— Governor’s Instruction to State Agencies to Align with World Health Organization-AARP Guidelines Would Help NYers of All Ages ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo is aiming to make New York the first Age-Friendly state in the nation, and AARP today praised the Governor for his leadership on this issue of importance to New Yorkers of all ages. The Governor outlined the groundbreaking goal as part of a health initiative in his 2017 State of the State agenda. “As an initial …

— 3.5 M Could Miss Middle Class Retirement; AARP Urges State-Facilitated Workplace Retirement Savings Option; Backs Proposals to Fight Elder Financial Exploitation ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today at the conclusion of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s six regional State of the State presentations: “Governor Cuomo’s ‘Middle Class Recovery Act’ rightly focuses on this struggling group, but AARP urges him to address as well the growing savings crisis that threatens this very same middle …

— Association Supports Governor’s Common Sense Proposals to Fight Exploitation ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to combat elder financial exploitation: “Older New Yorkers work a lifetime to accumulate assets they depend on, and AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for seizing leadership in the fight against elder financial exploitation. “With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, elder financial abuse is a growing problem. AARP supports the …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel released the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to toughen penalties for identity theft and other cybercrimes: “Identity theft is a growing concern for older New Yorkers, and AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for proposing that state law be modernized to address the increasing sophistication and magnitude of cybercrime – and combat the devastation it inflicts on New Yorkers’ lives. Imposing tougher penalties the more egregious the …

— ALBANY, New York – AARP New York today praised State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for appointing Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo of Binghamton as the new Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging. Following is a statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York, home to 2.6 million AARP members: “Assemblywoman Lupardo has been supportive of older New Yorkers during her career in the legislature, working with AARP to enact a law that helps prepare family caregivers to care …

— AARP New York is urging legislators to boost the 2017-18 state budget for non-Medicaid services that help older New Yorkers age safely at home. The goal is to provide transportation, home-delivered meals, adult day care and other services for people who are eligible for, but are not yet receiving, home- and community-based services. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) submits his 2017-18 state budget proposal in mid-January, and state legislators begin negotiations in February. In a recent AARP/Siena College survey, 87 percent …

— So, what would you do with an extra $10,000? Watch what some people would do. For many, a healthy financial lifestyle is a top priority for 2017. Achieving financial and retirement security doesn’t have to be an illusion. It’s important to put pen to paper and write down goals for your retirement and financial future. Then speak with a financial adviser, do your research and make a plan. AARP has a number of resources available to get you started including …

— Wide Range of Organizations Urge Governor to Push for Plan; Could Help Millions Who Can’t Get a Pension or 401(k) on the Job ALBANY, N.Y. – Two thirds of New York small businesses want the state to establish an easy, effective and inexpensive way for their employees to save – with many companies saying they can’t afford to offer retirement savings plans on their own. That’s the finding of a telephone survey of 451 owners or decision makers of New York …

— PSC’s and Governor’s Leadership Will Protect Consumers NEW YORK, New York – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and Public Utility Law Project (PULP) Executive Director Richard Berkley issued the following joint statement today in response to the state Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Order prohibiting retail energy service companies (ESCOs) from serving low-income customers across New York State: “AARP and PULP strongly support the Public Service Commission’s Order today prohibiting ESCOs from serving the low-income consumer marketplace. “We also …

— PSC Wrong to Saddle NYC Ratepayers With All Superfund Cleanup Costs NEW YORK, New York – AARP New York, the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) and elected officials from New York City reacted to today’s state Public Service Commission approval of a natural gas delivery rate hike exceeding $321 million for National Grid’s Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island customers – amounting to an increase of over 50% compounded over the three years of the plan – and exceeding $191 million …