Close to $5.5 million is going to the Southern Tier with another $5.5 million in federal aid headed to Central New York counties to help older residents meet the challenges of staying in their homes and communities while slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Stimulus funding for aging services in Broome, Chenango, Tioga, Delaware, Cortland and Tompkins Counties and other areas in the state will support food and medicine delivery, transportation and social programs as well as go toward combatting elder abuse and financial exploitation.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul says a around $149-million in federal aid is being distributed statewide to help older New Yorkers meet basic needs and stay in their homes, get vaccinated and help slow the spread of the pandemic.

In a news release, the governor says the distribution comes in recognition of the huge economic and social contributions made by seniors.

The Southern Tier Region is being allocated $5,401,414. The Central New York Region is allocated $5,563,927.

Governor Hochul says she is also looking to modernize the Older Americans Act to bring more sustained funding to meet the needs of seniors as the population of older adults increases.

Hochul says she’s aiming to bring another $175-million to New York State while modernizing the system, drawing on lessons learned during the pandemic.

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