Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C–Brooklyn, Staten Island) is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to amend his executive budget proposal by restoring Title XX funding for senior centers. In a letter to the governor, co-signed by a number of state legislators from Brooklyn and Staten Island, Malliotakis detailed the vital role senior centers play within the community.
“New York’s senior citizens have spent a lifetime building our community, forming the fabric and character of our proud state,” Malliotakis said in the letter to the governor. “We must protect their interests and needs, which are met by the myriad of vital programs and services our senior centers offer. We urge you to amend your proposal by the March 3 deadline so that we may balance this year’s budget without targeting our senior citizens.”
In 2010, 46 senior centers were forced to close in New York City. Also signing the letter in support of senior centers were Senators Marty Golden and Diane Savino, as well as Assembly members Peter Abbate, Alec Brook-Krasny and Michael Cusick.