Before tax cuts, there was money for niceties like schools and senior centers.
Now, thanks to the state budget deficit, 31 state-funded senior community centers are slated for closure in Brooklyn. According to the 2010 census report, senior citizens make up 12.5% of Brooklyn’s population.
BCAT TV produced this Brooklyn Review video at the Wyckoff Senior Community Center in Boerum Hill (one of the centers marked for closure in spring). 87% of the seniors that use the center earn less than $10,000 a year and depend on it for a hot meal and social interaction. "I've been in this neighborhood 40 years," said one man. "Never has that center been threatened to be shut down."
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