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WCNY and AARP host community forum Oct. 25

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, and AARP will host a community forum about the future of Social Security and Medicare as part of AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” national conversation from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 25 at Westside Senior Center, located at 135 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse.

The forum will discuss an AARP poll of registered voters over 50 in the 24th Congressional District and will be moderated by Susan Arbetter, WCNY’s news and public affairs director and host of “The Capitol Pressroom” radio show and co-host of “The Capitol Report” public affairs show.

AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” is a national conversation about strengthening health and retirement security.

“The future of Social Security and Medicare are of great concern to our members and most people over 50,” said Marilyn Pinsky, AARP New York State President. “They know they will rely more heavily on these programs due to the bad economy and are concerned about how changes will impact future retirees.”

The AARP poll revealed the majority of voters over 50 in the 24th Congressional District are concerned about their own financial future and the future of Medicare and Social Security, want more information from candidates on the issues before Election Day and are doubtful the programs will remain as strong for future generations. The 24th Congressional District currently has more than 115,000 Medicare beneficiaries and more than 132,000 Social Security recipients. New York State has more than 3 million Medicare beneficiaries and more than 3.2 million Social Security recipients.

Over the past year, AARP has organized activities in New York including a statewide listening tour, community forums and public events to provide a platform for its members and the public to express their views about the future of Social Security and Medicare.

The event is free. To R.S.V.P., call (877) 926-8300. For more information about “You’ve Earned a Say,” visit www.earnedasay.org.

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