— Association Praises Programs to Help Low-Income, Moderate Income Customers, But Settlement Shows Need for Utility Consumer Advocate as proposed by NYS Assembly ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of the National Grid utility rate settlement: “A double-digit rate increase is simply too much for the overburdened New York consumers who rely on National Grid for their energy. AARP appreciates that regulators reduced the …

— 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 …

— 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, …

— 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 …

— From raising families to serving the country, women have made many contributions to society. Let’s celebrate women and all the great achievements they have made with the start of Women’s History Month! This month we will highlight some successful and empowering women that are not only shattering the preconceived notions that exist amongst gender but also of aging. Stay tuned each week to read the inspirational stories behind each of these influential women! Isabel Negron An accomplished speech and language …

— Join AARP for another round of financial education workshops that can provide information, tools and resources to assist New Yorkers in building financial security and resilience.  In this series of workshops we will be covering the following topics: Blue Print for Financial Success – Tuesday, May 1, 2018 6pm – 8pm Getting your finances organized is the first step to getting them under control.  Come to this discussion designed to help you get a good handle on where you stand financially, …

— AARP Van Tour Asks Flanagan, Senators to Include Governor’s “Secure Choice” Retirement Savings Proposal in Final State Budget SMITHTOWN, N.Y. – AARP volunteers began fanning out across Long Island today to deliver a message to their State Senators: help New Yorkers save for retirement. Dozens of Long Island volunteers will participate in a three-day tour in AARP’s van calling on Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and his Island colleagues to include in the final state budget Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Secure …

— Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon!  That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network to arm Americans with the proven tools and resources they need to fight back against identity theft and scams. Online fraud poses a serious and growing threat throughout the nation.  The internet is a goldmine for scam artists, and the number of people who get caught in a …

— 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 …

— 100+ AARP Volunteers from Across NYS Urge Legislators to Include Governor’s Voluntary “Secure Choice” Option in Final State Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and bestselling personal finance author Jean Chatzky joined AARP volunteers from across New York today and a small business owner to urge state legislators to include in the final budget Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to make it easier to save for retirement. AARP members are visiting over 70 legislative offices today to promote “Secure …