New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today applauded Governor Spitzer for enacting the New York State Toxic Mold Task Force, an initiative signed into law by former Governor Pataki more than two years ago, which was never activated.
"This summer, I sponsored a sign-on letter to the Governor asking him to act to create this Task Force to ensure that this law was worth more than the paper it was written on," Krueger explained.
"Today I was pleased to join the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and community leaders and advocates in announcing a major environmental enforcement initiative to address outdoor air quality in New York.
Today, State Senator Eric Schneiderman, Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, State Senators Eric Adams and Liz Krueger, Assemblymembers Adriano Espaillat, Micah Kellner, Keith Wright and Adam Clayton Powell, Council Members Robert Jackson, Miguel Martinez, and Melissa Mark Viverito and criminal justice and democracy advocates called on the United States Census Bureau to begin counting prisoners in their home communities, rather than where they are incarcerated.
New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today called on Governor Spitzer to sign S298A/A4051A, the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2007. The legislation is the first in a series of steps the state must take to ensure that schools statewide implement an action plan that protects students with food allergies, or who suffer allergic reactions. If left untreated, within minutes an allergic reaction can lead to anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death.
I am very disappointed that Governor Spitzer has chosen to veto S3201/A3366, Senator Velmanette Montgomery's sustainable wage and non-traditional employment legislation. It is unfortunate that the Governor failed to see the value in giving social service agencies the option of placing women in higher wage, non-traditional employment opportunities.
A plan to mitigate congestion in the City's core has the potential to fundamentally change the transportation practices of the entire region. The commission we have created will ensure that the plan ultimately implemented is comprehensive and allows for maximum results.
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.