— En Espanol. AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. And beginning in January, we will reach that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation takes effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s upcoming Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family …

— By Ann Levin Twice in her life, Nicole Cerullo has taken unpaid family leave. The first time, 11 years ago, she took three months off to care for her then 2-year-old seriously ill daughter; the second time, for her dying father. So Cerullo, 44, an elementary school teacher in Commack on Long Island, couldn’t be more pleased that as of Jan. 1, New York will join four other states in offering workers job-protected paid family leave. “It’s a huge relief …

—   AARP Launches NYC Voter Engagement Campaign Pushing Candidates to ‘Disrupt Aging’. Association to Mobilize its 800,000 NYC Members to Press Contenders to Address Needs of the 50+ and the Squeezed Middle Class Across All NYC Agencies AARP New York is launching a multi-faceted, nonpartisan New York City voter engagement campaign to “disrupt aging.” The association will mobilize its 800,000 members in the city to press candidates to commit to ensuring key priorities of the 50+ that are squeezing the middle …

— Hearing into Deceptive Marketing Practices, Overcharges Can Now Move Forward ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP released the following statement by AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel on today’s decision by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject a request by an energy service company (ESCO) trade group to delay the upcoming evidentiary hearing phase of the Commission’s ongoing ESCO proceedings (case number 15-M-0127): “AARP applauds today’s decision by the PSC to reject a request to halt upcoming …

— Some 32,000 older middle class homeowners in New York City are now eligible for property tax breaks, thanks to legislation Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law. AARP today praised the Governor and the bill’s sponsors, Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. The new law (S4628A/A7463A) increases the income threshold for homeowners 65 and over to qualify for programs that freeze their property tax bills – potentially saving them up to $1,750 a year. Now, those with incomes up …

— New York City tenants and taxpayers have reason to celebrate thanks to today’s City Council passage of Right to Counsel legislation that will provide all low-income tenants access to a lawyer in housing court. AARP applauds this first-in-the-nation legislation, which will make New York City a leader in preventing wrongful evictions– while dramatically reducing the cost to taxpayers for homeless shelters to house those wrongfully evicted. Thanks to the new bill, all tenants with incomes up to 200% of the …

— AARP has filed a letter urging state administrative law judges to reject the latest maneuverings by New York’s Energy Service Company industry to continue delaying a state inquiry into their deceptive marketing practices and false promises of savings. AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) also encouraged consumers to avoid signing up with energy service companies (ESCOs) in the interim. “AARP is urging its members and all New Yorkers to refrain from signing contracts with ESCOs …

— A new analysis of the Senate’s proposed health care bill shows that older New Yorkers would be forced to pay much higher premiums or go without health insurance coverage. With the proposed spike in premiums and reduced tax credits, a 60-year old New Yorker with a $45,000 annual income could have to pay up to $3,020 more in 2020. The new analysis by AARP’s Public Policy Institute looks at expected increases in premiums and out-of-pocket costs for older New Yorkers …

— State leaders neglected the retirement saving needs of over 3.5 million working New Yorkers and failed to provide adequate supports for the unpaid family caregivers who help New Yorkers age in their own homes during the just-concluded 2017 New York State legislative session. Over half of all private sector employees in New York lack access to a way to save at work, including 67% of Hispanics. Workers are 15 times likelier to save if they can do so on the …

— AARP New York Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy David McNally issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s expected designation of John Rhodes as the new chairman of the utility-regulating State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the filling of vacancies to the five-member commission. The State Senate last night confirmed Mr. Rhodes, Jim Alesi and Philip Wilcox as new PSC commissioners and re-confirmed Diane Burman for an additional term: “AARP looks forward to working with new …