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Seniors Petition Lawmakers to Increase Funding for Department of the Aging

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The tip of what advocates have named an "aging tsunami" flooded the steps of City Hall Wednesday.

Four hundred older New Yorkers gathered from senior centers from all over the city.

They petitioned lawmakers to increase funding to the Department for the Aging, which provides a range of services for seniors.

Organizers say the elderly population is growing rapidly and the current budget isn't enough.

"These programs, most of them is cut, closed down, but we need them to open up because more and more seniors are coming daily, and we need the help that we can continue living in this beautiful and wonderful city of New York," said Fitz Lewis of the Tilden Senior Center.

The Department for the Aging funds senior centers, assisted living programs and meals for the elderly, among other services.

Its budget this year is around $260 million, but advocates say funding has been cut by more than $55 million in the past seven years.

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