— Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud and identity theft is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we are launching Operation: Stop Scams. “Identity theft is one of the most prevalent types of fraud encountered by people age 50 and over,” said Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP New York.  “By doing something as simple as shredding their documents, …

— Recently, Secure Choice, a voluntary workplace retirement savings option was included in the final 2018-19 New York State Budget. When the program is fully implemented in two years, Secure Choice will provide a convenient way for people to save on the job, and continue saving if they change jobs. AARP thanks Governor Cuomo for his leadership in proposing this game-changing program in his executive budget. We applaud the Governor, Senate Leader Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Heastie and their houses for including Secure Choice as …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

—   AARP New York Announces Funding for Three Quick Action Community Projects AARP New York announced three winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Village of Middleburgh, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the City of Newburgh. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “From art installations to …

— Walking the dog takes on a whole new meaning in downtown Albany when you can run into 20 mini Nippers, all decorated by artists: professional and amateur. “Downtown is Pawsome” exhibit is a walking tour, sponsored by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, and part of their Placemaking initiative. Three-foot-tall Nippers pay homage to the 28-foot fiberglass Nipper dog that sits atop the old RCA warehouse on North Broadway and has been a mainstay of the Albany skyline for decades. …

— AARP New York is doing their part to help communities across the state make positive improvements in their neighborhoods. The group kicked off its Community Challenge Grant Program, which awards funding to groups and governments across New York State working to implement tangible community improvement projects. The program, which falls under AARP’s Livable Communities initiative, is open to 501(C) 3 and 510(C) 4 non-profits and government entities. Project submissions can range from simple improvements that cost in the hundreds, to …

— By James Odato Ron Rehner had a busy day of volunteering recently. He helped tape segments for Senior Notebook, the weekly volunteer interview program on a local television station. He set up a church hall for the monthly AARP chapter meeting, to which he chauffeured three members and gave a report. Throughout the day, Rehner, 80, tapped into a network of older people in Elmira doing things together. They are on his social calendar largely because of Chemung County’s certification …

— Key to Efforts to Make NY First ‘Age-Friendly’ State ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to establish the Empire State Trail, which would create the largest multi-use trail network in the nation: “Creating accessible trails throughout the state boosts New York’s attractiveness for people of all ages. The Governor’s proposal to create bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly on-road enhancements and connections would enable millions of New Yorkers – …

— Mayor de Blasio has proposed making an already age-friendly New York City even friendlier by increasing funding for the Vision Zero initiative as part of his preliminary city budget. This is great news. Our roadways and alternative transportation options must keep pace with the rapid aging of our city and nation. Improving the safety of our pedestrians is key to this goal. Vision Zero aims to reduce traffic fatalities across the city, and last year was the safest on record …