Liz Krueger's Press releases

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 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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