Ann Marie Maglione, Legislative Committee Chair (Orange)
MaryAnn Spanos, Bylaws and Nominating Committee Chair (Chautauqua)
Irene Coveny (Ontario)
Nancy Dingee (Schoharie)
Pete Headd (Onondaga)
David Jordan (Montgomery)
Cathy MacKay (Cattaraugus)
Terry McGee Ward (Greene)
In this Issue:
Advocacy Day 2018: Looking Forward
Save the Date for ACUU 2018
Meet Michele: Aging NY's new Interim Executive Director
Now Available Online: Jan. '18 NYSAC presentation
Advocacy Day in Albany
February 6, 2018
This year’s Advocacy Day truly began before February 6thwith older New Yorkers from around the state lending their voice through hundreds of letters they wrote and sent to their legislators. As a newcomer to the Association, I was impressed with the strong advocacy efforts of our AAAs. It was nice to see (and meet) so many Directors who traveled to Albany to collectively advocate for key changes to the Governor’s proposed budget, and hear of so many others who made appointments in their local districts. Legislators were welcoming and informed (or wanted to be informed) on the proposed NYSOFA budget, and what the proposed cuts would mean to older New Yorkers and the NY Connects program. One of the important things that came out of Advocacy day is that the Association needs to work with the AAAs to update our statistics on waiting list numbers. Many of our legislative advocates asked about waiting lists and support needs that are unserved and/or underserved. This information helps our Legislators understand the needs of our network and why continued and increased funding is needed. As a result of these discussions, the Association will be reaching out to AAA Directors with a waiting list survey and ask for ideas on how we can better understand each our counties needs for the future.
Above: Advocates pictured with Senator Serino and Assemblywoman Lupardo
There is still time NOWto reach out to your local legislators (and/or follow-up with them again) to ask them to fully restore New York Connects to the $33 million (OFA) and $8 million (ILCs) per year for a total of $41 Million. The current amount proposed in the Governor’s budget is only $44.5 million over two years. This is not adequate to meet the demands of a now ramped-up system. The adage “‘If we build it they will come” – has proven true and our older New Yorkers, persons with disabilities and informal family caregivers continue to come … in leaps and bounds. More than 230,000 calls came in through NY Connects last year, and many directors report seeing a drastic increase since the launching of the statewide public awareness campaign.
If we provide a system for information, assistance and referral regarding long-term care services and supports, we also need services to support those needs. To meet this need, we will continue to inform our Legislators how $24 million additional Community Services for Elderly (CSE) Program funds are needed to decrease waitlists and/or provide services our older New Yorkers and their caregivers in need.
Finally, we will continue to educate our Legislators about Elder Abuse and the financial and health impact Elder Abuse has on our older New Yorkers. To meet this need, we will continue to inform our Legislators on how an additional $10 million dollars can further support prevention and intervention for Elder Abuse, a growing problem that is under recognized, under reported, and under prosecuted.
- Michele Roberts,Interim Executive Director, Aging NY
Registration for the 2018 Conference will be opening very soon. The Early Bird price is $195 for the full conference and $100 for a single day, if paid in full by May 21st. Pricing will increase after May 21st, so be sure to register now!
Michele Robertsjoins the Association on Aging as the Interim Executive Director.
I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Association on Aging in New York and help carry out the vital work that the aging network does on behalf of our older New Yorkers. I have long held the core belief that all people deserve the right to be as independent as possible as they live, work, and participate in society, and I have always encouraged and supported integration and independence.
I have spent the majority of my career in the business realm as the director of marketing and business development for a quality architectural and engineering firm (over 17 years). This work required outreach and collaboration with public and private entities, strategic planning, contract development, a keen focus on cash flow, business development, and marketing. Additionally, I have a good many years of experience in the social services field working with the aging population as the Executive Director of a Senior Center; and working in jobs that transitioned individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops into competitive, community employment.
I look forward to my interactions with you, and I plan to work hard to strengthen the Association, support the excellent work that you are doing within the aging network, and be a strong advocate for the folks we serve.
Coming Soon in Spring 2018
Look for the Waitlist Survey
Business Acumen Trainings
Now Available Online
Slides from the New York State Association of Counties presentation "The Future of Senior Services in New York State" arenow available. This workshop was presented at the January 2018 NYSAC Legislative Conference.