Liz Krueger's News items

Cervical cancer vaccine debate heading to the Legislature

Bill would allow giving vaccine to minors without parental consentBy  RICK KARLINALBANY -- The debate over making cervical cancer vaccines available to young women is coming to the state Legislature today.A group of anti-vaccine activists plans to attend this morning's Senate Codes Committee hearing to protest a bill that would let health care professionals give the vaccine to women younger than 18 without parental consent.

February 25, 2010
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Push to Force Monserrate Expulsion Vote in the Senate

By JEREMY W. PETERSA group of Senate Democrats, concerned about efforts within their party to block the removal of a senator convicted of domestic violence, say they will attempt to force a vote to expel him this week even if they cannot win the support of State Senate leaders.The senators are trying to head off an effort by other Democrats who are pushing for a vote to censure, but not expel, Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Democrat who was found guilty last fall of assaulting his companion.Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/nyregion/08hiram.html

February 25, 2010
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Deficit Grows Even Larger

By Karen DeWitt ALBANY, NEW YORK (WXXI) - The state's budget deficit has grown yet again, and has now reached $8.2 billion dollars, says Governor Paterson, who says another $750 million dollar hole has opened up in the past couple of weeks.Paterson, saying "January was a difficult month", says a decline in personal income tax collections, due to uncertainty over Wall Street bonuses, and higher than anticipated Medicaid costs, contributed to the new deficit.

February 25, 2010
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June 1 start to N.Y. fiscal year urged

By CARA MATTHEWSThere is a push from some lawmakers to change the state's fiscal year from April 1 to June 1.Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, chairperson of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, says the change would make a big difference. Having a fiscal year that begins before the April 15 filing deadline for income-tax returns means the governor and lawmakers put together the budget without the most complete information on state revenues, she said.

January 30, 2010
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Albany Democrats want to move start of budget year to June 1

By Cara MatthewsALBANY -- New York has not always had the distinction of being the only state with a fiscal year that begins April 1. The start date was changed from Oct. 1 to July 1 in 1916. It has been April 1 since 1943, but now there is a push from some lawmakers to change it to June 1. What difference does it make? A big one, says the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan.

January 29, 2010
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Mike: Gov budget is city nightmare

By DAVID SEIFMAN, City Hall Bureau ChiefALBANY -- Facing the possible loss of $1.3 billion in state aid, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday played the doomsday card -- warning that if the money isn't restored, he'd have to make sweeping cuts and layoffs that would impact everything from the size of the police force to the number of garbage pickups."The consequences would be appalling," the mayor testified before a joint legislative budget hearing.

January 26, 2010
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Senator Krueger Calls for Equity in State Budget Cuts

As the legislature began budget hearings today, State Senator Liz Krueger (Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee) called on the legislature to ensure that the final state budget is balanced fairly and equitably with regards to local governments.“I understand that we are facing an extremely difficult budget and there will be large cuts to many programs, but we must make sure that the pain is distributed equitably and appropriately,” said Senator Krueger.  “In the Governor’s proposed 2010-11 executive budget, New York City shoulders a disproportionate amount of pain.”

January 26, 2010
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Krueger, Kruger and Bloomberg

By David KingSen. Liz Krueger, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, represents a particularly vocal constituent. You may have heard of him–Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was in Albany today testifying about the inequities he sees New York City suffering under Gov. David Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget plan.  Krueger’s office issued a press release this evening echoing Bloomberg’s complaints.

January 25, 2010
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Governor Paterson’s Turn on Ethics

After New York’s Legislature passed an ethics package last week, Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan who voted for the bill, told her colleagues, “We need to not pat ourselves on the back that much because we have further to go.”  Actually, they should not congratulate themselves at all. Gov. David Paterson was right to threaten to veto the bill, and if the Legislature sends it to him, he should do just that. Meanwhile, the governor should negotiate something much better:Read full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/opinion/24sun2.html

January 23, 2010
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Legislature Approves Ethics Bills, but Few Cheer

By JEREMY W. PETERSALBANY — With 59 largely unenthusiastic ayes, the State Senate on Wednesday approved a package of bills meant to combat political corruption and require elected officials to disclose more about their outside financial interests.Despite more than three hours of debate and grousing from many senators that they felt the bills were at best a half-step toward meaningful change, only one senator voted no.Read full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/nyregion/21ethics.html

January 20, 2010
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January 12, 2010
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State of the State includes ethics reform proposal

By Marcy L. Velte

Gov. David A. Paterson's second State of the State address included the Executive Chamber's proposed legislation for additional state ethics reform.Named the Reform Albany Act, the plan would create an independent State Government Ethics Commission that would have ten members chosen by legislative leaders.

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January 11, 2010
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Paterson's Plan to Reform Albany

By David King

Paterson administration officials held a briefing this morning to formally discuss Paterson’s “Reform Albany Act.” The legislation is expected to be fully unveiled during Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State Address, which he delivers at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

January 5, 2010
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Protesters decry proliferating illegal hotels: Elected officials, housing advocates and labor reps will rally Thursday evening in Hell’s Kitchen

By Lisa Fickenscher

The number of illegal hotels in the city has grown 20% over the past 12 months and a group of elected officials, housing advocates and labor representatives plan to protest the proliferation Thursday at a rally.

The 280 illegal hotels in New York City are not only depleting the supply of affordable housing units, they are siphoning away business from legitimate hotels, said Jackie Del Valle, director of organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators, a nonprofit that represents low-income tenants.

May 21, 2009
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Dueling gay marriage rallies draw thousands

By Duncan Osborne and Paul Schindler

In an event that generously mixed politics and religion, thousands of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples rallied outside of the East Side office of Governor David Paterson on Sun., May 17, calling on the State Senate and God to stop the advance of gay marriage in New York.

“The day will come when the hand of God shall use these people to take him out, out, out,” said the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Ministers, referring to Paterson’s political future.

May 21, 2009
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Leaders continue tax reform deliberations

By Anna Helhoski

At their second open meeting on property tax reform, legislative leaders heard Gov. David A. Paterson’s request for both houses of the Legislature to put out their best property tax reform bills to inch the state closer to a positive end result.

May 19, 2009
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Guv, Mayor Headline Marriage Equality Rally

By Paul Schindler

Four hours after a largely Latino crowd led by anti-gay Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz gathered outside the governor's office on Third Avenue in Midtown, a crowd of marriage equality supporters rallied on Sixth Avenue a block east of Times Square.

May 18, 2009
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Reform likely for property taxes

By Maury Thompson

The long-discussed concept of a "circuit breaker" property tax credit appears headed for approval by the state Legislature this year, area legislators and property tax reform advocates said.

The new credit, an income tax deduction based on a portion of local property taxes homeowners pay, is considered to be just a first step in the overall goal of reforming the property tax system.

May 18, 2009
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