If approved, the Bloomberg administration tells NBCNewYork.com the cut could force them to close between 30 and 75 NYC senior centers.
"It could potentially have a devastating effect," said NYC Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios Paoli.
"I know it's a hard time but the average age of seniors in our centers is 82 and they're frail. Ninety percent of them are very poor."
While senior centers can be a lifeline for older New Yorkers, the State is not "mandated" to fund them. Paterson's budget proposal would redirect up to $25 million in federal funds - which were historically sent to senior centers - to those "mandated" programs instead. Those include domestic violence and adult protective services, as well.
"This policy might have been well intended, but they didn't look at the consequences" Paoli said of the Paterson administration.