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— Housing & Legal Counseling Services for Vulnerable Homeowners Saved With $20M Appropriation; But Budget Fails to Help Utility Consumers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the final 2019-20 New York State budget:  “The $15 million increase for services that help working and middle class New Yorkers care for their loved ones at home is the biggest boost in close to two decades and represents a major milestone; it will help …

— Proposes Supplementing Governor’s $15M Boost; Assembly Proposes Utility Consumer Advocate, Senate Backs Expansion of EPIC to Fight Rising Rx Prices ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the New York State Senate’s and Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget resolutions:  “The approximately $16 million increase state lawmakers proposed for services that help working and middle class New Yorkers care for their loved ones at home would mark an historic investment and help thousands …

— AARP Delivers 15,000+ Signatures to State Leaders Supporting Funding Increase ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP stood with the chairs of the state Legislature’s aging committees today to ensure the state budget includes critical funding to support working and middle class family caregivers in helping their loved ones age at home, rather than in costlier, taxpayer-funded nursing homes. AARP then delivered over 15,250 post cards from members across New York to state leaders urging them to increase funding for services such as …

— By Philip Lentz After Democrats won control of both houses of the New York State Legislature last fall, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) became the new Senate majority leader—and one of the most powerful women and African Americans in the state. She is also the first woman to hold the position. Stewart-Cousins, 68, entered elective office as a Westchester County legislator in 1996, then as a state senator in 2006. The Bulletin spoke with her about her top issues and views …

— Increase for non-Medicaid Services for the Elderly Supports Working, Middle Class Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 New York State Executive Budget proposal: “Governor Cuomo’s proposed $15 million increase for services that support working and middle class family caregivers in caring for their loved ones at home would help thousands of families. This is a smart and visionary investment; these services help prevent unwanted …

— By Philip Lentz Audrieka Goodbee, 66, and her sister, Jill Jefferson, 64, are good daughters. They’re doing everything they can to help their parents—Clarence Jefferson, 97, and Emma Jefferson, 91—continue to live in their Co-op City apartment in the Bronx. Clarence, a World War II veteran, is blind and hard of hearing, and both he and Emma are beginning to experience dementia. Although the daughters live upstate, they buy food, medications and supplies for their parents. Recently, they arranged for …

— State tax credit, investments in aging programs needed to ease the burden on middle class, keep older loved ones out of costly institutions Six in ten family caregivers use their own money to care for their loved ones according to a new AARP New York survey of the state’s current and former family caregivers 40 and older.  Of those, 43 percent say spending their own money negatively affects their finances. The survey highlights the need for New York State to …

— AARP Urges State to Enact Tax Credit as Part of 2019-20 Budget Voters may be divided as the midterm elections showed, but there’s one idea New York’s Democrats, Republicans and Independents agree on: the need for a state caregiver tax credit. A statewide Siena College Research Institute poll found 90 percent of likely voters support such a tax credit, which would help unpaid middle class family caregivers offset nearly $7,000 in average caregiving expenses they pay out of their own …

— Today marks the first day of National Family Caregivers Month, and we’re highlighting two New Yorkers who share their stories about caregiving and New York’s Paid Family Leave program. AARP New York volunteer Debra Robles shares her caregiving story of helping her mom: How would Paid Family Leave have helped you personally? The Family leave act would have helped me when my mom became ill. My Mom was ill from 1996 from a stroke, but became worse as time passed. …

— AARP-Commissioned Surveys Show 19th and 22nd District 50+ Voters United in Concern Over Health Care Costs, Social Security, Medicare ALBANY, N.Y. – Challengers Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi hold leads over incumbents John Faso and Claudia Tenney among voters 50 and older in the nationally-watched races to represent New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, according to new AARP-commissioned polls. The polls also show 50-plus voters in both districts are united, across party lines, in their concern over healthcare costs …