— 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 …

— In commemoration of the 50 years since the historic passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., AARP New York invites you to join “Black Women Who Lead”, a conversation about the leadership of black women, then and now, on April 11th at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. Come honor the leadership of black women with host, Dr. Traci Alexander who will interview Beverly Bond, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls …

— AARP would like to Congratulate Alan Lichtenthal from Town of Oyster Bay team, as this year’s Advocate of the Year volunteer award. Alan is the Town of Oyster Bay Lead in Advocacy.  He was instrumental during our Take A Stand on the ground campaign at Hofstra University during the Presidential debate.  With his educational outreach help, university students received a better understanding of the importance of securing Social Security for now and future generations.  Most recently, Alan has done a terrific …

— By Philip Lentz Most New Yorkers of color over age 50 retire near the poverty line. They are more than twice as likely as older white residents to spend over half their income on housing. And 330,000-plus New Yorkers 60 and older are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps) but have not signed up for it. These are a few of the troubling findings in three briefs issued by AARP New York that highlight …

— AARP joined Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo at Viva Broadway, a free outdoor celebration kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month and sponsored by AARP New York.  The program, held in Duffy Square, included appearances and performances from current and past Broadway stars including Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!), Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera), Emma Pfaeffle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton).  The event coincides with Broadway Week, the semi-annual promotion that offers two-for-one tickets …

—   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 …

— Hey sports fans, come hang out with AARP and enjoy live music at the iHeart Mets Jam Music Festival on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from noon to 4 pm. You and your family can get autographs from your favorite Mets players and take advantage of the home run derby, the speed pitch, and the batting cage—all for FREE. To attend, be sure to get a Meet & Greet pass at the Central Park SummerStage entrance (Enter the park at E 72nd …

— Do you love to read? Have you ever visited the famous NYC bookstore, The Strand? Well if you have or if you haven’t, stop by sometime during this very special year – The Strand turned 90! As part of the celebration, The Strand is asking customers to submit their photos from the last 90 years. In addition to books, The Strand has fascinating literary events hosted by an array of talented guest speakers and performers every night of the week …

— Pride is ageless! AARP was proud to participate in the 2017 NYC Pride March as part of Governor Cuomo’s contingent. We are proud to be changing the conversation on aging. AARP represented from our Executive Council members, volunteers,  staff, friends, Age-Friendly Albany County partners, and family who came from Buffalo and Long Island and points in-between! We had more than 70 participants this year (and the age range spanned almost 70 years!) including many who rode a bus from Albany, all …

Picture of the Brooklyn Cyclones sign

— Have you ridden Coney Island’s iconic wooden roller coaster the Cyclone? Whether you have or not, it turns 90 years old this summer! The Cyclone opened in 1927 and is a 2,640 foot long wooden roller with 12 drops (including an 85 foot one) and 27 elevation changes that takes just under two minutes to ride.  Renovated in 2016 – to restore it to its original condition – the track was made longer and the ride made faster! Some fun …