Millman Opposes NYC Department for the Aging Restructuring Proposal

April 11, 2008
New York, NY – Yesterday Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman joined NYC Comptroller William Thompson; NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum; NYS Assemblymembers Jeffrey Dinowitz, Deborah Glick, Audrey Pheffer; NYC Councilmembers Charles Barron, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent Gentile, Melinda Katz, John Liu and David Weprin; Bobby Sackman of the Council of Senior Centers and Services and representatives of senior citizen advocacy groups and concerned senior citizens to call on the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) to suspend its restructuring plan until a more comprehensive approach is reached. DFTA released a restructuring proposal that threatens to negatively impact senior centers and the Meals on Wheels (MOW) program. Please click here to see the statement by Assemblywoman Millman.

Assemblywoman Millman also cosponsored Assembly Bill A.10470, which would require an evaluation of the pilot MOW program in the Bronx and an impact statement of the DFTA restructuring proposal before any of the restructuring plans can move forward. The pilot MOW program conducted by DFTA was not adequately evaluated at this point. In addition, this bill would insist that DFTA analyze the methods in which the restructuring has taken place and would require them to adjust these methods to be more responsive to community concerns.

“DFTA’s proposed changes will adversely affect our neighborhood senior centers and the Meals on Wheels program,” said Assemblywoman Millman. “I am pleased that the restructuring plan has been brought back to the table for further negotiations. In the meantime, I invite the Mayor to come visit some of the wonderful senior centers in my district.”