Press Conference to Show Support for Ida Benderson Across the Political Spectrum

from left: Common Council Member Jean Kessner (Dem), Syracuse Green Party Chair Howie Hawkins (Green), Ida Benderson Center Participants, Rev. Kevin Agee, Common Council Member Nader Maroun (Dem), Syracuse Republican Party Chair Steve Kimatian (Rep), Common Council Member Lance Denno (Dem)

When: 1pm Friday, 9/16
Where: In Front of Ida Benderson Senior Center, 205 S. Salina

Politicians from the Green Party, the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party joined in condemning the decision to close the Ida Benderson Senior Center on October 1. They  discussed flaws in the process that led to the closure decision, and they spoke of the importance of spaces like Ida Benderson in the lives of senior citizens. The event was hosted by Rev. Kevin Agee of Hopps Memorial CME Church.

Participants:

  • Common Councilor Lance Denno (Dem)
  • Common Councilor Jean Kessner (Dem)
  • Common Councilor Nader Maroun (Dem)
  • Syracuse Republican Party Chair and Auditor Candidate Steve Kimatian (Rep)
  • Syracuse Green Party Chair and Council Candidate Howie Hawkins (Green)
  • Statements from Onondaga County Legislator and Auditor Candidate Marty Masterpole (Dem); Onondaga County Legislator Linda Ervin (Dem); from Onondaga County Legislator Monica Williams; and from Common Councilor Patrick Hogan (Dem).

Common Council Member Jean Kessner

Syracuse Green Party Chair Howie Hawkins

Ida Benderson Center User Ginger Dingman

Rev. Kevin Agee, flanked by Common Council Members Nader Maroun (left) and Lance Denno (right)

Common Council Member Nader Maroun

Ida Benderson Center User Rev. Jeffel Mike

Syracuse Republican Party Chair Steve Kimatian

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