— ALBANY, N.Y. – New York utility consumers have a nearly billion-dollar ESCO problem. New Yorkers who signed up with an energy service company (ESCO) paid nearly $820 million more for their power than if they had stayed with their local utility company during the 30-month period ending June 30, 2016, according to the state’s official utility regulating body. Today the NYS Public Service Commission stated that after considerable experience with energy service to mass market customers by ESCOs, it has …

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— Enjoy a night of theater and get to know us while connecting with AARP members, friends and neighbors with discounted tickets to see the musical The Color Purple. The Color Purple tells the story of a young woman’s journey to love and joy in the American South. AARP members and their guests will receive a 37% discount off one performance of The Color Purple. After the performance, AARP members and guests will be treated to a VIP Talkback with select members …

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— 76% Lack a Plan While 67% of Middle Class Gen Xers Worry Often About Affording Retirement; Time Ripe for Leaders to Act New York City’s Hispanic and Latino Generation Xers and Baby Boomers are struggling to afford basic necessities such as housing, utilities and even food, and they’re massively unprepared for retirement, with just one in four having done basic planning. A new AARP New York-Siena College telephone survey of 563 Hispanic and Latino city residents age 36-70 found 61% …

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— El 76% de ellos no tienen un plan, mientras que al 67% de los de la generación X de la clase media les preocupa mucho poder costear la jubilación; es tiempo de que los líderes actúen Los hispanos y latinos de la generación X y boomers en la ciudad de Nueva York tienen problemas para costear sus necesidades básicas, tales como la vivienda, los servicios públicos e incluso la comida; y la falta de preparación para la jubilación es enorme. …

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— By Ann Levin As the longtime owner of a funeral home company in central New York, Gary Finch knows the importance of attracting and keeping high-quality employees. That’s why Finch, who is also a Republican state assemblyman from Springport, supports a bill to set up a state-administered retirement savings program for workers at private-sector and nonprofit companies that don’t offer a plan. “The business community is concerned about costs,” he said. “But you need to be able to keep good …

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— AARP members & their guests save 20% off two performances at the Rochester Broadway Theatre League Cirque Dreams Holidaze…a new cirque show…Broadway musical… and family Christmas spectacular all in one!  Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar TV shows in other countries making Cirque Dreams Holidaze the greatest variety show on the planet! …

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— Join AARP on November 19th at 1pm and December 3rd at 1pm for the new season on Alive! Over 55 and Kickin’.  As seen on 60 Minutes, Alive! features singers and musicians over the age of 55. Some were performers back in the day, some sing in church, the shower, or in the car, but they all can sing! Alive! illustrates that talent gets better, deeper, and richer with age. You will have a great time reliving the turning points in your life, and you will …

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— Melissa Foster of Kenmore, N.Y., was presented with AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award for community service on Thursday, November 10. Foster, who founded and leads the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, has been selected by AARP New York, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive its 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service. Named for AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. …

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— AARP Provides Unbiased Information About Contenders Vying for Votes from State’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc: the 50+ AARP New York has released 2016 Voter Guides for key State Senate races to provide New Yorkers unbiased information on where the candidates stand on issues important to the 50+. The guides provide the candidates’ positions in their own words on helping New Yorkers save for retirement, protecting utility consumers, supporting family caregivers and making communities age-friendly. Voters 50 and older accounted for …

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— By Donna Liquori When I ran my first two New York City Marathons in 2013 and the following year, I noticed these runners in bright yellow shirts that said “GUIDE.” They were surrounding runners who were blind or had artificial limbs or were in wheelchairs. That, I thought, is something I want to do. So I did. I volunteered last year with Achilles International to run alongside Mike Lloyd, a New Zealander who is blind and has Parkinson’s. It was …