Issues: Constituents Corner

Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010

Austin Shafran | | 917-417-3711


Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

“Heroes” Unveil Comprehensive Reform Legislation to Fulfill NY Uprising Campaign Pledge and Commitments to Leading Civic Orgs

Bills on Ethics, Budget, Redistricting Part of Wide-Ranging Plan to Clean Up Albany

53 of 62 Members of Incoming Senate Signed Pledge Before Election

December 20, 2010

Co-Op/Condo Ombudsman Bill Making Its Way Through State Senate

By Bill Morris

Dec. 10, 2010 — Some years ago, the satirical group Chicago City Limits presented a sketch in which two tough-talking neo-Nazis forced a confession out of a frightened prisoner. The gag? He was a co-op applicant. The image of co-op boards hasn't changed much since: power-hungry prima donnas, arbitrary and capricious, who give benefits to themselves that they don't give to others.

In response to this perception, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) this past May offered up the latest version of a legislation that has been introduced regularly since 1988. Her bill, S7958, which is now before the finance committee, would create an "Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman."

December 14, 2010

Turning Up the Heat

By Michael Howard Saul

Elected officials plan this week to redouble efforts to toughen penalties on landlords who violate city heat laws, breaking the economic incentive for building owners to withhold heat and hot water from tenants.

Officials confirmed Tuesday that the measure—targeting repeat and long-time offenders—has the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, giving the chances of passage a boost.

More than 114,000 New Yorkers filed complaints with the city about a lack of heat or hot water during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Such complaints have fluctuated between about 111,000 and 128,000 in recent years.

December 14, 2010
December 13, 2010

Senator Krueger Joins Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to Help Tenants Left Out In the Cold

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council to bring awareness to the fact that far too many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.

Senator Krueger and Public Advocate de Blasio have vowed to work together to bring more attention to this matter and ensure that the necessary steps are taken so that landlords no longer have the financial incentives to break the law.

Learn more about H.E.A.T. Act.


December 8, 2010

Health Care Proxy & Living Will Information

Living Wills and the appointment of a person who can function as your health care proxy are important decisions we all should make related to how we wish to be treated as our life ends. These decisions are not just considerations for the frail and elderly, but choices to be made when we are alert and willing to evaluate our views on end- of- life care. Discussions with close family and friends is a good way to have opinions known, but will have greater relevance if they are also supported by a living will and a health care proxy.

Health Care Proxy[1].pdf

December 3, 2010

Senate Holds Hearing on Second Avenue Subway Construction

(New York, NY) – On November 30, 2010, Senator Liz Krueger joined Chairman Bill Perkins and the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, as they hosted a public hearing to discuss the construction of the Second Avenue Subway. The hearing was held at 250 Broadway in New York City.


Watch the hearing.


December 1, 2010

Fall 2010 Albany Update

Dear Friend,

In the last year, there has been a number of important developments in transportation, education, land use and housing in the 26th District that I want to make sure you are aware of. Additionally, in this newsletter, I have included some information about upcoming community events I am hosting, as well as opportunities for you and your family to get involved. I hope you find this information helpful.

Fall 2010 Neighborhood Update - Fall.pdf

November 30, 2010

December 2010 Free Events List

Each month Senator Liz Krueger sends out a list of free events being held in and around the district. If you would like to receive an email copy of the list each month let us know - send your name, address and email address to, with the subject "Free Events List."

December 2010 Free Events.pdf

November 30, 2010

November 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

As expected, this was a difficult election season. But thanks to the support of so many of you, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote. First, thank you and know that even if you chose not to vote for me, I will do my very best to serve every constituent of the 26th Senatorial District for the next two years.

Nov 2010 CB- PRINT.doc

November 30, 2010

Ranzenhofer Announces Series of Mobile Office Hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours from 1 to 3 p.m. at:

LeRoy Village Hall            Pembroke Town Hall          Bergen Town Hall    3 West Main Street            1145 Main Road                10 Hunter StreetTuesday, Sept. 28              Thursday, Sept. 30              Tuesday, Oct. 5  

September 24, 2010

Liz Krueger's Education Forum

In an effort to bring together different stakeholders in our State’s educational system, Senator Liz Krueger hosted an Education Forum to explore how we can improve upon our educational system, with a particular focus on the role of teachers and testing. This was also an opportunity for the State to come to the district and discuss how an economic downturn is an opportunity to plan for the future of education in New York State. Dr. David Steiner, New York State’s Commissioner of Education,  delivered a keynote address entitled “What is an Educated Citizen” and a panel included Clara Hemphill and Dr. Stephan F. Brumberg.

