Glenwood Senior Center Members Stage Protest Rally
Members of the Glenwood Senior Center on Avenue H last Monday fashioned signs and held up placards as they rallied in front of their headquarters on Avenue H in the Glenwood Houses project in protest of proposed budget cuts that would affect their club, as well as 109 other centers around the city.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams, in whose district the center is located, along with the City Department for the Aging, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and State Senator Kevin Parker, helps fund the center. None of the elected officials was able to attend the protest rally because of legislative meetings, some of which addressed the problem.
In a statement to the press released in conjunction with the rally, Councilman Williams said, “Brooklyn is being hit hardest with 31 senior centers on the chopping block.” He said two out of three centers within his 45th Councilmanic District are scheduled to be closed at this point.
“My district is already underserved in terms of senior centers,” he said. “How, therefore, will one senior center service my entire district? That’s completely unacceptable.”
He then asked, “What about the many seniors in my district’s Haitian community who need a place to feel welcomed? What about the groups of seniors who find solace in the fellowship these centers provide? Where will they go?”
Isaiah Thompson, president of the Senior Advisory Board at Glenwood Center, said the seniors are “very upset” about the decision to close it. “This center is essential to our well-being,” he said. “We demand to be heard when it comes to this decision.” He said he was disappointed that Williams and other representatives were unable to attend the rally.