Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said cutting funds for RSVPis shortsighted. The program, he said, actually saves government money.
"The RSVP program provides thousands of hours of community service for many of our residents,"Scozzafava said. "Although I realize that government needs to make cuts, many programs such as RSVP actually save tax dollars. Without this program, many people will have to find other ways to receive the many valuable services that RSVP provides.
"RSVP provides services for our senior population, nursing homes, nutrition sites, museums, visitors centers, hospitals, Head Start programs, food pantries, youth bureau, Meals on Wheels, elementary schools, libraries, Literacy Volunteers and many more services that people depend on," he said. "We, as elected officials, need to make cuts, but we also need to look carefully at to what we are eliminating.
"I believe that without RSVP, at the end of the day, any perceived savings will disappear with increased costs in other government funded programs," Scozzafava said.
The possible funding cuts amount to about 70 percent of the Essex County RSVPbudget, Brassard said. Without the state and federal money, local RSVP will shut down, she said.
The RSVP program in Essex County consists of Brassard and a part-time assistant working from an office at the Moriah Town Hall.