New York—Continuing efforts to reform what the Brennan Center for Justice calls the "most dysfunctional" legislature in the country, New York State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced two new reform bills for the state Senate to pass in the next legislative session.
New York—State Senator Liz Krueger hailed the release of rules reform under the leadership of a new Democrat controlled State Senate as a milestone in New York's history. "These rules reforms represent a historic shift in the way the State Senate will function under Democratic leadership," said Senator Krueger. "For decades New Yorkers have been clamoring for an end to business as usual in Albany and I am proud that after years of my arguing for these changes, we are finally on the path to a fairer and more transparent government that truly serves the people's interests."
As has become an Our Town tradition at the cusp of a new year, we like to ask for predictions from various illuminating personalities populating our neighborhoods. There was no shortage of responses this December, with prophesies for 2009 covering everything from the much-debated replacement for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat to the new First Pet. We hope these forecasts are an enjoyable way to ring in the New Year, or at least a way to pass the time while nursing a hangover.
State Sen. Liz Krueger sent letters to city and state health commissioners regarding President George W. Bush’s changes to the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations on fish consumption. The proposed changes would amend the advisory that pregnant women and children should limit the amount of fish consumed. These so-called midnight changes were proposed as Bush winds down his presidency, and will last into the next administration.
New York—State Senator Liz Krueger sent letters to the Commissioners of the State Department of Health and the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to express her extreme concern regarding proposed changes to U.S Food and Drug Administration recommendations regarding fish consumption for pregnant women and children, and to urge City and State health officials to ensure New Yorkers continue to receive accurate information regarding the dangers presented by mercury in fish.
A meeting that Senator Malcolm Smith and several of his Democratic colleagues convened on December 12 with leading labor and progressive groups as well as a follow-up memo to Smith's top lieutenants from key leaders from among those groups point to the solidly fortified position that the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) has secured in waging its battle to ensure that the State Senate takes up marriage equality legislation should sufficient votes for passage be rounded up.
Hundreds of supporters of a coordinated effort to make New York state rent laws more tenant-friendly rallied last week as a dozen state legislators signed their names to pledges calling for the repeal of "vacancy decontrol."
In the alternate universe that is Albany, talks about a hand-off of power from the Senate Republicans to their Democratic counterparts are underway - albeit off to a slow start - despite the fact that it still remains unclear who (if anyone) will lead the chamber on Jan. 7.
Democrats had much to be happy about on Nov. 4, when Sen. Barack Obama beat Sen. John McCain in a landslide and ratcheted up huge majorities in Congress. In New York, the celebration was twice as enjoyable for State Senate Democrats, who secured the majority for the first time in 40 years.
NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today unveiled architectural designs for two new school buildings in Midtown Manhattan that will be built with private investment. The estimated $200 million cost of construction for PS 59 and the High School of Art and Design on East 57th Street will be paid for by private developers as part of a partnership with the Department of Education's Educational Construction Fund (ECF), which develops mixed-use real estate projects featuring new school facilities.
New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined Governor Paterson today supporting an increase of more than $150 million in Federal Food Stamp benefits for low- and moderate-income families. The additional Federal funding is a result of the State's change in regulations recognizing that residents of public housing pay for their heat costs through their rent payments, hence heating costs should be counted in their food stamp budgets, which is a determining factor in the monthly amount of food stamp assistance received by people living in public housing.
Art Knows No Boundaries—Reaching Out to International Tourists is a two-part presentation. The first will feature members of governmental institutions including Empire State Development Corporation, NYC & Company, and NYS Council on the Arts. The second presentation will feature members of the arts community including the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Repertorio Español.
State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from the East Side with a penchant for good-government policy, thinks there’s something wrong with how the debate about term limits is playing out in the public sphere.
"Ron Lauder opposes. Bloomberg supports. News at 11," she said sarcastically. "Thank you! It’s nice to hear from you too, now can we hear from the other eight million people?"