— 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 …

— Social Security Faces 25% Benefits Cut by 2034 Without Action CORNING, N.Y. – AARP today delivered nearly 1,000 petitions to 23rd Congressional District candidates John Plumb and Tom Reed urging them to commit to working with the new Congress and new presidential administration to update Social Security for the 21st Century if elected.      AARP Associate State Director for the Southern Tier Randy Hoak presented the petitions – signed by residents across the 23rd District – to Mr. Plumb at 11:30 …

— By Ronald E. Roel New York voters face a choice on Nov. 8 in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Charles Schumer, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Wendy Long. Both strongly support Social Security and Medicare, but they differ significantly in their approaches to sustain the programs. Schumer, 65, was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and is seeking his fourth term. He serves on several committees, including the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Social Security, Medicare and …

— As state regulators consider National Grid’s proposed 24 percent increase in the natural gas delivery rate for Long Islanders, AARP is playing a leading role among advocates opposing the hike, calling it unaffordable for thousands of families. At three public hearings this year, AARP New York officials were sharply critical of the proposal. National Grid is seeking an additional $146 million in annual revenue from delivery rate increases in 2017. If approved, the typical residential customer would pay about $198 …

— Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State: HEMPSTEAD, New York — “American voters need and deserve to know more about how the presidential candidates would strengthen Social Security – perhaps the most significant pocketbook issue in the 2016 election. But they didn’t hear a word at the first debate at Hofstra University. “Without action, Social Security benefits will be cut by nearly 25 percent across the board in 2034 – costing some as much as …

— Association Calls on Clinton, Trump to Detail Their Plans During First Presidential Debate at Hofstra Tonight HEMPSTEAD, New York – Nearly nine of every 10 AARP members in New York rate having Social Security available to them in the future as their top economic concern, AARP New York announced today in calling on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to detail their plans for updating the program during the first presidential debate tonight at Hofstra University. In New York, 87 percent …

— Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State: HEMPSTEAD, New York – “Pocketbook issues are critical to American voters, and that’s why AARP is calling on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to detail their plans for strengthening Social Security during their first debate at Hofstra. “Social Security may be the biggest pocketbook issue of all. Some Americans could lose as much as $10,000 a year if benefits are cut as scheduled by nearly 25 percent in …

— Participants Weigh in on Future of Program at AARP Forum HEMPSTEAD, New York – Long Islanders said the 2016 presidential candidates and campaign need to focus more on Social Security and its future, and they posed questions to experts today at an AARP Community Forum at Hofstra University just 11 days before the university hosts the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign.  Hofstra Executive Dean for Suburban Studies Lawrence Levy and AARP’s Director of Financial Security & Consumer Affairs …

— We were thrilled to host our first candidate forum of 2015 in Queens, marking AARP’s first-ever dive into issues advocacy on the local level in New York City. More than 200 New Yorkers engaged in the event and had many questions for the candidates. AARP is a non-partisan organization. We don’t endorse candidates. But we certainly take stances on issues that are important to New Yorkers age 50 and older. We have 750,000 members in New York City, and our …

— Members Deliver 4,000 Postcards to Island’s State Senators Urging Utility Consumer Advocate MELVILLE, New York – As PSEG pushes the biggest potential residential electric rate hike in the history of the Long Island Power Authority on Long Islanders – and sends consumers a $4.4 million bill for its lobbying costs – AARP members delivered about 4,000 postcards to all nine Island state senators’ district offices today urging their support for an independent utility consumer advocate to represent the interests of …