Tag Archive: AARP

Nov 04 2013

Seniors Expected To Dominate Election

your_vote_counts_button_3The AARP predicts 74% of senior citizens, aged 50+, will be casting a ballot tomorrow in one of the largest voting blocs in NYC.

Press Release: AARP Analysis: Strong Turnout for 50+ Voters as Group is Poised to Dominate NYC Elections

Assoc. Finds 75% of 50+ Voters Say They’ll Hit the Polls – 80% of Members Likely to Vote 

NEW YORK, New York – An AARP analysis flies in the face of predictions of low voter turnout in New York City tomorrow, at least in regards to one group, voters age 50 and older. The voting bloc is a powerhouse in every local, state and national election – and, according to an AARP analysis of New York City voters, tomorrow’s elections will be no different, the predicted numbers, however, may surprise even the most astute of political observers. 

 Based on a recent survey by the Association, over 75% of 50+ voters in New York City say they’re very to extremely likely hit the polls tomorrow. Of AARP’s 743,000 members in New York City, 80% vote in big races, such as those for Mayor – meaning 594,400 indicate they’ll cast their ballots tomorrow.

 “Everyone is pointing to a low turnout across the board; our numbers show the exact opposite for 50+ voters in New York City. There always tends to be some variation between what people say they’ll do on Election Day in a survey, and whether they actually vote – however, one thing is for certain, the 50+ vote and AARP members will be the group that selects the next Mayor, City Council members, Borough Presidents and all other offices on the ballot tomorrow,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York.  “While the 50+ vote is a force on Election Day, AARP members within the group are the uber-voter – we expect to see this in New York City tomorrow.” 

AARP broke 50+ voter turnout down by borough, with the following reporting they are very to extremely likely to vote in the city wide elections:

  • 72% in the Bronx
  • 72% in Brooklyn
  • 84% in Manhattan
  • 74% in Queens
  • 72% in Staten Island 

AARP members by borough and likely voter turnout:

AARP Members by Borough

Anticipated AARP Member Voting Turnout

Bronx: 99,607 79,686
Brooklyn: 182,646 146,116
Manhattan: 187,742 156,194
Queens: 206,127 164,902
Staten Island: 66,400 53,120

“We know the top of mind issues 50+ voters are carrying with them to the polls in New York City are those impacting their kitchen table economies,” added Finkel.

According to recent AARP research, 50+ voters in New York City are very concerned about age discrimination, being able to pay their rent and utility bills, and retirement.

For the first time, AARP has brought its massive voter engagement push to local elections in New York City, working to bring key issues to the attention of the Mayoral and City Council candidates in NYC, holding a series of debates, voter engagement efforts, and grassroots activities. The Association will be holding voter engagement activities across New York City tomorrow.

While AARP does not endorse candidates, have a PAC, or give money to campaigns or political parties, the non-partisan membership organization does provide straight-forward information on the issues to 50-plus voters, the media and the general public.


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Aug 30 2013

AARP Presents Top Issues For Political Debate


Includes top issues and debate schedule below.

[Press Release] Top Issues for City’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc on Agenda for AARP Queens City Council Debate 

Queens 50+ Voters Concerned About Retirement, Age Discrimination, Safety, Caregivers, Health Care, AARP Survey Finds; Seek Answers From Candidates

QUEENS, New York – With a new survey showing Queens voters age 50 and above have major concerns about key issues facing older city residents – and with voters 50+ expected to account for more than half the electorate in this fall’s elections – candidates for the open 27th City Council District seat will debate the issues at an AARP-sponsored debate next week.

The debate for the seat currently held by Democrat Leroy G. Comrie Jr. will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Blvd., Queens, 11451.

The event is one of five City Council debates AARP is sponsoring next week ahead of the primary elections Sept. 10 and general elections Nov. 5 – and following the successful mayoral town hall forum AARP co-sponsored on August 6.

recent AARP survey found about three quarters to four fifths of the 50+ Queens voters surveyed said they’re “extremely” or “very” likely to support candidates who’ll work on:

-          Cutting health care and health insurance costs (82 percent),

-          Supporting New Yorkers who provide care at home for an adult loved one who is ill, frail, elderly or disabled (79 percent),

-          Safeguarding New Yorkers against consumer scams, identify theft or fraud (79 percent),

-          Helping New Yorkers have enough money for a financially secure retirement (80 percent),

-          Ensuring work opportunities for New Yorkers as they age (75 percent),

-          Maintaining safe and independent mobility around town for New Yorkers of all ages (73 percent),

-          Ensuring New Yorkers can afford to stay in their homes  (82 percent)

-        Nearly three quarters of Queens respondents (73 percent) expressed concerns about age discrimination at work, while nearly half (48 percent) said they expect to delay their retirement for financial reasons.

The survey also showed big majorities of Queens 50+ voters think city elected officials should make it their “top” or a “high” priority to work on: 

-          Laws, regulations and policies that support older workers (70 percent),

-          Promoting age friendly living in New York City (72 percent).

-          Strengthening laws and regulations and funding services that support family caregivers (77 percent). In fact, of the 36 percent of Queens 50+ voters who have provided care to an adult relative, friend or spouse who is ill, frail, elderly or has a disability in the past five years, 58 percent said caregiving put a strain on the quality of life for themselves and their family, including financial hardship, emotional stress and stress at work.

