Brooklyn – Assemblyman Abbate is proud to announce that, after weeklong negotiations, the Assembly plans to include over $25 million for senior centers in its budget next week. Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget had designated cuts to senior centers that would have resulted in the closure of 105 senior centers in the city, 25 in Brooklyn and two in the 49th Assembly District. Assemblyman Abbate has long been an advocate for senior’s issues and made it a priority to save this funding and fight for the nearly ten thousand seniors who frequent New York City’s centers.
“Anyone who knows me knows how important seniors and senior issues are to me,” Assemblyman Abbate said. “I’m glad that we were able to save this money and I’m glad that we were able to save the Boro Park Senior Center and the Moose Lodge. People don’t always realize just how important a service these centers provide, but seniors living on a fixed income rely on the centers. Seniors helped make this country the place it is today, and I’m glad to give back to them.”
Assemblyman Abbate is a fixture at the dozen plus senior centers that his constituents attend. In addition to sponsoring senior programming throughout the year, he regularly visits the centers to field questions or offers his assistance in state and city issues. He, along with other local elected officials, is a regular sponsor of such events as senior picnics at Fort Hamilton Army Base and senior proms, the next of which is upcoming this May.