Liz Krueger's News items

Freeing the flow of data crucial

By James M. Odato ALBANY — New York gets good grades for making public information available on the Internet. But its shrouded, three-men-in-a-room budgeting and protracted Freedom of Information Law processes continue to frustrate the public.

As Sunshine Week begins, the Empire State is receiving praise and scorn. The goal of Sunshine Week, which runs through Saturday, is a shine a light on the importance of open government and freedom of information.

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March 15, 2009
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Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act

ALBANY, NY -- Senator Jeff Klein’s bill, the Neighborhood Preservation Act, yesterday passed the NYS Senate with 47 members voting for the bill and 11 members voting against it. The legislation creates a standard of safety and habitability for bank owned homes which are foreclosed and vacant. Klein’s legislation will allow municipalities to use their discretion in how they chose to clean up these unsitely residential properties and how they choose to get reimbursed for their work whether by issuing violations or through legal action, or by simply billing the bank.

February 26, 2009
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Budget angst bubbles up at forecast

By Rick Karlin

Lawmakers on Monday got a jump on an annual budget ritual: the Consensus Forecasting Conference, in which both Democrats and Republicans bring in experts to try and reach a consensus on how rosy — or in this case, gloomy — the coming budget-building process will be.

Next year's budget gap, the meeting revealed, could easily hit $14 billion as state coffers continue to dry up due to Wall Street's implosion and the national recession.

February 24, 2009
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EAST SIDE STORIES: LOCAL TENANTS' GROUP LAUNCHES

By Chloe Tribich

Manhattan's well-heeled Upper East Side is not generally considered a hotbed of tenant discontent. Yet the neighborhood took a step toward upping its activist profile this weekend as 500 residents and advocates gathered at the Julia Richman Education Complex on East 67th Street to discuss local needs and how to address them.

February 23, 2009
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More On The Differences Between Mr. Bloomberg & Me

By Daniel Millstone

Our Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of the problem and so far, even the advice of progressive thinker Andrea Batista Schlesinger (who started work for the Bloomberg campaign this past week) has not helped him think about becoming part of the solution. Will falling poll numbers wake him?

February 20, 2009
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HOUSING COALITION FORMED

The new Senate Democratic majority, dominated by city and downstate suburban legislators, is considering new housing laws that will favor tenants over landlords. In expectation of the new legislative priorities, 14 East Side residents and activists focused on housing are launching the East Side Housing Coalition. The mission will be to identify local housing issues and act as an organizational resource to lobby government in favor of tenants’ rights.

 

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February 19, 2009
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NIXING CITY INCOME TAX

On the heels of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City address where she proposed nixing city income tax for residents making less than $45,000 a year, State Sen. Liz Krueger will introduce a bill to allow the city to turn that plan into law. Currently, Albany would have to pass legislation to allow the city to enact this plan. Krueger’s legislation would enable the city to make changes to the tax code without Albany approval.

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February 19, 2009
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HOUSING COALITION FORMED

The new Senate Democratic majority, dominated by city and downstate suburban legislators, is considering new housing laws that will favor tenants over landlords. In expectation of the new legislative priorities, 14 East Side residents and activists focused on housing are launching the East Side Housing Coalition. The mission will be to identify local housing issues and act as an organizational resource to lobby government in favor of tenants’ rights.

 

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February 19, 2009
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Krueger on Food Stamp Access

By David King

State Sen. Liz Krueger issued a press release today decrying reports that the Bloomberg administration has declined to take advantage of a provision in the federal stimulus bill that overturns a 1996 rule that placed limitations on the length of time some citizens could receive food stamps.

February 18, 2009
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City Council legislation would give 100% tax credit to poorest families

By Peter Spencer

Call them legislative Robin Hoods: Several city lawmakers want to give city income taxes back to the poorest families, while raising them for the richest.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, working with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, announced yesterday she plans to introduce legislation allowing the Council to give about 224,000 households earning under $45,000 a year a 100 percent tax credit.

February 18, 2009
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Alivio tributario local a pobres

By Jose Acosta

La Ciudad quiere poner unos $320 anuales en los bolsillos de cabezas de familia de bajos ingresos, liberándolos de pagar los impuestos municipales, con el propósito de ayudarlos a atravesar la actual crisis económica.

La propuesta fue dada a conocer ayer por la presidente del Concejo Municipal, Christine C. Quinn, quien aseguró que por años la ciudad de Nueva York ha puesto una carga impositiva “injusta” en los hombros de familias que luchan cada día por llenar sus necesidades.

February 18, 2009
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A Little Tax Fairness During Tough Times

By Amy Traub

Hey New York, remember the economic boom? Profits were robust. Our local population of multimillionaires went up. Real estate values soared. And don’t get me started on those Wall Street bonuses. It’s a pity the party’s ending now, but those last few years we had some fantastic times, didn’t we?

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February 17, 2009
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On Plan To Eliminate City Income Tax On Residents Earning Less Than $45k

"Today, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced her plan to eliminate New York City income taxes for those making less than $45 thousand a year as is already the case for State and Federal income taxes. I applaud the speaker for her vision and understanding that getting money into the hands of the neediest New Yorkers will be the best way to stimulate our economy.

February 12, 2009
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Krueger Continues Efforts To Reform The State Legislature— Introduces Bills To Improve Budget Transparency And Prevent Conflicts Of Interest

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.

January 31, 2009
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State Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate For Introducing Historic Rules Reforms

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."

January 9, 2009
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PREDICTIONS

Compiled by Dan Rivoli and Charlotte Eichna

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.

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December 31, 2008
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MUCH ADO ABOUT FISH

 

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.

 

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December 23, 2008
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Liz Krueger Denounces Midnight Changes From Bush Administration Hiding The Health Risks Of Mercury In Certain Fish

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.

December 19, 2008
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Memo Shows ESPA's Clout in Senate Maneuvering

By Paul Schindler

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.

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December 17, 2008
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RENT REGS REFORM GATHERS SUPPORT: An effort to stem a tide of "vacancy decontrols" is gathering steam in the state capitol.

By Rachel Nielsen

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."

December 15, 2008
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