New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today pressed Majority Leader Joe Bruno to bring (S.784/A.2612) to the floor of the Senate for debate and a full vote. The legislation, which would ban canned hunts in New York, remains stalled in committee with just 4 days left in session."Canned hunts are cruel," Krueger said. "These are animals that have not just been taken out of their element and placed in cages from which they can't escape, but often they have been trained to trust humans and are brutalized and victimized as a result.
New York—In an on-going effort to protect Mitchell-Lama and Project-Based Section 8 affordable housing units, State Senator Liz Krueger today unveiled a bill to give existing tenants a "right-of-first-refusal" should the owner of their development choose to leave these affordable housing programs, and sell the building at market-rate.
Mitchell-Lama and Section 8 affordable housing units are found throughout New York State, including NYC, Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Westchester and Nassau Counties.
Albany—Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Caucus and leading housing advocates today announced efforts to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing. The Senate Democrats are supporting a series of changes to the 421-a program that would end the use of these tax breaks as a ‘hundreds-of-millions dollar giveaway for luxury housing’, to instead be a program that truly creates affordable housing and makes wise use of tax-payer dollars.
Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that today the Senate Higher Education committee passed the Student Lending Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement Act (S4524). The legislation, which Krueger co-sponsors, is aimed to protect students and parents from being steered by lenders and colleges towards student loan programs where a conflict of interest exists.The bill now moves to the full Senate.
Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger joined Common Cause, the Brennan Center, the League of Women Voters, NYPIRG, and hundreds of reform advocates today in marking Reform Day in Albany. The "Day of Action 2007" challenged the Governor and the legislature to act on proposals to:
· Reform the way electoral campaigns are funded and conducted;· Change the way legislative district lines are drawn;· Improve the transparency, accountability and rules in the legislature.
"While the State Senate took longer than necessary to affirm our constitutional authority and formally review the credentials of my Assemblymember, Alexander "Pete" Grannis, as Governor Spitzer's nominee for DEC Commissioner, the mission is complete.
Throughout this extended process my colleagues have come to learn what I have known for many years: if you want a job done right, call on Pete Grannis. He was overwhelmingly approved this weekend by the full Senate.
On April 1st, the State Legislature finished approving the budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, only a few hours after the official deadline. As important as it is to pass an on-time budget, I found the process leading up to this one's passage to be disappointing for a number of reasons. Key negotiations that resulted in over a billion dollars in new spending, and the shifting around of billions more occurred almost entirely behind closed doors, a continuation of Albany's culture of secrecy and back-room deals.
TheSenate Majorityincreases throw money at a broken system without enacting restructuring to alleviate the financial burden that the State has placed on local government to cover ballooning Medicaid costs. These local communities, saddled with Medicaid costs, must often increase property taxes in order to meet their healthcare obligations.
“They are trying to pretend that they are not increasing the budget, but the numbers don’t lie, they do,” Krueger declared.
Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that the Senate today passed the Worker's Compensation Bill, a comprehensive package of reforms to the state’s workers compensation system that addresses many chronic problems with this system."This was an instance where everyone knew that the system was broken.
New York—Approximately 30 tenants at two SRO buildings (the Parkside Evangeline and Ten-Eyck Troughton) which are owned and operated by the Salvation Army (SA) filed suit today to stop the SA's attempts to evict their residents. If the buildings are allowed to close, approximately 600 units of affordable housing for women in Manhattan will be lost.
Reforming Albany. It sure sounds catchy, but until recently it has turned out to be little more than a rhetorical discussion among a few of us. However, last Tuesday, something unusual happened in the NY State Senate. Working with my Democratic colleagues, we unveiled a sweeping legislative rules reform package, debated the merits of each of the proposals and cast our vote.We didn't propose anything radical—just a more open and democratic process similar to what is found in Congress and legislatures in most other states.
Albany--State Senator Liz Krueger led the Senate Minority in unveiling a comprehensive legislative rules reform package, endorsed by New York’s leading good government groups, including Common Cause NY, the League of Women Voters, the Brennan Center, NYPIRG and others. "The results of the last two elections should have been a clarion call for legislators that New Yorkers are not happy with how this government is being run.
New York —Senate Democratic Leader-elect Malcolm Smith today applauded Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno for introducing reform legislation that would "eliminate lump sum appropriations" and line out the entire state budget.
New York —State Senator Liz Krueger this week commenced the fifth edition of her Democracy 101: Youth Civics Project program, with the highest number of participants to date. A total of 68 students have enrolled in the 5-month, 6-session program. "Our enrollment expectations have always been met, but this year we have seen an unprecedented level of interest," Krueger said.