Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos' statements today announcing his intention to block a vote on New York City's home-rule request for a local tax increase to fund universal pre-kindergarten:
"Contrary to Sen. Skelos' statements, New York City seeking permission to tax itself to pay for universal pre-K is the dictionary definition of a home rule request. It will not cost the state anything, and it will not limit the options for universal pre-K in other locations. We have to make tough decisions here in Albany all the time. This is not one of them."
Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).
Joined by a broad spectrum of drug law reform advocates and fellow elected officials, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced that she will be introducing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) today. The legislation would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana under state law along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol, and would represent a new approach for New York State after decades of costly, counterproductive policies that have produced racially discriminatory outcomes.
“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” said Sen. Krueger. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars. Worst of all, this system has resulted in a civil rights disaster: African Americans are dramatically more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite similar rates of marijuana use among both groups.”
Joined on the steps of City Hall by State Senator Liz Krueger, a diverse coalition of political leaders, community groups, and advocates from around the state today announced their campaign urging voters to reject Proposal One. The Proposal’s inclusion on the November ballot represents the final stage in the approval process for a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing gaming at up to seven casinos in New York State.
Sen. Krueger today announced her introduction of new legislation to ban workplace sexual harassment of unpaid interns in New York State (S. 5951). Loopholes in local, state, and federal laws have hampered interns’ attempts to seek redress for sexual harassment through the courts.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in response to Airbnb's recent blog post, which was circulated to media as part of an ongoing public relations and lobbying effort against New York's laws on short-term rentals.
Sen. Krueger today announced the enactment of her legislation recognizing and establishing a certification for “clinical nurse specialists” in New York State. The new law was sponsored by Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca), and signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo late last Friday.
The following statement is attributable to State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan):
"The New York City ECB Appeals Board decision overturning fines levied against Airbnb host Nigel Warren's landlord is little more than the exception that proves the rule. The Appeals Board dismissed the fines because Mr. Warren's roommate, who was a permanent resident of the apartment, was present in the apartment during an Airbnb customer's stay. Situations like this one, where a permanent tenant remains living in a part of the home, were never the focus of the New York law against illegal hotels.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Council Member Jessica Lappin joined community advocates and concerned residents today near the site of the proposed 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) to highlight the serious flood risks that the MTS would pose to the community and to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke a permit for construction.
Sen. Krueger condemned the Senate's passage -- at 2 a.m. last Saturday -- of legislation that would create a special exemption from the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law for the Rose Group's full-time commercial catering hall at 583 Park Avenue, Manhattan (S. 5823 / A. 7992). Under the provisions of the ABC Law, the catering hall is ineligible for a full liquor license because it is located within 200 feet of an operating house of worship, the Central Presbyterian Church.
Sen. Krueger released the following statement in response to recent developments regarding the illegal hotel law and Airbnb. Sen. Krueger sponsored the 2010 law that enables New York City to take enforcement action against illegal hotel operations and illegal short-term rentals in residential multiple dwellings.
State legislators, New York City Council members, and leaders of prominent organizations advocating for women’s equality and health gathered today to demand an open floor vote in the State Senate on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act, whose introduction is expected this legislative session.
Senator Krueger issued the following statement on the City Human Resources Administration's new ad campaign on teen pregnancy:
As someone who has spent decades in the fight against poverty and the fight to make sure women have equal rights to have or not have children, I am appalled at the ill-targeted and pathologically mean-spirited ad campaign put forward by the New York City Human Resources Administration, supposedly intended to reduce teen pregnancy.
The following statement can be attributed to State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan):
“In his State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he will prioritize banning styrofoam food containers in New York City. This would be a great step forward for our city, both for the environment and public health – but we shouldn’t just stop at the city limits.”
“I call on my colleagues in the state legislature to race New York City to the goal and pass legislation to ban styrofoam food containers this year, and I ask Mayor Bloomberg to lend his considerable influence with the State Senate’s Republican-dominated majority to this cause.”
Prompted by flaws in the regulatory process and a lack of any transparency or clear definition in the Department of Health's "health review," Sen. Krueger today joined Assemblymember Barbara Lifton and many colleagues calling on Gov. Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation to halt development of regulations permitting horizontal hydraulic fracturing ("hydrofracking") absent a full, thorough, and transparent assessment of the practice's potential effects on public health.
Sen. Krueger sent the following letter to New York State Education Commissioner John King and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, expressing concerns over plans to share private student information with the Shared Learning Collaborative without parental consent.
Two days ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and reform advocate Bill Samuels announced a new campaign finance reform proposal: a grand bargain that can accomplish Governor Cuomo’s previously-stated goal of a true “fair elections” matching-funds system, without running afoul of some legislators’ objections to taxpayer funding of elections.
In a press conference at the state capitol, Krueger and Samuels challenged Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature to implement full campaign finance reform, including a small-donation matching-funds system, by taking advantage of the high-profile push for controlled legalization of casino gaming in New York State.
New York State Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams late yesterday, urging ESDC to end the use of taxpayer funds to support producers of dangerous assault weapons.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement Monday evening congratulating the Senate Democratic Conference's new leader, Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, immediately following the Senate Democratic Conference's leadership vote.
Senator Krueger released the following statement in response to a New York Post report this morning that Senate Republicans are planning to seize power by preventing duly-elected Democratic senators from being seated in January.