AARP Statement Regarding Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM EDT

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January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM EDT

Albany, NY (WKBW-TV)

Here's a press release from Lois Wagh Aronstein, AARP New York Sr. State Director regarding the State of the State address.

AARP was very encouraged by several initiatives outlined in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address today. We wholeheartedly agree on the need to transform our state into a better place to live, work and retire. Specifically, we stand ready to work with the Governor on redesigning the state’s Medicaid program. According to a recent AARP-commissioned survey, more than 70 percent of New Yorkers age 50+ say they would prefer to receive their long-term care services in their homes. AARP strongly believes we have an opportunity to design a long-term care system that is consumer-focused, saves precious tax dollars, and keeps people living in their homes and in their communities for as long as possible.

AARP is also pleased that Governor Cuomo is proposing a new financial regulation department to stand up for consumers and protect them from predatory lending and unlawful foreclosure practices. We await more details on this initiative and are prepared to work with the Governor to build on his strong record of protecting the financial interests of all New Yorkers.

On behalf of AARP and our more than 2.3 million members, we look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to develop a state in which older New Yorkers can live with independence, choice, and purpose.