—   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 …

— 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 …

— Crisis Will Only Get Worse if Not Addressed in Final 2017-18 Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – Although over half of all private sector employees in New York – more than 3.5 million New Yorkers – lack access to a pension or 401(k) at work, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have failed to include a state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in their 2017-18 state budget proposals. The Senate and Assembly released their “one-house” budget proposals this week; the Governor released his …

— 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 …

— ALBANY, New York – AARP New York today praised State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for appointing Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo of Binghamton as the new Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging. Following is a statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York, home to 2.6 million AARP members: “Assemblywoman Lupardo has been supportive of older New Yorkers during her career in the legislature, working with AARP to enact a law that helps prepare family caregivers to care …

— So, what would you do with an extra $10,000? Watch what some people would do. For many, a healthy financial lifestyle is a top priority for 2017. Achieving financial and retirement security doesn’t have to be an illusion. It’s important to put pen to paper and write down goals for your retirement and financial future. Then speak with a financial adviser, do your research and make a plan. AARP has a number of resources available to get you started including …