New York State Senator Eric Adams and his colleagues enjoin you to LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD by signing our online petition. Send a message to our City and State -- say "NO" to the closures of 105 senior citizen centers.
The Senator and his colleagues will be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Friday, March 18th at 11 AM in opposition to the closures. They are also planning a Senior Lobby Day in Albany and much more. If you would like to be informed of the upcoming events, please send an email to SayNoToSeniorCuts@gmail.com with your name and email address.
Senior centers empower the elder citizens of our community to maintain independent and fulfilling lives. The reduction in funding for “mandated” services and the consequent diversion of financing used for “discretionary” services will drastically weaken a support system for our seniors that has been in place for more than twenty years. The centers are absolutely crucial to the welfare of the elderly; to eliminate these sites would compromise the basic social services on which a generation has come to depend as a lifeline.
After decades of hard work providing for their families, senior citizens deserve fundamental services and protections so that they can continue to lead healthy and active lives. As New York’s population ages, the vital importance of the quality of our care for the elderly only increases. According to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau report, an estimated 13.4% of New York’s population is made up of individuals sixty-five or older. As the “baby boom” generation ages, this percentage will of course continue to grow.
The dire economic condition of the State of New York requires severe budgetary constraints, but it is imperative that our senior citizens do not bear the brunt of this fiscal retrenchment. We must maintain services and programs that are responsive to the needs of older New Yorkers. Our treatment of the most vulnerable citizens in our society is the measure of our humanity. These closures are too high a price for our beloved seniors to pay.
Very truly yours,