Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore) has allocated $110,000 in funding from his office to senior centers and programming for south shore senior citizens in fiscal year 2018. The 51st Council district is home to the highest number of senior citizens per capita of any NYC Council district. The senior population on Staten Island is currently at its highest point in the borough’s history and Staten Island as a whole has the fastest growing population of senior citizens in New York City by far.
Recipients of these resources include the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Staten Island, Lifestyles for the Disabled, Eger Health & Rehabilitation Center, Great Kills Friendship Center, Mount Loretto Friendship Club, Korean American Senior Citizens Association, Corporal Allen F. Kivlehan Korean War Veterans Association, Community Agency for Senior Citizens, and the New York Road Runners. The funds will go to support services and programming from nutritional support and the south shore mobile food program to horticultural workshops and the JCC’s annual senior Olympics.
Both south shore friendship clubs have received allocations of $20,000 each to support their operations this year.
“I know how important these senior centers and services are to residents of the south shore,” said Council Member Borelli. “We have a disproportionately high number of senior citizens living in this district compared to other areas of NYC, so we are also disproportionately impacted when funding for seniors is reduced or cut. Investing in programming and resources for seniors will continue to be a priority for me over the next four years.”
Joe Borelli is a Republican who represents the South Shore of Staten Island in the New York City Council.