—   En Español.  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 …

— At NYS Assembly Hearing, AARP Also Cites $704 Billion Economic Impact of 50+, Urges Cost-Effective Funding to Help NYers Avoid Expensive Nursing Homes ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP today outlined its proposal for a new middle class state tax credit for unpaid family caregivers while urging additional investment in cost-effective senior services to help caregivers help their loved ones age in their own homes and communities. The Association urged state legislators to support the tax credit and additional funding for critical …

— By Philip Lentz Laura Kerrone, owner of the popular Psychedelicatessen bagel deli in downtown Troy, knows the hurdles of running a small business, including finding and keeping good employees. That’s why she supports a proposal to create a state-facilitated workplace savings option that would enable her 15 employees to have their own retirement plans. “Corporations offer college tuition, medical and dental coverage—all these things they plop on the table that I can’t offer,” she said. “If there’s some way I …

— Association Joined Gov. Cuomo to Fight for New Law; Now Launching Educational Campaign via Airwaves NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP is taking to the airwaves to make sure working New Yorkers know they can start taking advantage of the state’s new paid family leave law beginning January 1. AARP New York is spreading the news via television, radio, social media and other media that private sector and some public sector employees can take up to eight weeks of partially paid, …

— 13 of State’s 27 U.S. Representatives Co-Sponsor RAISE Family Caregivers Act; November is National Family Caregivers Month ALBANY, N.Y. – Over a dozen of New York’s U.S. House members have thrown their backing behind creation of a strategy to support the nearly 2.6 million New Yorkers – and more than 40 million Americans – whose unpaid labor of love is becoming increasingly needed as society ages: family caregivers. Thirteen of the state’s 27 members in the House of Representatives are …

— AARP NY invites you to attend a debate with candidates for New York City Council Speaker. Monday, November 27, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10128 RSVP: Online or by calling 1-877-926-8300 In the coming years, the New York City Council will have the task of addressing the needs of a city that is growing and aging rapidly. We want to make sure the next City Council Speaker is prepared to address those …

— Welcome to our voters’ guide for the 2017 New York City mayoral race. Joining us to give their views on issues of interest to voters 50-plus are Sal Albanese, the Reform candidate,  Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate, Bo Dietl, Independent candidate and Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate. Each of the candidates provided an opening remark and answered the same four questions, seeking their vision for New York City on issues that 50-plus residents have told us they care …

— Welcome to our voters’ guide for the 2017 Nassau County executive race. Joining us to give their views on issues of interest to voters 50+ are the Democratic candidate Laura Curran, and the Republican candidate, Jack Martins. Each of the candidates will provide an opening remark and answer the same five questions, seeking their vision for Nassau County on issues that 50 plus residents have told us they care about. These include caregiving, affordable housing, livable communities and the high cost …

— AARP New York is continuing its fight against a proposed double-digit increase in energy delivery rates, which would raise the average customer’s bill by more than $200 a year. National Grid, which supplies energy to much of upstate New York, wants to raise electric and gas delivery rates by 17.5 and 20.5 percent, respectively. The request came just as National Grid’s rates were approaching the national average. AARP volunteers spoke out at public hearings this summer, arguing the increase would …

— 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 …