Aresimowicz honored by AARP

Rep. Joe Aresimowicz was presented with the 2015 AARP Legislative Achievement Award. From left, AARPCT Advocacy Director John Erlingheuser, AARP advocacy specialist Janet Ferracci-Carter, Aresimowicz, AARP advocacy specialist Laura Schiavone, and advocacy volunteer Jim O’Brien.

Rep. Joe Aresimowicz was presented with the 2015 AARP Legislative Achievement Award. From left, AARPCT Advocacy Director John Erlingheuser, AARP advocacy specialist Janet Ferracci-Carter, Aresimowicz, AARP advocacy specialist Laura Schiavone, and advocacy volunteer Jim O’Brien.

Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) has been awarded the 2015 AARP Legislative Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership on retirement savings in Connecticut.

“I’m truly honored to receive this award from AARP,” Aresimowicz said in a House Democrats press release. “I am proud and grateful to work with organizations like AARP to pass legislation that would make it easier for Connecticut residents to save enough money to live comfortably in their retirement without having to rely on public assistance programs.”

AARP honored Aresimowicz for his leadership and outstanding advocacy for the establishment of the Connecticut Retirement Security Board, which after more than a year of extensive research in consultation with organizations specializing in retirement savings, determined that creating a plan at no cost to taxpayers is feasible and would address the retirement savings crisis in Connecticut.

“On behalf of AARP Connecticut’s more than 600,000 members, we are proud to honor Majority Leader Aresimowicz with a legislative achievement award,” John Erlingheuser, Advocacy Director for AARPCT, said in the release. “Through his leadership, residents of Connecticut are one step closer to a more secure retirement.”

Earlier this year, AARP released the results of their own survey among Connecticut voters, age 35-64, about workplace retirement savings plans, which support the findings of the CRSB study. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed said they wished they had saved more for retirement, and 61 percent, or 3 out of 5, said they were concerned that some residents have not saved enough for retirement and could end up being reliant on public assistance.

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