Liz Krueger's News items

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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15 Buildings Cited in City Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

By am NY

With the power of a new state law behind him, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cracking down on the city's illegal hotels.

The Office of Special Enforcement has shuttered or given citations to 15 of the illegal inns, defined as any residence with a "transient occupant" whose stay is less than 30 days. Under the previous law, a majority of the building's occupants had to be transient for the building to be illegal.

"Owners of illegal hotels put profits above safety, allowing renters to stay in extremely dangerous conditions and it’s disgraceful," Bloomberg said.

All of the buildings busted so far under the new law, which went effect on May, are in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

May 16, 2011
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Time For Solar

The following is a Letter to the Editor Published in Our Town Newspaper.

To The Editor

It seems like Albany has been talking about clean energy and its potential to create jobs for a very long time. Fortunately, Senator Liz Krueger is doing something about it, and we’d like to thank her for real leadership on this issue. Right now, the state Legislature is examining a major initiative to revitalize New York’s economy by adding an impressive 5,000 megawatts of solar power capacity. As a co-sponsor of the so-called “New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act,” Senator Krueger is playing an important role, helping blaze the trail toward a greener, stronger New York.

May 5, 2011
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Gay Marriage Bill Nears the Goal Line

Gov. Cuomo’s push, plus public opinion shift, raises bill’s chance of passage

By Megan Finnegan

Two years after the stunning defeat of a marriage equality bill in the State Senate, advocates and politicians are gearing up for another run at making same-sex marriage legal in New York.

April 28, 2011
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Strong Push Against Fracking

By Tom Casey

On the day of a large rally outside the Capitol, Senate Democrats introduced the first significant legislation against hydraulic fracturing since the 2010 moratorium imposed by former Gov. David Paterson and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sens. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, and Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens, introduced a package of bills April 11 that includes three bills for tighter regulations and transparency for oil and gas drilling and a bill by Avella to ban hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, in New York state.

April 19, 2011
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Small Victories Amid Painful Cuts

The following oped was published in today's Our Town.

By Liz Krueger

Even in the best of economic times, it’s never “easy” to balance the State’s budget. This year it was particularly difficult because our state government had less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. This is not a problem unique to New York: 44 states are facing a combined budget deficit of over $112 billion this year, as the nation struggles to climb its way out of the recession.

April 7, 2011
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Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011
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Carl Kruger’s “Polar Opposite,” Liz Krueger Takes On A New Role And New Challenges

By Jon Lentz - City Hall News

Advocates, good government groups and even Planned Parenthood are cheering Liz Krueger’s replacement of Carl Kruger as ranking member on the Finance Committee, despite a widely held belief that her impact on the budget will be slight at best.

“Senator Krueger has shown herself to be open to new ideas, innovation and reform,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. “I think that the Finance Committee is a place that could use more innovation and an open, creative attitude.”

Sean Barry of VOCAL-NY said that despite having similar names, Krueger is “the polar opposite” of Kruger.

March 16, 2011
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Rents Through The Roof?

Thousands of East Siders could see their rent double or triple if rent regulation expires

By Megan Finnegan

New York City already has a notoriously high cost of living, but if current rent-regulation laws expire June 15, tens of thousands of Upper East Siders may face astronomical increases in their rents that could push them to the outer boroughs or even out of the state.

While many tenant advocates say it’s unlikely lawmakers will let this happen, they and other Democrats are pushing for a rent-reform package that will not only renew but also strengthen current laws, and hope that it passes as part of Governor Cuomo’s budget package.

March 10, 2011
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Watch Senator Krueger on NY1's Inside City Hall

Last night, Senator Krueger joined NY1′s evening political show, Inside City Hall. She discussed everything from the budget to redistricting reform.

Watch Senator Krueger on Inside City Hall here!

February 24, 2011
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Senator Krueger: Use Elle’s Law To Make Streets Safer

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians must come together to curb reckless behavior

Posted by Our Town on February 23, 2011

Op-ed By Liz Krueger

When you’re on a small island with millions of people living, literally, on top of one another, problems with sharing space are bound to occur. Add to that the fact that New Yorkers are often racing to get from one destination to another, and you are faced with the reality that the streets of New York can be dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sadly, this reality has been displayed recently, as six people have been struck and killed by automobiles while walking or cycling on the Upper East Side: a fact both startling and heartbreaking.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Krueger Discusses: Fears About How the City’s Budget Will Affect Child Care

By Liz Harris

On Thursday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will unveil New York City’s preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. On Wednesday, if you listen very closely, you can hear people throughout the city holding their breath, bracing for deep cuts.

One very nervous group represents advocates and others who work in the child care industry serving poor and low-income women.

With the city budget ax expected to fall on a variety of programs, advocates and child care providers say information that has dribbled out of City Hall makes them fearful that as many as 16,000 of the 100,000 city-subsidized slots could disappear.

February 16, 2011
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State Senate Democrats Push for a Debate on Ethics Package

By Meghan Keneally

February 14, 2011 | 2:02 p.m

State Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive ethics package today and called on it to pass quickly in order to reinsure voters that an election season promise is being honored.

Minority leader John Sampson said that the Democrats' six-part bill that will cover a variety of ethically-dubious areas including client disclosure requirements, proper use of campaign funds, the need to eliminate the existing 'pay to play' attitude, and the creation of an independent redistricting commission.

"We need to make these changes because they have lost faith, trust and confidence in us," Sampson said. "If we ask them to tighten their belts, we have to tighten our belts."

February 14, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger on the "Bike Wars" of the East Side

Bike Wars

By Allen Houston

Simmering Bike Resentment

East Siders may have grown used to delivery guys on bicycles hopping sidewalks and dangerously whizzing in and out of pedestrians as they rush to drop off Chinese food or pizza. But they seem to have finally reached a breaking point. The debate over whether to restrict bicyclists may not only be about these riders and alleged misdemeanors; rather, it could be part of a growing hostility toward the increasingly bike-friendly city that New York is becoming...

Delivery Drivers Drive Anger, Pols Respond

February 3, 2011
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Senator Krueger to NYT: Public Officials Should Be Held to Higher Standard

Retiring Nicely After Betraying Public’s Trust

By CLYDE HABERMAN

Guy J. Velella, a former state senator from the Bronx who died last week, was bidden farewell at a funeral service on Monday. His legacy, however, lives on. Among other things, Mr. Velella will be remembered for having turned a career of public service into one of public shame by taking bribes and going to jail for his corruption.

He will also be remembered as someone who pocketed public money even after pleading guilty in 2004. Every year, his conscience unburdened, Mr. Velella collected a state pension of more than $75,000. “The law says I’ve earned it,” he told The Daily News a few months ago. “I’m entitled to it. I take it.”

February 1, 2011
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DiNapoli Seeks Law to Strip Convicted Lawmakers of Pensions

By Cara Matthews

ALBANY -- Public officials convicted of corruption would be stripped of their pension benefit under legislation introduced Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

New York has long been criticized for allowing convicted lawmakers -- even those sentenced to prison -- to collect their public pensions. But the state constitution prohibits reducing or taking away benefits from any current official or public servant.

DiNapoli's proposal would skirt the constitutional issue in that it would apply only to future members of the New York State and Local Retirement System who are state or local elected officials, officers and appointees...

January 31, 2011
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