Liz Krueger's Press releases

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 26, 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 11, 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 10, 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 5, 2006
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GRANNIS AND KRUEGER PRESENT PS 158 CROSSING GUARDS WITH LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION HONORING CROSSING GUARD WEEK IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

New York NY –Friday, Assemblymember Pete Grannis and State Senator Liz Krueger presented three crossing guards for PS 158 (Maryann Medaglia, Margaret P. Novak and Luz Saldana) with State Legislature Resolutions honoring school crossing guards statewide, on the occasion of School Crossing Guard Week 2006. Grannis and Krueger were joined at the presentation by Libby Jordan and Sholeh Brahimy, co-Presidents of the PS 158 Parents' Association.

September 12, 2006
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GRANNIS AND KRUEGER ANNOUNCE SEPTEMBER 4-11, 2006, AS NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD WEEK

New York NY – On Friday, Assemblymember Pete Grannis and State Senator Liz Krueger announced legislation proclaiming September 4-11, 2006, as Crossing Guard Week in the State of New York.

"School crossing guards are a vital and integral part of our educational system," Grannis said. "Crossing guards ensure that children all across the state are able to arrive at and leave school safely."

September 5, 2006
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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.

August 25, 2006
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KRUEGER CALLS FDA "MORNING AFTER" MOVE A "HALF-VICTORY"; CALLS UPON STATE SENATE TO PASS S.6686 WHICH WOULD MAKE EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES AT NEW YORK PHARMACIES

New York—Describing today's Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) move to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women over 18 as "a half-victory", New York State Senator Liz Krueger called upon the state Senate to review S.6686.

The morning-after pill, as emergency contraception is often called, will remain a prescription-only product for women under the age of 18. If passed, S.6686 would allow emergency contraception to be available to women of all ages in pharmacies across New York, under physician standing orders.

August 24, 2006
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SENATOR KRUEGER DISHEARTENED AND DISAPPOINTED WITH THE CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL OF ILL-PLACED MARINE TRANSFER STATION

New York, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger criticized the New York City Council and the Mayor for "a disheartening and disappointing vote that will place a marine transfer station for trash right in the middle of one of New York's most populated residential neighborhoods."

July 20, 2006
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KRUEGER DECRIES PRESIDENT'S VETO OF STEM CELL RESEARCH; URGES COLLEAGUES IN STATE LEGISLATURE TO PASS STATE LEGISLATION

New York—Upon learning of President Bush's decision to use his veto-power for the first time of his presidency—to block federal funding of stem cell research—New York State Senator Liz Krueger reiterated the need for the New York State Legislature to take the lead and pass legislation to further potentially life-saving research.

July 20, 2006
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SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER, ASSEMBLYWOMAN SYLVIAFRIEDMAN KICK OFF NYU MEDICAL CENTER'S ANNUAL SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE

New York, NY—On Monday, July 10th, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman in kicking off the NYU Medical Center's annual summer blood drive. This marked the first year the drive was sponsored by Senator Krueger. The drive continues through July 12th.

"I hope that people will continue to donate blood throughout the summer even if they cannot make it before the end of this particular drive," Krueger stated.

July 10, 2006
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SENATOR KRUEGER DISAPPOINTED IN RULING BY NEW YORK STATE COURT OF APPEALS FOR RULING AGAINST MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

New York—In response to today's ruling by New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, State Senator Liz Krueger expressed her disappointment that the court ruled against same-sex marriage advocates.

"The State of New York should be ensuring marriage equality for all New York couples—regardless of the sex of the two partners," Krueger declared.

July 6, 2006
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SENATOR KRUEGER PRAISES ELIMINATION OF STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT

Albany, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger praised the State Legislature today after both houses voted to eliminate the statute of limitations regarding the prosecution of rape and other sexual assaults. The legislation also extends the statute of limitations on civil actions brought by individuals against a criminal offender.

June 23, 2006
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SABINI AND KRUEGER SLAM THE MISUSE OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDS

Albany, NY – In the closing days of session for the New York State Legislature, State Senators John Sabini and Liz Krueger have voiced strong opposition to a bill (S.8160) that amends transportation law, expanding the use of State Multi-Modal Capitol funding to pay for operating expenditures, including pruning trees along public routes.

The State Fiscal Year 2006-07 Executive Budget provides a $50 million annual appropriation for the Multi-Modal Program. The program uses the sale of bonds in order to meet the annual appropriation.

June 16, 2006
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APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN LAWSUIT AGAINST “THREE MEN IN A ROOM”

New York City -- Friday, a 1st Department Appellate Division panel of judges heard complaints from the lawsuit against the “three men in a room” over dysfunctional legislative practices in the New York State Legislature.  The panel listened to plaintiffs’ appeals of counts that were previously dismissed, as well as the State’s appeals of lower court decisions allowing some counts to move forward.

June 15, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ENDORSED BY THE WORKING FAMILIES PARTY

Albany, NY -- “I am honored to have again received the endorsement of the Working Families Party,” Krueger said. “The WFP and I have a shared commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to affordable housing, healthcare, a quality public education, and fair wages.”

Senator Krueger has received the endorsement of the Working Families Party in each of her races for the New York State Senate.

June 14, 2006
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Senate Democrats Offer Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan

With New York facing a critical shortage of affordable housing, members of the State Senate’s Democratic conference today unveiled proposals that would address the State’s urban, suburban and rural housing needs.

The Democratic proposals were announced just days after the Pratt Center for Community Development released a report showing that a state agency created to finance affordable housing in New York has instead provided most of its money over the past five years to politically connected developers building luxury homes.

June 11, 2006
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Senate Democrats Offer Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan

With New York facing a critical shortage of affordable housing, members of the State Senate’s Democratic conference today unveiled proposals that would address the State’s urban, suburban and rural housing needs.

The Democratic proposals were announced just days after the Pratt Center for Community Development released a report showing that a state agency created to finance affordable housing in New York has instead provided most of its money over the past five years to politically connected developers building luxury homes.

June 11, 2006
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KRUEGER APPLAUDS ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE FOR PASSAGE OF NATION'S STRONGEST CELL PHONE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS; DEMANDS THE SENATE STOP STALLING ON THIS LEGISLATION

ALBANY, NY – Earlier today State Senator Liz Krueger praised the members of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee for passing the Cell Phone Consumer Protection Act (CPCPA – A.8539) bringing the legislation one step closer to a full Assembly vote. Krueger went on to demand that the leadership in the State Senate also take up the legislation.

June 8, 2006
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