—   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 …

— 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 …

— Join AARP New York, ABC7 and Univisión41 at the ABC Television Studios for a live town hall meeting on New York State’s Paid Family Leave program. Beginning January 1, working New Yorkers will be able to take time off to care for a loved one while still receiving a portion of their salary and without worrying about whether they will lose their jobs. Learn “what you need to know” about and get your questions answered by caregiving experts. WHEN: Tuesday, …

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— AARP New York is promoting awareness of a statewide resource for grandparents and other relatives raising children who are not biologically their own. The Kinship Navigator can connect relatives to services and grants for the children, regardless of the caregiver’s income. In addition, the program provides information about guardians’ rights to make medical decisions for the children, enroll them in school and handle other legal issues. As many as 200,000 New Yorkers, including more than 130,000 grandparents, are raising about …

— Fail to Address Retirement Savings Crisis, Woefully Underfund Services to Help Older NYers Age in Own Homes and Support Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – Although the new state budget is being touted as a boon to New York’s middle class, AARP says the 2017-18 spending plan fails to address two critical middle class issues: the growing retirement savings crisis and older New Yorkers’ ability to age in their own homes. Over half of all private sector employees in New York …

— Woefully Underfund Services to Help Older NYers Age in Own Homes, Support Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – Although the developing state budget is being touted as a boon to New York’s middle class, AARP says a key component of the 2017-18 spending plan fails to address a critical middle class issue: older New Yorkers’ ability to age in their own homes. Even though the Senate’s one-house budget proposal included an additional $5 million for services that support middle class family …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to the addition of about $7 million for non-Medicaid in-home services for the elderly in the New York State Senate and Assembly one-house 2017-18 state budget proposals: “State legislators are moving in the right direction. These cost-effective services help middle class New Yorkers age safely at home and provide badly needed respite and support for their family caregivers. AARP appreciates the Senate’s and Assembly’s …

— Legislators Stand with AARP Volunteers from Brookhaven to Buffalo on Key Economic Security, Dignity Issues ALBANY, N.Y. –Urging better economic security and more dignity for New York’s 50+, AARP volunteers from every corner of the state came to the state Capitol today and lobbied their legislators to include three key measures in the 2017-18 state budget: The Secure Choice state–facilitated workplace retirement savings option for millions of private sector employees who can no longer get a pension or 401(k) from …