Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan Assemblywoman
A Special Message
for Seniors

December 2007

Dear Neighbor,

This newsletter was created for seniors living in my Assembly district. It provides information about senior citizen benefit programs and how to find out more information about them. These programs lend assistance with the daily cost of living; rent, property taxes and prescription drugs and utilities.

As always, my offices are available to assist you if you have questions.

I hope this information is helpful.

Catherine Nolan


photo Assemblywoman Nolan meets with Senior Citizens at St. Mary’s Senior Center, including President of the Advisory Council, Mary Torraca.

1-800-772-1213 or visit

  • Social Security Retirement Benefits – A monthly cash benefit available to seniors ages 65+ based on years of employment and amount withheld from earnings.

  • Survivor Benefits – Payments available to widows or widowers age 60+ or 50+ and disabled based upon work record of deceased.

  • Supplemental Security Income – Monthly cash benefits for people 65+, blind or disabled who have low income or resources to meet food, clothing and shelter needs, financed through general tax revenues, not the Social Security Trust Funds.

New York City Department for the Aging 1(212) 341-3200 or 311

  • Medicare Part A – Hospital Insurance Program 1 (800) 772-1213

  • Medicare Part B – Supplemental Medical Insurance 1 (800) 772-1213

  • Medicare Part D – Prescription Drug Coverage 1 (212) 341-3200

  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) – Pays for Medicare premiums and can pay for coinsurance and deductibles if provider also accepts Medicaid. 1 (877) 472-8411.

  • Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) – pays more than half the cost of most prescription drugs after a deductible payment. Contact my offices or call 1 (800) 332-3742 for more information and applications.


  • Medicaid Full Coverage – HRA Hotline 1 (877) 472-8411

  • Medicaid Excess Income Program – 1 (877) 472-8411

  • Food Stamps – HRA hotline 1 (718) 291-1900

  • Emergency Assistance for Adults (EAA) – HRA hotline 1 (718) 291-1900

  • Lifeline Telephone Service (Verizon) – 1 (800) 555-5000 •

NYC Department for the Aging 1 (212) 442-1000

  • Senior Citizen Homeowners Exemption (SCHE)

  • School Tax Relief Exemption (STAR)

  • Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemptions (SCRIE) – Applications are available from both of my offices or by calling The NYC Department for the Aging 1 (212) 442-1000.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) – Helps low-income homeowners and renters pay fuel and utility costs. For more information call NYC Department for the Aging 1 (212) 442-1000.

  • Minor Home Repair Program – This program provides labor for minor home repairs for low-income seniors. Information is available by calling Department for the Aging 1 (212) 442-1000.

  • Senior Citizen Homeowners Exemptions Program (SCHE) – Seniors who own property, including cooperative apartments, may be eligible to save up to 50% of their property taxes. To qualify, the property must be the applicants legal residence, used exclusively for residential purposes and have no more than three units. For information please call NYC Department of Finance 1 (718) 298-7000.

  • Senior Housing – The “Alternative in Senior Housing” booklet is a comprehensive listing of existing senior housing built or specifically set aside for seniors in New York City. Copies are available by calling 1 (212) 442-1000.


  • Reduced Fare – Reduced Fare Privileges on NYC owned buses and subways and the Staten Island Ferry – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reduced fares are also available on NYC transit and some private express bus lines during non-rush hours. To obtain an application contact 311 in New York City.

  • ACCESS-A-RIDE – Provides transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips. It offers shared ride, door-to-door para transit service. For more information contact NYC Transit 1 (877) 337-2017.

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