Liz Krueger's News items

Reform likely for property taxes

By Maury Thompson

The long-discussed concept of a "circuit breaker" property tax credit appears headed for approval by the state Legislature this year, area legislators and property tax reform advocates said.

The new credit, an income tax deduction based on a portion of local property taxes homeowners pay, is considered to be just a first step in the overall goal of reforming the property tax system.

May 18, 2009
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Senate Democrats Hold First Open Conference

By Karen DeWitt

 Senate Democrats let journalists into their normally closed door party conference Wednesday, to witness a discussion of ideas to clamp down on the state's highest- in- the- nation property taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Malcom Smith says he hopes to have more open party conferences in the future.

"This is our first one," said Smith. " We hope that we'll get some good feedback from the public."

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May 13, 2009
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Crane Bill Passes Senate

By Dan Rivoli

State Sen. Liz Krueger’s bill that creates new guidelines for the re-inspection of building violations passed the Senate last week.

The bill would force the Department of Buildings to re-inspect a property within 60 days of receiving hazardous work violations. As the law stands, companies deemed hazardous by the city could abuse the self-certification rule that allows them to inform the Department of Buildings that the site is up to code.

May 7, 2009
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NO THANK YOU, UNCLE SAM: NYC KEEPS 'SNAP' STANCE

By Chloe Tribich

Among the various groups of people who are qualified by the federal government to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – SNAP, formerly known as food stamps – there are those who have jobs and those who don't, those who are on welfare and those who aren't, those with and without children, disabled and able-bodied.

May 4, 2009
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Senate Passes Construction Safety Legislation

By David King

The Senate passed a bill today that requires the NYC Department of Buildings to re-inspect construction sites that have been issued hazardous violations . There is currently no mandate in place for the buildings department to re-inspect sites that have dangerous code violations and therefore companies have little motivation to correct the problems.

April 29, 2009
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Property tax cap pushed

By Paul Post

 A broad coalition of groups is pushing an Omnibus Bill whose main component, a “circuit breaker,” would cap people’s property taxes based on their income.

Led by state Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, backers touted the proposed legislation at a press conference in Albany.

Supporters include New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, a fiscal watchdog group, whose executive director, Ronald Deutsch, lives in Greenfield.

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April 24, 2009
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Senate Approves Red Light Cameras

By Bud Lowell

The State Senate has approved a package of bills that will allow Rochester, Buffalo and other upstate New York cities to install red light cameras.

The cameras are set up at crash-prone intersections to catch people who run red lights. Police send a notice of liability and a $50 ticket to the registered owner of the car.

New York City has had the cameras in use since 2006, and State Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan says they've saved lives. She predicts upstate communities will discover the same thing.

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April 7, 2009
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No crime too big to take away a public pension

By Susan Schulman

Being a crooked cop can cost a police officer his job, his reputation and even his freedom. But not his pension.

Consider Buffalo Detective Sylvestre Acosta, who is serving 45 years in prison, and also collecting a $40,544 annual pension. Or fellow narcotics investigator Gerald T. Skinner, whose $54,751 disability pension was approved while he was behind bars.

April 5, 2009
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No crime too big to take away a public pension

By Susan Schulman

Being a crooked cop can cost a police officer his job, his reputation and even his freedom. But not his pension.

Consider Buffalo Detective Sylvestre Acosta, who is serving 45 years in prison, and also collecting a $40,544 annual pension. Or fellow narcotics investigator Gerald T. Skinner, whose $54,751 disability pension was approved while he was behind bars.

April 5, 2009
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After much partisan debate, State Senate OKs budget

By Tom Precious

This year’s state budget received final approval Friday in the State Senate but only after overcoming a week of partisan wrangling, an ailing senator whose hospital visits shut down the Senate and even a lost suit jacket that kept a senator off the chamber’s floor.

The $131.8 billion spending plan, including more than $8 billion in new revenue-raising ideas imposed on residents and businesses, came three days late amid a nasty debate in the Senate that was as much about the spending plan as next year’s elections.

April 4, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

 

April 3, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.

April 3, 2009
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Playing for Maps

By Rob Gurwitt

March 28, 2009
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As State’s Budget Deadline Nears, Leaders Still Far Apart on Many Details

By Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim

ALBANY — With just days before Tuesday’s budget deadline, state leaders were still divided on Friday about how to structure an increase in taxes on the wealthy, with Senate Democrats pushing a broad overhaul of the state’s existing tax structure and Assembly Democrats preferring a more limited approach, according to officials involved in the discussions.

March 28, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

"I am very proud to be a part of history today and finally see the Rockefeller Drug Laws reformed. The reforms announced today will restore judicial sentencing discretion and substantially expand alternatives to incarceration for non-violent drug offenders.

It has been a long hard fight to reform these archaic drug laws and today is the culmination of decades of hard work and advocacy from countless people, all of whom deserve praise for helping to achieve these needed reforms."

 

March 27, 2009
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger on Judge Edward Korman Ordering the FDA to Let 17-Year-Olds Have Over-the-Counter Access to the Plan B Morning-After Pill

"This decision was a major victory in the ongoing battle between women's health and political ideology. By making emergency contraception available for over-the-counter use for 17-year-olds Judge Korman has ensured these women will have the ability to make the right decisions for their body.

I thank Judge Korman for understanding that a woman's health, privacy and right to control her own body are more important than politics. In the future I implore the FDA to responsibly use its authority and to not allow ideology to outweigh sound policy."

March 23, 2009
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Senator Krueger Applauds Senate for Passing Voting Reform Legislation

Expresses Disappointment in Senate Republicans for Opposition to Ballot Access

March 21, 2009
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Priced Out: Council Looks to Keep Apartments Affordable

By Courtney Gross

The signs of eviction -- abandoned furniture dotting the hallways, renovation crews climbing stories with paint cans in tow -- characterize the latter years of Terry Bocanelli's stint on the West Side of Manhattan.

A resident there for more than 15 years, Bocanelli's 31st Street apartment building has become a revolving door: rent stabilized tenants leave and higher income residents swoop in. The newer transplants bring more than their belongings. They bring with them higher rents.

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March 18, 2009
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Derailed: Pols slam Senate Democrats' scaled-down MTA bailout plan

By Ken Lovett, Glenn Blain and Pete Donohue

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's universally panned MTA bailout appears dead on arrival - leaving riders closer to sky-high fare hikes and service cuts.

Not only did the Democratic governor and Assembly speaker blast the stop-gap plan Tuesday, but the head of the Senate Finance Committee rejected it, too.

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March 17, 2009
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Senator Krueger Applauds Senate for Passing Voting Reform Legislation

New York, NY -- Senator Liz Krueger praised the Senate for passing legislation today which would expand democracy by removing barriers to voting. The bill (S.2810) authorizes the use of titles, initials or abbreviations of names as signatures on absentee ballots. "Under existing law, ballots are often thrown out because the voter does not sign exactly the way he or she signed their registration," said Senator Krueger. "This bill will reduce the number of voters who are disenfranchised on technicalities."

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March 17, 2009
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