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Seniors Voice Concerns At White Plains Speak-out

Senior citizens meet with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to express their concerns.
Senior citizens meet with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to express their concerns. Photo Credit:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – More than 150 seniors recently met with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and other elected officials to voice their concerns during the annual Legislative Speak-Out and breakfast.

“Events like this keep politicians grounded in what really matters,” said Astorino. “It gives us an opportunity to engage in frank, one-on-one conversations with all of you and then promote your ideas to improve the entire community.”

The theme for this year’s event was “Affording Aging in Place.” Topics discussed included ways to keep seniors in their homes and communities.

Issues raised at the event will be published in the White House Conference on Aging Survey and distributed to Westchester’s elected officials.

Mae Carpenter, commissioner of the Department of Senior Programs and Services, cited a recent AARP study that indicated that 60 percent of working baby boomers could be heading out of New York, carrying with them more than $105 billion a year.

However, an AARP study from 2013 indicated that the region’s baby boomers could enrich the state by $179 billion a year if they decide to reverse course and stay in New York.

The speak-out was hosted by Carpenter as well as County Legislator Bernice Spreckman, chair of the Board of Legislators’ Committee on Seniors and Constituencies.

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