New York City Department for the Aging

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Department for the Aging
Department overview
JurisdictionNew York City
Headquarters2 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10007
Department executive
Key document

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) is the department of the government of New York City[1] that provides support and information for older people (those over 60).[2] Its regulations are compiled in title 69 of the New York City Rules. As of April 9 2019 Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez is the new commissioner.


The passage of the federal Older Americans Act in 1965 created a nationwide aging network consisting of the federal Administration on Aging, along with state offices and local area agencies. In 1968, New York City established the Mayor’s Office for the Aging, which was funded as a three-year demonstration project by the Older Americans Act. The office was responsible for planning, coordinating, and funding services for the elderly such as nutrition and hot meal programs in underserved and unserved communities, and initiating home-delivered meals.[3]

In 1975, through an amendment of the New York City Charter, the Mayor’s Office for Aging became the New York City Department for the Aging. Alice M. Brophy, who had headed the Mayor’s Office for the Aging since its creation in 1968, became the first commissioner.[3][4]


The following is a list of the commissioners since the department was created:

Name Years in Office Mayoral Administration
Alice M. Brophy[3] 1975 – 1978 Abraham D. Beame
Janet S. Sainer[5][6] 1978 – 1989 Edward I. Koch
Prema Mathai-Davis[7] 1990 – 1993 David N. Dinkins
Herbert W. Stupp[8] 1994 – 2001 Rudolph W. Giuliani
Edwin Mendéz-Santiago[9] 2002 – 2008 Michael R. Bloomberg
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli[10] 2008 – 2013 Michael R. Bloomberg
Donna M. Corrado[11] 2013 – 2019current Bill de Blasio

Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez 2019-


  1. ^ New York City Charter § 2400; "There shall be a department for the aging, the head of which shall be the commissioner for the aging."
  2. ^ "Mission of the Department for the Aging". New York City Department for the Aging. Archived from the original on 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  3. ^ a b c "N.Y.C. Department for the Aging - D.F.T.A. History". New York City Department for the Aging. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ Clines, Francis X. (January 25, 1969). "Foster Homes for Aged Increasing". New York Times. p. 31. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Metropolitan Briefs - Commissioner on Aging". New York Times. May 6, 1978. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (June 8, 2007). "Janet S. Sainer, 88, Leader of New York Office for Elderly, Dies". New York Times. p. B7. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Ronald (December 30, 1989). "Dinkins Names 3 More Heads Of Departments". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Giuliani Picks Head Of Agency on Aging". New York Times. March 2, 1994. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  9. ^ Cardwell, Diane (December 29, 2001). "Bloomberg Adds Six To His Team". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  10. ^ Chan, Sewell; Chen, David W. (December 17, 2008). "Bloomberg Names Commissioner for Aging". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  11. ^ Gregory, Kia (February 19, 2014). "Citing 'Inequality Crisis,' Mayor Names Top Legal Adviser and Fills 2 Other Jobs". New York Times. p. A14. Retrieved 15 November 2016.

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