Nov. 12, 2008: Senior funding should be a priority

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To The Editor:
I have just heard and read that the Town of Shandaken Senior Citizens lunch program is being discontinued because of lack of funding.
I feel that it is an outright disgrace that the majority of the Town of Shandaken Town Board would vote not to fund this essential program. How can the town board members caucus and decide not to assist the Senior Citizens of the Town of Shandaken? The seniors are the backbone of our community!
In the past year the town has made numerous unauthorized expenditures; $3,500 was spent on the Ferrendino report in opposition to the Belleayre Resort. Another $1,200 was spent in an attempt to replace the Mt. Tremper sign. Most recently, $8,000 to $12,000 has been spent on a specialized contract for the sewer plan. This has all been done without following required proper procedures. Yet the town board members cannot find a few hundred dollars to help put food on the table for our senior citizens!
Where are your priorities in these difficult times? Many folks on fixed incomes can’t put fuel in their tanks or food on their tables right now. Let’s take care of our seniors and people with disabilities in this small yet essential way. Town of Shandaken, you have the power to do what is right.

Al Higley,
Mt. Tremper