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The New York StateWide Senior Action Council records document the issues faced by senior citizens in New York state over the course of almost three decades. The bulk of the records consist of subject files in the areas of health care, Medicare, and social security issues. In addition to topical material, these records document the fundraising activities of the organization and its various sub-groups. Notably included are publications issued by the organization, including the Sentinel newsletter (1992-1996) and the Senior Action newspaper (1977-1991). The bulk of the material, found in the subject files, is useful for documenting issues about which NYSSAC was active. There is limited material from the first ten years of the organization and relatively little material from the years immediately prior to the accession of this material in 2001. NYSSAC's work with New York state legislators, as well as government and private agencies in advocating for seniors and social justice issues, and their outreach efforts in education and advocacy, are well documented throughout the collection. Records of the activities of Executive Directors Michael Burgess and Bonnie Ray are the most prominent in the collection. To The Last Breath: Rose Kryzak and the Senior Action Movement in New York State, 1972-2001 (New York State Wide Senior Action Council, 2003), by Michael Burgess, offers a compelling historic account of the New York State Wide Senior Action Council, the senior rights movement in New York State and the leadership and inspiration provided by Rose Kryzak of Queens, New York. StateWide, as it is known, was incorporated in 1972. Even though that was a time when federal and state funding was generous for advocacy programs, such as StateWide, it was the active involvement of elders like Kryzak-those not afraid to put themselves on the front line of policy ...
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