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New York is the Empire State; site of the tallest buildings, busiest streets and wealthiest ZIP codes in North America, and that's just in Manhattan. Outside of the city, New York sprawls out into verdant countryside where bucolic farmsteads carry on much as they have since the early 18th century. This was the setting for Washington Irving's stories, and for the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s. Seniors in the state have their choice of this almost rustic living, with a bit of city life provided by the tiny Upstate cities of Utica and Albany, or of a relaxed suburban idyll on Long Island, which has some of the most popular beaches in the northeast.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a choice of living arrangement that many seniors, and the families who look after them, opt for when the activities of daily life (ADLs) have grown to be too much to handle without regular help. Residents in assisted living communities can expect 24-hour assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, medication, cleaning, laundry, and just about anything else that takes physical strength or manual dexterity. Assisted living is a level down from skilled nursing, which tends to be more for people who need continuing medical care beyond the independent life of active seniors.
What does Assisted Living Cost in New York?
According to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Report, the median cost of assisted living in New York State is around $4,100 a month for basic care. This is considerably higher than the national median of $3,750 a month. This can seem daunting at first, but the average housing cost across the state is also significantly higher than national averages, so it's to be expected.
New York has the fourth-oldest population in America, behind only Florida, Texas and California. Roughly 3.7 million seniors live here, and the trend is definitely accelerating as younger people migrate out after college. By 2030, 5.2 million New Yorkers (out of an expected 19 million) are projected to be over age 60.
How is Assisted Living in New York Regulated?
The State of New York regulates assisted living communities through its Department of Health, which operates the Adult Care Facilities Service. This body handles licensing and inspections, as well as reports and disputes arising from care. Matters regulated by the Department include:
• Facility safety
• Staff training and certifications
• Food preparation, hygiene, and meal schedules
• Privacy, dignity, and safety concerns from residents and their families
• Level of care offered at each property
How is Assisted Living in New York Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Seniors who own homes in New York can qualify for a massive 50-percent reduction in their property tax bill, an exemption administered by the State Department of Finance. Requirements vary by county for this program, but generally the senior must make less than a certain amount annually (typically $3,000 to $29,000, but New York City goes as high as $50,000). Even seniors who earn more than the local cutoff can take a sliding exemption of up to 5 percent. This exemption is intended to ease the burden of home ownership for low-income seniors in New York, though it also provides an incentive to delay moving into assisted living for as long as possible, or at least until after the last round of taxes comes due prior to sale of the home.
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Politics in New York
New York is considered as solid a blue state as any, where presidential politics is concerned. Like many other states, New York is utterly dominated by a single massive urban area -- which is by some reckoning just the central hub of the world's first "megalopolis" -- with tracts of rural land left out in the cold, politically. The generally red state politics of Upstate New York are likely a product of how surprisingly small the non-NYC cities are. The state capital of Albany, for example, has a permanent population of just 98,000, contrasted with the City's 8.5 million. The second-biggest city in the state is Buffalo, which still barely manages to top 250,000 residents.
This lopsided arrangement isn't popular with either side, as residents of heavily-urbanized Westchester County and New York City have spent years discussing the idea of breaking off from the state and joining neighboring counties in Connecticut. Likewise, the rural areas of Upstate New York have an independent tradition going back at least to Revolutionary times, and nine large Native American reservations in the Upstate area currently conduct government-to-government relations with not just New York but the United States on a national level.
Facts About New York
• Despite measuring only 304 square miles, New York City has the densest population in North America, the highest population (by far), and over 722 miles of subway track connecting five boroughs that range from "economically distressed" to Wall Street.
• The world's smallest church can be found in Oneida. It measures 51 feet by 81 feet, or 4,131 square feet total.
• The Astor Theater in Manhattan screened the first-ever 3-D movie. There wasn't any sound, however, since the showing was on June 10, 1915.
• The people of the Midwest speak with a variation of the Northern American dialect of English largely because of a single project: The Erie Canal opened in the 1820s and carried tens of thousands of New Yorkers into the lush Ohio River Valley, while settlers with a Tidewater accent (common to Virginia) could only squeeze through the river on flatboats a decade later and populate the Great Plains.
• Arthur R. Eldred became the first recognized Eagle Scout in the nation in his hometown of Oceanside, NY, in May 1912.
• The longest baseball game ever ran for 33 innings and pitted Wade Boggs against Cal Ripken Jr., who were playing for the Rochester vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, respectively.