Liz Krueger's Press releases

Senator Krueger Speaks Out Against Gas Tax Bill: Says Gas Tax "Holiday" is a Vacation from Real Solutions

Senator Krueger today criticized Senate Republicans for passing S.7594-B which would create a gas tax "holiday" from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  "I voted against this legislation because it is bad fiscal and environmental policy that will only result in windfall profits for oil companies and no real relief for consumers," said Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan).

May 7, 2008
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State Senator Liz Krueger Calls for Non-Partisan Commission to Oversee Redistricting Says Passage this Year is Key to Ensuring 2012 District Lines Are Drawn Fairly

On "Reform Day" State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called for redistricting reform through passage of S.487, a bill she co-sponsors along with State Senator John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope).  

"When I first ran for office in 2002, I vowed to work to solve the 'Albany Syndrome,'"  said Senator Krueger.  "We have made progress in the past six years but much more needs to be done.  One of the major obstacles still preventing real change in Albany is the partisan process of gerrymandering legislative districts."

April 29, 2008
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Senator Liz Krueger Moves to Stop "Anti-Insurance" Program Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Bar New Prescription Drug Pricing System

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined her Senate Democratic colleagues and public health advocates today in calling for a ban on the new "Tier 4" pricing system, which could result in New York citizens facing thousand of dollars in additional drug costs. 

April 23, 2008
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Senator Liz Krueger Calls for Environmental Action on Earth Day Urges Passage of Key Environmental Legislation

Today, in support of Earth Day, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), called for New York to take action for the environment.

April 22, 2008
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KRUEGER PRAISES INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

Albany— State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today praised Governor Paterson and the legislature for committing significant new resources to affordable housing construction and preservation and the restoration of cuts to key housing programs.  Senator Krueger is the ranking Democratic member of the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development in the New York State Senate.

April 10, 2008
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KRUEGER MOVES TO BRING BILL BANNING STYROFOAM PRODUCTS TO FLOOR FOR VOTE OF FULL SENATE SENATOR CITES NEED TO DECREASE USE OF PETROLEUM-BASED PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO CLEAN UP NY WASTE STREAM

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) offered a motion to petition today to bring a bill, the Food Service Waste Reduction Act (S6402), to the floor for a vote of the full Senate. The bill is designed to lead to a statewide phase-out of all polystyrene (Styrofoam) products used in the food service industry.  Senator Krueger's motion was defeated along party lines with Republican unanimously opposing it.

Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh carries the “same-as” in that chamber.

April 8, 2008
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER’S OFFICE CONVENES “MODEL STATE SENATE”

Local High School Students Participate in Youth Civics Program Created to Foster Awareness of State Politics

April 7, 2008
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GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES $1.45 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING GRANTS

Governor Paterson today announced $1.45 million in grants to help build and renovate 122 units of affordable housing in New York State. The grants—to Kings, Onondaga and Yates counties—reinforce the Governor’s commitment to the creation and preservation of affordable housing throughout the state.

Today’s grants were approved by the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), which makes grants to not-for-profit housing organizations around the state to help subsidize the cost of newly constructed homes and the renovation of existing housing.

April 2, 2008
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Senator Krueger Praises Schools for Moratorium on Hamburgers to Address Animal Cruelty Charges Says Use of Sick Animals for Food Highlights Need for “No-Downed Animal Legislation

State Senator Liz Krueger praised New York City schools officials for their quick response to reports that a major supplier of beef to the school system had been using beatings and other abusive practices on cows too sick to pass inspections.  The action came after a Humane Society video showed sick cows being beaten, kicked, shocked with electricity and dragged with chains to force them to stand so they could pass inspection.  “This kind of abuse is unacceptable on humane grounds, and also puts our food supply at risk,” said Senator Krueger.  “Animals too s

February 11, 2008
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KRUEGER APPLAUDS NYS HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIALS FOR FILING CIVIL COMPLAINTS AGAINST DISCRIMINATORY TAX PREP FIRMS; CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF HER REFUND ANTICIPATION LOAN ACT

Two Firms Believed  to Target High-Interest Loans to Black, Hispanic and Military Families Against Their Income Tax Rebates

January 18, 2008
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NEW STATEWIDE RECALL OF UNSAFE TOYS ANNOUNCED

Toy Safety Campaign Reveals Improved Compliance but Some Toys Remain on the Shelves Calls on Federal Government to Issue National Recall

December 9, 2007
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Council Considers Stronger Penalties for Illegal Hotels

Intro. 534 (Brewer) strengthens City’s toolbox to fight illegal hotels in residential buildings

New York City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee heard testimony today from the Mayor’s Office, housing advocates, elected officials, and tenants in favor of Intro. 534, a bill introduced by Councilmember Gale Brewer to increase fines against property owners who operate illegal hotels in residential buildings.

December 3, 2007
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NYS TOXIC MOLD TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED

Spitzer Administration Moves to Combat Health & Housing Concerns Raised by more than 21,000 NYC Residents

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger applauds 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.

November 26, 2007
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER JOINS NYS DEC, NYC DEP IN ANNOUNCING MAJOR AIR QUALITY ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE

In Bold Move, Agencies Begin Random Street Inspections of Diesel Trucks; 1 in 4 Breaking Emissions Regulations

"Today I was pleased to stand with 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.

November 16, 2007
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NYC GLOBAL WARMING EVENT WITH COUNTRY STAR KATHY MATTEA, DEC COMMISSIONER PETE GRANNIS & STATE COMPTROLLER TOM DINAPOLI

Warning! There's a Warming to include slideshow of An Inconvenient Truth and Discussion of What New York Can/Is Doing to Combat the Climate Crisis; Sponsored by Environmental Advocates of New York, State Senator Liz Krueger, and St. Bartholomew's Church

October 11, 2007
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Senate Democrats Tour NYC Agriculture Markets, Distribution Centers In Effort To Strengthen Upstate-Downstate Business Partnerships

Economic development practices rooted in regional Agri-business promotion live up to unifying vision of "One New York"

New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today visited the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx as part of a comprehensive effort to strengthen commercial relationships between upstate agriculture and downstate consumers.

October 1, 2007
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STATE URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GIVE PHYSICIANS AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT EMERGENCY TREATMENT

Governor Eliot Spitzer, along with representatives of hospitals, anti-cancer agencies and immigrant organizations, today called on the federal government to allow physicians to decide what emergency treatments are appropriate for their patients instead of ceding life-and-death decisions to federal Medicaid administrators.

September 25, 2007
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SENATE DEMOCRATS APPLAUD GOVERNOR SPITZER'S SIGNING OF NYCHA SHELTER ALLOWANCE BILL

Unequal Allowance Has Forced Agency to Make Operating Cuts, Undermining Preservation of Affordable Housing in New York

New York—State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and the Senate Democratic caucus today applauded Governor Spitzer's signing of S.4329/A.7905, a bill that is critically important to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments. The Senate Democrats wrote Governor Spitzer on July 16th, urging him to sign this legislation into law.

August 15, 2007
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SCHOOLS MUST GET TO WORK PROTECTING STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Legislature Passed Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2007; Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature

August 6, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER FOLLOWING GOVERNOR'S VETO OF WOMEN'S LIVING WAGE BILL

"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. This legislation garnered overwhelming support in both chambers because of the recognition that these types of jobs move women and their children out of poverty, and off of government benefits for good.

August 1, 2007
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