— Come see the Riveting story of Little Rock at the Sheen Center with AARP   Join AARP this summer for discounted tickets every Tuesday for Little Rock at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture from July 3rd – September 4th (with a talk back after the show on July 31st).   Little Rock tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated central high school. What began as their …

— 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 …

— Por Ilana Berger Luego de conducir durante 52 años, Carol Albright está orgullosa de su récord. Quiere mantenerlo impecable, dice, y ese es uno de los motivos por los que se inscribió en el curso Smart Driver de AARP que se ofreció en la biblioteca local de East Greenbush. “Con el tiempo, uno piensa que conducir es algo que está garantizado”, dice Albright, de 70 años. “La gente dice: ‘Oh, yo hace 50 años que conduzco’, pero eso es algo …

— As part of Operation Stop Scams, AARP New York is sponsoring free shredding events across the state this spring. More than 20,000 New Yorkers filed reports of identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. Shredding documents with personal information can help deter such crimes. Events are scheduled in dozens of cities, including Garden City and Deer Park, April 22; Freeport, April 24; Brentwood, April 29; and Huntington Station, May 6. Shredding trucks will visit libraries, banks and recreation …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP New York is continuing its fight against a proposed double-digit increase in energy delivery rates, which would raise the average customer’s bill by more than $200 a year. National Grid, which supplies energy to much of upstate New York, wants to raise electric and gas delivery rates by 17.5 and 20.5 percent, respectively. The request came just as National Grid’s rates were approaching the national average. AARP volunteers spoke out at public hearings this summer, arguing the increase would …

— AARP is shedding a light on the challenges that many Hispanic and Latino family caregivers face, AARP invites you to join us for a reception and screening of “Cada paso del camino”  which translates to “Every step of the way.” The Spanish language documentary is director Alberto Ferreras’s submission to this year’s New York Latino Film Festival. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Ferreras, TV influencer and caregiver Marco Antonio Regil, and Tony Ruiz, a New …

— 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 …