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— Under Gov. Cuomo, NY First State to Join AARP-WHO ‘Age-Friendly Network;’ Summit to Focus on Enhancing Communities for Residents of All Ages SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off AARP’s “Leading on Livability” Summit today via video as innovators, planners, top state policymakers and other experts from across the state plotted strategies to improve communities across New York for residents of all ages. The summit focused on building upon Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative last year that made …

— Join AARP New York on August 2-3, 2018, for our second annual Leading on Livability: Innovation for an Age-Friendly New York at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse. Being the first state in the nation to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communities, New York is looking to increase their focus on livability, walkability, community health, economic development, and how these issues impact people of all ages. At the event, leaders in this field will be working together towards the common goal of making communities across …

— By Philip Lentz Several months ago, a 79-year-old woman went to the emergency room of Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus in Syracuse with confusing symptoms. One moment she was completely paralyzed; the next moment she felt fine. Suspecting a stroke, the doctors used a video link to connect her with Hesham Masoud, a neurologist at Upstate’s downtown location. Masoud observed that the patient had trouble communicating and had weakness in her right arm. A CT scan confirmed the stroke diagnosis. …

— Association Urges ‘Sur-credit’ to Ratepayers Returning Utility Company Savings from Federal Tax Reform; Calls on Consumers to Make Voices Heard ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today following AARP’s submission of official comments to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on the PSC staff’s proposal for utility ratepayer relief resulting from this year’s federal corporate tax rate reduction: “New York’s overburdened utility consumers deserve to see, in their pockets as …

— 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 …