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Seniors’ truce good at eatery

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am

The truce is holding between Korean-American seniors and the McDonald’s at Northern and Parsons boulevards.

That’s the status report from Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who last week brokered a deal so that the seniors will not monopolize space in the McDonald’s during peak business hours.

Many seniors use the eatery for social gatherings, where they spend many hours and few dollars with their elderly friends.

Under the agreement, the seniors promise to leave the facility from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Kim working out a plan to provide transit for them to senior centers.

The assemblyman said on Monday that there were “a couple of hiccups last week but all has been resolved.” He added that the McDonald’s owner has been “super responsive to our complaints.”

Kim said he will hold a roundtable once a month with the seniors to discuss general concerns. And he will introduce legislation this week with the help of the AARP to address what he said is the core problem behind this conflict: lack of social space for older adults.

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