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Prescription Drug Prices on the Web for Easy Comparison Shopping
Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright wants you to find the best prices for your prescription drugs. That’s why he supported legislation (A.5403-A) that requires drug retail price lists be posted on a single Web site, making it more convenient to get the medicines you need at the best price.
To compare prices until the comprehensive statewide site is launched, visit the New York A ttorney General’s Web site, www.NYAGRx.org, where you’ll find prices for many pharmacies in the state.
“Over 65” Exemption Means Savings for Senior Homeowners
The Assembly passed legislation to allow municipalities to increase the maximum income for the “Over 65” exemption from $24,000 to $25,000 beginning July 1, rising incrementally to $29,000 over the next five years (A.8696).
Under the legislation, eligible seniors over 65 could receive a 50 percent exemption on their property taxes. Additionally, municipalities could grant exemptions of less than 50 percent to seniors whose incomes exceed the income limit.
For more information, visit www.orps.state.ny.us/pamphlet/exempt/senior.htm or contact your local assessor by calling 311.
Protecting Your Home’s Value
Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright sponsored the Home Equity Theft Prevention Act, which protects homeowners from losing their home’s equity (A.7667-A). The legislation protects homeowners from unscrupulous lenders by ensuring that all contracts are completed in easy-to-understand language clearly stating the seller’s rights for cancellation, and restricting businesses from making any misleading or manipulating statements about pending transactions. Violators face fines up to $25,000 and one year in jail.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from scam artists, contact the New York State Consumer Protection Board at (800) 697-1220 or visit online at www.consumer.state.ny.us.
Assembly Makes it Easier to Stop Annoying Telemarketers
New York State established the Do Not Call Registry in 2001 so residents can sign up to stop unwanted sales calls. However, due to a loophole in the law, some telemarketers continue to interrupt meals and cause an annoyance. Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright helped close the loophole, ensuring telemarketers cannot rely on loosely-translated “established business relationships” to justify additional calls (A.7710).
To sign up for the Do Not Call Registry, log onto www.donotcall.gov or call (888) 382-1222.
Non-Driver Photo IDs Available
New York residents 62 years of age or older who do not drive can obtain an official Department of Motor Vehicles identification card at a reduced price of just $6.50.
To make the identification affordable for more seniors, Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright has sponsored legislation (A.5790) that would allow individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits to obtain the ID free-of-charge.
To apply, visit www.nydmv.state.ny.us or call (800) 342-5368.
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163 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027