“New Yorkers will get a new mayor next year, but many neighborhoods will also get a new City Council representative who will have an important say in the future of the city,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York. “Research shows AARP members will likely make up half the electorate, and our goal through these City Council debates is to ensure the candidates address issues of importance to older New Yorkers – through the campaign and once in office.”

Candidates will answer questions posed by a moderator.

AARP conducted the telephone survey of 1,302 registered city voters age 50 and older, including 309 in Queens, between May 17 and June 30. The total survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.

Other AARP-sponsored City Council debates will be held in districts:

- 7, seat currently held by Robert Jackson, D-Manhattan (6:30-8:30 Sept. 4 at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Ave., Manhattan, 10031),

- 15, seat currently held by Joel Rivera, D-Bronx (10 a.m.-noon Sept. 4 at Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y., 10458),

- 34, seat currently held by Diana Reyna, D-Brooklyn (4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at United Methodist Parish In Bushwick, 1139 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, 11221), and,

- 35, seat currently held by Letitia James, WFP-Brooklyn (10 a.m.-Noon Sept. 6, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, 11217).


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Jul 23 2013

Multicultural Mayoral Town Hall Advisory

aarpSounds like it’s going to be huge.

[Press Release] AARP, Hispanic Federation, Asian American Federation, NAACP, NALEO Teaming Up to Host NYC Mayoral Town Hall on Key Multicultural 50+ Issues 

Univision, WABC, Amsterdam News, SinoTV/WKDM 1380 AM On Board to Ensure Candidates Answer Crucial Voting Bloc’s Pressing Questions 

What: The 50+ vote will account for more than half of all votes cast in the NYC Mayoral elections (about 1/3 of all ballots cast will come from an AARP member), with the multicultural 50+ vote making up 47% of all voters – together, these groups will likely determine the next Mayor. AARP, The Hispanic Federation, Asian American Federation, NAACP & National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO), the key groups representing these critical voting blocs are holding the first-of-its-kind 50+ multicultural NYC Mayoral primary election debate on August 6th bringing the powerhouse voting group’s issues front and center for the candidates. Univision is serving as the prime media sponsor, with WABC, Amsterdam News and SinoTV/WKDM 1380 AM serving as media panelists, audience members will also have the chance to ask questions.

When: Tuesday, August 6

            10-Noon (doors open at 9:15 AM)

Where: Hunter College

              Assembly Hall (North Buidling)

 Why:   Set to account for nearly half of all votes cast in the NYC Mayoral elections, multicultural 50+ voters may well determine the candidates who move on to the General Election.  The groups have key issues they are looking for the candidates to address: housing affordability, jobs and the economy, sandwich generation issues such as caring for aging parents and older children, as well as how to make NYC a better place to live, work and age. This will be the first time these groups have come together to press the candidates to tackle crucial issues facing NYC multicultural communities.

Contact: David Irwin 212-407-3718 dirwin@aarp.org 


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Jun 25 2013

AARP Plans To Influence 50 Million NYC Voters For First Time

aarp-logo1The brain trust at the AARP, a non-governmental interest group, is set to engage 50 million members of the so-called grey-haired group of middle class seniors aged 50+ fully expecting 1\3 of ballots cast in the NYC election to come from its members.

Press Release:



AARP to Engage a Half Million Voters on NYC Mayoral & City Council Races for 1st Time

As 54% of Voters Expected to be 50+, Assoc. Launches Citywide Efforts to Get Candidates Talking about Middle-Class Issues Critical to Group

 NEW YORK, NY – Voters age 50 and older will determine the next Mayor of New York City as well as who wins every City Council seat on the ballot – and the group has some tough issues on their minds.  With that backdrop, AARP is bringing its massive voter engagement approach to the races for the first time, reaching out to the most powerful voting demographic and the candidates to move those issues to the forefront.

The Association has roughly 500,000 members in NYC and, based on a recent analysis, expects a full one-third of all ballots cast to come from an AARP member with more than half of votes coming from a 50+ voter.

“50+ voters are a powerhouse group in New York City elections and they want their kitchen table issues addressed by the candidates asking for their votes,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP New York. “While AARP doesn’t endorse candidates or give money to any campaign or political party, we typically engage voters, candidates, the public, and the media at the state and federal level.  This time, because these are such huge local races, our members have been loud and clear they want us involved raising issues important to 50+ voters in the Mayoral and Council races.”

Through a series of town halls, a social media campaign, online outreach, debates, community events and grassroots activism, AARP is focusing on key matters for middle-class 50+ voters: jobs and the economy, housing affordability, sandwich generation issues such as caring for aging parents and older children, as well as how to make NYC a better place to live, work and age.

 As part of its non-partisan, non-endorsing voter engagement activities, AARP also will urge the candidates to provide their solutions to the key issues, both at debates and on voters’ guides.  The Association also has several surveys fielded with 50+ voters on key issues they care about and want to see candidates address.

AARP also is teaming up with some of the biggest names in NYC politics, the Hispanic Federation, the Asian American Federation, the NAACP, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, to host a powerhouse Mayoral primary debate in early August, tackling issues crucial to the 50+ and multicultural voters.

The bigger the election, the greater the turnout for the age group: over the last five years, 68% (307,939 – roughly 26% of the NYC voting electorate in 2009) of AARP members voted in NYC local elections; when a federal race was on the ballot, the participation rate soared to nearly 80% (357,753 – roughly 30% of the NYC electorate in 2009). With the magnitude of the city races this year, AARP fully expects to see a very high percentage of its members hit the pols.



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