AARP Details the Good, the Bad & the Ugly in 2014-15 NYS Budget

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Makes Meds Affordable for More Seniors and Protects Patients from Surprise Med Bills, But Falls Short for Caregivers, Utility Consumers  Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State: “The New York State budget delivers some good news for older New Yorkers’ kitchen table economies, but falls woefully short in some crucial areas. “Under the budget, more seniors will have access to affordable prescription drugs and protection from surprise and …

Task Force Developing Strategies to Fight Hunger

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy As part of an antihunger task force appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), AARP will advocate on behalf of older New Yorkers at risk of hunger. The task force brings together state officials, farmers and advocates—including Beth Finkel, AARP state director. The task force will develop strategies to increase participation in food assistance programs, to improve access to locally produced farm products, and to encourage the government, business and nonprofit sectors to collaborate.  About 13 percent of New York households …

AARP: Lack of Voice for Utility Consumers in NYS Budget Alarming

AARP: Lack of Voice for Utility Consumers in NYS Budget Alarming

Posted on 03/29/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org    New Budget Rejects Utility Watchdog for Consumers; Most Other States Offer Consumers an Advocate to Fight for Reasonable Rates Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State:  “AARP is disappointed and extremely concerned for our 2.6 million members and all New Yorkers that the new state budget does too little to combat soaring utility rates. “New Yorkers pay among the highest residential electric rates in the nation and bills …

NYS Leaving Utility Consumers Out in Cold While Other States Save Millions With Advocate

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy   Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org  NYers’ Rates 68% Above National Average; AARP Says NY Needs Independent Utility Rate Watchdog to Protect Consumers ALBANY, N.Y. – New York residents pay 68 percent more for electricity than the average American, according to new data, and the state is one of just a handful without an independent consumer advocate looking out for residential ratepayers. Not coincidentally, New York residents pay far more on average for their electricity than residents of …

How Much Were You Billed to Help Your Utility Company Raise Your Own Rates?

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy   Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org   AARP Details Expenses by Utility; Says Tab Underscores Need for Independent Utility Rate Watchdog in Final State Budget   ALBANY, N.Y. – New York’s utilities, including international energy companies, charge state consumers some of the highest residential electric rates in the nation – more than twice the national average for many – and bill their own customers for the cost of trying to push those rates even higher.   With those same …

AARP: State Budget Should Protect Consumers with Independent Utility Consumer Advocate

AARP: State Budget Should Protect Consumers with Independent Utility Consumer Advocate

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy  Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org  Association Members From Around NYS Travel to Albany to Urge Adoption of Moreland Commission Recommendation   ALBANY, N.Y. – With New Yorkers paying among the highest utility costs in the nation, members of New York’s most powerful voting demographic travelled to Albany today to urge that the final state budget include an independent watchdog to protect ratepayers from unwarranted rate increases. As state leaders negotiate a final state budget due by April 1, AARP …