State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, recently joined aging advocates representing thousands of seniors from across New York state and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Senate and Assembly to call on legislative leaders to make New York’s seniors a priority in this year’s state budget.
“With a rapidly growing senior population statewide, we need to work to ensure that there are adequate services in place so people can remain in their homes and in New York,” said Helming. “We cannot go down the road of underfunding critically important resources that millions of New Yorkers depend on every year.”
In New York, the aging population has experienced a steady annual increase while other groups, like those under 18, have declined. New York is now home to the third largest senior population in the country. However, in this year’s proposed Executive Budget the State Office for the Aging is facing the most drastic cut of any agency, with its budget being lowered by almost 5 percent.