Protecting & Aiding Our Seniors
New Yorker’s are living longer than ever before and we need to do more to anticipate and meet their needs. Many of our seniors are facing obstacles to maintaining their independence, staying in their homes, finding employment, caring for loved ones, and connecting to the larger community.
My plan to help our seniors live safer, fuller and more productive lives includes:
- Securing pension and retirement funds ensuring that all New Yorkers have savings to last them through their later years.
- Providing tax incentives to family caregivers to help seniors and their families stay in their homes while providing needed care, and supporting the expansion of the New York City Human Rights Law to include caregivers as a protected class who can’t be discriminated or fired by an employer while they’re taking care of their loved ones.
- Protecting seniors from fraud by increasing educational outreach. There are many simple steps seniors and their caregivers can take to defend against scams which may rob them of their assets. I will build a comprehensive awareness campaign to reach seniors, including cyber security workshops and fraud protection checklists which can be used at home.
- Focusing on affordable housing which allows seniors to age in place or find housing in the neighborhoods they call home. We will achieve this through a legislative combination of property tax relief, rent increase exemptions, and expansion of eviction protections, while also developing new senior housing in our district and increasing awareness of government programs in our aging communities.
- Increasing employment and education opportunities for seniors who want to work by proposing a "G.I. Bill for Seniors." This program will provide financial support to offset tuition and expenses for higher education and employment retraining. I will also build meaningful partnerships with senior advocacy groups to combat age discrimination in the workplace and in hiring practices.
- Supporting local senior centers and creating a senior helpline to provide community and compassionate support to seniors struggling with the social isolation that can accompany aging and lead to physical illness and cognitive deterioration. Helping seniors foster social and emotional connections is a critical compliment to quality healthcare.