Senate Republicans urge governor and health department to act immediately to address infant formula shortage

Albany must use full state strength to address widespread formula shortages that are hurting infants and parents across New York State

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senators Sue Serino, Daphne Jordan and Mike Martucci today wrote a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Health Commissioner, Mary T. Bassett, calling for immediate action and the full power of the state to respond widespread shortages of infant formula hurting families all over New York and across the country.

“No parent should have to live in fear of not being able to find the formula they need to feed their baby. This shortage and the inaction that surrounds it are absolutely unacceptable and it will take committed partners at all levels to restart production. New York State must do everything it can to immediately remove all barriers to access, streamline the supply chain, and put healthy, affordable formula in the hands of families who need it,” said said Senator Sue Serino.

“No mother or father should ever worry about whether or not they can feed their toddler. Over the past few weeks I have heard from countless families in my district talking about empty store shelves and pharmacies where formula should be – and parents with nowhere to turn. New Yorkers are fed up. It’s time for Albany to unleash the full force of our state government to the crisis. Now is the time to act,” said Senator Daphne Jordan.

“As a father of three young children, I can’t even imagine the stress and worry that parents are feeling because of this shortage of formula milk. Democrats in this state have rushed to fix fake crises in the past — this is a real crisis. Working families are unable to obtain formula for their babies. We must leave no stone unturned to solve this problem and use the full power of state government to help those who are struggling. There is no time to waste and I am ready to do whatever it takes,” said Senator Mike Martucci.

A copy of the letter is attached.