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AARP Holds Press Conference in Rochester to Respond to President’s Social Security Plan


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What: AARP will hold a press conference in Rochester on Tuesday, May 24, addressing proposed changes to Social Security following President Bush’s visit to the Rochester area. AARP will deliver its position on the need to strengthen Social Security and defeat proposals, such as the President’s, to “means test” and create private accounts by draining money out of the program. The day will also serve as the launch of an AARP state-wide petition drive encouraging its 2.5 million New York members to send postcards to their members of Congress and President Bush, urging them to focus Social Security reform on workable solutions, not proposals such as private accounts that would weaken the program.


-- Lois Aronstein, AARP New York state director

-- Bill Armbruster, director, AARP Rochester

-- AARP members from New York State

When: Tuesday, May 24, 1 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Courtyard by Marriott - Greece

400 Paddy Creek Circle

Rochester, NY 14615

Why: Current proposals to drain money out of Social Security and into private accounts will weaken the program for future generations. Every generation loses under the President’s plans for Social Security. In New York State, Social Security provides benefits to over three million people, including retired workers, widows and widowers, disabled workers and children. AARP is committed to defeating these proposals and strengthening Social Security.

Note: AARP spokespersons available for comment in most areas of New York State.


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