Aging, Office for the

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All amounts are in dollars
Category Available
Change From
State Operations 14,855,000 14,629,000 -226,000 12,815,200
Aid To Localities 232,899,119 219,004,000 -13,895,119 120,367,141
Total 247,754,119 233,633,000 -14,121,119 133,182,341

Full-Time Equivalent Positions (FTE)
Program 2008-09
Estimated FTEs
Estimated FTEs
FTE Change
Administration and Grants Management
    General Fund 33 33 0
    Special Revenue Funds - Federal 99 99 0
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 1 1 0
Total 133 133 0

Note: Most recent estimates as of 12/16/08.


The New York State Office for the Aging (SOFA) is responsible for promoting, coordinating and administering State, Federal and local programs and services for 3.2 million New Yorkers aged 60 or older. The Office provides leadership and direction to 59 Area Agencies on Aging, as well as to numerous other local programs and providers that comprise the network of services to the aged.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $234 million All Funds ($114 million General Fund, $120 million Other Funds) for the State Office for the Aging. This is a decrease of $14.1 million ($11.3 million General Fund; $2.8 million Other Funds) from the 2008-09 budget. This change primarily reflects the continuation of across-the-board reductions enacted during the August Special Legislative Session, discontinuation of the 2009-10 cost-of-living adjustments and reductions in non-essential spending, as offset by additional funding to assist seniors enrolled in Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) programs in obtaining prescription drug benefits through Medicare Part D. The Executive Budget recommends a staffing level of 133 FTEs for the Office with no changes from the 2008-09 level.

Major budget actions include:

  • Targeted Investment: Funding of $2 million is recommended for local Area Agencies on Aging and community-based organizations to assist seniors enrolled in the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program in selecting appropriate Medicare Part D plans.
  • Cost of Living Adjustments: The Executive Budget saves $7.1 million by discontinuing the 2009-10 cost-of-living adjustment for certain aging programs similar to other human services programs. This would not impact the cost-of-living adjustments available in the out-years.
  • Non-Essential Spending: The Budget reduces funding for the Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program, Congregate Services Initiative, Stony Brook Evaluation of Geriatric In-Home Care, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, and New York Connects. Funding is eliminated for the Individual Living Senior Housing Project, Geriatric In-Home Care, Social Workers for Geriatric In-Home Care, Sustainable Transportation, End of Life Care, Enriched Social Adult Day Centers and the Long Term Care Insurance Education and Outreach Program. These actions generate savings of $8.1 million.
  • State Operations Savings: Savings of $275,000 will be realized by controlling non-personal spending and managing staffing vacancies.

2009-10 Executive Budget — Agency Presentation
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