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Local Pols Urge De Blasio to Reconsider Plan to Close Astoria Houses Senior Center

Press Conference at Astoria Houses Senior Center (Photo: Constantinides Twitter)

May 10, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Local politicians are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to cancel the city’s plan to close the senior center at NYCHA’s Astoria Houses.

Council Member Costa Constantinides and State Senator Mike Gianaris announced at a press conference Thursday that they had sent a joint letter to the Mayor urging him to restore the funding for the Astoria Houses Senior Center that he plans to cut from the City’s 2020 fiscal budget. They also questioned his commitment to NYCHA residents.

“This proposal is not only of detrimental impact to seniors in our community but indicative of the larger disinvestment from NYCHA at a time when New York’s public housing requires more, not fewer, resources,” the letter says.

The letter states that the closure of the senior center, located at 4-05 Astoria Boulevard, would lead to $500,000 being wasted. Constantinides allocated $500,000 in 2014 to renovate the space, which will be completed next month.

The closure would be one of 12 senior centers serving NYCHA residents that the Mayor would close as a way to save $900,000 in City’s 2020 fiscal budget.

De Blasio said that these senior centers, which offer programs such as a daily hot meal, education programming, and health services, were underutilized and that some of them were not up to health and safety standards.

The City plans to transport the seniors that use the Astoria Houses Senior Center to a nearby center in Queensbridge.

The mayor’s office said the policy is cost effective and that seniors would still have access to a quality center. Furthermore, transportation to the new center would be free.

Constantinides, among other local officials, does not think this is an acceptable solution.

“Instead of paying for buses to another center almost two miles away, I ask the administration keep this center open to not disrupt the daily lives of Astoria Houses seniors.”

Assembly Member Catherine Nolan also wrote a letter to the Mayor asking him to reconsider the closures.

“How can this closure happen?” the letter asks. “It’s wrong and violates prior policy and agency agreements. I ask that your administration take a step back, listen and engage with our local community leaders and figure out a better path forward.”

Letter written by Council Member Constantinides and State Senator Gianaris to Mayor de Blasio



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The senior center at Astoria houses doesn’t have a large enough senior population attending the programs

Pat Macnamara

Once again clueless Costa and his absurd podium arrive to save the day. Attack the mayor on his policies. The mayor would rather have the elderly eat lead paint chips and be gunned down by drug dealers than have a senior center. His wife is bilking millions with her phony mental health initiatives. But cuts to “underutilized” senior centers will save $900,000. Costa you are so weak

in the US we make our own way

Pat Macnamaracist maybe the elderly should provide for themselves, instead of freeloaders like you looking for a government handout. This isn’t socialist Venezuela.

Skip Seglipse

Maybe Costa should have put funding for the senior center on the participatory budget ballot instead of those stupid bus timers.


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