Potential loss of senior meals discussed

Program currently in tentative budget

The Essex County Meals on Wheels Program Central Kitchen in Elizabethtown.

The Essex County Meals on Wheels Program Central Kitchen in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Several supervisors said that they could never see the senior meal programs being eliminated.

“We should never, ever cut any support for our seniors, and I will never do that with my vote,” Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses said. “A lot of these people who get these meals on wheels do so because they cannot get up to make their own food.”

“The fact is that you can’t do away with these services and you are going to have to override that cap, and that is the way we should be leaning,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said. “When we said we were going to try and get in under the 2-percent cap, you set certain things in motion.”

“The Meals on Wheels program is the thing that I receive that most amount of calls about,” Keene Supervisor William “Bill” Ferebee said. “It is important that they receive that one meal a day.”

“I don’t want anyone from the county going over to our town and telling them that the program may be closing,” Douglas said. “If the county does away with it, then so be it. I will provide for my seniors in my town.”

Scozzafava said that people each have things they feel are important that may be on the cutting table in the budget.

“I understand the way that you feel because I feel the same way about the Horace Nye Home,” Scozzafava said. “Ultimately, this board is going to have to make some tough decisions on what will stay and what will go.”

Scozzafava added that under the tentative budget, all items were still on the table until the budget committee made recommendations on potential cuts.

“At this point, it is still alive,” he said.

“I feel that there is a certain amount of frustration with all of us,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said. “Since we have not gotten into it and started to hash out the budget, then everything is on the table.”

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