SSIP 209 Take Action! by Vivi Hlavsa
September 16th, 2015
Targeting seniors and the disabled, New York State wants to cut back on services. Our legislators are in the process of trying to merge the agencies for the aging and the disabled. They are calling the projected combination: The Bureau of Community Living. Wonderful. How sunny! Why not throw in Child Services? Or alcoholics?
With people living longer and Baby Boomers joining the ranks, the senior population will need more, not fewer services. Sure, seniors are stepping up, forming “aging in place” organizations to help themselves and others stay in their own homes. But we need the ongoing professional help of lawyers, tax accountants, caregiver assistants, transportation and even just opportunities to learn and meet others that our Office for the Aging has been providing.
This move will short-change both seniors and the disabled. We of SSIP (Settled and Service in Place) urge all concerned to attend one of the nearby hearings listed below. And write to your state representative. Let’s show the New York State Legislators that, disabled or aging, we can still shout out, We ain't dead yet!
Pre-registration is required at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Or call Abbey Lavazzo at (518)391-4553 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
- September 21, 9:00-11:00a.m, Albany
September 21, 2:00-4:00p.m. Plattsburgh
September 22, 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m., Syracuse
September 22, 2:30-4:30p.m., Binghamton
September 30, 9:00-11:00a.m., Farmingville
September 30, 1:00-3:00p.m., Brooklyn
October 1, 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m., Newburgh
October 7, 9:00-11:00a.m., Buffalo
October 7, 1:30-3:30p.m., Rochester