— 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 …

— Senate, Assembly State Budget Proposals Include Voluntary “Secure Choice” Program, Following Game-Changing Proposal in Governor’s Executive Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the State Senate and State Assembly 2018-19 State Budget proposals: “State legislators’ support for an initiative to help New Yorkers save for retirement at work signals an impending game-changer that could potentially benefit millions of private sector employees. AARP applauds lawmakers and Governor Cuomo for including ‘Secure …

— 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.’ …