Issues: Senior Centers

Seven Area Senior Centers May Close--Senator Gianaris Fights to Keep them Open (Queens Chronicle, March 10, 2011)

Seven area senior centers may close

by Elizabeth Daley, Editor

03/10/2011

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Seven centers in western Queens are on the chopping block, according to a list released last week.

Astoria resident Josephine Forlano, 85, is not happy with the governor’s plans. “We were the backbone of the country. Here we did our part, and we are getting the dirty end of everything,” Forlano said.

She visits Catholic Charities’ Steinway Senior Center in Astoria, which is now in jeopardy. She used to organize trips for the center, and said the revenue produced by the tours and by the center’s other activities should be recognized as useful by the government.

March 10, 2011
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SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO STATEMENT ON PROPOSED SENIOR CENTER CLOSINGS

OUR GROWING SENIOR POPULATION HAS ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT THESE DAYS AND I BELIEVE IT WAS WRONG FOR THE MAYOR TO RELEASE THE LIST OF POSSIBLE SENIOR CENTER CLOSURES AND USE OUR SENIORS AS TOOLS OF THE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE STATE. 

March 9, 2011
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Gianaris Stands Up For Senior Centers In Queens

Statement From Senator Michael Gianaris Regarding The Proposal To Close Over 100 Senior Centers In New York City

For so many seniors these centers serve as a crucial lifeline to the outside world. While we are forced to cut costs during this difficult economic time, we must make the hard decisions in a way that minimizes the impact on the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Our seniors have done so much for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to enjoy their golden years with respect and dignity.

March 9, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN, ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS START PETITION DRIVE TO SAVE LOCAL SENIOR CENTERS FACING CLOSURE

Brooklyn - Senator Marty Golden (R,C-I–Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C Brooklyn, Staten Island) today have launched a petition drive in an effort to save senior centers slated to close following Governor Cuomo’s budget announcement. The Governor’s reductions in Title XX , estimated at $25 million, would impede funding that traditionally supports senior centers.

 

Senator Marty Golden, a member of the Senate Aging Committee stated, “We all know how important a neighborhood senior center is to the health, well-being and livelihood of a senior citizen here in New York. That is why I join with my colleague, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, in today starting a petition drive against these proposed state cuts that would cause senior centers to close.”

March 4, 2011
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Senator Serrano Fights to Keep Senior Centers Open

Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Ruben Diaz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and their colleagues in government on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall today to address the devastating budget proposal that would close 105 senior centers in New York City - 7 of which are located in the 28th Senate District.

In the current state budget proposal, there are significant cuts that would negatively impact funding for senior centers throughout New York City. In the areas represented by Senator Serrano – East Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and the South Bronx – senior citizens are already experiencing economic hardships and the closure of needed senior centers will only add to that burden.

March 4, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Celebrates Local Senior Artists

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined the residents and staff of the Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Smithtown to celebrate the artistic works of residents Patricia Dorsett, 63, and Cecilia Polanski, 90.  The two were selected to join just 11 other artists from around New York State whose artwork is featured in the 2011 “Art from the Heart” calendar which is produced by the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) and the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc.

February 16, 2011
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MetroCard Van in Middle Village

Senator Addabbo will have the MetroCard Van at St. Margaret's on

Wednesday, March 30th from 1 PM to 3 PM

St. Margaret's is located at 66-16 80th Street, Middle Village

March 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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MetroCard Van in Howard Beach

Senator Addabbo will have the MetroCard Van at the Howard Beach senior center on

Wednesday, March 30th from 10 AM to noon

Howard Beach senior center is located 156-45 84th Street, Howard Beach  

March 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

 

January 26, 2011
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Department of Finance at the Peter Cardella Senior Center

The Department of Finance will be at the Peter Cardella Senior Center meeting one on one with seniors to see if they qualify for tax breaks. Depending on your Adjusted Gross Income you may be able to reduce your tax bill by up to 50%. This is a FREE event.

March 1, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Jamaica Service Program For Older Adults Rally

Senate President Malcolm A. Smith joined senior citizens from the Jamaica Service Program For Older Adults (JSPOA) to urge the NYC Department of Mental Health & Hygiene not to eliminate funding to  seniors who are mentally and physically ill.

December 21, 2010
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