—   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 …

— Welcome to our voters’ guide for the 2017 New York City mayoral race. Joining us to give their views on issues of interest to voters 50-plus are Sal Albanese, the Reform candidate,  Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate, Bo Dietl, Independent candidate and Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate. Each of the candidates provided an opening remark and answered the same four questions, seeking their vision for New York City on issues that 50-plus residents have told us they care …

— Welcome to our voters’ guide for the 2017 Nassau County executive race. Joining us to give their views on issues of interest to voters 50+ are the Democratic candidate Laura Curran, and the Republican candidate, Jack Martins. Each of the candidates will provide an opening remark and answer the same five questions, seeking their vision for Nassau County on issues that 50 plus residents have told us they care about. These include caregiving, affordable housing, livable communities and the high cost …

—   AARP Launches NYC Voter Engagement Campaign Pushing Candidates to ‘Disrupt Aging’. Association to Mobilize its 800,000 NYC Members to Press Contenders to Address Needs of the 50+ and the Squeezed Middle Class Across All NYC Agencies AARP New York is launching a multi-faceted, nonpartisan New York City voter engagement campaign to “disrupt aging.” The association will mobilize its 800,000 members in the city to press candidates to commit to ensuring key priorities of the 50+ that are squeezing the middle …

— AARP Provides Unbiased Information About Contenders Vying for Votes from State’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc: the 50+ AARP New York has released 2016 Voter Guides for key State Senate races to provide New Yorkers unbiased information on where the candidates stand on issues important to the 50+. The guides provide the candidates’ positions in their own words on helping New Yorkers save for retirement, protecting utility consumers, supporting family caregivers and making communities age-friendly. Voters 50 and older accounted for …

— Social Security Faces 25% Benefits Cut by 2034 Without Action CORNING, N.Y. – AARP today delivered nearly 1,000 petitions to 23rd Congressional District candidates John Plumb and Tom Reed urging them to commit to working with the new Congress and new presidential administration to update Social Security for the 21st Century if elected.      AARP Associate State Director for the Southern Tier Randy Hoak presented the petitions – signed by residents across the 23rd District – to Mr. Plumb at 11:30 …

— By Ronald E. Roel New York voters face a choice on Nov. 8 in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Charles Schumer, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Wendy Long. Both strongly support Social Security and Medicare, but they differ significantly in their approaches to sustain the programs. Schumer, 65, was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and is seeking his fourth term. He serves on several committees, including the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Social Security, Medicare and …

— As state regulators consider National Grid’s proposed 24 percent increase in the natural gas delivery rate for Long Islanders, AARP is playing a leading role among advocates opposing the hike, calling it unaffordable for thousands of families. At three public hearings this year, AARP New York officials were sharply critical of the proposal. National Grid is seeking an additional $146 million in annual revenue from delivery rate increases in 2017. If approved, the typical residential customer would pay about $198 …

— Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State: HEMPSTEAD, New York — “American voters need and deserve to know more about how the presidential candidates would strengthen Social Security – perhaps the most significant pocketbook issue in the 2016 election. But they didn’t hear a word at the first debate at Hofstra University. “Without action, Social Security benefits will be cut by nearly 25 percent across the board in 2034 – costing some as much as …

— Association Calls on Clinton, Trump to Detail Their Plans During First Presidential Debate at Hofstra Tonight HEMPSTEAD, New York – Nearly nine of every 10 AARP members in New York rate having Social Security available to them in the future as their top economic concern, AARP New York announced today in calling on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to detail their plans for updating the program during the first presidential debate tonight at Hofstra University. In New York, 87 percent …

— Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State: HEMPSTEAD, New York – “Pocketbook issues are critical to American voters, and that’s why AARP is calling on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to detail their plans for strengthening Social Security during their first debate at Hofstra. “Social Security may be the biggest pocketbook issue of all. Some Americans could lose as much as $10,000 a year if benefits are cut as scheduled by nearly 25 percent in …