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.
Having grown up in New York City, I have experienced the rapidly changing dynamics of our great city for more than half a century. As I look to age into my next 50 years in NYC, I realize that none of these changing dynamics have been as fundamental as the generational shifts. So as a charter member of the Baby Boomers and a lifelong New Yorker I understand why Generation X and Boomers have “High Anxiety” about how they can afford to age in NYC AARP NY has the unique opportunity to impact the lives of the current aging cohort and of the generations that will follow them. This year marks the commitment that AARP will be on the ground, in all five Boroughs and on the steps of City Hall fighting for AARP NY’s 750,000 members in NYC on issues that matter to them and future generations of New Yorkers.
New York City, and the Upper West Side in particular, are being recognized today by AARP as among the most livable places in the country to live for people 50-plus. The Upper West Side was named the second “Most Livable Neighborhood,” in the nation while New York City as a whole was named among the top five “Most Livable Cities” among large cities.
It is a Monday afternoon, and my telephone rings. It is a woman, Mary, who wants to know more about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). She takes care of her sister, Rose, who has dementia and is having trouble making ends meet. She has heard about AARP’s SNAP application service and wants to know if she is eligible. I ask her a couple of short questions, and am able to tell her that based on the information she has given me, she is likely eligible. I hear a sigh of relief, and after a thank you, she confirms that she will come to the appointment.
“Did you tell him my news?” I asked referring to my offer and acceptance to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with AARP Foundation in New York City addressing older adult hunger and food insecurity. “Yes,” my dad responded, “Sam protested that you were a country girl and farmer at heart and didn’t belong in a big city.”
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