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NYC’s Housing Mess: Majority of Boomers Say They’re Likely to Leave City as they Retire

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New AARP Survey Finds Major Woes for 50+ Voters in NYC, From Housing Issues & Retirement to Street Repair & Pedestrian Safety

NEW YORK, New York – Things are a mess, at least for the 50+ in New York City, according to a new AARP survey released today.  Nearly 60% of New Yorkers age 50 and older say they worry about being able to pay the rent in the coming years, and when it comes to Boomers, the majority say they’ll likely leave the city as they age – and it’s no wonder as the survey details the age groups’ concerns about living and retiring in the city.

“Many 50+ voters in New York City have a lot of angst right now, they are uncertain whether or not they can pay for the basics like housing and utility bills – those concerns may cause many to retire somewhere else,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York.

In addition to housing and retirement woes, AARP took the survey to the street, literally, taking a closer look at issues like street repair, poorly timed traffic lights and narrow sidewalks.

50+ voters views, concerns and worries about living and retiring in New York City:

  • 64% of Boomers who are confident they’ll be able to retire say they’re likely to leave NYC (53% of all Boomers age 50-64 say the same thing).
  • 58% of NYC’s 50+ are very to extremely concerned about paying their rent in the coming years.
  • Nearly one-third aren’t confident they’ll be able to pay their utility bills.
  • 28% say traffic lights that are timed too fast for safe pedestrian safety is a major problem.
  • 40% say cars not yielding to pedestrians is a major issue, streets in need of repair garnered similar concern from the group.
  • More than one in four said sidewalks that were too narrow, poorly lit or in need of repair is a major problem.

The full survey can be found online:

“These findings are very alarming to AARP.  Those running for office may want to take note; the voting bloc that will elect the next Mayor, City Council members and every other office up in New York City this year,” added Finkel.

AARP has been working to bring the issue to the attention of the Mayoral and City Council candidates in NYC, holding a series of debates, voter engagement efforts, and grassroots activities. AARP’s 743,000 members in NYC are expected to account for half of all votes cast in the upcoming General Elections. While AARP does not endorse candidates, have a PAC, or give money to campaigns or political parties, the non-partisan membership organization does provide straight-forward information on the issues to 50-plus voters, the media and the general public.


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