Action For Older Persons Gets Funding Needed

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM EDT

Action for Older Persons feared the worst but can now stay open with relief.

It was in jeopardy of not receiving state aid secured in the budget last year.

As Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, it would have been left with a big bill to pay.

Action for Older Persons is a non-profit that operates on $400-thousand dollars a year.

Every dollar that is crucial to providing services to senior citizens.

"To this day, I have gotten no written correspondence that we were in trouble." says Action for Older Persons Executive Director Shelli Cordisco.

Trouble, because it counted on a $275-thousand dollar grant secured by State Senator Thomas Libous through the legislature's member item funding.

It was still owed $102 thousand, but the New York Office For Aging said the funds were no longer available.

Action For Older Persons alerted local lawmakers.

"We started working behind the scenes in Albany with the Secretary of the Senate and the Majority in order to try to get this funding restored." says Senator Libous' Deputy Chief of Staff James Thomas.

"We recognized what a valuable service the AOP provides the community, and we're very fortunate we were able to turn it around quickly." says Assemblywoman Lupardo's Chief of Staff Michael Kennerknecht.

AOP provides services for senior citizens.

The Executive Director learned it will get the rest of the grant money it was relying on to pay a contract.

"If I don't get that money, I would have to lock our doors, there is no question about that." says Cordisco.

But, State Senator Thomas Libous tells Action News many other programs could still suffer due to a deficit reduction plan passed last month.

He says it stripped all remaining funding for community projects secured by Republican and Democratic members in 2008.

Action for Older Persons' grant was sponsored by Senator Tom Libous.

And, administered by the New York State Office of Aging.

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