Liz Krueger's News items

Senator Krueger Calls For Oversight And Reform Of Empire State Development Corporation; Learns Empire Zone Tax Breaks Were Purchased By Companies Not Otherwise Eligible

Albany, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger today called for increased oversight and reform of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), after learning the ESDC had been allowing localities to sell Empire Zone tax breaks to private companies not otherwise eligible for these benefits. "There is a pattern with the ESDC that we have to break," Krueger said. "While the Legislature has since closed this specific loophole, the deals the ESDC previously made continue to cost us millions in revenue every year.

November 21, 2006
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Krueger Cautions State Against Rushing Into Compliance With Help America Vote Act (hava)

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today called upon New York to learn from the mistakes of states who rushed into compliance with 2002 federal HAVA standards, including systems absent a verifiable paper-trail and inadequate facilities for voters with disabilities.

October 26, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Applauds Brennan Center For New Report On Legislative Reform

The Brennan Center follow up report on our Legislature's notorious dysfunction echoes what the Senate Minority Conference has been saying for years. The Majority has reluctantly agreed to offer only the most minimum of reforms after being forced to do so by Senate Minority who won three seats in 2004 with a strong reform message.

 

October 11, 2006
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On The Brennan Center Report

The Brennan Center follow up report on our Legislature's notorious dysfunction echoes what the Senate Minority Conference has been saying for years. The Majority has reluctantly agreed to offer only the most minimum of reforms after being forced to do so by Senate Minority who won three seats in 2004 with a strong reform message.

For too long voters have had to tolerate high taxes, underfunded schools and a culture of corruption that undermines the people's faith in their state government.

October 11, 2006
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On The Occasion Of National Family Sexual Education Month, Krueger Calls Upon State Senate To Pass Healthy Teens Act

The legislation (A.6619/S.5121) passed the Assembly in 2005 and 2006. It died in the Senate the first time and was held up by the Health Committee in the recent legislative session. The program would enable school districts, school-based health centers, BOCES and community organizations to apply for grants to develop and implement programs that provide students with real sex education.

October 10, 2006
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Krueger Among Senators Receiving High Scores From Environmental Advocates; Calls On Majority-Controlled Senate To Stop Blocking Progress

New York—Today, New York State Senator Liz Krueger was pleased to congratulate Upper East Side colleague, State Senator Jose Serrano, for receiving the highest score from one of New York State's leading environmental policy agencies. Krueger, a staunch environmentalist in her own right, is tied for the 2nd highest score out of 62 senators.

She recognized that despite being "very proud of our efforts, most environmentally-responsible bills continue to get blocked in the Majority-controlled Senate."

October 5, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger: We’ve Started To Turn The Corner -- Looks Forward To Productive ’06 Session

           Defeat of Death Penalty Statute: Senator Krueger spoke out and voted against a bill to reinstate the death penalty when it came to the floor of the Senate this year (the bill passed 37-22), then commended the Assembly Codes Committee for voting against the companion bill.  Senator Krueger, a life-time opponent of the death penalty, pointed out that the death penalty is a failed model for cr

October 1, 2006
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Testimony Of State Senator Liz Krueger

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th State Senate District, which includes the Upper East Side, East Midtown and Midtown neighborhoods of Manhattan . I appreciate this opportunity to express my full support for the 197-a plan for the eastern half of Manhattan Community District 6 proposed by Community Board 6 (CB 6) and the East Side Rezoning Alliance (ESRA). Section 197-a of the New York City Charter empowers Community Boards to develop and propose land-use plans that will provide a framework for future development and growth of their communities.

September 27, 2006
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Grannis And Krueger Present Ps 158 Crossing Guards With Legislative Resolution Honoring Crossing Guard Week In The State Of New York

New York NY –Friday, Assemblymember Pete Grannis and State Senator Liz Krueger presented three crossing guards for PS 158 (Maryann Medaglia, Margaret P. Novak and Luz Saldana) with State Legislature Resolutions honoring school crossing guards statewide, on the occasion of School Crossing Guard Week 2006. Grannis and Krueger were joined at the presentation by Libby Jordan and Sholeh Brahimy, co-Presidents of the PS 158 Parents' Association. "School crossing guards are a vital and integral part of our educational system," Grannis said.

