Archive for the ‘Miller’ Category

Keep Our Senior Centers Open

March 1, 2011

The following editorial was written by Woodhaven’s Assemblyman Mike Miller:

It’s budget season – which means that, once again, vital services are in jeopardy to our most vulnerable citizens. Over the past several weeks I have heard concerns from worried senior citizens that their centers are going to be closing. These senior centers give our seniors a place to go, eat, and socialize with other members of the community. When money is cut from these programs, these services are put in serious jeopardy and are at risk. We needn’t put our seniors in this position every year, and we certainly shouldn’t. There are two sources of funding that can save these services that are not being currently utilized.

First is Title XX funding. Title XX money is a grant given to New York from the federal government. There is mandatory spending ($66 million) on Adult Protective/Domestic Violence Services, and there is discretionary money ($36 million). About $24 million of this discretionary funding is spent on senior centers.  In this year’s budget, Governor Cuomo is attempting to take the discretionary Title XX money and use it to cover other state expenditures unrelated to senior programs. This will cost the seniors of New York City around $24 million in cuts. If we were to mandate that the $24 million must be spent on senior services solely, senior centers across the city could remain open and fully operational.

The second source of funding is through member items. Several years ago, each member of the Assembly was allotted a certain amount of money that they could give to the organizations in their communities. This funding allowed civic organizations to operate, services to be provided to the needy, and senior centers to remain open and fully functional. Last year, this funding was completely cut by the Governor. If this funding was restored, every senior center in the City would have multiple sources of revenue and could keep their doors open.

I hope you will join in me in saying enough is enough. It is time to stop playing games with services to our senior citizens. I ask everyone reading this article to reach out to the Governor and ask him to mandate Title XX money for seniors and restore member item funding so we can finally give our seniors the peace of mind they deserve.

 

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Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite!

January 20, 2011

A bedbug is an insect about 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide. They are nocturnal parasites, meaning that they sleep during the day and feast on the blood of humans at night.

Bedbugs can lurk anywhere in your home, but typically favor areas where they don’t have to walk very far at night to eat. So they typically nest in bedding or in mattresses. They also love nesting in your carpet, bed frames, couches, or even in the cracks or crevices of wall. They’ve even been known to nest behind wallpaper.

Feeling itchy yet?

Well, as you know, NYC has seen a huge rise of bedbug infestations — they can cause health issues and it’s important that you have the facts. So Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller are sponsoring a bedbug seminar on Thursday, February 17th at 7 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ located at 93-12 91st Avenue, in Woodhaven.

Come Get Important Information from the experts!

  • New York City Department of Health
  • NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Advanced Exterminating Owner William Puricelli

For more information please call Senator Addabbo’s District office at 718-738-1111

 

Assemblyman Miller Brings Vaccine Program to Woodhaven

January 11, 2011

Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Queens) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to provide free flu shots for Queens residents who lack health insurance. Assemblyman Miller is distributing vouchers out of his Woodhaven District Office that are redeemable for vaccinations at Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies.

The voucher program is designed to reduce vaccination disparities among Black and Hispanic Queens residents. Recent data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that only 46% of black New Yorkers 65 years or older reported being vaccinated in 2006-2008, compared to 60% of whites and 65% of Asians in the same age group.“ These vaccination rates are unacceptably low,” Assemblyman Miller said. “Everyone needs to get vaccinated against the flu to prevent unnecessary illness and death.”

“Participating in this program is very important to me,” Miller said. “By offering these vouchers for free vaccinations, not only are we keeping the Queens community healthy, but we are also encouraging those without health insurance to seek medical attention for an illness that can be very serious. We are giving the uninsured a chance at well-being.”

According to the Department of Health, influenza and pneumonia are the third leading causes of death in New York City, together killing 2,192 residents in 2008. Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older – especially those who are young, those who are elderly, those with certain chronic health conditions, a weakened immune system, any disorder that can cause breathing problems, and women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Anyone seeking a voucher from the Assemblyman must be aged 18 years or older and must be able to prove they lack health insurance. For more information regarding the free flu shot vouchers please call Assemblyman Miller’s office at 718-805-0950 or visit at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, NY 11421. Requests will be handled on a first come, first serve basis.