AARP members rally for financial aid

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local AARP members gathered outside the State Office Building, on Genesee St., Thursday, in order to seek help from local lawmakers to fix a hole in the executive budget.
AARP members are rallying for Governor Cuomo to increase funding for family caregivers, estimating that more than half of the 50,000 Oneida County residents, 50-years and older, are expected to provide care to an adult relative or friend.
The group said that Cuomo should be focused on helping these people with the financial burden that they face.
"We're asking our lawmakers to include $26 million to clear up a waiting list that people are currently on throughout New York State, waiting for services such as meals on wheel transportation and so on," said AARP State Director, Erin Mitchell. "That $25 million would clear up the waiting list and get people the services they need."

The AARP is also making a push to make the state's Utility Consumer Advocate Office, independent, giving it the ability to sue over unfair rate increases. 

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