— 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 …

— AARP New York is sponsoring a One Day University event in Manhattan. Four college professors will give lectures on such diverse topics as American history, aging and creativity, communication skills and musical masterpieces. The professors teach at Holy Cross College, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida and Fairfield University. The event is Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Admission is regularly priced at $195, but AARP members and …

— Some 32,000 older middle class homeowners in New York City are now eligible for property tax breaks, thanks to legislation Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law. AARP today praised the Governor and the bill’s sponsors, Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. The new law (S4628A/A7463A) increases the income threshold for homeowners 65 and over to qualify for programs that freeze their property tax bills – potentially saving them up to $1,750 a year. Now, those with incomes up …

— The dog days of summer have arrived. But with soaring temps and hours spent in the hot sun, an indoor (and air-conditioned!) activity can be a refreshing change of pace. If you’re looking to switch up your summer days and maybe even learn something new, check out the women’s suffrage exhibit at the New York State Capitol. This year marks the 100th anniversary of New York women winning the right to vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention to Elizabeth Cady …

— AARP has filed a letter urging state administrative law judges to reject the latest maneuverings by New York’s Energy Service Company industry to continue delaying a state inquiry into their deceptive marketing practices and false promises of savings. AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) also encouraged consumers to avoid signing up with energy service companies (ESCOs) in the interim. “AARP is urging its members and all New Yorkers to refrain from signing contracts with ESCOs …

— State leaders neglected the retirement saving needs of over 3.5 million working New Yorkers and failed to provide adequate supports for the unpaid family caregivers who help New Yorkers age in their own homes during the just-concluded 2017 New York State legislative session. Over half of all private sector employees in New York lack access to a way to save at work, including 67% of Hispanics. Workers are 15 times likelier to save if they can do so on the …