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NYC Department for the Aging

Man Charged in Scheme to Defraud Elderly Victims

On December 5, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Assistant Director-in Charge of the FBI’s New York Office charged a Brooklyn man with defrauding older persons by phone. Each victim was tricked into believing a grandchild had just been arrested and needed bail money from the grandparent to avoid prison.

Read the Press Release (in PDF)

Municipal ID Cards Available in January

In January, municipal Identification Cards will become available to all NYC residents, after they provide proof of identify and residency. Here are some key facts about the ID Card:

  • The ID Card is free.
  • The ID Card is not required. It provides a recognized identification document for people who have difficulty applying for or obtaining other forms of ID. It also provides many exciting benefits.
  • The card assures access to all City services.
  • With the card you are eligible for one year free memberships at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including museums, botanical gardens and zoos in all five boroughs. The membership will be comparable to each institution’s stand one-year membership package.
  • The City will announce walk-in centers and make available an on-line application that can be completed before visiting a center.
  • No City agency will ask persons seeking assistance about immigration status.
  • No City agency will ask persons seeking assistance about legal status.
  • The Card does not provide legal status.
  • The City will protect the confidentiality of all municipal ID card applicants.
  • Unscrupulous persons may try to sell the Card or promise legal status if you buy a Card from them. You should report anyone that is committing any type of fraud regarding the Card.
Municipal ID Fact Sheet (in PDF)
Immigrant Access to City Services (in PDF)
Benefits of the Card

SENIORS: STAY SAFE WITH THE FDNY!

Firefighters will visit your home to review the condition of your current smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and will install 10-year combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if you’re a senior, a person with disabilities, or have a hearing problem and live in one of the areas listed below. To schedule, please call (718) 281-3872 or email Smoke.coalarms@fdny.nyc.gov.

Bronx Community Boards 5 and 10: South Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights, Mount Hope, Throggs Neck, Country Club, Zerega, Westchester Square, Pelham Bay, EAstchester Bay, City Island

Brooklyn Community Boards 12 and 24: Borough Park, Kensignton, Midwood, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Seagate

Manhattan Community Boards 11 and 12: Washington Heights, Inwood, East Harlem

Queens Community Boards 4 and 7: Corona, Elmhurst, Newton, Flushing, Bay Terrace, Willets Point, College Point, Whitestone

Staten Island Community Board 3: Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville


Service Providers Seeking Contracts Urged to Register with New City System

Organizations can now compete for funding and manage multiple proposals in one system (HHS Accelerator). DFTA encourages all prospective proposers to register for training and complete an Application.

Learn more about the system and register

A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014

The New York City Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) developed this guide to help older New Yorkers better understand the health care coverage options currently available in New York City. The topics include Medicare Parts A and B, “Medigap” insurance, Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. The information detailed here is current for the year 2014. Use it in good health!

A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Spanish) (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Russian) (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Chinese) (in PDF)

Taxi Smart Card Program Accepting Applications

Disabled residents of Canarsie/Flatlands (Brooklyn CD 18) and Astoria (Queens CD 1) now have an alternative to Access-A-Ride. They can use taxi or livery car services for transport to the same places Access-A-Ride would have taken them and many other places. Eligible applicants receive a Taxi Smart Card pre-loaded with funds that can be used for the fare. For more information call DFTA at 212-442-3026 or the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at 311.

Read a Fact Sheet (in PDF)
Download Application (in PDF)

Newcomers to Medicare Invited to Free Classes

If you’re new to Medicare or soon will be eligible, join one of DFTA’s upcoming monthly orientation classes. The class includes information on Medicare Part A and Part B, Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D drug coverage and the Medicare Savings Programs. Orientation is held at 2 Lafayette Street, room 624 once a month throughout the year. Here is the current schedule of classes – each class covers the same material.

Thursday, December 18th: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing ehausman@aging.nyc.gov.


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