September 12, 2006
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Krueger Calls FDA "Morning After" Move A "Half-Victory"; Calls Upon State Senate To Pass S.6686 Which Would Make Emergency Contraception Available For All Ages At New York Pharmacies

In a released statement, Planned Parenthood congratulated Sen. Hillary Clinton in her efforts to get Plan B approved for over-the-counter use. NARAL, PFAW and the ACLU have been swift to point out that it's a half-win : underage women and fertile children have no free access to emergency contraception.

August 24, 2006
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Krueger Decries President's Veto Of Stem Cell Research; Urges Colleagues In State Legislature To Pass State Legislation

New York—Upon learning of President Bush's decision to use his veto-power for the first time of his presidency—to block federal funding of stem cell research—New York State Senator Liz Krueger reiterated the need for the New York State Legislature to take the lead and pass legislation to further potentially life-saving research. "President Bush's decision, while not surprising, is very disappointing," Krueger said.

July 20, 2006
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Senator Krueger Disheartened And Disappointed With The City Council For Approval Of Ill-placed Marine Transfer Station

New York, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger criticized the New York City Council and the Mayor for "a disheartening and disappointing vote that will place a marine transfer station for trash right in the middle of one of New York's most populated residential neighborhoods."

July 20, 2006
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Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblywoman Sylviafriedman Kick Off NYU Medical Center's Annual Summer Blood Drive

New York, NY—On Monday, July 10th, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman in kicking off the NYU Medical Center's annual summer blood drive. This marked the first year the drive was sponsored by Senator Krueger. The drive continues through July 12th.

"I hope that people will continue to donate blood throughout the summer even if they cannot make it before the end of this particular drive," Krueger stated.

July 10, 2006
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Senator Krueger Disappointed In Ruling By New York State Court Of Appeals For Ruling Against Marriage Equality For All New Yorkers

New York—In response to today's ruling by New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, State Senator Liz Krueger expressed her disappointment that the court ruled against same-sex marriage advocates.

"The State of New York should be ensuring marriage equality for all New York couples—regardless of the sex of the two partners," Krueger declared.

July 6, 2006
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Appeals Court Hears Arguments In Lawsuit Against “Three Men In A Room”

          New York City -- Friday, a 1st Department Appellate Division panel of judges heard complaints from the lawsuit against the “three men in a room” over dysfunctional legislative practices in the New York State Legislature.  The panel listened to plaintiffs’ appeals of counts that were previously dismissed, as well as the State’s appeals of lower court decisions allowing some counts to move forward.

June 15, 2006
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The Senate Minority Offers Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan

With New York facing a critical shortage of affordable housing, members of the State Senate’s Democratic conference today unveiled proposals that would address the State’s urban, suburban and rural housing needs.

June 11, 2006
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Housing Advocates Voice Support For Senate Democrats’ Plan

           Roland Lewis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in New York City, said "If New York State is to grow and prosper, we need decent, safe, affordable homes—both upstate and down. The Senate Democrats have crafted a bold plan that addresses the critical housing needs of every community across the state. Its goals are lofty, but they are achievable.

June 9, 2006
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Assemblymember Grannis And Senator Krueger Introduce Legislation Reforming Campaign Fund Spending Rules

New York NY – State Assemblymember Pete Grannis and State Senator Liz Krueger have teamed up to introduce legislation (S.8004/A.11510) in the State Legislature bringing clarity to laws regarding how current and former political candidates can spend money raised for their political campaigns.

June 6, 2006
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Krueger Decries Empire State Development Corporation Grant: Nearly Half A Million Dollars Awarded To Force-feed Ducks At Hudson Valley Foie Gras Farm

           New York, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger was shocked to learn that the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) awarded a $420,000 grant to a farm that force-feeds ducks to expand their livers a startling 10 times the normal size—an inhumane practice used to mass produce foie gras. Foie gras is a delicacy often found in French restaurants.

May 26, 2006
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Krueger And Colleagues Expose Censorship In State Senate

shedding negative light on the Majority or Majority Leader
shedding negative light on another Republican official or ex-official
expressing “opinion” about the legislative process
encouraging constituents to lobby the Majority Leader and/or Speaker on an issue

SenateMajority also utilize a double standard when convenient.

March 15, 2006
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