Quinn Campaign Visits 25 Senior Centers Across Five Boroughs Deploying Family, Surrogates, And Campaign Staff To Make Case For Quinn For Mayor
In a massive blitz across all five boroughs, the Quinn campaign dispatched surrogates, family members, and staff to senior centers across neighborhoods throughout New York City to highlight Quinn’s #AffordableNYC plan and her record and plans to make the city more age-friendly. Quinn held a press conference at the Raices Times Plaza Senior Center unveiling her proposal to secure more affordable housing for New York’s seniors before visiting with seniors there and then traveling to St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center with Council member Stephen Levin as part of the campaign blitz.
Quinn supporters spanned miles across the city, campaigning in neighborhoods including the South Bronx, Kew Gardens, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Sunnyside, Williamsburg and the West Village. Campaign supporters and surrogates including Council members Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Jim Gennaro, Domenic Recchia, Diana Reyna, Jimmy Van Bramer and Mark Weprin, as well as Assembly members Deborah Glick and Francisco Moya, visited local senior centers to make the case for Quinn and talk about her proposal to secure additional rent protections for senior citizens, making it more affordable for them to continue to live in the communities they call home.
As part of her #AffordableNYC initiative, Quinn announced a plan to raise the income cap for the City’s Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program, which ensures that rent for seniors is capped at 1/3 of their income. Quinn proposal calls for expanding SCRIE to include seniors earning up to $33,000 and increasing the program’s impact through more expansive outreach to help more seniors take advantage of the rent caps. Quinn estimates the expanded program would result in 6,000 additional seniors securing rent protection in the City.
At stops throughout the City, the Quinn campaign also highlighted her unrivaled record delivering for New York’s aging population. Quinn and her surrogates pointed out that she stopped the closure of more than sixty senior centers and community facilities used by thousands of New Yorkers, and secured funding for 1,000 new units of senior housing. She and her supporters also noted that under her leadership the City partnered with the NY Academy of Medicine on the groundbreaking Age Friendly NYC Initiative, which expanded eviction-prevention legal services to help older New Yorkers stay in their homes.