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         April 1, 2014
Aging Together NY
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Special Budget Edition

Featured in this special budget edition: the passage of the
New York State 2014-15 Budget and related news.

Also, check out the Association on Aging in NY's new Key Supporter program and find out why you should become a Key Supporter. Click here.

Best regards,

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     Michael Romano, President
Laura A. Cameron, Executive Director

Trending: State Budget 

New York Lawmakers Pass Fourth Consecutive On-Time Budget
The Journal News (4/1/2014)
New York lawmakers passed the state's fourth consecutive on-time budget late Monday, with the Assembly passing the spending plan's final piece with 45 minutes to spare. Click here.

NYS Budget Includes $5 Million Increase for Community Services for the Elderly
Aging-NY, CSCS, LIfespan, NYSCA (4/1/2014)
The 2014-15 Budget includes an additional $5 million for the Community Services for the Elderly (CSE) program, which is a positive step toward depleting waiting lists for services. Click here.
Finally! A Budget with a Silver Lining
Aging-NY (3/29/14)
The New York State budget brings positive news for seniors waiting for services plus expanded eligibility for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program. Click here to find out how offices for aging will use CSE funds. Click here for NYS Office for Aging Budget Chart.
Budget Deal Comes Together Quietly
Capital (3/29/3014)
With no press conference and no fanfare, the budget bills arrived on member desks around midnight Friday, with the printer still going on the last sections as late as 12:15 a.m. Click here.

State Budget Deal Reached
NYTimes (3/29/2014)
New York State's budget has been passed and the spending plan totals about $138 billion, reflects a year-to-year increase of about 2 percent. The budget must still be approved by the Legislature. Click here.

Aging in Perspective

Independent Democratic Conference Releases Senior Affordability Report
Madison County Courier (3/26/2015)
The Independent Democratic Conference released a report presenting several proposals to make New York State more affordable for senior citizens at a press conference on March 19th. View article.

Staten Island Seniors in State Program Waiting for In-home Caseworker Visits

Staten Island Advance (3/24/2014)
Staten Island's exploding senior population has meant that hundreds of seniors in a state program are on months-long waiting lists for in-home visits from caseworkers. And advocates are concerned that the problem could grow worse with the number of seniors here expected to continue climbing. Click here.

A Crisis in Seniors Services

Staten Island Advance Editorial (3/26/2014)

Staten Island is undergoing an "age tsunami." The challenge of case-management for older residents here mirrors the situation citywide and statewide. Click here

Don't recognize the photo at the top of the newsletter?  

The photo at the top of the newsletter is the Assembly staircase, which was restored and unveiled in January 2012. It was part of a major Capitol restoration project that also involved the Senate staircase (unveiled in January 2013).  Click here for an article detailing the project.


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