The City Council has launched its “Save Our Centers Campaign” in response to the possible closing of up to 105 senior centers citywide, as a result of Governor Cuomo’s New York State budget proposal. The campaign aims to convince the Governor and the State Legislature to make the funding available in the State budget to keep the centers open. Tomorrow, Melissa will join other Council Members in going up to Albany to meet with legislators on this and other budgetary issues of importance to the City of New York.
The Governor’s current budget would move over $25 million out of the City’s Department for the Aging (DFTA). Of the current senior centers on the closure list, six are in our district (four in El Barrio/East Harlem and two in the South Bronx). The full list is available for download here.
We need your help to send a strong message to Albany that allowing half of our senior centers to close their doors is unacceptable. Click here to download a letter to Governor Cuomo that you can sign. Please ask your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. You can mail or drop signed letters off to our District Office (105 E. 116th Street, NY, NY 10029). Please also share the flyer below (in English and Spanish) with seniors and other community members to spread awareness of these impending cuts.
Check back here for more updates on the campaign to save our centers.