Liz Krueger's Press releases

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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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON PASSAGE OF CONGESTION PRICING BILL

"Today's legislative passage of a congestion pricing bill is very good news for the City of New York. My district encompasses much of the proposed pricing zone, and the need to cut the number of vehicles on the streets is clear. Congestion is much more than just an annoyance for drivers—it has far-reaching negative consequences to New Yorkers' health and quality of life.

July 26, 2007
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City Council Announces Oversight Hearing on Condition of Infrastructure

Council Member Dan Garodnick, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Leroy Comrie announced that the City Council will hold an oversight hearing on August 7, where they will press Con Edison for answers relating to last week’s steam pipe explosion.

July 24, 2007
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City Council Announces Oversight Hearing on Condition of Infrastructure

Council Member Dan Garodnick, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Leroy Comrie announced that the City Council will hold an oversight hearing on August 7, where they will press Con Edison for answers relating to last week’s steam pipe explosion.

July 24, 2007
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KRUEGER INTRODUCES BILL BANNING STYROFOAM PRODUCTS: SENATOR CITES NEED TO DECREASE USE OF PETROLEUM-BASED PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO CLEAN UP NY WASTE STREAM

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger today announced that she has introduced (S6402), the Food Service Waste Reduction Act. The bill is designed to lead to a statewide phase-out of all polystyrene (Styrofoam) products used in the food service industry.

Polystyrene is a liquid hydrocarbon that is commercially manufactured from petroleum.

July 10, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER FOLLOWING ENERGY OUTAGES IN MANHATTAN AND THE BRONX

"Due to what I am told was a weather related cause, energy was lost by approximately 79,000 customers in Manhattan, and another 57,000 in the Bronx this afternoon. We came very close to a potential disaster, and thankfully that was avoided. However, I remain very concerned with the lack of information available to New Yorkers about what to do in the event of a heat wave or an energy black-out, including ready access to "Cooling Station" locations by Fire Departments, Police Stations, Elected Officials, and other offices or institutions that people often call for such information.

June 27, 2007
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KRUEGER: SENATOR BRUNO, DON'T FORGET TO BAN CANNED HUNTS BEFORE SESSION ENDS

Republican-Sponsored Legislation to Ban Canned Hunts Remains Stalled in Committee with 4 Session Days Left

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.

June 18, 2007
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SENATORS DUANE AND KRUEGER CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON MITCHELL-LAMA & AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUYOUTS

TENANTS, COOPERATORS, AND ADVOCATES JOIN IN CALL FOR TEMPORARY STATE COMMISSION TO STEM LOSS OF HOUSING PROGRAMS FOR MODERATE- AND LOW- INCOME FAMILIES

June 15, 2007
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KRUEGER CALLS ON BRUNO TO ALLOW FULL SENATE DEBATE AND VOTE ON ENVIRONMENTAL "SUPER BILLS" BEFORE SESSION ENDS

Environmental Super Bills Have the Support of a Majority of Senators

New York—Citing support from a majority of the members of the State Senate for the environmental Super Bills, State Senator Liz Krueger today urged Republican Majority Leader Joe Bruno to stop blocking these bills from debate, and allow a full vote on the floor of the Senate. The Majority Leader has unilateral control over what legislation comes to the floor, and has allowed these environmental bills to languish in the Environmental Conservation committee -- most for numerous legislative sessions.

June 13, 2007
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SENATE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL 421-A AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM

Key Changes Would End Use of Program as Give-Away to Luxury Developers

New York—The New York State Senate Democratic Caucus announced today that they have introduced legislation (S6064) to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing in NYC.

June 12, 2007
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KRUEGER UNVEILS RIGHT-OF-FIRST-REFUSAL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT TENANTS

Bill Would Mandate that Owners of Buildings Leaving the Mitchell-Lama and Project-Based Section 8 Programs Provide Existing Tenants with 'First Buy' Opportunity

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 (S5948) 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.

May 21, 2007
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KRUEGER ANNOUNCES THAT STUDENT LOAN PROTECTION ACT PASSES SENATE

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that today the Senate 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.

April 25, 2007
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KRUEGER REINTRODUCES EQUAL PAY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger marked today's national observance of Equal Pay Day by announcing that she has reintroduced S3358, a proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution. The amendment would guarantee equitable pay for all persons for work of comparable skill, effort and responsibility, for duties performed under similar working conditions.

April 24, 2007
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KRUEGER JOINS GOOD GOVERMMENT GROUPS, ADVOCATES AT 'REFORM ALBANY DAY'

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:

April 23, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING FEDERAL ABORTION BAN

I am deeply disturbed that today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold a right-wing piece of legislation that bans a type of rarely performed, late-term, medically necessary abortion known in the medical profession as "intact dilatation and extraction or intact D and X." Women who face this medical decision do so with a great deal of emotional and physical distress, and do so under direct medical supervision of their respected doctor.

April 18, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON 2007 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET PROCESS

"On April 1st, the State Legislature provided final approval for the 2007-2008 fiscal year budget, only a few hours after the official deadline.  As important as passing on-time budgets are, I found the process leading up to this one's passage to be disappointing for a number of reasons.  

April 2, 2007
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LIZ KRUEGER HONORED FOR HER COMMITMENT TO WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Senator Krueger Awarded the Family Planning Advocates of New York Margaret Sanger Award at Ceremony Featuring Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, Sex in the City Actress Cynthia Nixon

March 27, 2007
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KRUEGER LAUDS STEWART-COUSINS' GROUNDBREAKING ANTI-VOTER INTIMIDATION LEGISLATION

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger is co-sponsoring four bills introduced by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, which seek to stamp out voter-intimidation leading up to Election Day.

Stewart-Cousins' drafted these measures in response to her experience from her 2004 and 2006 campaigns for the 35th State Senate seat, in which there were numerous instances of voter suppression and intimidation, including a blanket challenge to thousands of registered voters shortly before Election Day.

March 20, 2007
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