Social Security
Diamond Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Retirees Celebrate Social Security's 75th Anniversary





Where & When

Date:   AUG. 19, 2010


  10 a.m. - noon


Taino Towers Gymnasium
240 East 123rd Street
(at 2nd Avenue)


Time:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Hunter College

Kaye Playhouse
695 Park Avenue
(at 68th Street)

SS Act Signing

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Signing the Social Security Act



The New York City Diamond Anniversary Celebration of the signing of the Social Security Act will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Taino Towers Gymnasium (morning event) and at the Hunter College Kaye Playhouse (afternoon event).


For more information, please contact Nicholas Kapustinsky at BALCONY at (212) 219-7777 or via email at




New Report Shows How Social Security Works
for New York State

Social Security Diamond Anniversary Committee to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Social Security
with Two Events in New York City


August 2010 marks the 75th birthday of the Social Security Program.  Today, Social Security provides benefits to some 53 million Americans (nearly 1 in 4 households) - retired persons, persons with disabilities, surviving children and spouses of deceased wage earners - and to more than 3 million New Yorkers (just over 16% of the state's population). Without Social Security nearly half of Americans 65 and over would live in poverty.


In honor of this historic milestone Governor David Paterson has proclaimed August 'Social Security Diamond Anniversary Month' in New York State.  To celebrate, the Social Security Diamond Anniversary Committee, whose members include the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY), AARP, the NYS Alliance for Retired Americans (NYSARA), Local 237/IBT/Retiree Division, Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP), the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Social Security Works, and the Institute for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, Inc. (IPR/HE), is convening a series of events and celebrations around New York State throughout the month of August.


On Thursday, August 19th, the Diamond Anniversary Committee is holding two Social Security birthday celebration events in New York City.  We expect a large turnout at both events.  The programs will include brief speeches by beneficiaries, experts, relatives of the Roosevelt family, and elected officials, as well as entertainment, refreshments, and testimonials.


Additionally, two groups, Social Security Works and Strengthen Social Security, will be releasing a new joint report, "Social Security Works for New York." The data presented in this impressive report speaks volumes about the importance of Social Security to families, communities and state and local economies as well as the future viability of the program. Nancy True, Director of the Retiree Division of Local 237, IBT, and Suleika Cabrera-Drinane, President and CEO of the Institute for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, Inc. (IPR/HE) will introduce the findings of the report and discuss their significance.



Both events are open to the public and admission to both events is free. 


The events in New York City will be part of close to 100 events taking place all over the country in the month of August to celebrate the birthday of Social Security. 


Morning Celebration:
10:00 a.m. - noon
Taino Towers Gymnasium
240 East 123rd Street (at 2nd Avenue)

Morning Celebration Speakers and Performers to include:


   Michael J.  Burgess, Director, New York State Office for the Aging
   Congressman Charles Rangel
   Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV
   City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito
   David B. Roosevelt
   Eric Kingson, Director, Social Security Works
   Dabney Montgomery, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and a former    

   Tuskegee Airman

   Poet Tato Laviera
   and many others!


Afternoon Celebration:
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hunter College
Kaye Playhouse
695 Park Avenue (at 68th Street

Afternoon Celebrations Speakers and Performers to include:

   Michael J.  Burgess, Director, New York State Office for the Aging
   David B. Roosevelt
   Andy Pallotta, NYSUT Executive Vice President                 
   Eric Kingson, Director, Social Security Works
   Dennis Hughes, President NYS AFL-CIO
   Bill Henning, Vice President, CWA Local 1180 
   and many others!



The Past and Future of Social Security



J PauleyA Panel Discussion at the Roosevelt House of Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. On Thursday, August 19th,  BALCONY is co-sponsoring an extraordinary invitation-only panel discussion on 75 years of Social Security and the future of the program.  Other co-sponsors include the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity (a Hunter College Institute), and AARP. Opening remarks by Hunter College President, Jennifer J. Raab. Additional remarks to be made by Lois Aronstein, Executive Director, AARP New York.  The panel will be moderated by esteemed journalist Jane Pauley.  The panel itself will include Kirstin Downey, author of "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience"; Barbara Kennelly, President & CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Eric Kingson, Professor of Social Work, Syracuse University School of Social Work; and John Rother, AARP Group Executive Officer of Policy and Strategy. Closing remarks by Alan Lubin, Co-Chair, BALCONY.



The event will be held at the
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College


6 p.m., 

47-49 East 65th Street.
(Invitation Only)


Governor David A. Paterson
proclaims August 2010
Social Security Diamond Anniversary Month
in the State of New York


This year, on August 14, our nation and its people will have an opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Program. To mark this occasion and to remind all New Yorkers of the special significance of the anniversary to New York because of President Franklin Roosevelt's relentless work to see the enabling legislation come to fruition, today, Governor David A. Paterson has proclaimed August 2010 to be Social Security Diamond Anniversary Month in New York State.

During the month of August, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA,) working with a number of partners, will convene events and celebrations to mark this important milestone in the program. The kick-off event took place on August 3rd on the Plaza Level of the Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY. Michael Burgess, NYSOFA Director, released the Governor's Proclamation and unveiled a temporary display that will be located in the North Concourse of the Empire State Plaza during the month of August.

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NYSOFA Director Michael J. Burgess (middle) presents Governor's Proclamation, declaring August 2010 the Social Security Diamond Anniversary Month, to Paul Brown, Social Security Administration Area Director. From left: Jane Lynch, Commissioner, Commission of Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities; Paul Brown, Michael Burgess, Colleen Gardner, Commissioner, Department of Labor; Mindy Bockstein, Executive Director, NYS Consumer Protection Board; Elizabeth Berlin, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

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BALCONY, the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, is thrilled to be celebrating 75 years of Social Security. BALCONY believes in maintaining and promoting the integrity and the promise of Social Security now and for future generations of Americans,"

said Nicholas Kapustinsky, BALCONY Research and Communications Director.


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