— 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 …

— 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 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 …

— 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 …

— By Philip Lentz Laura Kerrone, owner of the popular Psychedelicatessen bagel deli in downtown Troy, knows the hurdles of running a small business, including finding and keeping good employees. That’s why she supports a proposal to create a state-facilitated workplace savings option that would enable her 15 employees to have their own retirement plans. “Corporations offer college tuition, medical and dental coverage—all these things they plop on the table that I can’t offer,” she said. “If there’s some way I …

— Like many Americans, you’ve probably started thinking about the future and your loved ones’ futures. Maybe dreaming about taking a trip, learning a new language or sending your kids to their dream college. Whatever it is, AARP is here to help you plan for it. We offer free, unbiased financial information and tools for reaching your goals. So you can turn your dreams into real possibilities. Join AARP New York and Carver Federal Savings Bank for a FREE AARP MoneySmarts …

— Like many Americans, you’ve probably started thinking about the future. Maybe dreaming about taking a trip, learning a new language or spending more time doing something you enjoy fishing or photography. Whatever it is, AARP is here to help. We offer free, unbiased financial information and tools for reaching your goals. So you can turn your dreams into real possibilities. AARP will host a series of informational financial workshops on Long Island that will help you build your financial strength. Register …

— By Ann Levin Twice in her life, Nicole Cerullo has taken unpaid family leave. The first time, 11 years ago, she took three months off to care for her then 2-year-old seriously ill daughter; the second time, for her dying father. So Cerullo, 44, an elementary school teacher in Commack on Long Island, couldn’t be more pleased that as of Jan. 1, New York will join four other states in offering workers job-protected paid family leave. “It’s a huge relief …

— By Andrea Atkins Muriel Norman thought it would never happen to her. But when a caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration told her that her monthly checks would stop unless she provided key personal information, she complied. “I know Social Security doesn’t call people,” said Norman, 91, of Manhattan. “I said that to the man on the phone. But he said, ‘We mailed you something and you didn’t respond, so we’re following up with a phone call.’ …

— This summer, AARP Long Island is excited to present MoneySmarts – a FREE series of financial planning seminars followed by FREE theater performances. A recent survey conducted by AARP showed Gen Xers in New York are even more anxious about retirement than the Baby Boomers before them. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Whether you’re looking to learn more about your options as a homeowner, manage your assets or find a retirement path that works for you, AARP’s …