New York State's 50plus Population Living in State of Economic Unrest, AARP Finds

Worried about Paying Mortgages, Property Taxes & Utility Bills, Age Group Stretched, Strained & Stressed According to New Statewide Survey

Jun 07, 2014, 08:00 ET from AARP New York State

NEW YORK, June 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The most powerful voting demographic in New York State is uneasy, living in a state of economic unrest – according to a new statewide survey out today from AARP. The State's 50+ are reporting they are worried about paying their mortgages, rents, property taxes and even utility bills.

The survey of 50+ voters across the state looked at some key, kitchen table economic issues through a statewide lens, with a deeper dive in several areas across New York: the Capital Region, Buffalo, Rochester, Dutchess County, Syracuse, Long Island and NYC. 

"This is not just an issue of older New Yorkers being concerned about their economic well-being; New Yorkers in their 50s are painting a clear picture of some of their immediate home budget pain points," said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State.

The statewide survey finds:

  • 35% are worried about being able to pay their mortgage or rent
  • 52% say they are concerned about being able to pay their property taxes
  • Nearly 50% say they are concerned about being able to pay their utility bills
  • 74% said the cost of heating their homes this past winter strained their kitchen table economies (38% said major strain, 36% said minor strain)

"Worrying about being able to afford the basic necessity of utility bills really highlights the greater kitchen-table economic stresses of New York's 50+ population," added Finkel.

And, they want their lawmakers to do something about it.  When it comes to utility bills, 70% of the state's 50+ say their elected officials aren't doing enough to combat soaring home energy costs, 80% say they want to see action on the issue in the form of a utility watchdog passed by the legislature and signed into law this year.  

The issue is a top priority for AARP in New York State and an Association-backed bill creating a utility watchdog and giving consumers a fighting chance when utility companies press for rate hikes before the Public Service Commission has passed the Assembly (A.6239B sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffery Dinowitz). Now, AARP is turning its attention to the Senate and Governor to take similar action.  The eyes of the 50+ voters are on their state senators and Governor Andrew Cuomo to help bring some relief to suffering kitchen table economies.  

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SOURCE AARP New York State