Noember 7, 2018 -- Legislative Report from Bob O'Connor -- Thank you for voting in the November midterm elections. More than 47% of eligible voters turned out to cast a ballot, the highest number in a midterm election since 1966. Democrats gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives; Republicans retain control of the Senate.
Health care was a main issue on voters’ minds this year. Older voters crossed traditional party lines to vote for candidates supporting retirement security & health care.
Now, we must be vigilant to prevent significant cuts to key programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and more. It appears the large scale attempts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act will not happen now.
We'll wait for more alerts from our staffs in D.C. and Albany. Then we'll ask our Legislative Action Team to help make contacts to legislators.
Walkable communities are the best communities for older adults. It is difficult to get people to consistently walk for exercise. They start and then they stop, discouraged that the walk serves no real purpose.
Change your lifestyle by engaging in regular, low- intensity physical activity as part of a daily work routine. Ride a bicycle instead of driving. Walk to the store instead of driving.
Older Americans seeking to relocate face an important choice when it comes to their next home: a suburban residential community or a walkable urban neighborhood or a downtown core, where people don’t need cars to get around and walk instead.
Which one they chose will have a large impact on whether their daily lives are more sedentary and isolated, or more active, social and fulfilling.
Members of our local AARP Chapter, joined by other groups, made walking surveys of three Syracuse neighborhoods in early Fall. Results being collated and will be passed on to key City groups for improvements.Visit www.aarp.org/livability to see what's happening with these concepts. Let us know what you would like to see in Onondaga County. We'll pass it on!
Whether you are a seasoned volunteer or just looking to see how you can add your voice to advocacy for the 50+ for the first time, this training is for you.
Our Albany advocacy team and our local Volunteer team will share legislative priorities, opportunities to get involved, and training on effective and fun advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.
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REP. JOHN KATKO: WWW.KATKO.HOUSE.GOV.
SEN. SCHUMER: WWW.SCHUME.SENATE.GOV/CONTACT/CONTACT_CHUCK.CFM
SEN. GILLIBRAND: WWW.GILLIBRAND.SENATE.GOV/CONTACT
Legislators at work for You
John Defrancisco, Senator Dist 50
May, Senator Dist 53
William Magnarelli, Assembly Dist 129
William A. Barclay, Assembly Dist 120
Albert Stirpe , Assembly Dist 127
Gary D. Finch, Assembly Dist 126
Pamela Hunter, Assembly 128
At the NY State level, we will be working with our legislators to pass the following:
-----Caregiving (two parts): for funding increases that assist family/relatives/others who help with difficult tasks that allow
-----people to remain at home longer (and complement the Older Americans Act) and a new bill [the CARE ACT] that would work with hospitals to properly instruct care providers in homecare (before patients leave the hospital);
-----Development of a "Work and Save" plan. This would allow small businesses to establish a retirement plan, that's portable, for their employees without burdening either side.
At both levels, there is the need for continuing a strong advocacy presence, plus education of legislators on the importance of these issues for all our citizens. If you can help out occasionally - even with a phone call to a legislator - please contact Bob O'Connor, our local Legislative Advocacy Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 637-3920. Thank you.
If you want to contact your representatives
Email Congress now - see addresses below:
Rep. John Katko: www.katko.house.gov.
Sen. Schumer: www.schume.senate.gov/contact/contact_chuck.cfm
Sen. Gillibrand: www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact
- For your own additional information go to: aarp.org;
- Phone numbers:
- Representative John Katko: 423-5657
- Senator Schumer: 423-5471
- Senator Gillibrand: 448-0470
- Want to get NY Legislative Advocacy Action by email, sign up by clicking on http://action.aarp.org/ny_advacacy
Chapter members working with other community people for the Safe Streets campaign.