LiveOn NY Releases Statement on Mayor de Blasio's FY2018 Executive Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 27, 2017                

CONTACT: Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy

bsackman@liveon-ny.org or 917-690-2805

 

MAYOR REFUSES TO ADD ANY NEW MONEY TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING!

NO SENIORS, NO BUDGET!

A wave of concern and confusion was sent through the community-based aging services and older New Yorker community across the city as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget adds no new money to the Department for the Aging. This is on top of no new money in the preliminary budget. The network of senior centers, services for homebound elderly and other programs has continued to be left out of the Mayor’s budgets.

Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy, LiveOn NY, “On behalf of the 300,000 older New Yorkers served by LiveOn NY’s members, we find it deeply disturbing that Mayor Bill de Blasio, once again, has refused to add any new money to fund vital services through the Department for the Aging (DFTA). 

In both his preliminary and executive budgets, the Mayor has rejected adding any new funding to DFTA. With almost 18% of the city’s population reaching age 60+, it is irresponsible that DFTA receives less than ½ of 1% of the city budget – and less than 2% of all human services funding. As we head into the headwaters of a Trump budget, the safety net for older adults and their family caregivers, currently very thin, must be strengthened. The 2000 homebound seniors waiting for a case manager to visit them, the 780 seniors waiting for home care, the senior centers needing funds for meals, health and wellness programs and renovations – the list goes on and on. Given the anxieties about federal level funding cuts, ignoring the needs of older New Yorkers is inexcusable. If seniors cannot depend upon their Mayor to support the services they need, then where can they turn.

City Council has declared 2017 the Year of the Senior. LiveOn NY calls on City Council and the Mayor to fund the $60.6 million budget priorities included in City Council's response to the preliminary budget. As a supporter of women’s rights and immigrants, the Mayor must support New Yorkers across the lifespan. DFTA’s programs serve thousands of low income women and immigrants. LiveOn NY calls on both the Mayor and City Council to not adopt the FY18 budget without full funding of DFTA services.

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LiveOn NY’s membership is comprised of 100 nonprofits providing an array of community-based services to 300,000 older New Yorkers. Our mission is to make New York a better place to age, allowing older adults to age with independence, grace and vitality.

Click here for a printable version of this statement.

Action Alert: 17,500 LETTERS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR = 65 SENIOR CENTERS SAVED - LET'S DO IT AGAIN!

17,500 LETTERS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR =

65 SENIOR CENTERS SAVED

LET'S DO IT AGAIN - CITY BUDGET TIME

When we come together and unite in a common voice, we win!

The Senate and Assembly passed the final budget this weekend which included funding for aging services, as well as a provision adding an unprecedented $125 million in capital funding for senior housing for low income seniors.  LiveOn NY thanks Aging Committee Chairs Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for their strong leadership during the budget process and for fighting vigilantly for aging servicesWe also thank Housing Chairs Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz for their strong leadership on affordable senior housing funding. 

Key highlights include:

  • $17 million in Title XX funds restored for senior centers, saving the 65 NYC Senior Centers that were at risk
  • $875,000 in new funding for for Community Services for the Elderly (CSE) - which helps to address the 17,000 seniors on waiting lists statewide
  • $945,000 for statewide elder abuse victims’ services (same as last year)
  • $500,000 for Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Teams (EMDTs) (same as last year)
  • $125 million for developing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low income seniors

The entire budget moves to Governor for final approval, and we are hopeful that he will sign and approve it. We will keep you updated.

CITY BUDGET

Clearly your advocacy works and now it is time to focus our efforts on the city budget. 

This is why we are introducing our:

2017 Year of the Senior: City Letter Writing Campaign!  Click here to get started right away!

Senior services deserve to be a priority in the City Budget - YOU are the safety net that supports Older New Yorkers and it's time your city supports you. Just as we did in fighting for Title XX funding, we will be writing letters to key elected leaders who can influence the amount of funding your program receives in the budget. Letters to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and your respective Council Member will send a clear and united message: 2017 is the Year of the Senior.

Just like before, we've made it easy by providing sample letters and clear instructions. 

Click here for Instructions to print out

Click here for senior letter packet

Thank you - your efforts make THE difference! 


  • Have questions about the letter writing campaign? Contact Katelyn Hosey at 212-398-6565 x244 or khosey@liveon-ny.org
  • Have questions about the budget?  Contact Bobbie Sackman at 212-398-6565 X226 or bsackman@liveon-ny.org or Andrea Cianfrani at 212-398-6565 x233 or acianfrani@liveon-ny.org
  • Want to know more? Check out LiveOn NY's webpage which contains information on our full budget ask, as well as other advocacy information: http://www.liveon-ny.org/budget-advocacy
  • Want to stay connected? LiveOn NY is active on both Twitter and Facebook, where we will post updates on the letter writing campaign, as well as other aging issues. Be sure to follow and like @LiveOnNY

Join our City Budget "Year of the Senior" Letter Writing Campaign

Click here for a downloadable copy of the Instructions.

