Liz Krueger's News items

Dueling gay marriage rallies draw thousands

By Duncan Osborne and Paul Schindler

In an event that generously mixed politics and religion, thousands of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples rallied outside of the East Side office of Governor David Paterson on Sun., May 17, calling on the State Senate and God to stop the advance of gay marriage in New York.

“The day will come when the hand of God shall use these people to take him out, out, out,” said the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Ministers, referring to Paterson’s political future.

May 20, 2009
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Leaders continue tax reform deliberations

By Anna Helhoski

At their second open meeting on property tax reform, legislative leaders heard Gov. David A. Paterson’s request for both houses of the Legislature to put out their best property tax reform bills to inch the state closer to a positive end result.

May 18, 2009
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Guv, Mayor Headline Marriage Equality Rally

By Paul Schindler

Four hours after a largely Latino crowd led by anti-gay Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz gathered outside the governor's office on Third Avenue in Midtown, a crowd of marriage equality supporters rallied on Sixth Avenue a block east of Times Square.

May 17, 2009
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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 17, 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 12, 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 6, 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 3, 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 28, 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 23, 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 6, 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 4, 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 4, 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 3, 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 2, 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 2, 2009
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Playing for Maps

By Rob Gurwitt

March 27, 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 27, 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 26, 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 22, 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 20, 2009
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