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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.

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November 30, 2010
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Senator Liz Krueger Hosts First Part of Senior Roundtable Series for Caregivers

Last week, Senator Liz Krueger hosted the first portion of a five-part discussion for caregivers and the older people in their lives. During this first session, “Planning Ahead,” presenters addressed community services and how to determine if a Senior needs home care assistance. The session included a keynote address by Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging and Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work.

The second session, to be held on Thursday, December 16th, will address “Aging in Place: Is it Right for Everyone?”

November 22, 2010
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Senator Liz Krueger Hosts Fourth Annual Senior Resource Fair

This October Senator Liz Krueger hosted her Fourth Annual Senior Resource Fair. The fair is a free event that brings together seniors from across the city with representatives from a variety of government and non-profit agencies specializing in everything from health services to housing assistance to at-home care. Joining with Senator Krueger and New York City residents were Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and representatives from the Office of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

November 22, 2010
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Help Beautify New York City!

The urbancanvas Design Competition is an innovative contest to develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City. The designs will be used for these different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property.

To vote for your favorite design and learn more about the urbancanvas project please visit: nyc.gov/urbancanvas.

 

September 23, 2010
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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
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Healthcare Update Newsletter: Effects of Healthcare Reform Legislation

I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.

Please see attached newsletter.

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September 21, 2010
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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.

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September 21, 2010
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A Celebration: 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for

women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy:

women’s suffrage -- the right to VOTE!

 

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history

during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch

women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the

90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and

women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who

came before us and fought for this most fundamental right. The sad

reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still

August 27, 2010
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Information on New Voting Systems

This year New York State will introduce a new voting system in which voters will mark their choices on a paper ballot using a pen or ballot marking device, and will insert their marked ballot into a scanner. To ensure that voters have an opportunity to learn how to vote using a paper ballot, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will be holding demonstrations to teach voters the new voting system. Below you can find the dates & locations of demonstrations given in the 26th District, or to find out more information please visit: http://www.votethenewwayny.com/en/default.aspx

Date: 29 Aug, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Organization: Big Apple Performing Arts

August 27, 2010
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Senator Krueger, Other Legislators Vow to Hold Banks Accountable for Foreclosed Homes

For Immediate Release | August 26, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 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
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With Governor’s Signature, Senator Krueger Helps Secure Victories for Tenants

For Immediate Release | August 17, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 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
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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
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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
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August 2010 Community Bulletin

WHAT’S INSIDE

MESSAGE FROM LIZ

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

- 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

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

- Hydrofracking

- Banning Bisphenol-A in Baby Bottles

- Reproductive Choice

 

Message from Liz . . .

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August 11, 2010
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July 2010 Community Bulletin

What's Inside:

MESSAGE FROM LIZ

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

- New Voting Machines for Fall 2010 Election

- Wanted: Election Day Inspectors and Interpreters

- Cooling Assistance for People with Heat-Related Medical Issues

- Rebates on New Energy Star Air Conditioners

- Free Legal Advice on Immigration Issues

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

- Illegal Hotels

- Bicycles and Pedestrian Safety

Message from Liz . . .

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August 11, 2010
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Senate Passes Drilling Moratorium

Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier’s Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate’s approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.

The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011. Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.

Read more & watch Senator Liz Krueger speak on the floor.

August 5, 2010
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Senator Krueger and Colleagues Protect New York's Water; Mandate Moratorium For Marcellus Shale Drilling

(New York, NY) Late Tuesday night, Senator Krueger and her Democratic colleagues passed a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, a practice that could lead to the disastrous contamination of the State’s water supply . Through the moratorium, gas and oil companies would be restricted from hastily drilling in the watershed, a process typically done through hydrolic drilling or hydro-fracking. By enacting this moratorium, New York State will protect the health and economic well-being of all 19 million New Yorkers.

August 5, 2010
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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

This summer New York has experienced record-breaking heat, which has lead New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where there are cooler temperatures. 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.

Cooling

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August 5, 2010
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Governor Signs Illegal Hotels Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

Contact: Katie Kincaid - kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com - (646) 784-0485

(New York, NY) Tenants and tourists in New York City will be protected by a new law that makes it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City. The bill (S.6873/A.10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, will put an end to the rampant spread of illegal hotels by clarifying ambiguities in State and City laws which made it impossible for government agencies to effectively crack down on offenders and protect residents. Governor Paterson signed the bill into law today.

July 26, 2010
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Tenants And Lawmakers Join Together to Urge Governor Paterson to Sign Bill to Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

(New York, NY) On Wednesday, July 21st, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Vito Lopez, as well as other key elected officials, tenants and housing advocates gathered at City Hall to urge Governor Paterson to sign legislation to enable New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels and to protect tenants.

July 26, 2010
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