— Proposals Range from State Tax Credit for Caregiving Expenses to Expansion of ‘Telehealth’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – As the number of older New Yorkers explodes with the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and as New Yorkers live longer with more chronic conditions, unpaid family caregivers need help – and a new report from AARP outlines a host of potential solutions ranging from a middle class tax credit for out-of-pocket caregiving expenses to an expansion of “telehealth.” The Future of …

— Stands with Mayor for signing of bill to turn on cameras before classes begin NEW YORK, N.Y. — AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel today stood with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he signed city legislation to reactivate speed cameras in city school zones. The cameras had gone dark after a state law authorizing the program lapsed earlier this summer. The new city law will allow the issuance of tickets to speeders temporarily, but state legislation …

— Under Gov. Cuomo, NY First State to Join AARP-WHO ‘Age-Friendly Network;’ Summit to Focus on Enhancing Communities for Residents of All Ages SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off AARP’s “Leading on Livability” Summit today via video as innovators, planners, top state policymakers and other experts from across the state plotted strategies to improve communities across New York for residents of all ages. The summit focused on building upon Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative last year that made …

— NEW YORK, NY –Medicare contributes $44.4 billion to New York State’s economy, equivalent to 14% of state and local government spending, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 3.2 million beneficiaries in New York. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP New York is working to encourage voter participation this election season. “Medicare is a major economic engine in New York’s economic security, as well as …

— Association Urges ‘Sur-credit’ to Ratepayers Returning Utility Company Savings from Federal Tax Reform; Calls on Consumers to Make Voices Heard ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today following AARP’s submission of official comments to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on the PSC staff’s proposal for utility ratepayer relief resulting from this year’s federal corporate tax rate reduction: “New York’s overburdened utility consumers deserve to see, in their pockets as …

— NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to a proposal by New York City Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson and the Right To Counsel Coalition to expand the landmark Right to Counsel (RTC) law signed last year. The law is already reducing wrongful evictions and ensuring New Yorkers can stay in their homes: “Bravo to Council Members Levine and Gibson and the Right to Counsel Coalition for their smart …

— Legislation to Fight Theft and Property Consultant Scams Faces No Official Opposition; Passed Assembly Unanimously, is on Senate Floor – Needs Vote ALBANY, N.Y. – With more than 100,000 struggling New York homeowners facing potential foreclosure every year, a bill that could help protect them from losing their homes languishes on the Senate floor. There is no official opposition to the bill, which passed the Assembly unanimously in January and has sailed through Senate committees. All that’s needed is for …

— Every Two Seconds, Someone’s Identity is Stolen. New Yorkers Can Fight Back Against Fraud at 20+ Shredding Events Across State ALBANY—New Yorkers fought back against fraud today and helped protect themselves from identity theft by shredding truckloads of sensitive personal documents as part of “Operation: Stop Scams,” a series of free shredding events sponsored by AARP New York around the state. AARP New York launched the initiative today with a free document shredding event in Albany. There, officials warned consumers …

— AARP Applauds Governor, Legislators for Including Voluntary Workplace Retirement Savings Option in Final 2018-19 Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the final 2018-19 New York State Budget: “Secure Choice will offer hard working men and women across New York an easy and effective way to save for their futures through payroll deduction. And it’s a great tool for small companies to attract and retain quality workers. As fewer small …

— 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 …