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.

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LiveOn NY Applauds Legislature's Commitment to Increased Funding for Aging Services

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

March 17, 2017                                                                       

Contact: Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy

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

 

LiveOn NY Applauds Legislature’s Commitment to Increased Funding

for Aging Services in Budget Proposals

LiveOn NY thanks Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park), Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging, for their leadership during the 2017-18 state budget process to prioritize vital resources to support older New Yorkers.

Older New Yorkers fuel the economy, create jobs, provide vital unpaid caregiving services and volunteer in their communities.  Currently, 20 percent (3.7 million) of NYS residents are 60 years of age or older for the first time in history, and due to longer life and the aging of the baby boom generation. With more people living longer than ever before, the State faces both a challenge and an opportunity. By 2025, 51 counties will have 25% or more of their population over the age of 60. New York State must have a comprehensive plan to address the millions of older New Yorkers now and the thousands that will turn age 60 over the next few years.  17,000 seniors statewide are already on waiting lists for community based services and this number will only continue to grow without adequate funding and a strong infrastructure.

The aging network is the safety net for New York’s Seniors.  By investing in aging services, New York can say Yes to older New Yorkers.

LiveOn NY looks forward to working with Senator Serino, Assemblywoman Lupardo, their Senate and Assembly colleagues along with Governor Cuomo on important issues affecting the aging network.

 

LiveOn NY's Spring Gala Dinner- This Year's Honorees!

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An inspiring evening of cocktails, dinner, silent auction and a very special performance from Alive! 55+ and Kickin'!


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This Year's Honorees

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FreedomCare, Corporate Leadership Award

Sally Goldenberg and Gloria Pazmino, POLITICO New York, Media Award

Vy Higginsen, Mama Foundation for the Arts, Human Spirit Award

Funds raised through the Spring Gala help us provide critical advocacy, develop policy initiatives, work with seniors in need and change the way New Yorkers age.


 Please join us for this inspiring event!

 

David V. Pomeranz, President     

 

 

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Over 400 Seniors Converge on City Hall for Aging Budget Hearing in the Year of the Senior!

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 clear and loud - "This is the Year of the Senior!" Seniors are the future of NYC, as they are the fastest growing part of the city's population.

LiveOn NY champions:

"Aging is an equality issue. Aging is a woman's issue. Aging is an immigrant issue. Aging is an affordable housing issue. Aging is a hunger and nutrition issue. Aging is building a peer community at senior centers and adult day programs. Aging is confronting elder abuse. Aging is receiving case management, home care and  meals-on-wheels in your home. Aging is supporting women caregivers - family, the community-based aging workforce, and home care workers. Aging is a time of great momentum as older New Yorkers anchor their families and communities. There is an ageist war on old women and men in Washington. It is up to New York City to act more responsibly than Washington and  fully fund the $60.6 million budget platform to provide a social safety net for older New Yorkers and family caregivers, one that is now thin."

In this Year of the Senior, it is time for City Council and Mayor de Blasio to stand up for older New Yorkers and the services that allow them to age with dignity in their home and community.

We look forward to LiveOn NY's 22nd Annual Senior Advocacy Day at City Hall on Wednesday May 3 when over 350 seniors will meet with their Council Members at 250 Broadway and hold a rally at City Hall.  Stay tuned for more details.

Working together, we can all make NYC a better place to age.

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LiveOn NY's Spring Gala

The Gala Committee and Board of Directors are thrilled to invite you to

LiveOn NY's Annual Spring Gala Dinner!

 

An inspiring evening of cocktails, dinner, silent auction and music through the night!

Monday, April 24th 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Current @ Chelsea Piers

 

The event will feature a performance from Human Spirit Honoree, Vy Higginsen's upcoming

show Alive! 55+ and Kickin'!

 

Funds raised through the Spring Gala help us provide critical advocacy, develop policy initiatives, work with seniors in need and change the way New Yorkers age.

Please join us for this inspiring event!

 

David V. Pomeranz, President    

 

Support LiveOn NY by purchasing sponsorships, tickets, ticket packages and journal ads click here or contact Regina Burden at rburden@liveon-ny.org or at 212-398-6565 x 232