Liz Krueger's News items

DOE Rejects Plan that Could Ease P.S. 116 Overcrowding

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — Parents and teachers are angry at the Department of Education for rejecting a plan to help ease overcrowding at a Kips Bay school and vowed to continue the fight despite the setback.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, advocates said. To keep that number from rising, parents and teachers proposed starting kindergarten classes for P.S. 281, a new school currently under construction, before its building at East 35th Street and First Avenue is ready.

December 1, 2011
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Senate Dems To Congress: Protect Food Stamps

By Ken Lovett

The federal food stamp program alone pumps more than $5.3 billion a year into the state, the letter says.

"While the Farm Bill is not up for reauthorization until 2012, we are concerned this critical program may be fast forwarded within the Super Committee deficit process," the lawmakers wrote.

"The Farm Bill needs major reform to better help end hunger through strengthening the SNAP Food Stamps, promoting a health diet, and supporting family farms and a local food economy."

The group says it is "particularly disturbed" by recommendations from the American Farm Bureau Federation that nutrition programs should bear 30% of any deficit cuts made in the Agriculture Committee's jurisdiction

October 27, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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NYC Land Deal With UN Would Close Waterfront Gap, Mayor Says

By Henry Goldman and Katie Spencer

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- New York City moved a step closer to completing an 18-year-old plan for a waterfront esplanade around Manhattan after the United Nations Development Corp. agreed to pay $73 million for land to build offices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The transaction would provide cash to fill a one-mile gap between East 38th and 60th Streets, allowing runners, bicyclists and walkers to use a waterside pathway from the Hudson River in Washington Heights south to the Battery, and then north along the East River past Wall Street to 125th Street. Currently cyclists and pedestrians have to leave the path and use First Avenue and other streets on that midtown stretch.

October 17, 2011
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An Esplanade on the East River

New York Times Editorial 

For years now, New York City has been eager to fill a 22-block gap along the East River in the greenway that encircles most of Manhattan along the water’s edge. And for years, the United Nations has been considering ways to increase its office space in the city.

There is now a potential solution to both problems. The plan, strongly promoted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would involve an agreement to provide land for a new United Nations tower and generate money for the city to build an esplanade from 38th to 60th streets.

October 17, 2011
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Residents Make Last Stand at Final Public Forum on East River Greenway

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — The final public forum to debate the proposed East River Greenway project drew a hefty crowd of more than 300 people on Tuesday night with residents still divided over the best fate for the project.

Most of those present testified in favor of the deal, which could bring to life a project that has been decades in the making: filling in the gaping hole in the East River esplanade from East 38th to 60th streets.

September 21, 2011
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Senate GOP Still Holding up Insurance-Exchange Legislation

Posted by: Cara Matthews - on Sep 14, 2011

Nearly three months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers forged an agreement on legislation to set up a health-insurance exchange in the state, the GOP-controlled Senate has yet to indicate whether it plans to return to Albany to vote on the bill. States are required to set up health-care exchanges to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

The measure passed the Assembly at during the last week of session in June, but it was removed from the Senate agenda because some Republicans said they oppose “Obamacare” and thus would vote no on the bill. Senate leaders said it could be taken up later in the year. The Senate has not returned since June, and it’s unclear whether the bill will be voted on.

September 19, 2011
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Senator Krueger Discusses the Need to Vote on the Healthcare Exchange Bill

Click here to listen to Senator Liz Krueger’s interview with Susan Arbetter on The Capital Pressroom.

September 19, 2011
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Industry Skips Hydrofracking Hearing

By Bill Lambdin

KATONAH - With the Cuomo administration moving quickly to allow hydrofracking in parts of New York, maybe the industry doesn't think they need to court state senators.

No industry representatives chose to show up at a public hearing Tuesday chaired by a Republican Conservative, flanked by two progressive Democrats.

"Before we allow a multi-billion dollar industry that's on the gateway of New York's border to come in here and profit off of our land and air resources these questions better get answered," said Senator Greg Ball (R - Patterson).

August 24, 2011
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Upper East Siders To Rally (Again) Against 91st Street Trash Station

By Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — Upper East Siders will be raising their voices once again against the proposed garbage transfer station on the East River at 91st Street.

East Side elected officials, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney, state Sen. Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Micah Kellner and City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin will lead Saturday's 10:30 a.m. rally on the corner of 92nd Street and York Avenue.

