Liz Krueger's Press releases

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 1, 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 26, 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 19, 2007
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BORROW-AND-SPEND SENATE REPUBLICANS APPROVE NEARLY $5-BILLION IN TAX CUTS & BUDGET INCREASES WHILE OPPOSING HEALTHCARE RESTRUCTURING

Republican plan includes $3.3-billion in tax cuts, $1-billion in spending increases, and $500-million in tax loopholes with no explanation of how they will balance the budget

March 13, 2007
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ETHICS REFORM PACKAGE PASSES SENATE

Included are Many Reform Bills that Krueger has Championed; Senator Brings Attention to Next Legislative Efforts to Ensure Highest Ethical Standard in Albany

March 7, 2007
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WORKER'S COMPENSATION BILL PASSES SENATE

Krueger Hails Package as a Victory for Business and Labor

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that the Senate today passed the Worker's Compensation Bill, a comprehensive package of reforms to the state’s workers compensation system that addresses many chronic problems with this system.

March 6, 2007
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KRUEGER WELCOMES BILL PERKINS TO STATE SENATE

Perkins to be Inaugurated Saturday

"I am very excited to have Bill Perkins as my new colleague in the State Senate.

Bill is a man who has spent decades fighting for what he believes is right. That can sound cliché in today's cynical political world, but have just one conversation with him and you know that he is passionate about his work.

Bill is a man who has shown time and again that he is not afraid to speak up and speak out. And he is also a man who is smart and savvy enough to recognize that solving different problems calls for different approaches.

February 23, 2007
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SALVATION ARMY TENANTS FILE SUIT TO SAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR WOMEN

Tenants, Elected Officials, Lawyers and Affordable Housing Advocates Condemn the Army's Eviction Efforts

February 16, 2007
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KRUEGER REINTRODUCES THE BREASTFEEDING BILL OF RIGHTS AMID KICK-OFF EVENT BY THE NEW YORK BREASTFEEDING COALITION; ASSEMBLYMEMBERS GUNTHER, DESTITO AND GOTTFRIED JOIN AS LEAD SPONSORS

Legislation Codifies Mothers' Rights Into Single, Concise Document; Bans Commercial Interests from Pressuring New Mothers Into Using Formula

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today reintroduced S1674, the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights. The bill was also introduced in the Assembly as A3782, by lead sponsors Aileen Gunther (D-Forestburgh), chairwoman of the Assembly Subcommittee on Women's Health, RoAnn Destito (D-Rome) and Richard "Dick" Gottfried (D-Manhattan).

January 30, 2007
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KRUEGER APPLAUDS "FIRST STEPS" OF ETHICS REFORM

Many Reform Bills Senator Krueger has Championed were included in Today's Ethics Reforms; Calls Plan "a Down-Payment"

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger today applauded Governor Spitzer and legislative leaders for "taking the necessary first steps on much needed ethics reform." The reforms include, among other measures, creating stronger ethics committees with oversight of the executive and legislative branches.

January 24, 2007
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SENATE DEMOCRATS APPLAUD SENATOR BRUNO FOR INTRODUCING MEANINGFUL REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD OUTLINE EVERY DOLLAR IN THE STATE BUDGET

Most Reform Legislation Remains Stalled in the Republican-Controlled Senate

New York—Senate Democratic Leader-elect Malcolm Smith today applauded Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno for introducing reform legislation that would "eliminate lump sum appropriations" and line out the entire state budget. The intent of the legislation the Majority Leader has adopted is identical to two pieces of Democratic reform legislation—supported by the vast majority of Senate Democrats—that remain stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.

December 15, 2006
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KRUEGER COMMENCES FIFTH YOUTH CIVICS PROJECT

2006-07 Program Has Highest Participation Yet, 68 NYC Teens Enrolled

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger this week commenced the fifth edition of her Democracy 101: Youth Civics Project program, with the highest number of participants to date. A total of 68 students have enrolled in the 5-month, 6-session program.

"Our enrollment expectations have always been met, but this year we have seen an unprecedented level of interest," Krueger said. "The program filled up so fast we already have teens, parents and educators expressing interest in next year's sessions."

December 13, 2006
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KRUEGER INTRODUCES BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS' BILL OF RIGHTS

Legislation Codifies Mothers' Rights Into Single, Concise Document; Bans Commercial Interests from Pressuring New Mothers Into Using Formula

New York—Seeking to codify a concise, easily understood document, State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights. The legislation, S8511, draws upon New York State Rules and Regulations, the Best Hospital Practices and the World Health Organization Baby Friendly guidelines.

November 29, 2006
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SENATOR KRUEGER CALLS FOR OVERSIGHT AND REFORM OF EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION; LEARNS EMPIRE ZONE TAX BREAKS WERE PURCHASED BY COMPANIES NOT OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE

Albany, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger today called for increased oversight and reform of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), after learning the ESDC had been allowing localities to sell Empire Zone tax breaks to private companies not otherwise eligible for these benefits.

November 21, 2006
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON COURT OF APPEALS DECISION IN CAMPAIGN FOR FISCAL EQUITY (CFE) V. STATE OF NEW YORK

In a 4-2 decision issued this morning, the Court of Appeals concluded that an additional $1.93 billion (in 2004 dollars) must be spent each year on New York City's public schools. That amount is much lower than the $4.7 billion a year that lower courts had said was needed to give the city's children the opportunity for a "sound, basic education," as guaranteed by the State Constitution.

November 20, 2006
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Supports Statewide System that Learns from Problems Nationwide, Advocates Hack-Proof Technology

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today called upon New York to learn from the mistakes of states who rushed into compliance with 2002 federal HAVA standards, including systems absent a verifiable paper-trail and inadequate facilities for voters with disabilities.

October 25, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER LAUDS BRENNAN CENTER FOR NEW REPORT ON LEGISLATIVE REFORM

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger commended the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law today, upon their release of Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform 2006 Update.

October 10, 2006
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ON THE OCCASION OF NATIONAL FAMILY SEXUAL EDUCATION MONTH, KRUEGER CALLS UPON STATE SENATE TO PASS HEALTHY TEENS ACT

New York—Calling the refusal of the Republican-controlled State Senate to pass the Healthy Teens Act "irresponsible to the health and well-being of New York's young adults," New York State Senator Liz Krueger reiterated calls for the act's passage, on the occasion of National Family Sexual Education Month.

October 9, 2006
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KRUEGER AMONG SENATORS RECEIVING HIGH SCORES FROM ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES; CALLS ON REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE TO STOP "BLOCKING PROGRESS"

New York—Today, New York State Senator Liz Krueger was pleased to congratulate Upper East Side colleague, State Senator Jose Serrano, for receiving the highest score from one of New York State's leading environmental policy agencies. Krueger, a staunch environmentalist in her own right, is tied for the 2nd highest score out of 62 senators.

She recognized that despite being "very proud of our efforts, most environmentally-responsible bills continue to get blocked in the Republican-controlled Senate."

October 4, 2006
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