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Catherine M. Abate
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Since June 1999, Catherine M. Abate has served as the president and CEO of Community Healthcare Network, her latest endeavor in a career that spans several decades of public service.

Ms. Abate began her professional life as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and eventually became director of training in its Criminal Defense Division. She taught criminal law and procedure and trial litigation practice to hundreds of newly hired attorneys.

In 1986, Governor Cuomo appointed Ms. Abate to the position of executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and in 1988, to the position of Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board. During the Dinkins administration, she served as Commissioner of both the New York City Departments of Correction and Probation.

Ms. Abate was elected as a New York State Senator in Manhattan from 1994—1998. While in the Senate, she was the ranking Democrat on the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, as well as Investigations and Government Operations Committee.

Ms. Abate is a frequent lecturer and panelist on human rights, criminal justice, health care and management/leadership. She serves on a number of Boards, to name a few: Member of New York City Commission on HIV/AIDS, Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), Alliance for Women’s Health, Medicaid Matters New York – Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY), Member of Board -– New York Presbyterian HIV SNP, Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, Member of State Probation Commission, Member of New York City Board of Corrections, Member of Disciplinary Committee (Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department), Criminal Procedure Law Committee convened by Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and Former Board Chair of Family Planning Advocates of New York State.

Ms. Abate graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received her law degree from Boston University Law School.

Entries by Catherine M. Abate

May Is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month -- Let's Aim Low!

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Earlier this year, the city released its most recent figures on birth rates, and many were delighted to see the numbers for teens between 15 and 19 years of age at a new low: 23.6 births per 1,000 women age 15 to 19 years in 2012. This is...

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Fighting Obesity -- One Bodega at a Time

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Some welcome news came on the cusp of March, which is known as National Nutrition Month. The Obama administration announced significant reforms for nutrition labeling aimed at better educating consumers by giving them a better grasp of what -- and how much -- they are putting in their...

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Stepping Up the Fight Against Obesity

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:09 AM

For most of us working in the medical field, the recent decision by the American Medical Association (AMA) to label obesity a disease is a long-overdue acknowledgment of the fact that obesity has become one of the greatest health crises of our time.

Nationwide, more than one-third of...

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With Hate Crimes Up, NYC Teens Tackle Homophobia

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Pride Month is about to begin. But as we commence the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture and equal rights, we find ourselves confronted by a spate of horrible crimes that point to vicious homophobia and ignorance that still exists, even in New York.

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Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Last week, the Human Resources Administration released a series of ads designed to discourage teen pregnancy. Whether or not the now-controversial ads will have an impact on pregnancy rates remains to be seen, but what we do know is that there is still reason to be concerned about...

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Solving Brooklyn's Health Care Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Recently, we learned that Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn plans to close. Additionally, SUNY Downstate Hospital faces serious financial problems. The fact is, numerous studies have repeatedly illustrated the precarious state of Brooklyn's health care delivery system, which serves 2.5 million residents with disproportionally high rates of chronic illnesses,...

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Including Health Care in Discussions of Storm Preparedness

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 2:41 PM

With the three-month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, the New York City Council has launched a series of hearings on storm preparedness and response. While topics across the board are being addressed, the City Council had the good foresight to give health care issues the attention they deserve, addressing health...

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