(Jamaica, NY) – Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica), an advocate for the advancement of the elderly, will celebrate Senior Week in Queens with an “Oldies But Goodies Luncheon”, marking her 5th annual event. Invited elders from the community will eat, dance and fellowship as they enjoy an afternoon out. Last year’s luncheon was a great success and well attended by 600 seniors and I expect this year’s luncheon to surpass that amount.
Senator Huntley’s annual luncheon is a part of a week-long celebration sponsored by various Queens elected officials. For the 9th year, seniors are showered with appreciation to give them their due – thanking them for their tireless efforts over the years.
On Wednesday March 14, 2012 constituents of Senator Huntley who are members of AARP traveled to the capitol to discuss several pressing issues with her. These issues included funding for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program and opposition toward the creation of Tier VI. Senator Huntley explained to her constituents that funding for EPIC was a main priority for her and that she supports unions. Hundreds of AARP members converged on the capitol that day for their annual lobby day and spoke with their local elected official about concerns that senior had.