Senior center gets $30,000

GLOVERSVILLE – The Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County is getting some help with its finances from the state.

State Sen. Hugh T. Farley, whose district includes Fulton County, recently announced the 2016-17 state budget includes $30,000 for the center to help stabilize its finances.

The money comes after the center launched a campaign to raise funds late last year. At the time, officials said the center was in danger of closing due to financial difficulties. One of the chief problems the center was dealing with was how to pay off an $80,000 mortgage.

However, the center was able to raise enough funds to avoid closure and keep proving services to local seniors.

Senior Center Director Ellie DiScioscia said today the state funds are earmarked for the center’s mortgage and other expenses. DiScioscia said the center – which is located at 53 Church St. – has around $54,000 left to pay on its mortgage.

Senior Center Board President Tom Thompson said board members reached out to Farley last year, but were told that the 2015 budget process was already done. Thompson said the board figured that was the end of the effort, and was unaware Farley was working to obtain the funds until they received a letter over the weekend announcing the funding.

“We had no idea he was still working on getting us funds,” Thompson said. “It was a total surprise.”

Thompson said the senior center board will meet May 2 to review what to do with the money. He said he believes most of it will go to paying off the center’s mortgage.

Farley said today he has been to the Gloversville senior center many times and wanted to help the facility out.

“They’ve been struggling,” the senator said. “That was one of the most effective senior centers in my district and in the state. I hope this gives them a little kick-start.”

DiScioscia said the center is planning fundraising events. She is continuing to work on a plan for creating food products to sell, including ricotta cheese and ice cream.

“We want to be financially independent and produce a product made by seniors,” she said.

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