According to the most recent United States Census data, there are over 288,000 seniors aged 65 and older living in Brooklyn.
Ensuring that these seniors are able to age in the communities in which they were born, grew up, and raised a family is an important goal of my administration. That’s why my office has raised awareness and fought to protect senior services throughout the borough by partnering with local elected officials and advocates to support the preservation of the Swinging 60’s Senior Center, a center which has served the youth, seniors, and greater community of Williamsburg for over 40 years. My office invested $1,000,000 in capital funds in 2014 to support the purchase of this senior center to ensure that it remained a vital community resource to the North Brooklyn community.
Seniors also face unique challenges in navigating communities as they get older. My office launched the inaugural “Senior Day Celebration” at which I called for additional safety measures to protect seniors on Brooklyn’s streets, including the utilization of school crossing guards to help seniors safely move about the borough. I have also supported the redesign of our most dangerous roadways. Both of these measures are integral to allowing seniors to age in place.