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Agency to review senior records

Golden Lane will review Bethlehem's and Colonie's records and in turn will share that information with the county. The county will then share those numbers with state agencies that will vie for additional federal funding, said Golden.

"The state will get a better picture of what is happening in Albany County. Albany has been doing much more than what has been recorded. If they (state and federal agencies) don't see the numbers, then funding gets questioned," Golden said.

Counseling will continue to review existing drug coverage, compare Medicare drug plans and help seniors choose and enroll in a plan. The sessions also discuss financial assistance for drug coverage and supplementing Medicare with state coverage plans.

"These services have always been available to our seniors. However, this is the first time we have received a grant to help fund them. The town of Colonie is known for great services and this grant will allow us to continue to provide exceptional services to the town's senior population," said Supervisor Mary Brizzell in a written statement.

Open enrollment for Medicare begins this fall. To receive counseling on choosing, or changing a coverage and prescription drug plan call the Senior Resources Department at 459-5051 or visit www.colonie.org/seniors.

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