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NYC seniors’ hot lunch program at risk by proposed budget cuts

Posted: 4:49 PM, Feb 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-21 16:49:22-05

COBBLE HILL, Brooklyn — Seniors at the Dugan Senior Center on Court Street in Cobble Hill are nervous their hot lunch program will end because of proposed state budget cuts.

The state redirected $17 million in funds away from senior services in a preliminary proposal this year.

"It would be a huge loss. I love this place. I come here everyday," said 82-year-old Snooky Salters, from Cobble Hill.

Sen. Daniel Squadron warned the seniors at Dugan that their lunch service could be the first on the chopping block. Squadron said a preliminary state budget proposal could close 65 centers in New York City and cut services.

"To cut it is unacceptable. There's a simple way to save it, every senior every family should raise their voice so Albany doesn't ignore it," Squadron said.

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