Posts Tagged ‘Lilliam Barrios-Paoli’

New HRA Commissioner a Thorn in Side of Past Mayors

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in News

A longtime thorn in the side of many previous mayoral administrations will now be calling the current New York City mayor “boss.” Mayor Bill de Blasio named Steve Banks, currently attorney-in-chief for the Legal Aid Society, as commissioner for the Human Resources Administration. Banks’ appointment was widely acclaimed by advocates and public officials, but it will be an interesting pivot for Banks, who has a long history of butting heads with the city as an advocate for the homeless. Banks has… [More]

Dream Deferred

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Social Services, Spotlight

A status update on New York’s Age-Friendly NYC plan The 2007 comprehensive plan Mayor Bloomberg unveiled to address the city’s older population has 59 goals. But while some of the plan’s initiatives are unqualified successes, others have been placed on a permanent back burner because of the ailing economy. One of the initiative’s early successes, advocates and city politicians say, is a program called ‘Safe Streets for Seniors.’ For older adults, moving around a city like New York can be… [More]

Expert Roundtable: Aging

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Social Services, Spotlight

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner of New York City’s Department for the Aging Q: Is there a growing divide between the elderly poor and older New Yorkers who are wealthier? LBP: I think the main issue is not with poverty in New York City; it’s that we have a very large number of seniors who were immigrants, many of whom came here already as seniors following their own children. They’re not eligible for Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid, or any of… [More]

Issue Spotlight: The Aging City

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Social Services, Spotlight

  When it comes to aging policy, is the city getting any wiser? The stooped woman hustling through the Sunnyside senior center’s main hall at lunchtime is Gertrude McDonald, age 95. She’s spent most of her adult life in politics, as an aide to former state Sen. George Onorato, and as the first woman from Queens to run for the state Assembly in a Democratic primary, back in 1968. “That was a time when women were still just licking the… [More]