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The Paid Family Leave Coalition is planning a May 6th lobby in Room 711 of the Legislative Office Building in Albany to continue the momentum for the legislation (A3870/S3004 Nolan/Addabbo) that occurred during budget negotiations. The Assembly has passed the bill again this year while the Senate including funding for a different version in its budget resolution.
The Senate funding came at the request of Independent Democrat Caucus which pushed for it. Now, there is a move to try to get a Senate Republican to sponsor the Assembly bill which passed that house. Senator Jack Martins who chairs the Labor Committee held a hearing on the issue on March 17. The Assembly bill uses New York’s Temporary Disability Insurance program to fund the program which would provide up to 2/3 of a worker’s salary for up to twelve weeks.
The final state budget bill added $500,000 in new money for the Long Term Care Ombud Program (LTCOP) This money was added after a number of local program operators had pulled out of the program because of the limited funding available. The State Office for the Aging is in the process of releasing a request for proposals based upon a regional model that will ask bidders to cover several counties. Language in the budget required that local area agencies on aging have an opportunity to continue to run the program after some said a regional model would create problems for the county governments they work for which usually allow them only to operate programs in their own counties.