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— Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State: HEMPSTEAD, New York – “Pocketbook issues are critical to American voters, and that’s why AARP is calling on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to detail their plans for strengthening Social Security during their first debate at Hofstra. “Social Security may be the biggest pocketbook issue of all. Some Americans could lose as much as $10,000 a year if benefits are cut as scheduled by nearly 25 percent in …

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— AARP and the Microsoft Store at Walden Galleria are partnering to offer great FREE classes to our members who want to get more tech savvy.  Tablets and computers will be set up – just bring yourself. Class sizes are small – just 10 participants, 5 on the waitlist; RSVP is required. These classes fill up quickly.  If the class you want is full please sign up for the wait list, and we will alert you as we add classes throughout the year. …

AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel (R) and Associate State Director Yvette Martinez (L) walked the red carpet with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at September 19, 2016’s Viva Broadway event to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Miranda sat down with New York Times Television Editor Gilbert Cruz for an in-depth conversation about his widely successful musical as well as his upcoming projects as producer and performer. AARP New York is in its third year of partnership with Viva Broadway, an audience development program that helps bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country.

— “Viva Broadway” event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and leads off star-studded fall lineup of festivals, food, music and more NEW YORK, New York —AARP New York kicked off a fall lineup of entertainment on September 19 with “Viva Broadway,” an intimate conversation with award-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in partnership with The Broadway league and The New York Times. As Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) begins, Miranda sat down with Times television editor Gilbert Cruz to discuss his wildly …

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— Join AARP for the FREE MoneySmarts Series!  AARP is offering workshops to provide information, tools and resources to assist New Yorkers in building financial security and resilience.  In this series of workshops we will be covering the following topics: Blue Print for Financial Success  – Wednesday, October 5, 2016          6:00pm – 8pm Getting your finances organized is the first step to getting them under control.  Come to this discussion designed to help you get a good handle on where you …

Hofstra University Executive Dean for Suburban Studies Lawrence Levy (L), AARP NY State Director Beth Finkel (C) and AARP Director of Financial Security & Consumer Affairs Cristina Martin-Firvida

— Participants Weigh in on Future of Program at AARP Forum HEMPSTEAD, New York – Long Islanders said the 2016 presidential candidates and campaign need to focus more on Social Security and its future, and they posed questions to experts today at an AARP Community Forum at Hofstra University just 11 days before the university hosts the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign.  Hofstra Executive Dean for Suburban Studies Lawrence Levy and AARP’s Director of Financial Security & Consumer Affairs …

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— Groups Ask PSC to Detail Methodology to Determine Impact on Ratepayers of $8 Billion Nuclear Subsidy Plan at Sept. 13 Workshop ALBANY, New York – Citing a lack of transparency, AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) today asked state utility regulators to detail how they arrived at an estimated $2 per month bill impact on the average New York utility consumer resulting from the clean energy plan approved last month to subsidize upstate nuclear power …

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— AARP is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by cosponsoring the annual People en Español festival at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. The festival features performances by Latino musicians, actors and comedians, including Daddy Yankee, América Ferrera, John Leguizamo and Thalia. AARP will have a booth at the event, and festival attendees are invited to stop by for a chance to be greeted by a surprise celebrity guest. “This will be a marvelous opportunity …

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— If you ever imagined you could be a stand-up comedy star, well, this may be your chance to unleash your inner comic. AARP has teamed up with Long Island Comedy to showcase the talents of top comedians age 50-plus at venues across Long Island. “Laughter begins at 50—and we’ll prove it to you!” said Paul Anthony, producer of the 50+ Comedy Tour. The tour is bringing comedians to the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, Saturday, Sept. 17; the …

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— New Federal Rule – and New Draft Rule for Big Cities – Could Help 3M+ Employees in NY Who Now Lack Access to Workplace Savings Plans NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP today praised the finalization of a rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that confirms states can facilitate the creation of automatic enrollment retirement savings plans for use by small businesses. AARP New York urged New York State – where over half of all private sector workers lack access …

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— “Isn’t Social Security the money taken out of my paycheck and put into savings for me? It doesn’t affect me as much as it would affect someone retiring, right? My grandfather used to collect it.  I’m not saving my money for when I retire… the government will give me the money I’ve been paying them anyway.” If you would have asked me six to seven weeks ago what I knew about Social Security, that would have been my answer. I …