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Angry residents protest senior center cutbacks

Jan 08, 2014 7:57 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="277"] Guests at the Washington Irving Senior Center five-year anniversary celebration in Aug. 2010.
(Courtesy WISC Facebook page.)[/caption]

William J. Kemble, is reporting in the Daily Freeman the Catskill Town Board heard Tues., Jan. 7, from angry senior citizens who expressed great displeasure over reduced hours for the Washington Irving Senior Citizens Center and its director. The meeting attracted 60 residents. Some at the meeting contended the problems stem from poor board communication that leave senior citizens uncertain about the future of the center. The senior center director was one of three town employees who had their hours reduced from 40 to 29 per week under the 2014 budget. However, supporters complained the reduction could have been avoided if the town had not been turning down requests from groups to rent the center. Former Councilman and Greene County Legislator Kevin Lennon of Catskill said savings could have been found in the budget without cutting hours for the center. Town Supervisor Joseph Leggio said there would be a committee formed to explore operations of the senior citizens center as well as the Community Center and how the facilities can be funded. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.