Issues: Aging

SENATOR VALESKY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF SENIOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM IN FINAL NYS BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, announced the state budget will expand the successful Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program to include more than 25,000 more seniors in New York State. Prescription drug rates have increased twice the rate of inflation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, disproportionately affecting senior citizens, many of whom live on fixed incomes.

"Prescription drugs are one of the most expensive components of health care for seniors," Senator Valesky said. "With the cost of prescription drugs increasing significantly, it is important to expand the EPIC program to provide a safety net for more older New Yorkers."

March 29, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, IDC RELEASE SENIOR AFFORDABILITY REPORT

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee,  along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

March 19, 2014
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SENATE BUDGET EXPANDS PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

Protects EPIC Program That Nearly 10,000 Central and Northern New Yorkers Depend On

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that the Senate’s budget proposal includes an expansion to a program designed to provide relief to low-income seniors struggling with cost of life-saving prescription drugs. 

Included in the spending plan is $2 million to increase the income limits for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program, commonly known as EPIC.  Income limits for EPIC—which helps seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs—have not been changed since 2001.

“For seniors, skyrocketing prescription drug costs are a major concern, as many individuals find it hard to afford the medications they need to stay healthy” said Senator Ritchie. 

March 19, 2014
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Senior Roundtable Breakfast: "Ageism & Advocacy"

The final session in Senator Krueger's 2013-2014 Roundtable Series for Boomers and Seniors will feature a discussion on "Ageism & Advocacy."

March 20, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Room 511 LOB

March 25, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Valesky to chair NY Senate Aging Committee

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

on February 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM, updated February 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, was named chair of the New York State Senate Aging Committee today.

Valesky previously chaired the committee in 2011 and 2012.

New York state ranks third in the nation in the number of resident older adults, according to a news release from Valesky's office. In 2010, there were about 3.7 million New Yorkers over the age of 60. That number is predicted to grow to 4.1 million by 2015 and 5.4 million in 2030--an increase of nearly 32 percent, according to information provided by Valesky.

March 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT ON 'YOUR VOICE'

On the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the Cosmos proposal for a soccer stadium at Belmont Park, the soccer camp with the Cosmos I am sponsoring at Floral Park Memorial High School, the newly-formed NYS Caucus of Environmental Legislators. being recognized by the Long Island Water Conference, and having the opportunity to address the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). 

February 28, 2014
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Senator Valesky Named Chair of Senate Aging Committee

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was named Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee today, a post he previously held from 2011-12.

“I am pleased to resume chairmanship of the Aging Committee and look forward to taking the lead on policy issues that are important to seniors and their families,” Senator Valesky said. “With Baby Boomers entering retirement age, aging issues are among the state’s most important.”

New York State ranks third in the nation in the number of resident older adults. In 2010, there were approximately 3.7 million New Yorkers over the age of 60. That number is predicted to grow to 4.1 million by 2015 and 5.4 million in 2030—an increase of nearly 32 percent.

February 27, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS ‘HAPPY VALENTINES’ TO SENIORS IN OSWEGO NURSING HOME

State Senator Patty Ritchie paid a Valentine’s Day visit with area seniors at Oswego’s Morningstar Residential Care Facility.

Senator Ritchie’s annual nursing home visits—complete with flowers, greeting cards and plenty of smiles for residents (but no sweets)—have been an annual tradition since she first took office in 2011.

February 14, 2014
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Staying Fit at Beatrice Place

I had a great time today participating in Zumba Gold at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities Beatrice Place. It was nice seeing so many seniors staying active and getting fit, while enjoying each others company. Many thanks to welcoming staff at  Beatrice Place for inviting me to participate, and to my colleagues from the Greece Town Board, Andy Conlon and Mike Barry, for joining me in the fun!

February 7, 2014
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G.R.A.P.E. Legislative Town Hall Meeting

I was pleased to join members of G.R.A.P.E., Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly, at their annual legislative Town Hall meeting this morning. Many thanks for the invite, and for all that you do for the elderly in our community.

January 24, 2014
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Save a Life by Becoming an Organ Donor

Please consider saving a life by becoming an organ donor. For more information, please visit the organ and tissue donation information page.

January 21, 2014
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Senator Young to Hold Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

For Release: Immediate, January 3, 2014

Urging the Community to Attend in Force

IRVING - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th Senate District) announced today that she is organizing a rally to save Lake Shore Hospital at Silver Creek High School on Saturday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m.

The public is strongly urged to come to show their support, she said.

Senator Young said that Assemblymen Andrew Goodell and Joseph Giglio are co-hosting the event. Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman David DiPietro, Congressman Tom Reed, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, and County Legislator George Borrello also will take part. The Seneca Nation of Indians, whose Cattaraugus Territory is adjacent to Lake Shore Hospital, will have a large presence. Medical personnel, emergency first responders, employees, labor and the community at large are expected to be out in force.

January 4, 2014
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Senator Carlucci's Senior Advisory Task Force Announce Plan to Help Senior's Afford The Hudson Valley Senator & Task Force Members

“Seniors deserve to live their golden years in comfort, not in poverty.”

NANUET - Senator David Carlucci’s (D-Rockland/Westchester) Senior Advisory Task Force announced a plan today that promises to ease the burden of affordability for seniors throughout the Hudson Valley. Even though seniors put in a lifetime of hard work, many still live on a fixed income that can barely put food on the table. This proposal promises to provide real relief for seniors.

December 19, 2013
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SENIORS: TAKE THE CHILL OUT OF WINTER

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

December 16, 2013
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Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013
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SENATOR GOLDEN STARTS A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION FOR SENIORS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing his series of new holiday events billed as “Holiday Senior Festivals”, which will feature the participation of numerous City and State agencies, free blood pressure screenings, entertainment and lunch, a FREE shredding truck parked outside to shred old documents, and raffles as well as a tree trimming.

 

December 9, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Celebrates 100th Birthday of Gertrude Schneider, Local Champion of the Jewish Community

Whitestone, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined the Whitestone Hebrew Centre to celebrate the 100th birthday of Gertrude Schneider, a longtime supporter and champion of the Jewish community in Queens.

 

December 3, 2013
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World War II veterans honored by Senator O'Brien

FAIRPORT, N.Y. -- Two local veterans of the Second World War who were inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame earlier this year were recognized by Senator O'Brien at the Perinton Memorial VFW Post 8495, the home of "Freedom Hill."

Bob Nolan of the Army and Lyle Dupra of the Naval Armed Guard and Navy were recognized for their service.  Dupra is also a veteran of the Korean conflict, while Nolan later had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 25, 2013
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