Mayor Young is calling on federal lawmakers to help keep Social Security Office open for Mount Vernon Senior Citizens
MOUNT VERNON, NY – Mayor Young announced today that he is calling on federal lawmakers to join him in the fight to keep the Social Security Office in Mount Vernon open. The Social Security Administration has announced that the Mount Vernon office located at 5 Stevens Avenue will close this summer due to federal budget cuts. Mayor Young was joined by 15 senior citizens for a news conference today to protest the closing of the Mount Vernon Social Security Office.
“Since 2008, my administration has worked diligently to improve services, advance economic development and opportunity in the City of Mount Vernon, especially for our senior citizens. As Mayor, I understand that all government agencies are grappling with reductions in resources and finances; however, closing the Mount Vernon Office will be devastating for many of senior citizens in our city. I am asking our federal lawmakers to help me convince the Social Security Administration to keep the Mount Vernon office open,” said Young.
Currently, more than 15,000 beneficiaries utilize the Mount Vernon Office annually. The Social Security Administration is planning to merge the Mount Vernon office with the New Rochelle location at 85 Harrison Street, because Congress reduced their budget by nearly one billion dollars.
The City of Mount Vernon is 4.4 square miles and is home to approximately 65,000 residents, making it the 8th largest city in New York State; the third most densely populated city in New York State; and among the ten most densely populated municipalities in the United States. More than 13 percent of our population is over the age of 65 years old and growing. Mayor Young is asking residents to write their federal lawmakers and the US Social Security Administration to keep the Mount Vernon Office open.
“For many senior citizens, traveling to the Social Security Offices in New Rochelle and Yonkers would be a tremendous hardship both physically and financially. My office will continue to fight to maintain services for our seniors in Mount Vernon,” noted Mayor Young.
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