RYE BROOK, N.Y. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) visited senior citizens at the Anthony J. Possillipo Community Center in Rye Brook on Tuesday morning to mark the 72nd anniversary of the first Social Security check issued.
"Creation of the Social Security program in 1935 represented a commitment by the American people to ensure that Americans who have worked throughout their lives and helped build our country will not suffer from hunger or poverty in old age," Lowey said in her address. "That commitment still stands even stronger today than it did nearly 80 years ago."
According to Lowey, over 55 million Americans, and over 3 million New Yorkers, receive an average monthly benefit of more than $1,000 from some form of elderly insurance.
"This benefit provides a lifeline not just for retired workers and older Americans, but for widows and widowers, children and individuals with disabilities," Lowey said.
Lowey added that she will continue to oppose the privatization of Social Security.
"As Congress and the administration discuss the important goal of reducing the federal deficit, I will oppose slashing Social Security benefits for families and individuals who depend on this stable and reliable assistance," Lowey said.
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