New York News
4:58 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

NY Senate Reveals Proposals For Seniors In Budget

The Independent Democratic Conference, which controls the New York Senate with the Republicans, has released a list of proposals they say would lower the cost of living for seniors.

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The conference on Wednesday proposed lowering the cost of prescription drugs, establishing an independent consumer advocate to help protect seniors from rising energy costs, enacting a Paid Family Leave plan for families to take care of their relatives, and freezing rent payments for middle-income seniors across the state, among other proposals.

The Paid Family Leave proposal would allow 6 weeks off paid at 50 percent of an earner's weekly salary, or up to the maximum of the statewide average weekly wage.

The "Senior Affordability Plan" would cost $45.2 million and was included in the Senate budget resolution released last week.

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