— Secure Choice, a voluntary workplace retirement savings option that could help millions of working New Yorkers save for their futures on the job, was enacted into law as part of the 2018-19 New York State Budget. When the program is fully implemented as expected in two years, Secure Choice will provide a convenient way for people to save at work – and continue saving even if they change jobs. What is the “Secure Choice Savings Program”? A new, voluntary workplace retirement savings program …

— New York State has long been home to some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. New York’s ethnic communities—primarily comprised of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino populations are not only growing, but also aging at a rapid pace. Given these changing demographics, AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York’s ethnic communities to launch a multi-year effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50-plus communities and develop an …

— 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. In January 2018, we reached that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation took effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family leave? Under a …

— Over 150,000 New York homeowners face potential foreclosure every year. Many of them fall prey to scam artists who promise to help them restructure their mortgage loans but never do – or trick them into signing over the deed to their home. This problem is particularly acute in New York’s communities of color and among older homeowners who have built up equity in their homes. And new varieties of deed theft scams continue to evolve, as loan modification scammers become …

— NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to a proposal by New York City Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson and the Right To Counsel Coalition to expand the landmark Right to Counsel (RTC) law signed last year. The law is already reducing wrongful evictions and ensuring New Yorkers can stay in their homes: “Bravo to Council Members Levine and Gibson and the Right to Counsel Coalition for their smart …

— Legislation to Fight Theft and Property Consultant Scams Faces No Official Opposition; Passed Assembly Unanimously, is on Senate Floor – Needs Vote ALBANY, N.Y. – With more than 100,000 struggling New York homeowners facing potential foreclosure every year, a bill that could help protect them from losing their homes languishes on the Senate floor. There is no official opposition to the bill, which passed the Assembly unanimously in January and has sailed through Senate committees. All that’s needed is for …

— AARP New York members, NYC aging advocates United Neighborhood Houses, LiveOn NY, UJA-Federation of New York, and Council Members Margaret Chin and Paul Vallone, rallied on the steps of City Hall on Monday, April 30, to call for increased funding for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs). Located in buildings or neighborhoods with high concentrations of senior citizens, NORCs provide services, including case management and health assistance, that help older New Yorkers to age in their homes, rather than in costlier—mostly …

— AARP Applauds Governor, Legislators for Including Voluntary Workplace Retirement Savings Option in Final 2018-19 Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the final 2018-19 New York State Budget: “Secure Choice will offer hard working men and women across New York an easy and effective way to save for their futures through payroll deduction. And it’s a great tool for small companies to attract and retain quality workers. As fewer small …

— Association Praises Programs to Help Low-Income, Moderate Income Customers, But Settlement Shows Need for Utility Consumer Advocate as proposed by NYS Assembly ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of the National Grid utility rate settlement: “A double-digit rate increase is simply too much for the overburdened New York consumers who rely on National Grid for their energy. AARP appreciates that regulators reduced the …

— Senate, Assembly State Budget Proposals Include Voluntary “Secure Choice” Program, Following Game-Changing Proposal in Governor’s Executive Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the State Senate and State Assembly 2018-19 State Budget proposals: “State legislators’ support for an initiative to help New Yorkers save for retirement at work signals an impending game-changer that could potentially benefit millions of private sector employees. AARP applauds lawmakers and Governor Cuomo for including ‘Secure …

— AARP would like to Congratulate Alan Lichtenthal from Town of Oyster Bay team, as this year’s Advocate of the Year volunteer award. Alan is the Town of Oyster Bay Lead in Advocacy.  He was instrumental during our Take A Stand on the ground campaign at Hofstra University during the Presidential debate.  With his educational outreach help, university students received a better understanding of the importance of securing Social Security for now and future generations.  Most recently, Alan has done a terrific …

— AARP Van Tour Asks Flanagan, Senators to Include Governor’s “Secure Choice” Retirement Savings Proposal in Final State Budget SMITHTOWN, N.Y. – AARP volunteers began fanning out across Long Island today to deliver a message to their State Senators: help New Yorkers save for retirement. Dozens of Long Island volunteers will participate in a three-day tour in AARP’s van calling on Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and his Island colleagues to include in the final state budget Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Secure …

— By Philip Lentz Most New Yorkers of color over age 50 retire near the poverty line. They are more than twice as likely as older white residents to spend over half their income on housing. And 330,000-plus New Yorkers 60 and older are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps) but have not signed up for it. These are a few of the troubling findings in three briefs issued by AARP New York that highlight …