- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Independent Democratic Conference, which controls the New York Senate with the Republicans, has released a list of proposals they say would lower the cost of living for seniors.

The conference on Wednesday proposed lowering the cost of prescription drugs, establishing an independent consumer advocate to help protect seniors from rising energy costs, enacting a Paid Family Leave plan for families to take care of their relatives, and freezing rent payments for middle-income seniors across the state, among other proposals.

The Paid Family Leave proposal would allow 6 weeks off paid at 50 percent of an earner’s weekly salary, or up to the maximum of the statewide average weekly wage.

The “Senior Affordability Plan” would cost $45.2 million and was included in the Senate budget resolution released last week.


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