Bibi Vitberg said when she lost her job a few years ago, she felt empty.
But that all changed when she joined the Self Help Clearview Senior Center.
"I found a new home, I'm here almost every day, and I enjoy everything they do," said Vitberg.
Vitberg said she was heartbroken to learn about Governor Cuomo's proposed fiscal budget, which would redirect some funding to child care.
It could potentially force 65 local senior centers to close, according to the City's Department for the Aging.
"I wouldn't know what to do with myself," said Vitberg.
Assemblyman Edward Braunstein held a protest at the center Thursday. He said improving childcare, should not come at the expense of the senior population.
"The least we can do is to provide them an opportunity to have a dignified retirement, where they do have social programs and recreational programs," said Braunstein.
Many seniors we spoke with said the Governor's proposal unfairly prioritizes one group in need over another.
"It's just as important to help people when they're born as it is when they're older," said Flushing resident Marcia Blank.
"If I didn't have this place, there's no purpose, because you have to get up in the morning, have some place to go," said Bayside resident Phyllis Steinlauf.
We reached out to the Governor's Office for a comment.
Spokesperson Freeman Kloppett from the State Division of the budget told NY1 "We are directing Title XX funds to child care while increasing total funding to New York City by $400 million."
The new fiscal year begins on April 1.