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14 Jan
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Sen. Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors, Session I – Good Medical Care As We Age

Senator Liz Krueger’s 2022 Virtual Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors

“Aging in Place: Living Well in the Community”

Session I “Good Medical Care as We Age”

Thursday, January 13th from 7pm – 8:15 pm

 

The full event can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

 

To view and download the PowerPoint presentation, CLICK HERE.

 

The majority of older people want to age in place, which is possible with the right support and planning. This multi-part roundtable series will bring together experts and thought leaders to help us understand some of the vital components needed to age well in the community.

Session I will focus on “Good Medical Care as We Age”. The Roundtable discussion will provide an overview of quality primary care for older adults. Presenters will offer information about what we should expect from our primary care physician regarding our care and the medications we take.

The January 13th Roundtable will feature Carla Perissinotto, MD MHS, Medical Director, Care at Home, University of California, San Francisco.

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10 Jan
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New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, with State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Dina Levy, the Senior Vice President for Homeownership and Community Development at NYS Homes and Community Renewal, and Rose Marie Cantanno, the Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the New York Legal Assistance Group.

Important Links:

– New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund website: www.nyhomeownerfund.org

– Link to application: https://www.nyhomeownerfund.org/apply-now

– Homeowner Assistance Fund FAQs: https://www.nyhomeownerfund.org/faqs

– Income eligibility guidelines by household size and area in NY State: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6136a0000fcb4430258e07d1/t/61b9c8b7b37ac45f86f80c27/1639565497461/NYS%2BHAF%2BAMI%2BChart.pdf

– Application guide: https://www.nyhomeownerfund.org/application-guide

– Document checklist: https://www.nyhomeownerfund.org/document-checklist

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06 Jan
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Krueger, Sanders Introduce Bill To Create Day Of Commemoration For 1/6

Albany – On the one-year anniversary of the failed right-wing insurrection at the United States Capitol, State Senators Liz Krueger and James Sanders Jr. announced plans to introduce legislation to create an annual day of commemoration in New York State on January 6th called “Democracy Day,” to remember the terrible events of that day, honor those who were killed or wounded, and recognize the ongoing threat of anti-democratic, white nationalist, and authoritarian movements in the United States.

“One year ago today, the former president of the United States and his co-conspirators, including many leaders of the Republican Party, incited an armed insurrection against the government of the United States, with the express purpose of overturning the results of a free and fair election,” said Senator Krueger. “It was the first time since the Civil War that our country has not enjoyed a peaceful transfer of power. One Capitol Police officer died, over a hundred officers were injured, and four took their own lives in the aftermath of the attack. It is vital that we commemorate this terrible event to recognize their sacrifice and take a stand against the forces that threaten our democracy.”

“January 6, 2021 will live in infamy as a date when America was attacked by insurrectionists attempting to overthrow our cherished democracy,” said Senator Sanders. “Let this be a warning to us all that we must not only protect the democracy we have but expand and strengthen it. We must not allow the innumerable sacrifices made by countless people over many years since 1776 to have been in vain. Vigilance is the order of the day. This noble, although flawed, experiment must not perish from hateful people nor a neglectful citizenry. Democracy Day allows citizens to reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.”

On January 6th, 2021, while Members of Congress were engaged in certifying the results of the November general election, former President Donald Trump, members of his administration and presidential campaign, as well as Republican leaders and Members of Congress, incited and encouraged an armed and violent insurrection in the US Capitol with the goal of overturning the results of the election. During the attack, one Capitol Police officer and four rioters died, and one hundred thirty-eight officers were injured defending the Capitol from the Trumpist mob. In the months that followed the attack, four Capitol Police officers died by suicide. More than 700 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, however those most responsible have avoided accountability.

In the months leading up to 1/6, the President and many others in his party spread false and inflammatory claims regarding the legitimacy of the election, and both implicitly and explicitly promised violent or armed opposition to prevent the election from being certified and President-Elect Joe Biden from taking office.

In the course of their attack, the insurrectionists trespassed on and destroyed Federal property, including flagrantly looting the Capitol, and openly bragged about their exploits on social media. The attackers carried white supremacist symbols like the Confederate battle flag, as well as anti-Semitic and fascist symbols including swastikas. At the same time as many were carrying these symbols of the enemies of the United States, some of the attackers were observed removing the American flag, throwing it to the ground, and replacing it with a flag bearing the name of Donald Trump.

“It is critical that Americans never forget what happened one year ago, how close we came to losing our democracy, and how fragile our institutions remain,” Senator Krueger continued. “The forces of anti-democracy and anti-Americanism on the Right have not gone away – they are regrouping and reorganizing, with the continued support of leaders in the Republican Party. By commemorating Democracy Day, we will honor those who were wounded or died as a result of defending the Capitol, recognize the need to protect our democratic institutions, and continue to loudly call out anyone providing cover for white nationalism and authoritarianism. If we fail to remain vigilant, we could see the events of 1/6 repeat themselves with a much more destructive outcome.”

