Issues: Social Services

Senator Duane Discusses School Overcrowding, Legislative Recap on WNYC

On August 12th, Senator Duane spoke with Mike Pesca on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show about his report on impending school overcrowding in Clinton-Hell's Kitchen as well as the 2009 Legislative Session and the prospects for his same-sex marriage bill and other legislation.

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August 12, 2009

Winner critical of state's new $200-per-child welfare benefit increase

Albany, N.Y., August 11–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) was highly critical today of a plan announced by Governor David Paterson to provide a new $200-per-child payment to welfare and food stamp recipients statewide, which they can access starting today.

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August 11, 2009

Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009

Letter to President Barack Obama: Gun Violence in Urban Communities

July 9, 2009

The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of The United States of America The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC  20500       

Dear Mr. President:


July 10, 2009

6/03/2009: Senate Passes S. 3146-A (Huntley)

S. 3146-A  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 7116-A  Rivera P  HUNTLEY, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MONSERRATE, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS, STAVISKY Amd S3, Chap 667 of 2006; add S7.43, amd S5.07, Ment Hyg L; add S483-f, Soc Serv L Amends chapter 667 of the laws of 2006 relating to providing for the establishment of a children's mental health plan, in relation to eliminating certain provisions provided therein; and amends the mental hygiene law and the social services law, in relation to implementing the children's plan. 

S. 3146A.pdf

June 4, 2009

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March 13, 2009

More On The Differences Between Mr. Bloomberg & Me

By Daniel Millstone

Our Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of the problem and so far, even the advice of progressive thinker Andrea Batista Schlesinger (who started work for the Bloomberg campaign this past week) has not helped him think about becoming part of the solution. Will falling poll numbers wake him?

February 20, 2009

Krueger on Food Stamp Access

By David King

State Sen. Liz Krueger issued a press release today decrying reports that the Bloomberg administration has declined to take advantage of a provision in the federal stimulus bill that overturns a 1996 rule that placed limitations on the length of time some citizens could receive food stamps.

February 18, 2009
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