Issues: Aging

Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

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. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

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.

March 29, 2012
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SQUADRON HERALDS NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP, SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING IN BUDGET

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.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Presents Pen Certificate to NYC's Nurse Practitioners

Senator Montgomery presents nurse practioners from NYC with a pen certificate commemorating the enactment of the 2011 Montgomery law that authorizes nurse practitioners to sign death certificates.

March 28, 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 Zeldin and Senate Majority Restore STAR Rebate for Seniors in Budget Resolution

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) announced today that within this week’s State Senate 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, there will be much needed tax relief for New York’s Senior Citizens.

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R, C, I-Amherst) and Senator Zeldin introduced this legislation (S.6286) in January and have been actively advocating on its behalf since. On February 29, 2012, the Senate’s Aging Committee unanimously passed their bill to restore the STAR Rebate Check for seniors.

“The return of the STAR Rebate will give struggling seniors on fixed incomes a little breathing room,” said Senator Zeldin. “The Rebate Check should not have been repealed in 2009 and it is important that we bring it back to provide property tax relief to seniors who need it most.”

March 12, 2012
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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Senator Liz Krueger’s Senior Roundtable: Part V

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, doremann@gmail.com or call (212) 490-9535.

March 22, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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MEDIA ADVISORY: SENATOR BALL TO JOIN CARMEL SENIORS FOR LUNCH AND CONVERSATION

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY******Thursday, March 8th at 12:00 p.m.***

March 6, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Room 309 LOB

February 29, 11:30 AM - 11:32 AM
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April 20, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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May 18, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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VETERANS: SENATOR RITCHIE WANTS YOU!

Seeks Nominees for Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame

Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting nominations from veterans’ posts, family members and community leaders across Northern and Central New York for her inductee in the State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

February 14, 2012
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SENATOR BALL VISITS LEWISBORO SENIORS

South Salem, N.Y. – (2/8/2012) – On Wednesday, February 8th, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) paid a visit to the Lewisboro Senior Adult Group at the South Salem firehouse for some coffee, cake, and to talk about some of the issues the senior community in the area is coping with. 

February 11, 2012
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SEN. RITCHIE VISITS OSWEGO, JEFFERSON NURSING HOMES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

Flowers and Cards for Homebound Seniors

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited several nursing homes and urged people to visit their loved ones at area nursing homes during Valentine's Week.

February 11, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, February 13, 2012 Room 410 LOB

February 13, 11:30 AM - 11:36 AM
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SENATOR BALL ASKS YORKTOWN HEIGHTS SENIORS TO COME OUT FOR SOME LUNCH AND A LITTLE Q&A TIME

 

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – (1/30/12) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) joined seniors at the Yorktown Nutrition Center For Senior Citizens on Thursday to take questions and feedback on senior issues within the Yorktown community.

February 2, 2012
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