Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier’s Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate’s approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.
The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011. Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.
The campaign to crack down on illegal hotels is coming to a head. State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried will join tenants, housing rights advocates and other state and city officials at a rally tomorrow to urge Governor David Paterson to sign into law the illegal hotel bill they sponsored. The bill aims to free New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels -- apartments designated as permanent residences that are improperly used as transient hotel rooms. The legislation already passed the Senate and the Assembly. Krueger and Gottfried talked to The Real Deal about how illegal hotels have threatened the city's tenants, affordable housing stock and tourists, where they've spread and how this bill is designed to cease their expansion.
The Web sites show happy young travelers bunking within a few blocks of Broadway. And they offer a place to stay in such a glamorous, expensive city for only $15 a night. The problem is that a growing number of these “hotels” are unsafe, unsanitary and illegal.
Rogue hotels offer a quick buck for the landlords and a problem for almost everybody else — other residents who need affordable housing, the neighborhood that needs stability, the city that loses on hotel taxes and often even the visitor who goes home grumbling.
In an attempt to curb bad bicycling behavior, a group of East Side elected officials want to pass a law that would shift the burden over to the city’s companies that employ bicyclists who ignore traffic laws.
ALBANY - A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.
The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments "from an already tight housing market," said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor.
New York is the only state without no-fault divorce. Liz Krueger, New York State Senator (D-Manhattan, 26th district), talks about her support of the State Senate's passage of no-fault divorce legislation. Plus, Andrew Eliot, a matrimonial attorney at Chemtob, Moss, Foreman, & Talbert, LLP, discusses how a no-fault system would affect how divorces are settled and how the practice of matrimonial law will be affected.
One law, signed in late May, allows voters to obtain absentee ballot applications by fax or another written instrument in addition to the current means of getting them through the mail or in person at county boards of election. Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, sponsored the legislation in her house.
Gov. David A. Paterson proposed changes to housing laws on Wednesday that would make it harder for landlords to lift apartments out of rent regulation but would also override a landmark pro-tenant court ruling so that it could not apply in future cases.
State Senator Liz Krueger, Democrat of Manhattan, criticized the governor’s attempt to allow developers receiving tax breaks to charge market rents. She said the proposal seemed to contradict the Legislature’s intent when it wrote the law regarding the tax benefits, known as the J-51 Program.
On the 19th of this month we posted an alert about Senator Liz Krueger’s Unemployment Forum and I’ll tell you, it was great. Rarely can you get such quality face-to-face interaction with the people who are in charge, fully knowledgeable on unemployment benefits and job programs. We were very fortunate to be included in the event, with a table and some handouts for 405ers in attendance. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and make some solid connections going forward for The 405 Club. Here’s the official press release for the event.
Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has outlined a five-year financial plan under which New York State would be required to achieve and maintain structural budgetary balance. Leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have offered their own proposals for budget reform. This Institute forum brought together leading members of the Senate and Assembly majorities, and independent fiscal experts, to comment on the plan. Senator Krueger outlined proposals by the Senate Committee on Budget and Tax Reform.
Under mounting pressure, the Parks Department abruptly withdrew its plans yesterday to build four thirty-five foot high tennis bubbles in Central Park. The diesel powered tennis bubbles would have covered 26 tennis courts located between 93rd and 95th streets on the West side of the park for five months of the year. Additional time would have also be required for set up and break down, thereby cutting into existing outdoor use.
In light of recent controversy surrounding the New York State Police force, now on its third superintendent in three weeks, state lawmakers are looking to reform the process by which the state police superintendents are appointed and serve out their term. Read more at http://bit.ly/9ByvL1
ALBANY -- With the Division of State Police on its third superintendent in three weeks, lawmakers are sponsoring legislation to overhaul the hiring and responsibilities of New York's top law-enforcement officer, including giving the Legislature the ability to fire the superintendent. Read more... http://bit.ly/9ZuOxF
By MICHAEL POWELL and NICHOLAS CONFESSOREALBANY — To wander into the grand pile of stone that is the State Capitol, to walk its cavernous sandstone and marble halls, is to find an absurdist play in its third act.Up on the third floor, in the State Senate, no party can muster a voting majority, and, pending a special election in two weeks, a convicted domestic abuser could cast the deciding vote.Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/06/nyregion/06albany.html
by Ryan KnutsonGov. David Paterson of New York insisted this week that he wouldn't heed calls for his resignation, despite his administration's being roiled by two scandals. But no matter what he does, he is still entitled to his full pension once he retires. In fact, there is nothing any New York state employee can do that would cause them to lose a pension; not even a corruption conviction, being fired for embezzlement or a prison sentence.
By Liz Krueger and Keith WrightAs New York State faces another devastating budget deficit, we need new solutions that raise revenue so that we can prevent deeper budget cuts to our schools and healthcare system—without raising taxes.
With the governor's office twisting in chaos over a domestic violence scandal, you could say things are far from business-as-usual in Albany. But that may be good.In the past, business-as-usual has brought New York dysfunction, high taxes and government spending sprees. This time last year, the economic fallout from banking failures was perfectly plain to read in foreclosure and jobless numbers. Yet how did state government react? It raised spending by nearly 9 percent, including $7 billion in new taxes and fees, only to return midyear to make painful cuts.