Capitol Watch: Budget Aftermath

Supporting Crime Victims and the Elderly

Allan Harris
April 14, 2019 - 7:28 am

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(WBEN/AP)  In New York state government news, the Democrat-controlled Assembly has passed a package of legislation to provide services and support to crime victims.

Assembly leaders say one of the six measures would ensure state compensation and counseling for families of domestic partners who are victims of homicide.

Another would direct fines imposed under certain antitrust laws to be used to help fund the state's Office of Victim Services.

Meanwhile, environmentalists are calling for an amendment to the state constitution guaranteeing clean air and water.

The group Environmental Advocates of New York wants to include a line that reads: "Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment."

 

Advocates for older New Yorkers are praising the state budget recently passed by lawmakers in Albany.

The $175.5 billion spending plan approved April 1 includes $15 million for counties to provide community-based services that allow aging residents to remain in their own homes instead of moving to taxpayer-funded nursing homes.

The funds will be used for services such as transportation to medical appointments and in-home assistance with daily activities.

The budget also includes the nation's first program to develop a private-pay market that will enable people of all income levels to gain access to services to help older adults remain independent.

Beth Finkel, AARP director for New York state, says the funding will help thousands of families. The organization was formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons

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