Asked to State Positions on Cancer Issues


ALBANY, NY – October 26, 2010 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is asking candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to go on the record with their positions on cancer issues. ACS CAN, the nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, has reached out to more than 500 federal and state candidates across the country in a nationwide effort to educate voters and candidates about laws and policies that help people fight cancer.  The voter guides can be accessed at

ACS CAN asked candidates to go on the record with their positions regarding funding for cancer research and prevention, health care, and tobacco control. In some cases both candidates have responded, in others only one candidate has responded. ACS CAN voter guides include the following:

New York House Races

District 1: Tim Bishop vs. Randy Altschuler

District 13: Mike McMahon vs. Michael Grimm

District 19: John J. Hall vs. Nan Hayworth

District 23: Matt Doheny vs. Bill Owens

District 24: Michael Arcuri vs. Richard Hanna

District 29: Matt Zeller vs. Tom Reed

New York Senate Race
Kirsten E. Gillibrand vs. Joseph DioGuardi

“Government officials at the state, and local level make decisions every day that impact the ability of people with cancer or who are at risk of cancer to prevent and fight the disease,” said Sandi Cassese, ACS CAN New York State Lead Legislative Ambassador and Vice President for Oncology and Ambulatory Services for Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. “Lawmakers have the power to fund critical cancer control and screening programs, expand access to quality health care and enact strong policies that discourage people from taking up the deadly habit of smoking. We are glad that the candidates went on the record with their positions on these critical issues.”

ACS CAN provided its own answers in the candidate questionnaires. ACS CAN:
·    Supports a federal investment in cancer research and prevention as the surest way to continue to reduce the suffering and economic burden caused by the disease. Support from Congress is leading to the development of new tools for early detection and cancer-fighting treatments that are still in the early stages. A sustained federal investment in these efforts is necessary to make significant progress in the fight against cancer.

·    Supports strong implementation of the recently enacted Affordable Care Act so that cancer patients, survivors and their families have full access to quality, affordable health care coverage. The new law, while not perfect, will meaningfully improve access to health care for millions of Americans who have or may face cancer. 

·    Supports strong tobacco control policies, including an increase in the federal tobacco tax to reduce the number of youth and adults who begin smoking and to increase the number of smokers who quit. Every day, 3,500 kids try their first cigarette and 1,000 kids become regular smokers. ACS CAN supports substantially increasing the federal tobacco tax because every 10 percent increase in the cost of a pack reduces youth smoking by 7 percent and overall cigarette consumption by 4 percent.

“As an advocate, I know first-hand how important the decisions of elected officials can be to people with cancer and their families in New York,” said Cassese. “That is why I am asking everyone to learn where their candidates stand on public policy issues that will help make cancer history. And no matter who wins, our volunteers pledge to work with them to support laws and policies that help people fight cancer.” 

This year, an estimated 103,000 in New York State will be diagnosed with cancer and 34,540 in the state will die from the disease. Nationwide, in 2010, more than 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 596,000 will die from the disease.

ACS CAN, the voice of more than 11 million cancer patients in this country and their families, is strictly non-partisan and does not endorse or contribute to any candidate or political party. The voter guides are available online at

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit


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