Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joins Assembly colleagues to express bipartisan opposition to shift in Title XX funding.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn/Staten Island) joined Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton), Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D,WF-Queens), Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern), and aging advocates at a press conference today to express bipartisan opposition to the proposed shift in Title XX funding in the Executive Budget and advocate for restoration of the funds in the final budget. The proposed shift will move $27 million in discretionary funding the City of New York currently uses to fund its senior centers to cover a proposed cut in child care subsidies. The City estimates this shift will result in the closure of 65 senior centers, affecting nearly 6,000 seniors per day. At Wednesday’s news conference, 17,000 pieces of paper were presented to signify the massive letter writing campaign undertaken by seniors who will be directly affected by the proposal. 17,000 letters in opposition were sent to Governor Cuomo from senior citizens around New York City.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis looks on with Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein (D-Brooklyn) as the 17,000 pieces of paper were presented to signify the massive letter writing campaign undertaken by seniors who will be directly affected by the proposal.
Malliotakis acknowledged the importance of supporting child care, but doesn’t believe it is right to strip money away from our aging population given the significant role senior centers play in our communities.
“I think we can all agree there is a need to support child care, but it is equally important that we ensure our aging population is not overlooked. Senior centers are a treasured resource in our communities and we cannot allow them to close because the governor decided to pull a bait-and-switch on the backs of seniors. Our senior citizens helped build our communities, paid taxes their entire lives and have earned the programs they currently enjoy. If there is one place we shouldn’t be looking to cut spending, it’s senior services. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to oppose the proposed shift in Title XX funding in the budget to ensure our senior citizens programs stay intact,” said Malliotakis.
The Legislature has until April 1, 2017 to approve the final budget.