New York’s senior population continues to grow at a steady rate making our state home to the third largest senior population in the country. In Erie County alone, it is estimated the senior population will increase over 10% by 2040.
While the senior population grows, the Governor’s proposed budget hurts seniors in a number of ways:
- Cuts State Office for the Aging (SOFA) funds by almost 5%;
- Reduces funding for elder abuse services by $700,000; and
- Shifts the cost of critical senior services from the state to local governments that may not be able to fund them such as meal delivery, transportation, and in-home care.
Senator Chris Jacobs is fighting to restore these cuts and services. The April 1st State Budget deadline is fast approaching and Senator Jacobs has joined a bi-partisan effort to STEP UP FOR SENIORS.
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“At a time when we should be investing in our senior population, the Executive Budget is cutting essential programs and services. That’s not right! We need to make sure our seniors have access to vital programs and services that make living, even aging in their own home, in New York possible,” said Senator Jacobs. “That’s why I am fighting to restore these cuts and provide more for our seniors in the final state budget.”
SENATOR CHRIS JACOBS
phone: (716) 854-8705