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From the NYS AFL-CIO About the Very Important Special Election in CD #3 February 13th

  Our work to elect Tom Suozzi in NY 3 is well underway. Tom Suozzi has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO as well as the ARA/NYSARA because of his strong record for labor and his 97% voting record on Senior issues over his tenure in Congress.  This special election ... Read more

NYSARA to Hold its Biennial Election Convention May 18, 2023

The 2023 NYSARA biennial election convention, postponed from 2022 because of COVID, will be held on May 18, 2023 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm at NYSUT headquarters at 800 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY.  There will be many orders of business including the election of office... Read more

Transportation to Medical and Other Appointments in New York State

One of the areas of concern and need for the 850 seniors that took the NYSARA/NYSOFA Survey was the dilemma of not being able to find transportation to medical or other appointments.  That help is available through many county office's for the aging.  If you read below yo... Read more

NYSARA and the NYS Office for the Aging Survey on Services for Seniors 870 Surveys Now Completed

We asked you last week to take part in a survey on services for Seniors in New York.  Thus far 870 people have taken part in the survey.  For those of you that have NOT taken the survey we ask that you log on to and take the survey. New York State is embarking upon... Read more

New York’s State of the State Address 2023

  On Tuesday, January 10, 2023 New York Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the NYS Legislature and the people of New York State in the annual State of the State Address. Governor Hochul in her speech to the audience of legislators, state leaders, and press gathered in t... Read more

Pension Spending During Covid Pandemic Provided $1.3 Trillion to the Economy

  Retirees who spent their public and private sector pension benefits in 2020 generated $1.3 trillion in total economic output, supporting nearly 6.8 million jobs across the nation, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Institute on Retirement Secu... Read more

New York Governor Hochul Signs Executive Order to Create New York’s First-Ever Master Plan for Aging

  Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order to create the state's first-ever Master Plan for Aging to ensure older New Yorkers can live healthy, fulfilling lives while aging with dignity and independence. Signed on Older New Yorkers' Day, the Executive Order dir... Read more

Prescription Drug Insurance & Discount Programs for Seniors in New York State

  Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) EPIC Helpline: 800-332-3742 (TTY 800-290-9138) EPIC is a NYS program for older adults 65 and above who need help paying for prescription medications. EPIC provides sec... Read more

Legislative Accomplishments During the 117th Congress that Benefit Older Americans

Lowering Medicare Prescription Drug Prices, Investing in Clean Energy and Reducing Inflation:   On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Monumental in nature and of tremendous consequence for older Americans, the Inflatio... Read more