Town takes over Senior Center

Clifton Park

By Cady Kuzmich
Gazette Reporter


Clifton Park — Shenendehowa Senior Citizens Incorporated abruptly transferred operation of the Adult Community Center to the town of Clifton Park Saturday, December 17 amidst an ongoing larceny investigation according to Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.


Barrett did not comment on the details of the investigation, but noted the investigation had been turned over to law enforcement.


State Troopers confirmed there is an open larceny investigation taking place and that the Community Center is the complainant in the case.


Shenendehowa Senior Citizens Inc. has run the community center since the building’s construction in the late 1980s, according to a statement from the town on Monday.


“The Town of Clifton Park will execute a seamless transition to ensure programming and services continue. The Town will merge the center with other Town operations and begin planning for the future of this community asset,” said Barrett.


Barrett, who expects the transfer to be permanent, said the town would incur no debt by taking on the responsibility of operating the center. The center and it’s programs will be funded by annual member dues and fundraisers, according to Barrett.


Barrett said he was informed of issues the nonprofit was experiencing at a meeting Thursday evening, December 15.


“The Town Board is thankful for the many volunteers, sponsors and partners of the Center, both past and present. We look forward to strengthening and building upon the important relationships the Center currently enjoys. All scheduled programs and events will proceed as planned,” according to a statement from the town.


Some of the center’s original staff and volunteers will stay on throughout the transition. “It will be nice to have familiar faces for those who frequent the center,” said Barrett.