Hannon’s Senate-sponsored CARE Act bill became law last year. The bill, which among other things, gives training to caregivers of patients being discharged from hospitals, was designed to help speed healing and reduce readmittance. “When you go home, there will be someone there effectively taking care of you.” He said the Senate has done some “major work” in curtailing use of opioids, including the real-time database called I-STOP, which requires doctors, before a prescription for opioids is given, to check a central dataset for patterns of doctor shopping. Another bill he sponsored passed last year would limit the initial prescription from unlimited to seven days for opioids and other addictive medications. He pushed for EpiPens to be in all public schools and other places, but since the scandal of the rising costs of the pens, has asked the attorney general to investigate the pharmaceutical company for price gouging. Hannon also co-sponsored the breast cancer screening bill, now law, which eliminates co-pays for preventative screenings, extends hours for mammography services, and gives public employees work leave to attend to the screenings.
Hannon, 70, is running on the Republican, Independence, Conservative, Tax Revolt and Reform party lines. The Garden City resident has been a member of the State Senate since 1989, and previously served on the Assembly for 12 years. He chairs the health committee, and sits on several other committees, including finance, rules, labor, judiciary and mental health and developmental disabilities. He also sits on the heroin taskforce, and the task force on lyme and tick borne diseases. Hannon received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his law degree from Fordham University. He and his wife have two daughters.