Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan Takes Action to Curb Pace of Senior Services Consolidation

April 9, 2008

Albany – Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan joins colleagues from throughout the five boroughs in support of legislation (A.10470) which would call for an independent review of Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to consolidate senior services. The measure also requires the submission and approval of a comprehensive plan outlining the impact of the consolidation proposal.

“It is our hope that the bill will compel Mayor Bloomberg to listen to the concerns of citizens and legislators. The consolidation process has moved forward at a rapid pace and we need to put safeguards in place so that mistakes are not made. The New York City Department for the Aging consolidation efforts to date have not considered the human element involved in the success of senior services such as case management, home delivered meals, and the day-to-day operations of our senior centers,” said Assemblywoman Nolan.

The Assembly Committees on Aging, Cities, Consumer Affairs and Protection will hold a public hearing on the New York City Department for the Aging consolidation proposal on April 18, in New York City. More information can be found on the Assembly web page.

“I will continue to protect our local senior centers which bring so much to the lives of the people they serve,” said Assemblywoman Nolan. “How can we compare a warm meal and a friendly face to the weekly delivery of frozen dinners? How can we measure the true social benefit of our senior centers? We need the Department for the Aging to focus on improving the lives of seniors rather than the bottom line.”