— Secure Choice, a voluntary workplace retirement savings option that could help millions of working New Yorkers save for their futures on the job, was enacted into law as part of the 2018-19 New York State Budget. When the program is fully implemented as expected in two years, Secure Choice will provide a convenient way for people to save at work – and continue saving even if they change jobs. What is the “Secure Choice Savings Program”? A new, voluntary workplace retirement savings program …

— 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 …

— The campaign season is heating up, with races underway for governor and all 213 seats in the New York State Legislature. The AARP state office is urging members to attend public forums and debates and ask the candidates about two key issues—a proposed tax credit for family caregivers and state funding to help more New Yorkers age at home. The state tax credit would help offset out-of-pocket costs for nearly 2.6 million unpaid family caregivers in New York who help …

— 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 …

— 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 …