Pawling, N.Y. – (5/3/12) – In 2010, due to lack of participation , the Dutchess County Office of the Aging closed the Pawling Nutrition Program. On Thursday Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R.C) hosted a BBQ to organize seniors that are interested in re-opening the vital program.
Ann Deierlein, a member of Senator Ball’s Senior Advisory Council, suggested the idea of bringing back the Pawling senior program during one of Senator Ball’s Advisory Council meetings.
“I told Senator Ball that Pawling no longer had a senior group and that I was very anxious to reactivate it. I have worked with Legislator Thomes and Senator Greg Ball to organize this BBQ to rally in support of the program,” said Ann. “I am very grateful for Senator Ball and the wonderful job he is doing. When you look around and see all the seniors here today, it makes you feel good that we are working to do something for them.”
“You learn much more while listening, rather than talking. When Ann came to my Senior Advisory Council meeting and asked for help reinstating the Pawling senior program, I teamed up with Legislator Thomes to organize this BBQ. I believe the large turnout here today proves that the Pawling and Beekman seniors genuinely want this program back,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It grew up in Pawling, it is great to see many of my friends here today including Mr. Rubino who just turned 99 years old! I am now working on the state level to secure the needed funding to help support this senior program. I’m also fighting to freeze school taxes for seniors and constantly working to support the concerns of individual constituents throughout my district.”
Over 150 seniors showed up to the BBQ to show their support for the program and to enjoy a free lunch with friends and family, all complementary of Senator Greg Ball.
“I think this is a wonderful day, this shows you that the spirit is still here for this senior program,” said Legislator John M. Thomes. “Senator Ball is proactive and tries to help everyone. We are very fortunate to have Senator Ball and his staff and I think that we can do something here.”
“This is a fantastic event here today with Legislator Thomes and Senator Ball. It really highlights the needs that our senior citizens have,” said the Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan. “I really hope we will be able to leverage this to get these seniors the programs and funding that they deserve.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.