Queens Chronicle Editorial: Keep the senior centers open

Originally published in Queens Chronicle

The New York City Housing Authority would bus seniors to nearby centers under the mayor’s plan.

As state Sen. Mike Gianaris noted, seniors at the Astoria Houses were excited to visit the upgraded center and are now despairing that they’ll instead be bused to an unfamiliar one nearly two miles away.

The city claims the centers and clubs it would close are underutilized. But as Councilwoman Adrienne Adams of Jamaica pointed out, if true, that may be because they have been neglected for so long, like so much else in NYCHA buildings. It’s kind of like the way the prior administration stripped Jamaica High School of countless resources just prior to closing it, making sure its last classes suffered needlessly.

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