NEWS on the City Budget

LiveOn NY Op-Ed in the Gotham Gazette

The Mayor's Moment to Show His Commitment to Seniors

May 19, 2017 | by Allison Nickerson & Bobbie Sackman

"As we age, we build momentum that is powering the economy, communities, and politics. Older people across the five boroughs are supporting local businesses, caring for their grandchildren, and participating in local politics. And yet we still find that many people aging into their later years cannot access this energy due to poverty, disability, and the lack of access to vital community services..."

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Additional Coverage

The Aging Apple: Older Immigrants a Rising Share of New York's Seniors

May 2017 | by Christian González-Rivera
Published by Center for an Urban Future

"The growth in New York’s older immigrant population is far outpacing that of the U.S. born senior population. There are now more people over the age of 65 in the city than there are children ages 10 and younger."   Read More

Selling Seniors Short: New York City's Dangerous Underfunding of the Department for the Aging

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | by Lou-Ellen Barkan
Published by NY Daily News

"An eye-opening new report from New York City Controller Scott Stringer shows that the number of senior citizens who are already "rent-burdened, relying on government services, and living below 150% of the poverty line" is growing exponentially and will likely reach 1.4 million in less than 30 years..."  Read More

New York City Council Wants More Money for DFTA

Friday, May 12, 2017 | by Dan Rosenblum
Published by NY NonProfit Media

"It may not be the “Year of the Senior” after all. Although it didn’t include the sharp funding increase that senior advocates had been asking for, the de Blasio administration defended its proposed budget for the city Department for the Aging during a May 8 City Council budget hearing..."  Read More

Hearing Showcases Frustrations Over Stagnant Aging Department Budget

April 2017 | by Ben Brachfield
Published by Gotham Gazette

"The City Council Committee on Aging held a hearing on Monday to examine the allotment for the Department of the Aging (DFTA) in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently-released executive budget plan. Council members and DFTA representatives for the de Blasio administration discussed the situation that seniors may be facing given reduced funding numbers..."  Read More