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WNYC News

Department Of Finance's Mea Culpa on Rent Subsidy for Seniors

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WNYC

A computer glitch that caused the city to overcharge landlords $43 million on their last property tax bills has been fixed, according to the head of the city's Department of Finance.

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WNYC News

Growing Gracefully Grayer in Gotham

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

WNYC

The city's elderly population is expected to grow by 50 percent over the next 20 years — and the city is trying to soften some of the edges of the urban environment to help seniors not only live longer but also more easily.

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WNYC News

City Seniors Centers Avoid Chopping Block in State Budget Deal

Monday, March 28, 2011

WNYC

The $132.5 billion tentative budget deal in Albany outraged Mayor Michael Bloomberg – but it’s not upsetting everyone. Elderly New Yorkers and their advocates are celebrating the allocation of funding for city senior centers.

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WNYC News

Albany Budget Cuts Threaten City Seniors' Lifelines, Say Advocates

Thursday, March 03, 2011

WNYC

If Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget cuts are approved by the state legislature, about 40 percent of the city's 256 senior centers would close at the end of the fiscal year in June.

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The Takeaway

A Chat with Ms. Senior America 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

Femi Oke talks with Gail King, Ms. New York Senior 2009 and newly-crowned Ms. Senior America 2009, in our studio. King is a twenty-year cancer survivor, has a masters degree from Stony Brook University and taught high school English for 35 years.

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The Takeaway

Washington: The White House's Big Pharma Deal

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins us with a look at a deal the White House reached earler this year with drug companies. The deal stipulated that pharmaceutical companies would cut name-brand drug prices by 50% for seniors who aren't covered under Medicare's drug plan. In exchange, the White House promised no further cuts to the pharmaceutical industry. While both the White House and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) want to honor the deal, some Democrats are appalled by the seeming kowtowing to special interests.

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The Takeaway

Golden Oldies: Seniors on the Health Care Debate

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The debate over reforming the nation's health care system has been raging for months, and it seems one of the groups watching the tussle most closely are senior citizens. Most people tend to head to the doctor more as they get older, after all, and as they do, see their health care costs and time spent navigating the bureaucracy increase dramatically.  Also increasing dramatically are the number of American seniors; as the Boomer generation moves into retirement, there are going to be many, many more people who require health care.

Today we talk to Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner, about how senior citizens have ended up at the center of Washington's tug-of-war on health care reform. We also talk to four senior citizens who have their own opinions on where the debate is going: 67-year old Mary McKinney of the Bronx, New York, 80-year old married couple Dick and Barbara Mitchell of Yukon, Oklahoma, and 86-year old Geraldine Powe in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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