Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Governor Cuomo signs three bills by Assemblyman Dinowitz Related to Protecting Seniors

Here is news on success Bronx State Assemblyman Dinowitz has had on recent legislation protecting seniors. Most alarming is the news that domestic violence against seniors is up. Hopefully the legislation just ratified will help.

Governor Cuomo signs three bills by Assemblyman Dinowitz Realted to Protecting Seniors

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed three bills sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) into law on Wednesday. The bills addressed senior citizen issues that Assemblyman Dinowitz fought for as the former Chair of the Committee on Aging, before his promotion to Chairman of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection.

The first bill (A6736) calls for the creation of programs for senior centers to prevent domestic violence. The programs will be developed by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and brought to senior centers around the state. Elder abuse is a growing concern in New York, and these programs will be an important resource in educating senior citizens and preventing elder abuse, provided in the ideal location of senior centers.

Another bill (A544) directs the NYS Office for the Aging to review and develop programs to meet the needs of our senior military veterans. New York State has the second largest population of veterans in the nation, many of whom proudly served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and this bill will ensure that our senior veterans have access to quality programs that serve their needs.

The last bill (A395A) relates to matching funds for grants under the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) supportive service program. The bill allows these communities to raise money outside of their geographic boundaries, thereby diversifying and expanding their sources of revenue.

Assemblyman Dinowitz is pleased these important bills are now law in New York, and he thanks Governor Cuomo for taking decisive action to address the needs of senior citizens.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo signed these three bills, each of which will positively impact the lives of many seniors throughout New York State. They address three separate issues: preventing domestic violence and elder abuse, addressing the needs of veterans who are senior citizens, and strengthening the NORC program. Now that I’ve been appointed Chair of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection, my tenure as Chair of the Aging Committee has ended, but my commitment to fighting for the needs of seniors will never waver,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz.

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