Upcoming Budget Hearing, Advocacy Calendar

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Monday, January 25

The Assembly Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will hold their annual budget hearing on health care, Medicaid and aging issues on Monday, January 25 at 9:30 at Hearing Room B in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Albany.  The Health Commissioner is usually the first speaker at this hearing.

Monday, Tuesday, February 1-2

The annual conference sponsored by Live-On on aging issues and long term care supports will be held in Meeting Room 5 on the Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza.   The first day will focus on presentations and the second day will be for legislative visits.  New York State Office for the Aging Director Corinda Crossdale will be among the speakers at this event. You can register at http://www.liveon-ny.org

Wednesday, February 3

The annual budget briefing by the Fiscal Policy Institute, presenting a progressive vision for the state budget on income inequality, minimum wage, shared opportunity agenda.  The briefing will also analyze the Governor’s budget on tax and spending issues and provide materials with its analysis. The event will start at 8:30 in the Albany Room on the Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza.  A second briefing will be held in New York City in mid-February.  Go to http://www.fiscalpolicy.org to register and for more information.

Justice Center Director Jeff Wise Passes Away

I was sorry to hear of the sudden passing this week of Jeff Wise, the first Executive Director of the Justice Center, the new agency Governor Cuomo created to monitor and investigate complaints about the quality of care for the disabled in state facilities.  Jeff had worked for many years as an advocate in nonprofit organizations and I worked with him on issues related to the aging disabled population when I was Director of the New York State Office for the Aging .     – Mike Burgess