Liz Krueger's News items

New York Times: Luxe Builders Chase Dreams of Property Tax Exemptions

Sen. Krueger spoke with New York Times columnist Michael Powell for this piece on abuses in the 421-a tax credit program:

State Senator Liz Krueger watches such unneeded tax subsidies — for energy, insurance, tobacco and luxury development — slip like barges down a darkened canal. She notes that the housing bill “was held hostage so a few well-connected developers could rob taxpayers to the tune of millions.”

June 27, 2013
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Sen. Krueger on Brian Lehrer: End-of-Session, Women’s Equality, and Campaign Finance Reform

Sen. Krueger called in to the Brian Lehrer show this morning to discuss the end of the legislative session and the high-priority legislation that's currently blocked by the Republican-IDC "coalition" in the Senate.

June 13, 2013
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Skift: Airbnb Gears Up for Big Legal and Legislative Battles in New York

Liz spoke to travel news source Skift about Airbnb the 2011 law she passed to help the city protect New York residents and tourists from illegal hotel operations.

June 6, 2013
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Capital New York: A New (Non-Smoking) Champion for Marijuana Legalization

Sen. Krueger will soon be introducing legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in New York State. Capital New York's Dana Rubinstein attended Sen. Krueger's recent forum on marijuana policy reform, and reports on Sen. Krueger's forthcoming legislation:

“It is my intention as a New York State senator to soon introduce a law that would actually decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York,” said State Senator Liz Krueger, an Upper East Side liberal, on Wednesday night.

The room full of marijuana enthusiasts erupted into applause.

May 17, 2013
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Albany Times Union: NOW Wants Governor's Women's Equality Agenda Needs to Go Before the Legislature

Wednesday, Sen. Krueger joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, other colleagues, and a broad group of advocates for women's rights to call for the introduction of legislation and an open vote on the Governor's women's equality agenda, including reproductive rights and workplace fairness legislation. From the Albany Times Union:

Though several pro-life groups have expressed disdain for Cuomo's decision to yoke the rest of the agenda items to the more controversial reproduction rights provisions, Sen. Liz Krueger expressed the hope of the vast majority in the room was for an omnibus bill. "You need that full package," she said.

See the full article at the Times Union, or read on to watch video of the press conference.

April 25, 2013
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Sen. Krueger in Politicker: "Our wild-west campaign finance laws have nurtured a culture of corruption"

In Politicker's continuing coverage of the wave of federal arrests of politicians and political party officials, Liz makes the case that real campaign finance reform is necessary to truly clean up New York politics.

April 4, 2013
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Powell: Can't Fight Teen Pregnancy with Shame and Blame

New York Times columnist Michael Powell agrees with Liz: the City Human Resources administration's new teen pregnancy ad campaign is counterproductive, insensitive, and wrongheaded.

March 12, 2013
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Politicker: Liz Krueger Wants to Take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban Statewide

Politicker's Hunter Walker writes:

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan to ban styrofoam in stores and restaurants citing a lack of biodegradability and high recycling costs that he called “terrible for the environment” and “terrible for taxpayers.” State Senator Liz Krueger responded to the mayor’s speech by jumping on his ban-wagon and taking it one step further–calling on the Legislature to ban styrofoam statewide.

February 14, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Offers Roe v. Wade Anniversary Resolution

Liz sponsored a resolution commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, but it was blocked from consideration by the leaders of the Republican-dominated majority in the Senate. The Assembly passed a similar resolution without incident.

Read more from the Albany Times-Union and Gotham Gazette, or read on to see Liz's letter to the leaders of the Senate Majority as well as the full text of the resolution.

January 24, 2013
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Op-Ed: Senate Has to Deliver What New Yorkers Voted For

In an op-ed for the Albany Times Union this week, Sen. Krueger explained the current state of the State Senate, the recent history that got us here, and how New Yorkers should judge the Republican-IDC "coalition." Read on for the full text of the op ed, or read it at the Times Union website.

