Consumer Groups Praise PSC Affordability Effort As “Major, Unprecedented Step”

Posted on 01/8/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Joint Statement by AARP, NYPIRG, Consumers Union, Public Utility Law Project: ALBANY, New York – “By opening a proceeding to review and standardize energy affordability programs, the Public Service Commission (PSC) is taking a major and unprecedented step that could help millions of utility consumers across New York State. “New Yorkers pay among the highest average residential electric rates in the continental United States. Consumers’ struggles are evident; every day, New York utility …

AARP Legislative Goals: Retirement Security, Caregiving, Consumer Protection

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org  Voting Group that Decided Many Races Focuses on Helping Millions of Workers Save for Retirement, Preparing Caregivers, Fighting Unfair Utility Hikes ALBANY, New York – The voting group responsible for electing New York’s lawmakers – the 50+ – has a few key issues on their mind as the 2015 legislative session starts today. AARP New York will focus on retirement security, caregiving, and utility consumer protection. New York’s 50+ voters voted at nearly …

Work & Save Plan Would Help Build Nesteggs

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In a state where more than 3.6 million private-sector workers lack access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, AARP is asking lawmakers to ensure that employees have an option. Under the Work and Save proposal, workers could voluntarily contribute to an individual retirement account (IRA) through automatic payroll deductions, similar to the state’s 529 college savings program. Workers would select the type of investments and contribution level, and the account would follow them from job to job. The individual accounts would …

Legislative Goal: More Help for Caregivers

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Ann Levin Two years ago, Dorothy Pro­caccini’s father picked up a bacterial infection while hospitalized in Rochester. Krzysztof Kotkowicz, 82, was discharged with orders to finish a course of antibiotics and schedule follow-up visits with a home health care agency. Over the next year, he was back in the hospital five or six times with a recurrence of the infection, C. difficile, known as C. diff, whose symptoms include nausea, fever and diarrhea. When his problems began, Kotkowicz, who …

AARP Recognizes Silent Army of New Yorkers, Launches “I Heart Caregivers”

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH NEW YORK, N.Y. –November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, 4.1 million in New York State, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as opposed to costly institutions. In New York State alone, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $32 billion annually. Mary D’Ercole Pritchard of …

Pivotal Issues Face Older Voters

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Donna Liquori Next month’s election could affect key state and federal legislation of interest to older New York residents, including caregiving, financial security and utility costs. In the race for governor, Rob Astorino (R), the Westchester County executive, is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo (D). All of the 213 state legislative seats and 27 U.S. House seats are on the ballot. “Legislators’ hearing becomes much more acute during political season, so all New Yorkers need to get engaged regardless of …