Issues: Aging

'OFFICE-ON-THE-MOVE' HEADS TO EDWARDS, CARTHAGE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is bringing government closer to her constituents in St. Lawrence and southern Jefferson Counties, with two of her highly successful “Mobile District Offices” planned for Edwards and West Carthage next week.

December 8, 2011
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TSA Denies Grandmother Was Strip Searched at JFK

FOX News reported on the recent string of controversies surrounding TSA's strip searches of elderly women and their later denial of such happenings. Senator Gianaris was interviewed byLisa Evers of Fox 5about the need for an investigation into what actually happened.

An 85-year-old grandmother says Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York humiliated her by strip searching her earlier this week and she plans to sue, the New York Daily News reported.

But the TSA denies that ever happened.

Lenore Zimmerman, from Long Beach, N.Y., says she was pulled into a private screening room by security Tuesday who then proceeded to take off her clothes, the newspaper reported.

December 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on WOR's The John Gambling Show

Senator Gianaris was featured on WOR 710's The John Gambling Show in light of the recent strip searches on elderly women at Kennedy airport.He discussed his letter to the TSA requesting a much more in-depth investigation of the JFK strip searches.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

December 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Fights for Air Travelers' Rights

Asks TSA officials to investigate strip-searching of elderly women at JFK Airport.

Queens, NY – A staunch advocate for air passengers’ and senior citizens’ rights, Senator Michael Gianaris continues to fight for the dignity of air travelers and seniors by calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to investigate search procedures at JFK Airport in New York City.

Following reports of alleged unnecessary strip-searches of two elderly women at Kennedy Airport, Senator Gianaris sent a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole requesting an immediate and comprehensive investigation of both incidents.

December 6, 2011
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Another Elderly Woman Says She Was Subjected To Strip Search At Kennedy Airport

CBS New York wrote about two elderly women getting strip searched at Kennedy Airport. Senator Gianaris offered his insights as to why senior citizens were being violated and spoke for the need to get to the bottom of what exactly they had done to endure such humiliation and embarrassment. 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lenore Zimmerman, 85, was angry and embarrassed after what she claims was a strip search at Kennedy Airport.

Now another woman in her 80s said she was exposed one day before at the very same terminal. From her home in Sunrise, Fla., 88-year-old Ruth Sherman said she knows for a fact senior citizens are being violated at a screening checkpoint at JFK.

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December 6, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN URGING GOVERNOR CUOMO TO MAINTAIN TITLE XX FUNDING IN NEXT YEAR’S STATE BUDGET

New York – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former Chairman of the State Senate Aging Committee, issued this statement through a representative, at a press conference today hosted by the Council of Senior Centers and Services calling on Governor Cuomo to preserve Title XX Funding in next year’s State budget so to keep more than 100 senior centers open in New York City:

“Senator Golden joins you in sending a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to not propose cuts to Title XX funding in next year’s New York State budget. Our message today is that these budget reductions unfairly target New York's senior population and New Yorkers will not accept this.

December 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco and the Alzheimer's Association Celebrate Activation of New York's Missing Vulnerable Adult Program

Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with members of the Alzheimer's Association, held a press conference on November 30, 2011, to announce the activation of the Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert System, which operates similarly to the state's "Amber Alert" system for missing and exploited children.  Now, when an adult with a cognitive impairment goes missing, the Department of Criminal Justice Services can issue an alert to local law enforcement agencies and media outlets to help locate the missing person.  Senator DeFrancisco sponsored the legislation.

December 1, 2011
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Giving Thanks

The Queens Gazette wrote about the 22nd GHOA's Thanksgiving Meal giveaway which was held at the organization’s headquarters, 23-49 31st St. this year. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, volunteered to distribute meals to the elderly, the poor, the homeless and the lonesome in our community.

While millions of Americans spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the warm surroundings of home with family and friends, an equal number, including many throughout the city, experienced just the opposite.

December 1, 2011
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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

A longtime supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's in Dutchess County. The walk, emceed by my good friend Bob Miller of WBPM-FM in Kingston, raised a record amount of charitable funds which will help to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed research.

November 29, 2011
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Senator Grisanti visits local home care patient during National Home Care Awareness Month

State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) visited the home of Buffalo resident and home care recipient Randall Clay, to see, first-hand, the value of home and community-based care for residents of the 60th

November 23, 2011
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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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As Winter Moves in, Senator Espaillat Reminds Residents of Heating Assistance for Low Income Families

Espaillat's office to help contistuents with applications and follow up 

As temperatures drop, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) is reminding residents about the availability of heating assistance for low income families. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps millions of low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for energy, in paying their energy bill.

October 26, 2011
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St. Louis Senior Center's 1st Annual Multicultural Celebration

Senator Adams joined the St. Louis Senior Center (230 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights) for their 1st Annual Multicultural Celebration.  The senior citizens celebrated the diverse cultures represented within the center, with each country making a presentation and providing tasty samples of their country's cuisine for everyone to enjoy. 

 

October 19, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA'S ANNUAL SENIOR INFORMATION DAY

Senator Andrew Lanza invites senior citizens to join him at CYO Mt. Loretto on Staten Island this Friday at his annual Senior Information Day.

October 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA TO HOST ANNUAL SENIOR INFORMATION DAY FRIDAY, OCT 14

Senator Andrew Lanza invites senior citizens to join him at CYO Mt. Loretto on Staten Island this Friday at his annual Senior Information Day. The fair is a one-stop opportunity for senior citizens to receive a variety of informational materials and demonstrations from government agencies, health care organizations, and other important groups. Health screenings, flu shots and mammography screenings will be available, as well as free refreshments and giveaways (appointment necessary for mammography screenings 800-564-6868).

 

October 13, 2011
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CAPACITY CROWD FOR SENATOR RITCHIE’S HEALTH EXPO FILLS WAR MEMORIAL

Seniors Flock To Fulton To Learn About Services In Oswego County

Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Expo at the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday drew a capacity crowd.

The event offered seniors and their families free flu shots, cancer screening and an introduction to a variety of services, including health care, senior nutrition, fitness, even square dancing.

Over 50 exhibitors attended the one-stop event to learn about programs available to help them stay healthy,

October 12, 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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