December 14, 2012
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Sen. Krueger on "The Capitol Connection"

Sen. Krueger talks with WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Alan Chartock about the election, control of the State Senate, Hurricane Sandy relief, and more. Listen to the full 25-minute interview here.

December 8, 2012
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DNA Info: Pols File Federal Lawsuits to Stop East 91st Street Garbage Station

DNA Info reported on the latest legal effort to block City's misguided plan to open and operate a garbage transfer facility on East 91st Street, a federal lawsuit led by Councilmember Jessica Lappin and Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin and Assemblyman Micah Kellner are named as plaintiffs in the first federal lawsuits in the ongoing battle to stop the city from building the marine transfer facility, which is set to break ground as early as next month...

State Sen. Liz Krueger, another opponent of the project, argued that the hurricane should force the city to re-evaluate its infrastructure, especially along the waterfront.

November 26, 2012
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Daily News Op-Ed: Your Hot Pizza, Their Steep Fine

In today's Daily News, transportation advocate Paul Steely White and restaurant workers' advocate Daisy Chung pushed for Sen. Krueger's legislation that would lead to safer driving by bicycle delivery cyclists.

September 6, 2012
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Metro: Farmers Markets Double in Decade

Sen. Krueger joined State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and other elected officials to call attention to the growth and success of farmers markets in New York. Alison Bowen reported in Metro:

“Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best, and farmers markets and green markets are a simple, beneficial way to connect our neighborhoods with fresh, healthy and locally grown food,” said New York State Senator Liz Krueger, who represents Manhattan.

August 29, 2012
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Law360: NY Ahead of the Curve with Ban on Mortgage Rate-Based Pay

Law360 reports on a new law passed by Sen. Krueger  which bans a predatory lending practice that created instability in the mortgage market and contributed to the financial crisis. 

August 29, 2012
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Capital New York: Democrats Push Gun Control in Albany

Capital New York's Azi Paybarah reports:

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to find a "consensus" on new gun control laws that could pass both the Republican-controlled State Senate, and the State Assembly, where Democrats have a majority.

But Democratic lawmakers who convened at City Hall this afternoon to push a new set of gun control regulations were skeptical that they would find a willing partner in the upper chamber...

Gun control advocates are outspent 30-to-1 in campaigns, according to State Senator Liz Krueger, who referred to opponents as a "pro-criminal" coalition.

August 29, 2012
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ABC Reports on Pro-Breastfeeding Subway Caravan

Sen. Krueger joined the NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council to kick off the group's annual "subway caravan" from Washington Heights to Brooklyn, as part of a worldwide week of activities promoting support for breastfeeding.

August 13, 2012
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NY1: Senate Dems Accuse Administration Of Consulting Gas Companies About Fracking Regulations

In this video clip, New York 1 focuses on on hydrofracking, following up on a letter sent by Sen. Krueger and some of her colleagues to the DEC. The letter demands a full accounting in the face of reports that proposed hydrofracking regulations were inappropriately leaked to the gas industry.

July 7, 2012
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New York Times: Upstate Legislators Aid Caterer in Its Bid for Liquor License on Park Ave.

The New York Times reports:

After spending at least $30,000 a month on lobbyists, the Rose Group Park Avenue L.L.C., which operates a catering hall at Park Avenue and 63rd Street, has enlisted two upstate lawmakers to help in its fight for a liquor license.

 

The State Senate voted on Wednesday to support the catering hall’s request, despite opposition from neighbors, the local community board, a nearby Presbyterian church and local lawmakers, who were concerned about noise and traffic.

 

June 25, 2012
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DNA Info: Second Avenue Businesses See Restaurant Week Boost

DNA Info's Jill Colvin sat down with Sen. Krueger, Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Dan Quart, and Community Board 8 Chair Nick Viest as they enjoyed dinner at Doppio Senso to support Second Avenue Restaurant Week:

Local officials, who gathered to show support for the effort with a meal at DoppioSenso Wednesday, said that, while the MTA has gotten better at minimizing its impact on the neighborhood, residents and businesses are still suffering.

 

June 8, 2012
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