"New Yorkers are tough and always willing to step up to the plate to help those in need in the face of a disaster like Sandy," added Finkel. "AARP was glad to be able to join with that spirit and provide some financial assistance to organizations dedicated to aiding those affected by the storm."The AARP Foundation donated over $350,000 in New York to organizations helping with storm relief, and over $1.4 million across the region. With utility companies in New York now eyeing rate hikes in the wake of the storm, AARP also gauged the population in regards to utility prices in state finding:
- Over one quarter reported difficulty paying their electric bill;
- 69% said their elected officials weren't doing enough to protect people affected by rising energy costs;
- 73.2% believed their interests aren't taken into consideration when rate increases for gas and electric are proposed; and
- 76.7% said they thought New York needed to establish an independent consumer advocate office to represent them in rate cases before the Public Service Commission, with nearly 60% supporting Governor Cuomo including the issue in his upcoming budget address.