Click here for a downloadable copy of the senior letter packet.

2017 YEAR OF THE SENIOR

CITY BUDGET LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

Clearly your advocacy works and now it is time to focus our efforts on the city budget.

Senior services deserve to be a priority in the City Budget - YOU are the safety net that supports Older New Yorkers and it is time your city supports you. We need seniors, staff and board members to send letters to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Council Members to send a clear and united message: 2017 is the Year of the Senior.

 Our current goal is to get as many letters as possible to make a big announcement at our May 3 Advocacy Day – Please try to send letters by Friday April 28.

o   Click here for instructions

o   Click here for senior letter packet to personalize

Thank You!

  • Have questions about the letter writing campaign? Contact Katelyn Hosey at 212-398-6565 x244 or khosey@liveon-ny.org
  • Have questions about the budget?  Contact Bobbie Sackman at 212-398-6565 X226 or bsackman@liveon-ny.org or Andrea Cianfrani at 212-398-6565 x233 or acianfrani@liveon-ny.org
  • Want to know more? Check out LiveOn NY's webpage which contains information on our full budget ask, as well as other advocacy information: http://www.liveon-ny.org/budget-advocacy
  • Want to stay connected? LiveOn NY is active on both Twitter and Facebook, where we will post updates on the letter writing campaign, as well as other aging issues. Be sure to follow and like @LiveOnNY

Action Alert: Contact your Legislators to Push for Funding for Aging Services

Action Alert

March 20, 2017

What is Happening

STATE

  • Older New Yorkers and advocates have been calling, meeting and writing their legislators pushing for funding for aging services.  An astounding 17,100 letters from 135 centers were sent to the Governor opposing the Title XX cuts.  Seniors have been loud and clear and this has made a major difference – great work!
  • Last week, the Senate and Assembly each passed their own “One House” budget bills. These bills outline each chamber’s funding priorities for the state budget.  While the Senate and Assembly budget bills are not identical, there are encouraging signs that show the legislature’s commitment to increasing funding for aging services.  Highlights include:

o   Rejection of the Title XX cuts that would force the closure of 65 NYC senior centers;

o   Increased funding for Community Services for the Elderly (CSE), as well as restoring   the 25% local waiver language;

o   Funding restored for elder abuse services, transportation, direct care workers;

o   Funding added for COLA and NORCs.

  • The next step is for the Assembly and Senate to go into conference committee meetings together where they work out final details and come to an agreement on funding for the state budget.  The final budget will likely be passed by March 31.
  • During the conference committee meetings over the next week, Assembly Members and Senators physically stand up in their respective conference meetings for budget issues that they support and are a priority for them.  See more info below for how you can ask for their support during budget meetings.

CITY

  • On March 13th, over 400 older New Yorkers from every corner of the city converged on City Hall to for a rally and the aging budget hearing. The message was loud and clear - "This is the Year of the Senior!"   It was an amazing turnout and shows the power and dedication of older New Yorkers and the aging network.  Click here for pictures and more information.

What You Can Do

STATE

  • Continue to ask SENIORS to call their Assembly Member/Senator this week to ask for support in the budget for senior centers and programs. Call Albany or local office. The message is simple:

Don't let my senior center close. Restore Title XX funds. Fund services for seniors. Thank you for your support.

No dejes que mi centro de ancianos de cierre. Restaurar los fondos del Título XX. Financiar los servicios para las personas mayores. Gracias por su apoyo.

不要讓我的老人中心關閉.  重新恢復 XX預算.  編列對耆老們服務的預算. 感謝您的支持!

  • Ask your STAFF/BOARD OF DIRECTORS to call or email their Senator and Assembly Member with this message: “Please show your support for older New Yorkers and stand up for aging services funding during your conference meetings. This includes the increased funding for Community Services for the Elderly (CSE) funding for the 17,000 seniors on waiting lists for services statewide, elder abuse funding and restoration of the Title XX cut.  Thank you."

CITY

  • LiveOn NY will be launching a citywide letter writing campaign on the city budget in a few weeks – stay tuned for more details. 
  • Plan to attend Senior Advocacy Day on Wednesday May 3 at City Hall and 250 Broadway.  We will reach out to you soon with more details.

HOW TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS

STATE

  • Click here to find your New York State Assembly Member
  • Click here to find your New York State Senator

CITY

For more information contact Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy at 212-398-6565x226 or bsackman@liveon-ny.org or Andrea Cianfrani, Director of Public Policy at 212-398-6565x233 or acianfrani@liveon-ny.org

THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.

Click here for a printable version of this alert.