Mayor eyes age- friendly city

Plans to dis­cuss pro­gram with coun­cil

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­ @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

» Mayor Shawn Morse said he in­tends to take the nec­es­sary steps to have the Spin­dle City be la­beled an age­friendly com­mu­nity.

Morse said Al­bany County is con­sid­ered an age- friendly com­mu­nity. He at - tended a re­cent age- friendly com­mu­nity meet­ing to see how Cohoes can be­come one as well.

“I at­tended those meet­ings be­cause I have a strong love for the se­niors and

I want to un­der­stand what the age- friendly com­mu­nity-means and if there’s a way that we can do things in Cohoes to po­ten­tially make us an age­friendly com­mu­nity as well,” he said.

Morse said he was able to learn a lot of details about what ex­actly it takes to have an age- friendly com­mu­nity.

“They talked about things like trans­porta­tion, hous­ing, open spa­ces, clean streets and a host of things that you have to try to achieve to be­come an age- friendly com­mu­nity,” said Morse. “I was just in­trigued by it and then Al­bany County hosted an age- friendly com­mu­nity meet­ing right here in the city of Cohoes, which I was hon­ored to go to wel­come them to Cohoes and lis­ten in on some more about the age- friendly com­mu­nity des­ti­na­tion.”

Morse said he be­lieves the Spin­dle City al­ready has or is al­ready plan­ning

to take some of the nec­es­sary steps needed to be la­beled an age- friendly com­mu­nity. “I re­al­ized that Cohoes is al­ready an age­friendly com­mu­nity and ev­ery­thing that we’ve al­ready done had al­ways had in our minds, and in our hearts and our plans, how it af­fects se­nior cit­i­zens who have to travel our streets,” said Morse.

Morse said he in­tends to con­tinue to take any nec­es­sary steps to fur­ther make the city an age- friendly com­mu­nity, and that he in­tends to dis­cuss the pro­gram with the Com­mon Coun­cil in the near fu­ture.

“Af­ter go­ing to two of th­ese age- friendly com­mu­nity meet­ings, I per­son­ally be­lieve that we should be do­ing ev­ery­thing to be­come an age­friendly com­mu­nity and I’ll be work­ing with the coun­cil to dis­cuss the pro­gram with them,” said Morse. “If we are go­ing to be an All- Amer­ica City and if we are Cohoes Proud then we have to make sure that ev­ery­thing we do in­cludes ev­ery as­pect of our com­mu­nity, and the se­nior cit­i­zens of our com­mu­nity are vi­tally im­por­tant to our suc­cess.”


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