Vanderhoef calls for State Funding to Study Newly Discovered “Longhorned Tick”

State Senate Candidate Scott Vanderhoef called on the New York State Department of Health to increase and prioritize research of the Longhorned tick, which was recently discovered in multiple locations within Westchester and Rockland Counties. Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are a threat to our families and pets, however, it took the medical community years to fully grasp the dangers. The discovery of a new invasive tick should give officials pause as local communities can not afford to wait to learn what new threat it poses.

The New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases has raised awareness to help protect families and has pushed for a comprehensive statewide action plan to be funded in the executive budget. “We need to study the impact of the Longhorned tick so we can work with medical professionals to identify the early signs of infection,” stated State Senate candidate Scott Vanderhoef. Vanderhoef added, “As your next State Senator I will fight to have research funding included in next year’s budget so we can learn of the potential impact of the Longhorned tick and from there create proper treatment protocols.”

Scott Vanderhoef is the candidate for the 38th Senate District which includes parts of Rockland and Westchester Counties.