September 22, 2010

September 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

Already post-Labor Day–wow!

In reviewing what summer 2010 will be remembered for, I am struck by the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the hottest summer on record in New York City and a disturbing upsurge in Islamophobia throughout the US, including right here in New York City.

Early September this year brings the Jewish New Year (L’SHANA TOVA 5771 to those of you who are celebrating) and so too the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community, which is celebrated with a big feast, that happens to fall on September 11th this year. Jewish and Muslim holidays move dates every year due to solar changes.

Sept 2010 CB- PRINT.pdf

September 21, 2010

Espada and Community Commemorate Dr. King’s Historic March on Washington

Joined by 33rd District Residents, Families, Youth and Clergy, Espada Commemorates 47th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Historic March on Washington             Joined by community, clergy and youth groups from the 33rd District, State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. held a “march for peace and unity” on Sunday to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic March on Washington, where the late civil and human rights icon delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

August 29, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Senator Krueger, Other Legislators Vow to Hold Banks Accountable for Foreclosed Homes

For Immediate Release | August 26, 2010

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


(New York, NY) On Wednesday, August 25th 2010, New York State Senator Liz Krueger, joined by State Senator Jeff Klein, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, City Council Member Brad Lander and New York Communities for Change (NYCC), held a press conference to announce legislation that is aimed at holding banks responsible for foreclosed homes in New York, while also pressing banks to avoid the foreclosure process by coming to the negotiation table early enough to modify loans. The proposed legislation emphasizes the importance of banks responsibly maintaining foreclosed homes if they cannot offer a viable mortgage modification to families in need.

August 26, 2010

With Governor’s Signature, Senator Krueger Helps Secure Victories for Tenants

For Immediate Release | August 17, 2010

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


(New York, NY) This weekend Governor Paterson signed into law two bills that will strengthen tenants' rights and move New York one step closer towards resolving the many problems that continue to plague all-too-many New York residents. Both bills were strongly supported by Senator Krueger, a long-time advocate for tenants' rights.

August 18, 2010

Q&A With Co-op/Condo Alliance's President

Earlier this month, a fledgling organization of New York City apartment owners launched a modest website with an Olympic-sized ambition:

“The Alliance of Condo & Co-op Owners aims to help owners achieve fair play, transparency, and accountability in condo and co-op governance and operations.”

Intrigued, we caught up with the ACCO’s president--Larry Simms, a 59-year-old ex- condo board president who consults with co-ops and condos on fiscal planning, communications, governance and ‘problem avoidance’—to find out more about the grassroots movement and its tactics.

Q. How did the ACCO get started?

August 17, 2010

Co-op, Condo Owners Have to Back Bill Creating Ombudsman Agency

Having lived in a co-op for the past 15 years, I cannot speak out enough on supporting bill 7958-A, introduced by state Sens. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and George Onorato (D-Astoria). This bill would create a government agency that would hear the cries of hundreds of thousands of residents who own shares in co-ops.

Presently, our only course of action in the event of a conflict between shareholders and the board or management is to hire an attorney and be at the mercy of a corporate checkbook and the numerous ways of abusing the judicial system to protect what may not be in the best interest of shareholders.

August 17, 2010

August 2010 Community Bulletin




- New Voting Machines for Fall 2010 Election

- Mammogram Van Coming to the Upper East Side

- New Incentives for Business Owners to Hire the Unemployed

- Help Identify Locations for Trees

- Summer Streets 2010

- National Immunization Awareness Month

- Affordable Housing Opportunities in Manhattan

- How To Make Your Home More Efficient: Energy Efficiency Tip Sheet


- Hydrofracking

- Banning Bisphenol-A in Baby Bottles

- Reproductive Choice


Message from Liz . . .

August 2010 CB- PRINT.pdf

August 11, 2010
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