They're hoping to remind residents to register their opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before its public comment period for the permit for the Department of Sanitation's application for the trash facility ends on Aug. 24.

August 24, 2011
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Ethics Law Just First Step, Reformers Say

By Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo signed into law new ethics oversight legislation, but some say the measure is flawed, and that there is still work to be done to fight corruption in government.

Cuomo signed the ethics law without fanfare or a public ceremony. In a statement, he touted the new stricter requirements for disclosure of lawmakers' outside income, a 14 member ethics panel empowered to probe charges of corruption, and the elimination of pensions for elected officials in the future who are convicted of a felony. Cuomo called it a "major step forward in restoring the people's trust in government and changing the way Albany does business".

August 24, 2011
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Closing New York City’s East River Greenway Gap

by Steven Higashide

A concept rendering of a potential new East River esplanade and greenway.

In recent decades, New York City has done much to open up its waterfront with new parks and piers. A key part of that has been the Hudson River Greenway, a bicycle and pedestrian path along the river that has become a major transportation and recreational asset on Manhattan’s West Side. The East Side equivalent hasn’t been as successful, in part because of long interruptions, including a 22-block gap between 38th and 60th Streets. Recently passed state legislation creates the possibility for a land-swap deal between NYC and the United Nations that would change that.

August 24, 2011
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Pols, Tenants Say Landlord Creates Unsafe Conditions

By Allen Houston

Local politicians and tenants rallied on Aug. 5 against a landlord they claim has created unsafe living conditions at 350 East 52nd Street

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Sen. Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and building tenants as well as workers from 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents doormen and other building workers.

August 15, 2011
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Residents Dream of Green Future for Derelict Murray Hill Pier

By Mary Johnson

 

MURRAY HILL — A decaying pier that stretches along the East River betwen 38th and 41st streets could soon be transformed to house a meandering bike path, community gardens, an urban farm, play areas and art.

The proposal was one the ideas that emerged from a day-long brainstorming session hosted by the Municipal Art Society.

The conference, at NYU Langone Medical Center Tuesday, brought together members of Community Board 6, residents, architects and elected officials to discuss hopes for the 34,000-square-foot pier, previously operated by Con Edison.

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July 27, 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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A Step Toward Equal Pay

The following was penned by Senator Liz Krueger and New York Women's Agenda & Equal Pay Coalition NYC

The United States has always been a beacon of democracy. And as Americans, we take pride in our basic principles that are rooted in the democratic notions of freedom and equality. Yes, injustices persist, and we continue to fight and break down barriers that prevent access to basic rights. But what happens when these problems are kept well hidden and are not as easy to identify or expose?

June 16, 2011
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Senator Krueger Receives A Passing Grade From Environmental Advocates

By Jaclyn Bruntfield

A scorecard released on June 8 by EPL/Environmental Advocates indicates that the vast majority of New York's senators aren't doing enough to support legislation that would protect the environment.

The preliminary scorecard tracked state senator's voting records on bills this session that would have an effect on air, land and water quality, as well as wildlife and public health. A complete Voters' Guide scorecard, including Assembly member rankings, is set to be released this fall.

The rankings were divided on partisan lines, with Democrats scoring an average of 41 and Republicans at an average of 24.

June 15, 2011
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Senate Dems Join Protesters, Call for Stronger Rent Laws

By Jon Campbell

While the Senate was in session, a group of New York City senators joined a few dozen protesters outside of the Senate chamber, calling on the majority party to extend and strengthen the state’s rent stabilization laws, which are set to expire tomorrow.

The protesters have been heard throughout the Capitol much of the past two days, with some organizing a sit-in outside of the governor’s office yesterday that led to a dozen arrests.

Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, mostly from the affected downstate area, have pushed for a bolstering of the rent laws, while Senate Republicans has signified repeatedly—as recently as this morning—that they are only in favor of an extension.

June 15, 2011
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Caucus to Protect Women's 'Hard-Fought' Rights

By Veronica Lewin

A legislative caucus formed earlier this year has legislators from both houses and both sides of the aisle fighting to protect reproductive health rights and helping advocates to educate New Yorkers about them.

"Women's rights and women's reproductive rights are not a bipartisan issue. It's a health care issue," said Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro. "It's an issue that government should be working together on to make sure that our children have proper information that they need to keep themselves safe and to keep themselves healthy."

May 17, 2011
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