— AARP Praises Bill by Senator Serino, Assemblywoman Lupardo; Also Urges Elected Leaders, Stakeholders to Develop Legislation to Fight Elder Financial Abuse ALBANY, N.Y. – A round-the-clock toll-free telephone hotline to report elder abuse would be established under a bill that has passed the New York State Legislature, and AARP applauded the move as a step toward combating a growing problem. The group praised the legislative Aging Committee Chairs, Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, for pushing the bill, which …

— Move to Force ESCOs to Reveal Data is Unprecedented in Recent Times; Consumer Groups Praise Governor Cuomo, Regulators ALBANY, N.Y. – State utility regulators with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support are right to force energy service companies (ESCOs) to put their cards on the table about consumer pricing, and AARP and the Public Utility Law Project praised the Public Service Commission today for taking a step unprecedented in recent decades: issuing sweeping subpoenas to ESCOs. Numerous ESCOs have refused to provide …

— Sens. Serino, Valesky, Assemblywoman Lupardo, Alzheimer’s Association Join AARP, Volunteers from Across NY to Seek Common Ground This Year ALBANY, N.Y. – Leaders of aging policy in the New York State Legislature stood with AARP and other aging advocates today and pledged to work toward passing bi-partisan legislation to combat elder financial exploitation before the end of the 2017 state legislative session. Legislative Aging Committee Chairs Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator David Valesky – a former …

— Fail to Address Retirement Savings Crisis, Woefully Underfund Services to Help Older NYers Age in Own Homes and Support Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – Although the new state budget is being touted as a boon to New York’s middle class, AARP says the 2017-18 spending plan fails to address two critical middle class issues: the growing retirement savings crisis and older New Yorkers’ ability to age in their own homes. Over half of all private sector employees in New York …

— Woefully Underfund Services to Help Older NYers Age in Own Homes, Support Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – Although the developing state budget is being touted as a boon to New York’s middle class, AARP says a key component of the 2017-18 spending plan fails to address a critical middle class issue: older New Yorkers’ ability to age in their own homes. Even though the Senate’s one-house budget proposal included an additional $5 million for services that support middle class family …

— Key to Efforts to Make NY First ‘Age-Friendly’ State ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to establish the Empire State Trail, which would create the largest multi-use trail network in the nation: “Creating accessible trails throughout the state boosts New York’s attractiveness for people of all ages. The Governor’s proposal to create bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly on-road enhancements and connections would enable millions of New Yorkers – …

— AARP Delivers Petitions to State Leaders at Capitol ALBANY, N.Y. – As state budget negotiations enter the homestretch, AARP today delivered more than 3,500 petitions from New Yorkers to state leaders urging the establishment of an independent utility consumer advocate to fight for overburdened residential customers. AARP delivered the petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie at the State Capitol as the …

— Assembly Committee Advances Bill to Help Millions of Working NYers Achieve Middle Class Retirement; Surveys: Overwhelming Support in NYS, Nationally ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York applauded today’s vote by the State Assembly Government Employees Committee to advance “Secure Choice” legislation but called on state leaders to include the state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins next month – and help millions of working New Yorkers start saving for their retirement. “Any …

— AARP Urging NY House Members to Vote No, Protect Constituents NEW YORK, N.Y. – The American Health Care Act (AHCA) could hurt over 3.3 million New Yorkers by hiking health insurance premiums, reducing tax credits and reducing or eliminating coverage and services for the neediest – while weakening Medicare for all current and future seniors. AARP today urged New York’s 27 House members to vote against the bill when it comes up for a scheduled vote on Thursday. Specific data …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to the addition of about $7 million for non-Medicaid in-home services for the elderly in the New York State Senate and Assembly one-house 2017-18 state budget proposals: “State legislators are moving in the right direction. These cost-effective services help middle class New Yorkers age safely at home and provide badly needed respite and support for their family caregivers. AARP appreciates the Senate’s and Assembly’s …