Big Win for Tenants, Taxpayers with Right to Counsel Agreement: AARP

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AARP Commends Mayor, City Council for Providing Housing Court Lawyers to Low-Income Tenants, Fighting Wrongful Evictions NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City tenants and taxpayers won a big victory with today’s announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council of an agreement to provide all low-income tenants access to a lawyer in housing court. AARP applauded the agreement on what would be first-of-its-kind legislation to make New York City a leader in preventing wrongful evictions– and dramatically reduce …

AARP New York Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of New Yorkers NEW YORK, N.Y. — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking New Yorkers who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP New York staff and volunteers …

As PSC Opens Major ESCO Case, AARP Urges Governor to Protect Consumers

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AARP, PULP: Fill Three Vacancies on Five-Member Regulatory Body with Consumer Champions to Keep Fighting for ESCO Customers ALBANY, N.Y. – As New York utility regulators opened a major case today to investigate additional crackdowns on energy service companies (ESCOs), AARP called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint consumer champions to fill three upcoming vacancies on the five-member Public Service Commission to keep up the fight against the industry’s deceptive marketing practices and high prices. The need is urgent, since …

AARP: Governor’s Budget Combats Crime Against Elderly – But Omits Two Key Middle Class Initiatives

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Strong Proposals to Fight ID Theft, Elder financial Exploitation, but Little Help for Middle Class to Save for Retirement, Care for Older Loved Ones ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York today praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 executive budget for proposing sensible protections for older New Yorkers against financial abuse but criticized the plan for missing a key opportunity to advance two proposals that would help the struggling middle class. “Governor Cuomo’s state budget proposal is on target with strong protections …

AARP: Governor Cuomo Aims to Make NY First Age-Friendly State in Nation

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Governor’s Instruction to State Agencies to Align with World Health Organization-AARP Guidelines Would Help NYers of All Ages ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo is aiming to make New York the first Age-Friendly state in the nation, and AARP today praised the Governor for his leadership on this issue of importance to New Yorkers of all ages. The Governor outlined the groundbreaking goal as part of a health initiative in his 2017 State of the State agenda. “As an initial …

AARP on Governor’s ‘Middle Class Recovery Act’: Addressing Looming Savings Crisis Critical for Millions

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3.5 M Could Miss Middle Class Retirement; AARP Urges State-Facilitated Workplace Retirement Savings Option; Backs Proposals to Fight Elder Financial Exploitation ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today at the conclusion of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s six regional State of the State presentations: “Governor Cuomo’s ‘Middle Class Recovery Act’ rightly focuses on this struggling group, but AARP urges him to address as well the growing savings crisis that threatens this very same middle …

AARP: Governor Seizes Leadership in Fight Against Growing Elder Financial Abuse Problem

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Association Supports Governor’s Common Sense Proposals to Fight Exploitation ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to combat elder financial exploitation: “Older New Yorkers work a lifetime to accumulate assets they depend on, and AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for seizing leadership in the fight against elder financial exploitation. “With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, elder financial abuse is a growing problem. AARP supports the …

AARP Praises Governor Cuomo for Proposing Tougher Penalties for ID Theft, Cybercrimes

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ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel released the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to toughen penalties for identity theft and other cybercrimes: “Identity theft is a growing concern for older New Yorkers, and AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for proposing that state law be modernized to address the increasing sophistication and magnitude of cybercrime – and combat the devastation it inflicts on New Yorkers’ lives. Imposing tougher penalties the more egregious the …

AARP Praises Choice of Lupardo as New NYS Assembly Aging Committee Chair

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ALBANY, New York – AARP New York today praised State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for appointing Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo of Binghamton as the new Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging. Following is a statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York, home to 2.6 million AARP members: “Assemblywoman Lupardo has been supportive of older New Yorkers during her career in the legislature, working with AARP to enact a law that helps prepare family caregivers to care …

68% of NY Small Businesses Want State to Set Up Retirement Savings Option for Workers: AARP Survey

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Wide Range of Organizations Urge Governor to Push for Plan; Could Help Millions Who Can’t Get a Pension or 401(k) on the Job ALBANY, N.Y. – Two thirds of New York small businesses want the state to establish an easy, effective and inexpensive way for their employees to save – with many companies saying they can’t afford to offer retirement savings plans on their own. That’s the finding of a telephone survey of 451 owners or decision makers of New York …