Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) paid local senior citizens a visit calling for the federal government to deliver new funding to Social Security.
With 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age every day and Senate Minority Leader Schumer says it’s putting a big strain on the Social Security Administration, particularly field offices in the Capital Region.
“If you just so a phone call you have to wait an average of 40 minutes just to get someone gets on the line,” Sen. Schumer said.
Social Security has seen major cuts with 10,000 fewer employees since 2010. The new federal spending plan, includes $480 million for Social Security offices.
“I am calling on the social security administration to put Albany and the Capital Region at the top of their list and get the money to us ASAP.”
The senator addressing a crowd of seniors, including Claude Tuckette, who’s just shy of his 93rd birthday.
“If it weren’t for social security I’d still be working, it’s been a blessing.”
The WWII vet has been collecting for 31 years and hasn’t had a problem.
Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle says that’s not always the case.
“There’s some concerns with wait time and how long it takes it get their benefits,” Koetzle said.
Robert Bradbury relies on Social Security disability and fears cuts to his benefits.
Schumer says 10,000 people died last year waiting on disability claims.
“I’m worried about it,” Bradbury said.
Just two of the state’s 3.5 million seniors hoping they won’t be short changed by the federal government.
NEWS10 ABC spoke with a representative of the press office of the Social Security Administration who said services are offered online now, so that may be a better option, but of course that’s not always realistic for senior citizens.
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