Cuomo Cuts NORC Funds, NY Connects

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2012-13 budget proposal on January 17th and unlike, last year’s budget which included dramatic cuts in many programs including senior services, this budget contains smaller cuts and maintains funding for most programs. The cuts to the Title XX program which threatened the closure of scores of senior centers in New York City are not present in this year’s budget proposal. The Council of Senior Centers and Services mobilized an effective campaign and generated 16,000 letters to the Governor to show how “senior power” can work.
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> Also, not in the budget this year are the proposed elimination of many programs including StateWide’s Patients Rights Helpline which were later restored but only with 50% of their funding.
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> There are no further budget cuts to the EPIC program though the cuts made last year are just taking effect and hurting many seniors who are paying much larger co-payments for some drugs.
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> The New York Connects program which was proposed to be eliminated in last year’s budget is now in the Governor’s budget. It remains in the NY State Office for Aging budget rather than going through the Department of Health. State funds for the program were cut by 450,000 though additional federal funds have been received.
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> There are 10% cuts to the NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) programs funded through the State Office for the Aging for a total savings of $460,000. These programs are very popular in the Legislature and this cut hopefully will be restored if enough advocacy is done.
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> The Governor also proposed additional consolidations of state agencies but this would not effect the State Office for the Aging. The agency continues to lose funding though and has lost over 20 staffpersons in the past few years mostly through retirements. Most of the positions have not been filled.

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