Fighting Hunger in New York One Person at a Time

Fighting Hunger in New York One Person at a Time

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

Health & Wellbeing It is a Monday afternoon, and my telephone rings.  It is a woman, Mary, who wants to know more about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  She takes care of her sister, Rose, who has dementia and is having trouble making ends meet.  She has heard about AARP’s SNAP application service and wants to know if she is eligible. I ask her a couple of short questions, and am able to tell her that based on the information she has given …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

NYS Assembly on the Mark with Utility Watchdog in Budget Proposal

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing For Immediate Release Wednesday, March 12,  2014  Contact:  David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Chaunda Ball, cball@aarp.org                         AARP: NYS Assembly on the Mark with Utility Watchdog in Budget Proposal  Association Praises Assembly Proposal for Independent Utility Consumer Advocate, Warns Lack of Action to Help Family Caregivers Could Lead to Disaster Statement by AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel  “AARP thanks Assembly Speaker Silver and Assemblyman Jeff  Dinowitz for taking a major step …

Turning up the Heat to Afford Utilities: LIers Press Skelos, Senate to Protect Consumers

Turning up the Heat to Afford Utilities: LIers Press Skelos, Senate to Protect Consumers

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org As Potential Hike to Already Sky-High Rates Looms, Long Island AARP Members Push for Independent Utility Rate Watchdog ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – With the possibility that Long Island’s power provider will seek a rate increase next year, members of New York’s most powerful voting demographic pressed State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and his colleagues today to back an independent watchdog to protect ratepayers from unwarranted increases in 2016 and beyond. AARP members from …

AARP Report: Feelings of Winter Isolation Putting Millions of NYers at Risk for Online Fraud

AARP Report: Feelings of Winter Isolation Putting Millions of NYers at Risk for Online Fraud

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Contact: David Irwin  dirwin@aarp.org New Yorkers at Higher Risk Based on How They Feel Coupled With Key Behavior Traits, New AARP Report Finds NEW YORK, New York – Cabin fever from the winter cold setting in? Scam artists are banking on it – a new AARP report finds that the more isolated you feel, the more susceptible you are to online fraud.  The first-of-its-kind AARP study takes an in-depth look at what feelings and behaviors millions of New Yorkers are …