Seniors left waiting
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Dear Editor:

Hurry up and wait was a popular G.I. expression during World War II. Now it applies to members of Club Pride, a geriatric psycho-social center in Douglaston.

Since its launch 18 years ago, Club Pride has provided daily bus service to members in the Flushing and Bayside areas, but our Flushing bus service, operated by the Samuel Field Y in Queens, was halted in December due to budget cuts.

We are now left with just one van holding only ten people. As a result, daily attendance has declined and those who can attend spend half the time they used to. This could cause serious health consequences.

All members are referred to Club Pride by psychiatrists and social workers at psychiatric and chronic care hospitals. This is their only daily social activity.

Without it, many will stop recovering and will likely be re-institutionalized at taxpayers' expense.

Many of our members are physically disabled and can't use public transportation. Nor can they afford Access-A-Ride's $5 daily roundtrip fare, if they can qualify for this service.

We've sought help from several sources, with zero results.

Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on the theme of "a tale of two cities" and

promised to create more jobs. He's already created one - a $170,000

a year post for his wife's chief of staff, even though New York City's first

lady doesn't have a real job.

Maybe he can divert some of that salary to fund transportation for some desperate constituents. Come on Mayor Bill, show us which city you really reside in.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Flushing

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