Assemblywoman Joyner: State Budget Supports Seniors

Bronx, N.Y. – Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) announced the enactment of the New York State 2016-2017 Budget that will support the senior community. In the SFY 2016-2017 budget, New York’s aging population most pressing needs were addressed thanks to funding for services and programming such as the Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NNORC) initiatives.

“Seniors are an integral part of my district, which includes the communities of Claremont, Concourse, Highbridge, Mount Eden and Morris Heights sections of The Bronx,” said Assemblywoman Joyner. “This budget proposal will ensure that our seniors stay in the community and in their homes. Our seniors are now living longer and we must ensure that they maintain their quality of life and dignity as members of our community.”

In the 2016-2017 State Budget, $951,000 in funding is restored for NORC and NNORC programs, as well as an additional $700,000 being allocated to these programs to make sure that seniors remain in their homes by offering support services such as health monitoring, case management and social activities. The State Budget also includes:

  • $1 million in additional funding to support Community Services for the Elderly; and
  • $86,000 to restore support for the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Home Sharing and Respite Care program; and
  • $31,500 to restore support for the New York Statewide Senior Action Council, Inc. for the patients’ rights hotline and advocacy project to help low-income and minority seniors.

The New York State Assembly’s state budget proposal previously supported the senior community. In addition to the proposed $951,000 allocation to be directed to NORC and NNORC, an additional $2 million will be granted towards strengthening and preserving the quality of life for all seniors; this includes support services that would help New Yorkers maintain their independence throughout their lives. As a member of the Assembly Committee on Aging, Assemblywoman Joyner supported this budget proposal from New York State Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Chair of the Committee on Aging Steven Cymbrowitz, and her Assembly colleagues.