By Teri Weaver | email@example.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.
During his previous stint as the committee's chair, Valesky worked on legislation to prevent cuts to the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program and to protect seniors from abuse. The Gold Alert alert system, which helps find missing seniors, became law when he was Aging chairman.