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AARP: Senator Charles Schumer Co-Sponsors Credit for Caring Act of 2016

Posted on 07/27/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

Statement on Senator Schumer’s Support of the Credit for Caring Act by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP New York: “AARP New York thanks Senator Charles Schumer for cosponsoring the Credit for Caring Act of 2016 and commends him on his commitment to today’s 40 million family caregivers. “If passed, the Credit for Caring Act (S.2759) would provide a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for eligible family caregivers who provide financial assistance to their loved ones, while working. …

AARP & PULP: NYS Right to Put Brakes on ESCOs, Protect Utility Consumers

Posted on 07/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

Consumer Groups Praise Regulators for Moratorium on Energy Service Company Sales to Vulnerable Customers ALBANY, New York – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) Executive Director Richard Berkley issued the following joint statement on the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) order phasing in a moratorium on sales by energy service companies (ESCOs) to low- and fixed-income consumers in New York state over 60 days: “State regulators have taken …

AARP: Big Help for Family Caregivers as NY to Expand Home Health Aide Tasks

Posted on 06/16/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

ALBANY, New York – Following the state Legislature’s passage of a bill negotiated with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to create a new class of advanced home health aides who would be allowed to perform previously prohibited health tasks, AARP New York State Director Beth Finkelissued the following statement:  “New York’s family caregivers will get a huge helping hand with this expansion of tasks that properly trained, certified and supervised advanced home health aides will be allowed to perform. “Family caregivers often have to leave work at lunch or …

NYS Takes Historic Step to Help Low-and Fixed-Income Utility Consumers

Posted on 05/19/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

AARP, Public Utility Law Project Praises Governor, Public Service Commission AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and Public Utility Law Project of New York Executive Director Richard Berkley issued the following joint statement today in response to the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of a statewide low-income utility rate order: “The state has taken an historic step toward making energy affordable for 1.65 million low- and fixed-income utility consumers across New York today, and up to 2.3 …

NY’s Retirement Crisis: Even Worse for Women, AARP GenX-Boomer Survey Finds

Posted on 05/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

Women More Stressed, Less Prepared for Financially Secure Retirement than Men; AARP Urges “Secure Choice” State-Facilitated Savings Plan ALBANY, New York – Over half of New York’s Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers feel unprepared for retirement – but it’s even worse for women. AARP’s analysis of a survey of 800 registered voters ages 35-69 statewide and 800 in New York City shows women, by about 10 percentage points more than men, feel they’re not saving enough, not planning enough for retirement, …

Utility Bill Relief: Assembly Moves to Protect Overburdened Consumers 4th Year in Row

Posted on 05/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

ALBANY, N.Y. – Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State, on Assembly passage of A.180: “New Yorkers regularly pay among the highest residential electric bills in the nation. Yet we remain the largest of just 10 states without an independent utility consumer advocate to push back when utility companies spend over $10 million a year in ratepayers’ own money to push for rate increases. “A 2015 AARP survey found over half of New York’s Generation …

Trump Should Issue Plan to Make Social Security Financially Sound, AARP NY 50+ Voter Poll Finds

Posted on 04/14/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

Clinton, Trump Lead in NY – But Many in Largest Voting Bloc Undecided Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate who has not laid out a plan to make Social Security financially sound for future generations – and 88% of New York’s undecided Republican voters 50 and older think he should, according to a poll of the state’s largest voting bloc commissioned by AARP. The survey of 399 Republican and 401 Democratic voters age 50 and above, conducted by Precision …

AARP: Paid Family Leave Will Provide Critical Support to NY’s Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/31/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

ALBANY, New York – Statement by AARP NYS Director Beth Finkel on the paid family leave provision in the 2016-17 State Budget: “This strongest-in-the-nation paid family leave program announced by the Governor and legislative leaders will undoubtedly provide critical support to New York’s family caregivers, allowing them to take care of our aging parents, spouses and other family members without worrying about losing their job or all their income. “AARP applauds Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for their bold leadership …

Aging Advocates, NYS Senate Aging Committee Chair Urge At Least $15M in Extra Aid to Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/25/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

Funding Needed in New Budget to Eliminate Wait Lists for Services to Help NYers Age at Home Rather than Taxpayer-Funded Nursing Homes ALBANY, New York – In light of an aging population and increasing demands on New York’s unpaid family caregivers, AARP, LiveOn NY and Lifespan of Greater Rocheser Inc. today joined State Senate Aging Committee Chair Sue Serino to urge at least $15 million in additional cost-effective funding in a final state budget for services that help middle class …

AARP, Advocates Praise Five Majority Senators for Urging $100M in Dedicated Pedestrian/Bicycle Aid

Posted on 03/24/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ekriss/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP New York |

Martins, Golden, Bonacic, Murphy, Funke Ask Senate Leader Flanagan to Support Funding in New State Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP and other advocates today praised five Majority Senators for urging Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to support $20 million per year over the next five years in the new state budget dedicated to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements. Senators Jack Martins (R-Nassau) and Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) have joined Senators Rich Funke (R- Monroe), Terrence Murphy (R-Westchester) and John Bonacic (R-Orange) …