Issues: EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program)

State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Hosts Meeting of Seniors Advisory Committee

Nanuet, NY (March 26, 2012) – In an effort to increase dialogue between state government and the rapidly growing senior population in the Hudson Valley, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) will be hosting the first meeting of his newly established Seniors Advisory Committee. The volunteer-led panel is designed to discuss and offer solutions to the important issues facing seniors in Rockland and Orange counties.

March 27, 2012
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3/14/2012: AARP Lobby Day

On Wednesday March 14, 2012 constituents of Senator Huntley who are members of AARP traveled to the capitol to discuss several pressing issues with her.  These issues included funding for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program and opposition toward the creation of Tier VI.  Senator Huntley explained to her constituents that funding for EPIC was a main priority for her and that she supports unions.  Hundreds of AARP members converged on the capitol that day for their annual lobby day and spoke with their local elected official about concerns that senior had.

March 13, 2012
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State Senate Passes 2012-13 Budget Resolution

Griffo Says Senate Plan Emphasizes Job Creation & Fiscal Responsibility

(Albany)- Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said today that the State Senate passed its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution that aims to control state spending, avoid new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends slightly less than the Executive Budget.  The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF 2012-13 SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION

Senate Advances Plan that Focuses on Job Creation & Fiscal Responsibility

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed its budget resolution – a fiscally sound plan that achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals to control state spending, avoid new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates, and helps create jobs and build a stronger economy.

March 12, 2012
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ADDABBO INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP LOW-INCOME SENIORS AFFORD EXPENSIVE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Queens, NY, March 12, 2012 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), a member of the Senate Committee on Aging, has introduced legislation (S.6417) to provide greater access to prescription drugs for low-income seniors and the disabled. 

 

“Although Medicare now provides a Part D prescription drug benefit, the fact of the matter is that out-of-pocket costs may still be too much for many seniors to afford,” said Addabbo. 

March 12, 2012
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RITCHIE HIGHLIGHTS SENATE’S BUDGET GOALS

Jobs, Property Tax Relief, EPIC, Rural Schools, EEE Top List; Plan Includes Funds to Protect Fort Drum

March 12, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of Statewide Alert System for Missing Vulnerable Adults

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of a statewide alert system that will help find vulnerable adults who become lost. The "Missing Adult Alerts" system, similar to the nationwide Amber Alert program, will assist local law enforcement officials in notifying communities when a cognitively impaired New Yorker goes missing.

"The Missing Adults Alert system will help law enforcement find elderly and impaired New Yorkers who become lost and get them home safely," Governor Cuomo said. "This system has saved lives regarding missing children, and now it will provide the same assistance when it comes to finding vulnerable adults."

October 28, 2011
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SENIORS KICK IT UP AT SEN. RITCHIE'S HEALTH EXPOS

Nearly 2,000 seniors turned out for my health and wellness expos in Fulton and Watertown.

Attendees were treated to a wealth of information about staying fit and healthy, and a great time.

I can't wait 'til next year!

October 27, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends the Senior Living Fair in Liverpool

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Senior Living Fair at Liverpool Community Church on Friday October 7th, 2011.  He is pictured with Arlene Bolton from the AARP.

October 11, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE'S SENIOR HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO OCT. 12


Free Flu Shots, Cancer Screening At Fulton War Memorial

October 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE'S JEFFERSON COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO 2011

Special thanks to the Jefferson County Office for the Aging, Froggy 97, and the over 1500 seniors who turned out and made my first Senior health and wellness Expo such a success.

September 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES OSWEGO SENIOR HEALTH EXPO

** UPDATED LIST OF EXHIBITORS AND SERVICES BELOW **

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Expo in Fulton, at the War Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free, and will feature over 50 exhibitors on health and wellness, health catre, senior nutrition and fitness, and other services.

There will also be free flu shot, health screenings and refreshments.

Over 1500 seniors attended a similiar event in September in Watertown. That was a new record for attendance at such an event.

You can view a video report on that event here.

September 15, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Senator Ball Urges NY Lawmakers to Follow Florida’s Lead

Albany, N.Y. — (06/11/11) — Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is urging fellow legislators to do the right thing and demand drug testing for welfare recipients in New York. Senator Ball has long advocated for a law that would ensure that hard-working taxpayers are not subsidizing drug addictions.

June 15, 2011
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