|Dinowitz (at podium) speaks out against possible cuts to senior services|
with (l-r) NYC Department for the Aging Commissioner Lilliam
Barrios-Paoli, state Senator Diane Savino, and
Assemblywomen Grace Meng and Joan Millman.
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz spoke out against potential cuts to Title XX funding for senior centers at a rally at City Hall yesterday, sponsored by the Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC. For each of the last two years, the Governor's budget proposed cutting tens of millions of dollars from Title XX funding, which resulted in New York City threatening to close over a hundred senior centers. Dinowitz, the former chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging, led a successful fight this year to prevent this cutback and the closing of senior centers.
With Governor Andrew Cuomo pondering calling a special session that would bring legislators back to Albany to discuss more cuts, in order to balance the budget after the tax revenue did not match expectations, Dinowitz and others are worried that senior services could end up back on the chopping board.
"This time around, we want to convince the Governor to not propose this cut in the first place. I will fight together with Speaker Sheldon Silver, Aging Committee Chair Joan Millman, and my other colleagues to make sure that seniors will not have to live in fear that the senior centers that so many of them depend upon would be closed," Dinowitz said in a statement.