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Clifton Park plans to add senior department

The town plans to form an eight-person committee to work out the details of the transition, with four town employees and four seniors at the center participating. Paolucci said that discussions first started in August when the senior center's finance committee created a five-year budget plan.

"During these meetings, the finance committee communicated to me that usually reliable funding mechanisms for senior programming were becoming more scarce," Paolucci said. "This was putting significant pressure on the board's ability to plan for continued levels of service for all seniors."

As of the 2000 census, approximately 14 percent of Clifton Park's 33,000 residents were older than 60. Since 18 percent of residents in 2000 were between the ages of 45 and 54, demand for senior services in town is expected to grow in the near future.

"During my time as liaison, I have worked with our partners on the senior board to expand the space here at the center by almost 70 percent a few years ago," Paolucci said. "We also doubled the capacity of the senior transportation service that we have."

Supervisor Phil Barrett, who is also on the Republican ticket for re-election, said that the town has always had a great working relationship with the senior board.

"Within those partnerships, you can be more efficient, you can save taxpayers money, and if we can do that we're certainly going to do that, but not at the cost of delivering services to seniors," Barrett said. "They've got the people, they've got the heart. We've got to make sure that going forward they always have the funds."

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