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Senator Liz Krueger's Unemployment Forum: Recap

By 405 Club

On the 19th of this month we posted an alert about Senator Liz Krueger’s Unemployment Forum and I’ll tell you, it was great. Rarely can you get such quality face-to-face interaction with the people who are in charge, fully knowledgeable on unemployment benefits and job programs. We were very fortunate to be included in the event, with a table and some handouts for 405ers in attendance. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and make some solid connections going forward for The 405 Club. Here’s the official press release for the event.

May 25, 2010
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Senator Krueger Speaks On the Budget at The Rockefeller Institute

Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has outlined a five-year financial plan under which New York State would be required to achieve and maintain structural budgetary balance. Leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have offered their own proposals for budget reform. This Institute forum brought together leading members of the Senate and Assembly majorities, and independent fiscal experts, to comment on the plan. Senator Krueger outlined proposals by the Senate Committee on Budget and Tax Reform.

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May 25, 2010
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Parks Department Abruptly Cancels Central Park Tennis Bubble Plan

By Geoffrey Croft

Under mounting pressure, the Parks Department abruptly withdrew its plans yesterday to build four thirty-five foot high tennis bubbles in Central Park. The diesel powered tennis bubbles would have covered 26 tennis courts located between 93rd and 95th streets on the West side of the park for five months of the year. Additional time would have also be required for set up and break down, thereby cutting into existing outdoor use.

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May 25, 2010
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Lawmakers Want to Reform NYSP Superintendent Selection Process

By Sara A. Emmert--Legislative Gazette

In light of recent controversy surrounding the New York State Police force, now on its third superintendent in three weeks, state lawmakers are looking to reform the process by which the state police superintendents are appointed and serve out their term.  Read more at http://bit.ly/9ByvL1

 

March 22, 2010
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Lawmakers Push to Reform Hiring, Role of State Police Leader

ALBANY -- With the Division of State Police on its third superintendent in three weeks, lawmakers are sponsoring legislation to overhaul the hiring and responsibilities of New York's top law-enforcement officer, including giving the Legislature the ability to fire the superintendent. Read more...  http://bit.ly/9ZuOxF

March 18, 2010
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Dysfunction Displaces Work in Distracted Albany

By MICHAEL POWELL and NICHOLAS CONFESSOREALBANY — To wander into the grand pile of stone that is the State Capitol, to walk its cavernous sandstone and marble halls, is to find an absurdist play in its third act.Up on the third floor, in the State Senate, no party can muster a voting majority, and, pending a special election in two weeks, a convicted domestic abuser could cast the deciding vote.Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/06/nyregion/06albany.html

March 10, 2010
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No Matter What Happens, Paterson Gets His Pension

by Ryan KnutsonGov. David Paterson of New York insisted this week that he wouldn't heed calls for his resignation, despite his administration's being roiled by two scandals. But no matter what he does, he is still entitled to his full pension once he retires. In fact, there is nothing any New York state employee can do that would cause them to lose a pension; not even a corruption conviction, being fired for embezzlement or a prison sentence.

March 10, 2010
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Wine Can Help Budget Woes

By Liz Krueger and Keith WrightAs New York State faces another devastating budget deficit, we need new solutions that raise revenue so that we can prevent deeper budget cuts to our schools and healthcare system—without raising taxes.

March 10, 2010
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EDITORIAL: Albany lawmakers need to focus on the budget

With the governor's office twisting in chaos over a domestic violence scandal, you could say things are far from business-as-usual in Albany. But that may be good.In the past, business-as-usual has brought New York dysfunction, high taxes and government spending sprees. This time last year, the economic fallout from banking failures was perfectly plain to read in foreclosure and jobless numbers. Yet how did state government react? It raised spending by nearly 9 percent, including $7 billion in new taxes and fees, only to return midyear to make painful cuts.

March 3, 2010
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March 3, 2010
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Senate passes health care proxy bill

By Cara MatthewsSenators approved a bill this week that sets up a legal mechanism for designating a surrogate to act on an incapacitated person's behalf, legislation supporters say is long overdue and will reduce additional stress placed on friends and families during crises.Passage of the bill is a "monumental achievement that should be celebrated by all New Yorkers," Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. He pledged to sign the legislation, which was previously approved by the Assembly.

March 3, 2010
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Sen. Krueger wants an on-time budget handled by Ravitch

by James M. OdatoSenator Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said she isn’t taking a shot at Gov. David Paterson but wants the beleaguered chief executive to delegate budget duties to Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch.

March 2, 2010
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Lawmakers say budget crisis is worse than Paterson letting on

By Kaitlyn RossWhile the Governor is presenting a dire picture of New York's economic crisis, the Senate and Assembly are saying the state's budget crisis is even worse than Paterson is letting on. As Capital Tonight's Kaitlyn Ross explains, with both chambers presenting different numbers for the state's burgeoning financial gap, 2011 could be an embattled budget year.Read more: http://news10now.com/watertown-north-news-1052-content/politics/497023/l...

March 2, 2010
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Pedro Espada Jr.: No One's More Loyal -- to Landlords

By Sara GatesSenate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. defected from the Democrats and then defected from the Republicans during last year's Albany madness, but he'll always be loyal to his landlord pals.

March 2, 2010
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Less money for government groups

By Erin BillupsAfter decades of dysfunction, more light is being shed on how lawmakers spend taxpayer dollars. Good government groups have criticized several legislators for how they spent member items and some of even suggested they should have the money for pet projects in their districts pulled all together. Now, facing a multibillion dollar budget gap, advocates for change could get their wish. Our Erin Billups has more on why the tough economic times may mean there's less pork to go around anyway.

March 2, 2010
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KRUEGER DUMPS SENATOR

By Dan RivoliFebruary 17, 2010State Sen. Liz Krueger said it was unfortunate that her erstwhile colleague Hiram Monserrate did not resign after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.Instead, a bipartisan panel was formed and recommended his expulsion from the Legislature. Krueger voted with most of her colleagues in support of the measure that passed, 53 to eight.Read more: http://ourtownny.com/2010/02/17/krueger-dumps-senator/

March 2, 2010
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The Capitol Connection #1006

ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senator Liz Krueger. They discuss Governor Paterson's proposed budget, ethics reform in the legislature, and the possible Ford-Gillibrand Senate primary.  © Copyright 2010, WAMCTo listen: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/654/0/16085...

March 2, 2010
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Pols reject Clinton School move, creating rift among ’rents

By Jefferson Siegel As parents continue to challenge a plan that would shuffle students among several Chelsea schools, a half-dozen local politicians have joined in calling for the Department of Education to withdraw its proposal to relocate the Clinton School for Writers and Artists from its current home at PS 11 to PS 33.

February 25, 2010
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New York Traffic Experiment Gets Permanent Run

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUMNew York’s ambitious experiment that closed parts of Broadway to vehicles last spring will become permanent, city officials said on Thursday, even though it fell short of achieving its chief objective: improving traffic flow.

February 25, 2010
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