— By Andrea Atkins Muriel Norman thought it would never happen to her. But when a caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration told her that her monthly checks would stop unless she provided key personal information, she complied. “I know Social Security doesn’t call people,” said Norman, 91, of Manhattan. “I said that to the man on the phone. But he said, ‘We mailed you something and you didn’t respond, so we’re following up with a phone call.’ …

— This summer, AARP Long Island is excited to present MoneySmarts – a FREE series of financial planning seminars followed by FREE theater performances. A recent survey conducted by AARP showed Gen Xers in New York are even more anxious about retirement than the Baby Boomers before them. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Whether you’re looking to learn more about your options as a homeowner, manage your assets or find a retirement path that works for you, AARP’s …

— Crisis Will Only Get Worse if Not Addressed in Final 2017-18 Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – Although over half of all private sector employees in New York – more than 3.5 million New Yorkers – lack access to a pension or 401(k) at work, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have failed to include a state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in their 2017-18 state budget proposals. The Senate and Assembly released their “one-house” budget proposals this week; the Governor released his …

— Legislators Stand with AARP Volunteers from Brookhaven to Buffalo on Key Economic Security, Dignity Issues ALBANY, N.Y. –Urging better economic security and more dignity for New York’s 50+, AARP volunteers from every corner of the state came to the state Capitol today and lobbied their legislators to include three key measures in the 2017-18 state budget: The Secure Choice state–facilitated workplace retirement savings option for millions of private sector employees who can no longer get a pension or 401(k) from …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Vast Majority Haven’t Done Basic Retirement Planning; Gen Xers Favor Trump, Boomers Clinton on Social Security, Retirement; Time Ripe for Leaders to Act Erie County Generation Xers and Baby Boomers are struggling to afford basic necessities such as food and utilities, and they’re massively unprepared for retirement – with just a quarter having done basic planning while 63% worry often about having enough money to retire. That’s according to a new AARP New York-Siena College telephone survey of 611 Erie …

— It’s crunch time for a pivotal decision in Albany that could make a real difference for New Yorkers’ futures – and pocketbooks. With just days remaining in the 2016 state legislative session, passing “Secure Choice” would open an effective path for millions of working New Yorkers to save money for retirement – or for whatever endeavor they may choose later in life. New Yorkers whose employers no longer offer them a pension or 401(k) would be able to start putting …

— Did you know June is AARP MoneySmarts Month? As part of the month celebration AARP will host a series of informational financial workshop that will help you build your financial strength. Some of the topics covered will be Savings, Investing, Entrepreneurship, Estate Planning, Insurance, Retirement Security, Social Security and more. Click to register to attend one of our FREE events below. Light refreshments will be served at each event. Bring a friend! Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – AARP MoneySmarts Workshop …