AARP Lauds Progress of ‘Secure Choice’ Retirement Savings Option – But Urges Inclusion in NYS Budget

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Assembly Committee Advances Bill to Help Millions of Working NYers Achieve Middle Class Retirement; Surveys: Overwhelming Support in NYS, Nationally ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York applauded today’s vote by the State Assembly Government Employees Committee to advance “Secure Choice” legislation but called on state leaders to include the state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins next month – and help millions of working New Yorkers start saving for their retirement. “Any …

AARP: Federal Healthcare Bill Could Hurt 3.3 M+ New Yorkers, Weaken Medicare

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AARP Urging NY House Members to Vote No, Protect Constituents NEW YORK, N.Y. – The American Health Care Act (AHCA) could hurt over 3.3 million New Yorkers by hiking health insurance premiums, reducing tax credits and reducing or eliminating coverage and services for the neediest – while weakening Medicare for all current and future seniors. AARP today urged New York’s 27 House members to vote against the bill when it comes up for a scheduled vote on Thursday. Specific data …

AARP: Lawmakers’ Proposals to Fund More In-Home Services for Elderly Good Start to Help Middle Class

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ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to the addition of about $7 million for non-Medicaid in-home services for the elderly in the New York State Senate and Assembly one-house 2017-18 state budget proposals: “State legislators are moving in the right direction. These cost-effective services help middle class New Yorkers age safely at home and provide badly needed respite and support for their family caregivers. AARP appreciates the Senate’s and Assembly’s …

PULP, AARP Praise Assembly for Proposing Utility Consumer Advocate, $1.5 M for Other Efforts

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Governor, Senate Need to Stand Up for Consumers ALBANY, N.Y. – The Public Utility Law Project and AARP today issued the following joint statement by PULP Executive Director Richard Berkley and AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel on the State Assembly’s inclusion of $350,000 for an independent Utility Consumer Advocate Office and funding for PULP and other consumer advocacy groups in its one-house 2017-18 state budget proposal: “PULP and AARP applaud the Assembly for once again stepping up for …

AARP: Governor, Lawmakers Fail to Address Middle Class Retirement Savings Crisis in Budget Proposals

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Crisis Will Only Get Worse if Not Addressed in Final 2017-18 Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – Although over half of all private sector employees in New York – more than 3.5 million New Yorkers – lack access to a pension or 401(k) at work, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have failed to include a state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in their 2017-18 state budget proposals. The Senate and Assembly released their “one-house” budget proposals this week; the Governor released his …

AARP Delivers 10,000 Petitions to NYS Leaders Urging Workplace Retirement Savings Option in State Budget

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4/5 of NY Small Businesses Want State to Act; Bipartisan Backing ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP today delivered 10,000 petitions from New Yorkers across the state to Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders asking them to include a state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in the final 2017-18 state budget due by the end of this month. The petitions urge the Governor and lawmakers to incorporate “Secure Choice” legislation – which has bipartisan support in both houses – into the final spending …

AARP Lobby Day: Volunteers Urge Retirement Savings, Elder Financial Protection, Caregiver Help

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Legislators Stand with AARP Volunteers from Brookhaven to Buffalo on Key Economic Security, Dignity Issues ALBANY, N.Y. –Urging better economic security and more dignity for New York’s 50+, AARP volunteers from every corner of the state came to the state Capitol today and lobbied their legislators to include three key measures in the 2017-18 state budget: The Secure Choice state–facilitated workplace retirement savings option for millions of private sector employees who can no longer get a pension or 401(k) from …

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 …