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          VOLUME 25, NO. 3                                     THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020                                                  25 CENTS
                                                                       Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces
            New York State Office for the Aging
                Reminds Older New Yorkers to                                        ‘New’ Penn Station Plan
                            Get Flu Shot

                Sharp Increase in the Number Flu Cases and Hospitalizations
           Reported Across New York State
                Older adults among those at greatest risk for serious compli-
           cations from influenza
                With the dramatic increase in the number of reported flu cases
           and hospitalizations across the state in recent weeks, the New
           York State Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers and
           caregivers about the importance of getting their flu vaccination
           as soon as possible. It’s not too late—flu season can extend as
           late as May.
                “The best way to protect against the flu is to get an annual flu
           shot,” said Acting Director Greg Olsen. “Our immune systems are
           more easily compromised as we age, and older adults, especially
           those with chronic health conditions, have an increased risk of
           developing serious complications from the flu. Getting the flu
           vaccine helps prevent the spread of the virus and offers vital
           protection for older adults and their caregivers.”
                Flu activity has been high this season and continues to in-
           crease. According to the New York State Department of Health
           (NYSDOH), last week 1,964 New Yorkers were hospitalized with
           lab-confirmed influenza, up 34 percent from the previous week.
                           (Continued on page 2)
                                                                        by Joseph M. Calisi     Cuomo today unveiled the 30th  complex in Midtown Manhattan’s
         Maloney Statement Following Meeting                            During a speech at the As-  proposal of his 2020 State of the  West Side. The goal is to trans-
                                                                                                State. The subject matter was the  form the existing Penn Station
                 With Greek Prime Minister                         sociation for a Better New York,  creation  of  the  Empire  Station
                                                                   New York Governor Andrew M.  Complex - a 21st century transit   (Continued on page 2)
                                                                       DA Katz Sentenced Jamaica Man in

                                                                     Largest Indictment of Child Sex Abuse

                                                                               Materials in Queens History

             Congresswoman Carolyn B.  forms that the Prime Minister has
        Maloney (D-NY), co-chair and co-  put in place and look forward to
        founder of the Congressional Hel-  seeing further action taken to better
        lenic Caucus, released the following  the lives of the Greek people.
        statement after today’s meeting with       “We also discussed Turkey’s en-
        Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos  croachment within Greece’s sover-
        Mitsotakis.                  eign waters. This is an unnecessary
             “I was grateful today to join  escalation and threatens Greece’s
        Speaker Pelosi in welcoming Prime  internationally recognized author-
        Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the  ity. I stand firmly with Greece and
        Capitol as we celebrated the strong  as co-chair of the Hellenic Caucus
        alliance and friendship between  will continue to do all I can to sup-
        Greece and the United States. I’m  port Greece’s right to peace and
        encouraged by the economic re-  prosperity.”                    Photo Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz by Mark Hallum. See story on page 3.
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