How can State Senator Tony Avella obtain $100,000 for a College Point senior center while ignoring the needs of Club Pride, a geriatric psycho-social center in Douglaston that is also in his district?
Club Pride, run by the Pride of Judeah, serves nearly 60 seniors who suffer from mental illness. All have been referred by psychiatrists or social workers after discharge from hospitals. Many of them would have to be re-institutionalized without Club Pride's help.
But they may lose this help due to a transportation crisis. For more than 10 years, Club Pride provided daily bus service for Flushing and Bayside area members. The Flushing bus service, run by the Samuel Field Y, abruptly ended on December 6 without any explanation.
Since then, one van and driver have carried Flushing and Bayside riders daily in two separate shifts. This schedule has cut the time members spend at Club Pride from five to just over two hours daily.
We contacted our elected representatives, including Senator Avella, who requested a signed petition. We gave him one signed by all 60 members, but he's done nothing for us since then.
How did $100,000 suddenly reach the College Point Senior Center, plus funds for two other senior centers aided by Avella?
We also appealed to Councilman Paul Vallone, who chairs the Committee on
Aging. He pledged to help us but hasn't done so, yet he's able to secure funds for full-service animal shelters.
They're spinning wheels instead of getting us a new set of wheels, and the only bus we now have is the one we were thrown under.