The legislation being introduced today would amend the Executive Law to create a new day of commemoration called Democracy Day. According to law, a day of commemoration “shall not constitute a holiday or half-holiday but shall be a day set aside in recognition and special honor of a person, persons, group, ideal, or goal.” Existing days of commemoration include Holocaust Remembrance Day, Vietnam Veterans’ Day, Women’s Equality Day, and September 11th Remembrance Day, as well as several others.

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17 Dec
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Tis the Season to Beware of Scams: Protect Yourself Against the Most Common Phone and Internet Scams

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, with State Senator Liz Krueger and Gary Brown, the Statewide Elder Abuse Coordinator at the New York State the Attorney General’s office.

Full video can be viewed by clicking here.

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09 Dec
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Look Out and Stand Up for Each Other: Non-Violent Bystander Intervention Training

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, with State Senator Liz Krueger; Alphonso Christian Smith, Youth Initiatives Lead Advisor, New York City Commission on Human Rights; and Shaquan Womack, M.Ed, Racial and Restorative Justice Specialist, New York City Commission on Human Rights.

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23 Nov
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Medicare Parts A, B, C and D: Changes You Can Make to Your Coverage

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, November 18th, 2021, with State Senator Liz Krueger and Eric Hausman, NYC Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP).

To view video of the full event, click here.

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Important Links:

– HIICAP Evaluation/Survey

– Compare Part D/Medicare Advantage Plans (2022)

– A Closer Look at Medicare and Related Benefits for New Yorkers (2021)

– Medicare Orientation (Schedule/Register)

– Medigap/Medicare Supplement Rates

– Life Changing Event/IRMAA

– EPIC Application (Fillable)

– Medicare & You 2022 (Handbook)

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29 Oct
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Looking Out for Each Other: Bystander Intervention Training

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, October 28th, 2021, with State Senator Liz Krueger; Jonah Boyarin, Jewish Communities Liaison, Associate Human Rights Specialist, NYC Commission on Human Rights; Ryan DuBois, Associate Human Rights Specialist, NYC Commission on Human Rights; and Kajori Chaudhuri, Deputy Commissioner, Community Relations Bureau, NYC Commission on Human Rights
View full video of the event by clicking here.

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25 Oct
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Krueger and Englebright Introduce Bill To Create Electric Landscaping Equipment Rebate Program

Albany – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Assemblymember Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation announced the introduction of a bill (S.7453/A.8327) to create a rebate program for the purchase of electric landscaping equipment.

“Addressing the climate crisis requires action on all fronts,” said Senator Krueger. “Gas-powered landscaping equipment emits a stunning amount of greenhouse gases and co-pollutants, not to mention the noise that blights communities across the state. This bill will make it easier for New Yorkers, particularly landscaping companies, to transition to cleaner, quieter equipment. It’s a win for small businesses, workers, communities, and our shared environment.”

“Providing consumers with an incentive to modernize lawn-care equipment will help prevent harmful air and noise pollution, fights climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and is cheaper and easier to maintain,” said Assemblymember Englebright. “This is a win for the environment, our health, and our wallets.”

Gas-powered landscaping equipment has a significant negative impact on workers, communities, and the environment. Electric equipment, on the other hand, is lighter, quieter, has lower maintenance costs, a significantly smaller environmental footprint, and is better for workers’ health. S.7453/A.8327 would create an Electric Landscaping Equipment Rebate Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It would offer point-of-sale rebates totaling up to $15,000 annually for commercial landscapers and institutional users, and up to $300 annually for individuals who purchase battery-powered electric landscaping equipment, such as leaf blowers, weed whackers, or lawn mowers.

Gas-powered landscaping equipment emits large amounts of greenhouse gases and harmful, smog-forming pollution, including hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and fine particulate matter (PM). The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has reported that operating a gas-powered lawn mower for one hour creates as much smog-forming pollution as driving an average car 300 miles, the distance from New York City to Portland, ME. Operating a gas-powered leaf blower for one hour creates as much smog-forming pollution as driving a car 1,100 miles, or from New York City to Tampa, FL. According to CARB, early in this decade the total smog-forming emissions from small off-road engines, the vast majority of which are residential and commercial lawn and garden equipment, will exceed those from passenger cars in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Noise is also a significant negative impact from gas-powered lawn care equipment. According to a 2018 report in the Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Studies, sound levels at distances of 100 to 400 feet were up to 22 decibels louder for gas-powered leaf blowers than their battery-electric equivalents (the decibel scale is logarithmic, so each increase of 10 represents a noise ten times louder). The report goes on to say, “the routine use of multiple [gas-powered leaf blowers] and other noisy equipment for hours a day exposes not only workers but large numbers of people in the community to harmful levels of noise and threatens not only worker health, but public health, particularly of children, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.”

In 2018, 170 communities in the US had enacted restrictions on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. Nearly two dozen cities, towns, and villages in New York State have bans on gas-powered leaf blowers during certain times of year.

Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said: “If New York hopes to reach its ambitious climate goals, we need to actively decarbonize every sector. This includes transitioning from gas-powered to electric landscaping equipment, which is responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions and co-pollutants. The New York League of Conservation Voters applauds Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Englebright for taking the lead on creating a rebate program that will help this transition to clean landscaping equipment.”

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director at Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), said: “When New Yorkers mow their lawn or clean up leaves, they should not be contributing to climate change and poor air quality in our neighborhoods. This legislation will expand the use of cleaner, environmentally friendly landscaping equipment while providing financial savings to New Yorkers and small businesses. CCE commends Senator Krueger and Assemblyman Englebright for their leadership and urges the legislature to pass this bill when they return to Albany.”

Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy for Environmental Advocates NY, said: “It may seem surprising, but small engines mean big pollution. One recent study even found that leaf blowers produce more pollution than a pickup truck. If New York is to meet its climate goals, we need to make sure we retire every fossil fuel powered tool. Senator Krueger’s and Assemblymember Englebright’s legislation will go a long way to making that a reality.”

Roger Downs, Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, said: “Nothing can ruin time off at home like the loud din of neighborhood leaf blowers and lawnmowers. The noise is irritating, but few understand that our loud, gas powered landscaping tools are also tremendously polluting and a significant contributor to asthma and other pulmonary diseases. By creating an incentive program to put emission free lawn equipment in every New Yorker’s hands, Senator Krueger and Assembly Member Englebright are once again leading the charge to protect our air quality and climate goals through innovative solutions.”

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12 Oct
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Krueger, Fahy Introduce Bill Dramatically Expanding Future EV Infrastructure Build-Out to Help Meet Transportation-Sector Climate Goals

Albany – State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy today announced the expansion of Assm. Fahy’s legislation (A.3179-A Fahy/S.7406 Krueger) to dramatically expand the growth of the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure. The legislation institutes requirements for EV-ready (equipped with a charging station) and EV-capable infrastructure in newly constructed or renovated commercial and residential buildings. New York lags far behind its goal of getting 850,000 zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025; as of October 2020, only 56,000 ZEVs were registered in the state.

In 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation phasing out sales of gas-engine cars by 2035, requiring all new sales of passenger cars and trucks to be 100% zero-emission starting that year, in line with meeting ambitious emission targets under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) by cutting the impact of the state’s largest emissions contributor; the transportation sector. In order to meet its climate goals, New York must accelerate the electrification of its transportation sector.

The legislation applies only to newly constructed buildings and buildings undergoing major renovations. Covered one-to-three-family homes with off-street parking will be required to have one EV capable parking space, while multi-family homes with between two and ten parking spaces will be required to have at least 75% EV capable spaces and at least 20% of spaces equipped with a charging station. Multi-family homes with more than ten parking spaces will be required to have 100% of spaces be EV capable, with at least 40% of spaces equipped with a charging station.

Additionally, commercial buildings with between two and ten parking spaces must have 100% of spaces be EV capable, with at least 20% of spaces equipped with at least a Level 2 charging station, and those with more than ten parking spaces must have 100% of spaces be EV capable, with at least 40% of spaces equipped with at least a Level 2 charging station.

“In spite of all the actions New York State has taken to confront the climate crisis, we are still behind the curve,” said State Senator Liz Krueger. “The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our state, and many parallel approaches will be required to transform it. Electrification of private vehicles is critical, but it can only be achieved with sufficient charging infrastructure in place. This bill will speed up the buildout of EV chargers across our state, and ensure that they will be more accessible to more New Yorkers across the income spectrum.”

“New York must accelerate the electrification of its transportation sector if we’re to meet our ambitious climate emission goals laid out in the CLCPA,” said Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. “It’s projected the state needs 73,000 Level 2 plugs and 2,600 fast-charging plugs by 2025 to support other transportation-sector targets, yet currently only about 600 fast-charging plugs and roughly 6,000 Level 2’s have been rolled out. By requiring more EV capable and ready charging stations across our building stock, we’re placing New York on a fast track to meeting its ambitious climate and emission goals.”

“We know that range anxiety is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to switching to electric vehicles. That’s why we need bold legislation to ensure we have the charging infrastructure necessary for a clean transportation future. We thank Assemblymember Fahy and Senator Krueger for expanding their legislation to require EV-ready and EV-capable infrastructure in newly constructed commercial and residential buildings. We’re looking forward to working together to pass this bill next session in order to encourage the switch to EVs and reduce transportation pollution across the state,” said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV).

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12 Oct
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Know Before You Vote: The Five NYS Constitutional Amendments That Will Be On Your Ballot In November

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, October 7th, 2021, with State Senator Liz Krueger; Patrick Berry, Counsel, Democracy Project, Brennan Center for Justice; Yurij Rudensky, Counsel, Democracy Project, Brennan Center for Justice; and Kate Kurera, Deputy Director, Environmental Advocates NY.

View the full video by clicking here.

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