New York: Series of Bills Will Improve Well-Being for Seniors

NEW YORK - The New York State Senate passed a series of bills to improve the physical, emotional and financial conditions of senior citizens.

"Our seniors play an invaluable role in the fabric of our society, and we have a responsibility to ensure that they have access to the resources they need to live their lives to the fullest, at home, in the communities they worked so hard to build," Senator Sue Serino said.

According to a release from the State Senate, some of the things the bills hope to accomplish include:

  • protect seniors against theft and help law enforcement punish those who knowingly exploit the elderly
  • establish a 24/7 statewide hotline for reporting various forms of abuse
  • create a public awareness campaign to educate New Yorkers on the financial risks associated with joint banking accounts
  • amend retirement, social security and banking laws in regards to pension assignments to prohibit schemes used by companies to avoid paying public pension benefits
  • address the demand for safe, affordable housing for seniors
  • increase the Social Security Income rate adult care facilities receive so these services can continue to be available to low income Social Security recipients.
  • create a transportation pilot program to help seniors run errands such as grocery shopping or go to medical appointments.
  • simplify applications for seniors to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan
  • permit people over the age of 65 to take courses through the State University of New York for credit without charge when space is available.
  • establish a Veterans' Gerontological Advisory Committee
  • authorize a 10% discount on city water bills for senior citizens and veterans.

"This week, we took significant steps to ensure that our laws work effectively to empower our seniors and to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to prevent exploitation and abuse. With this series of bills, we are sending a clear message to seniors across our state that their needs, and that their safety, remain a top priority," Serino said.

The bills are waiting for approval in the Assembly.


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