March 9, 2016

Assembly's Budget Proposal to Include $2 Million in Additional Funding for Senior Communities

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Chair of the Committee on Aging Steven Cymbrowitz today announced the Assembly will continue to honor its commitment to New York State's aging population by restoring funding for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NNORC). In addition to renewing $951,000 in funding, the Assembly's SFY 2016-17 budget proposal includes an additional $2 million to expand these important community based programs.

"Seniors are a vital part of New York communities," said Speaker Heastie. "That means we need to make sure they have the support they need to stay in their homes and communities, not pull resources and funding out from under them. The Assembly will not shortchange our aging community. We remain committed to supporting senior communities across New York State."

The Assembly budget proposal also restores $118,000 in funding for items that were eliminated from the Executive Budget including:

"New York State's senior population is growing rapidly and seniors are living longer in the community," said Assemblymember Cymbrowitz. "My Assembly colleagues and I believe strongly that this is not the time to cut funding from our aging population but to instead support every effort to keep seniors in their homes and as independent as possible."

The Assembly also proposes modifications in the eligibility and requirements for NORC and NNORC programs, including: