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Senior Issues

Bill's senior moment: De Blasio balks on a commitment made to elderly public housing residents

Back in the summer, under pressure from NYCHA tenant groups and members of the clergy, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson brokered a budget deal that included a crucial commitment: a half-billion dollars to build public housing for seniors on vacant city land.

The Bill comes due: One year later, seniors have had it with de Blasio for breaking a promise on housing; we echo their anger

Angry seniors today raise hell against a mayor who a year ago made them a promise to build $500 million in new affordable senior housing, then turned his back and flew to Iowa to sell his brand of progressivism on the national market.

Seniors Get Angry About Broken Promises for Affordable Housing in NYC

David K. Brawley, pastor of St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, did not mince words when he stepped up to the podium in front of 1,400 protestors on Wednesday. “The indictment has been given” he shouted. “It is now time to tell you what the charge is against this man … The charge is betrayal.” The crowd erupted into cheers. “Bill de Blasio,” Brawley continued, “you have betrayed the seniors of New York City. You ran on a platform to close the gap between the tale of two cities, and since you have been mayor it has only gotten exponentially worse.

Build senior housing with surplus billions

With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted. (click link for more)

How to make it Old York City

Author Susan Jacoby wrote in her book on aging, “Never Say Die,” that “anyone lucky enough to be a New Yorker is already a resident of an assisted living community.” (click link for more)

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