Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Krueger's Tips to Stay Cool and Save Money This Summer

New York is already gearing up for a hot summer, leading New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where the temperatures are cooler. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:

Use Energy Star Products

Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.

June 28, 2011
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Sen Krueger Explains Her Vote on Package of Bills That Included Rent Regulation, Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

Last Friday, the New York State Senate voted on a package of bills that included issues ranging from rent regulation renewal to a property tax cap (for areas outside of NYC) to mandate relief. While Senator Krueger ultimately voted in favor of the bill, she had – and continues to have – many concerns about the legislation. She detailed some of my concerns while explaining my vote on the floor.

June 28, 2011
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Krueger Looks To Lady Gaga On #SSM

By David King

June 22nd, 2011

Senate Democrats have a hot new Twitter hash tag: “#letusVote” to prod Senate Republicans to bring same-sex marriage legislation to the floor for a vote. Sen. Liz Krueger is credited with creating the tag and she has been trying to get prominent same-sex marriage proponents to use it. “@ladygaga #NYSenate needs your help!” Krueger tweeted. “Can you & ur Little Monsters pls help us trend #letusVOTE We want to vote for #samesexmarriage in NY” Lady Gaga has yet to pick up the tag says,” Krueger spokeswoman Katie Kincaid,” but we’re working on it

June 28, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti voting "yes" on Marriage Equality

" A man can be wiser today then yesterday, but there will be no respect in that man if he has failed in that duty to do the work."

-Senator Mark Grisanti regarding Same Sex Marriage

June 26, 2011
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Statement By Senator Grisanti Regarding his “Yes” Vote for Same Sex Marriage

“Tonight, I joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to legalize same sex marriage in New York State.  Since I began my term as Senator I have met with many people on both sides of this issue, read numerous documents and independent studies.  Given the high stakes, I felt I owed it to everyone to make a well-informed decision.  I have come to believe that all New Yorkers should be entitled to the same 1324 rights that come with a civil marriage.  As an attorney I analyzed the legislation and concluded that the amendments provide critical exemptions for religious institutions.  Passage of this bill now rather than later ensures that these protections be included.  I cannot deny anyone in my district and across New York the same rights I have

June 24, 2011
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Ranzenhofer, State Library team up for Senate Summer Reading Program

Urges youngsters to read all summer long

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and the New York State Library have partnered in support of summer reading for children and families to announce the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program for children grades kindergarten through twelve.

Parents can register their child for the program by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website at ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov and clicking on the Summer Reading Program icon.  Once registration is complete, students can read books that they are interested in and enter their information into an online journal.  When a student’s journal has been completed they will receive a Congratulatory Certificate of Completion.

June 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Sets Up Game Between Henry Viscardi School and Elmont Memorial High School

On Saturday, July 16, Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring a 3-3 basketball tournament in Elmont. As part of the tournament, Senator Martins has arranged a game between the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans basketball team and the Henry Viscardi School Cougars basketball team.

Elmont Memorial High School and the Henry Viscardi School are both in the Seventh Senate District. Senator Martins has become fond of both schools. He had the idea to set up the game since he met the members of the Elmont team during the Spartans' run to the Nassau County championship. He has also been impressed with the work the Henry Viscardi School does with students with disabilities.

June 23, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer to hold mobile office hours in North Castle on Saturday, June 25

            Please join Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) as she hosts mobile office hours on Saturday, June 25th  at the following location:

 North Castle Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

19 Whippoorwill Road East Armonk, NY 10504-1499

            “I hope that members of the community will drop by, share a cup of coffee and let me know their thoughts on the issues and challenges facing our district and our State,” said Senator Oppenheimer.

June 25, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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3-on-3 Basketball Tourney Announces Soccer Clinic and 7-on-7 Football

Senator Jack M. Martins and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Committee announced today that basketball division sign-ups are in full swing and tournament sign-ups continue until tournament day! Forms can be requested by emailing Dutchtourney@gmail.com or by calling State Senator Jack Martins’ office at 746-5924. The tournament is entirely free and there are no costs or entry fees for any events.

June 20, 2011
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Legislative Report with Senator John Bonacic

Senator John Bonacic discusses End of Session negotians; the Governor's Ethics Legislation, his Wawarsing Flood Bill, the MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation and his "Move Over" Bill.

June 20, 2011
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June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW THOMPSON TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator John Bonacic which authorizes the Town of Thompson to establish the Treasure Lake/Davies Dam Improvement District (S.5687) and the Lake Louise Marie Dam Improvement District (S.5688).  

June 17, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate On Your Corner: Dover

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, announced the first leg of his “Senate On Your Corner” calendar for this summer

July 9, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate On Your Corner: Pawling

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, announced the first leg of his “Senate On Your Corner” calendar for this summer

July 2, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate On Your Corner: Yorktown

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, announced the first leg of his “Senate On Your Corner” calendar for this summer

June 25, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate On Your Corner: Baldwin Place

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, announced the first leg of his “Senate On Your Corner” calendar for this summer

June 18, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Wall Street Journal: Brooklyn Park Extends Money Hunt

By Joseph De Avila

A fight over proposed housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park and how to pay for park operations reached a new stage on Tuesday.

The partially built 85-acre park was originally to be funded by adding around 700 units of housing in the park. But locals balked, saying that housing would detract from the park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., the nonprofit overseeing the park, appointed a committee to find alternatives to pay for the park's estimated $16 million in yearly operating costs.

On Tuesday, that committee voted in favor of recommending several revenue options that would fall short of the money needed to pay for the park's annual costs.

June 17, 2011
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