— 50 Years of Remembrance  This Black History Month, AARP honors the many contributions of African Americans who have contributed so much to the legacy of this country.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement, which that same year also led to the Civil Rights Act of 1968, to prevent discrimination and provide equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin.  We remember with …

— 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 …

— Voluntary “Secure Choice” Program Would Allow Businesses to Offer Workplace Savings Option, Provide Employees Easy Way to Save ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP today launched an advertising campaign touting a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo that would make it easier for New Yorkers to save for their retirement and urging state legislators to make the proposal part of the final state budget. The TV, digital and print ads running in media outlets from Long Island to Buffalo urge support for “Secure …

— Did you know more than 3.5 million New York workers have no access to a retirement savings plan at their workplace? That’s why Governor Cuomo has taken the first step to create a pathway for New Yorkers to save for retirement by including the Secure Choice program in his state budget proposal. We have until April 1, 2018, to make sure that this program remains in the New York State budget and become law.  Urge your legislators to ensure this important …

— AARP, Asian American and Hispanic Federations, NAACP, Urban League join in unprecedented effort to disrupt racial and ethnic disparities in health, economic security and livable communities among NY’s 50+ NEW YORK, NY. – January 24, 2018 – AARP and top advocacy organizations for New York’s communities of color joined today to launch an unprecedented policy solutions agenda aimed at disrupting vast racial and ethnic disparities among New Yorkers 50 and older as detailed in a new brief on health, economic …

— AARP NY has an open position for an Interim Advocacy Program Specialist based in Albany, New York from February-December 31, 2018. This position serves as a member of the AARP NY State Advocacy Team and is responsible for providing support for the state office’s legislative, voter education and advocacy work, such as: Managing projects, creating project-related materials and determining resources necessary to complete projects Making presentations, keeping records, preparing reports, tracking legislation and drafting correspondence, testimony, memos and other written materials …

— Voluntary Workplace Retirement Savings Option Could Help Millions, Especially Communities of Color; AARP Urges Lawmakers to Include in Final Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today in reaction to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018-19 State Budget Proposal: “Millions of middle class, working New Yorkers will have an effective way to save for retirement at work thanks to Governor Cuomo’s state budget proposal to create a savings option for private sector employees whose …

— Can Further Help Middle Class NYers with State-Facilitated Workplace Retirement Savings Option, Support for Family Caregivers to Help NYers Age in Own Homes ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State Message: “AARP is thrilled that Governor Cuomo is walking the talk on his commitment from last year making New York the first ‘age-friendly’ state in the nation. His executive order directing …

— Private sector workers in New York who are also family caregivers became eligible for paid family leave as of Jan. 1. Under a new law proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and supported by AARP New York, workers can take as much as eight weeks of family leave to care for older relatives, as well as to bond with newborns. They receive half their average weekly pay—or up to half the statewide average, whichever is less. By 2021, the maximums …

— 69% of companies that don’t offer a plan say cost is a concern; “Secure Choice” would afford them a state-facilitated option Nearly three quarters of New York small businesses that don’t offer their employees a retirement savings plan would likely do so if a state-facilitated option existed, according to a new survey commissioned by AARP. More than half of New York’s private sector workforce – over 3.5 million New Yorkers – lack access to a retirement savings plan such as …

— AARP New York was joined December 14 by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, and New York State Office for the Aging Deputy Director John Cochran to announce that New York is the first state in the nation to join the AARP-World Health Organization Age-Friendly Network. The event at New York City’s Senior Planet Exploration Center included the presentation to Lieutenant Governor Hochul of a certificate recognizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s written commitment …