Queens, NY, May 22, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. teamed up with Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) experts this morning and held “Preventing Falls Among Seniors – Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet,” a free, 60-minute VNSNY Community health turnkey presentation. Lunch, gift bags and transportation for many of the 125 members who attended from several Queens senior centers were provided by VNSNY.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 2012 Silver and Gold Gala on May 9th. The event, hosted by the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs, took place at Pensabene's Casa Grande.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke with senior citizens during a luncheon on May 4, 2012, hosted by the Wisdom People St. Daniel Senior Citizens Group. The Senator addressed ongoing state issues and provided helpful information on various state programs and services that are available to seniors. About 90 people attended the luncheon.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades.
Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Even in Minority, Squadron Pushes Forward Priorities as Social Services Ranker
ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member and former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, heralded the $2.5 million allocated for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in the state budget, as well as significant investments in other critical social services programs.
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.
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.
Join us for Part V of our Five-Part Series for Boomers and Seniors, "Who Will Care for Me? Redefining Aging and How We Care for our Elders." Presenters will include: Alice Fisher, Community Outreach Director for the Office of State Senator Liz Krueger; and Frederic Riccardi, Director of Programs and Outreach for the Medicare Rights Center. A light breakfast will be served.
RSVP is required -- for further information or to RSVP, email Dore Mann, email@example.com or call (212) 490-9535.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) visited with Jean Switalski, a member of the Senior Foundation and the Allegany County Office for the Aging (OFA) Advisory Council during a Legislative Luncheon at the Belmont American Legion on February 10. The OFA provides various cost-saving services to Allegany County seniors, which include five Meals-On-Wheels meals visits, four hours of in-home services, a Lifeline emergency unit and half an hour of case management a week.