NEW YORK, N.Y. - AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel today issued the following statement in response to the release of the New York City fiscal year 2021 budget:
“AARP New York is pleased that in this very fiscally-challenging year, the city’s 2021 budget maintains key funding for vital programs and services for older New Yorkers. We appreciate the City Council protecting older New Yorkers, who have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn – especially older New Yorkers of color.
“The City Council discretionary budget preserves funding for case management, adult day care, and other essential programs for older New Yorkers, and increases funding for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. These services will be key in helping older New Yorkers get through the long road to recovery that we all have before us.
“However, the complete elimination of funding for Healthy Aging Critical Services and Borough Presidents’ discretionary funding, and cuts to other programs for older New Yorkers, present some very real challenges. We look forward to working with the City Council in the coming months to find other ways of providing these services to those who need it.
“While we are disappointed in cuts to the Department For The Aging (DFTA) budget, including the elimination of the Healthy Aging Initiative, we are pleased to see that funding for Social Adult Day Care, Senior Centers for Immigrant Populations, Case Management, Elder Abuse Prevention, Support our Seniors program, and other essential services provided by DFTA have been protected in the FY21 budget.
“AARP New York will continue working with our allies across the city and in the City Council to ensure that older New Yorkers have access to adequate health care, nutritious food, and stable and affordable housing in their communities. While the coming months will likely be difficult, we are more committed than ever to fighting on their behalf and to ensuring that their voices are heard in City Hall.”
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