Liz Krueger's Press releases

Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

April 1, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.   

April 1, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

April 1, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger Praising Leadership for Implementing Legislative Disclosure Requirements in Budget Reform Law

"I am pleased that for the first time the Senate has implemented the requirement from the 2007 Budget Reform Act which provides that Senators have a summary of impacts of changes in the Executive Budget on their desks before the budget vote. The document provided to legislators and available online on the Senate website provides a section by section report on how the final budget changes the executive budget.

March 30, 2009
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SENATOR KRUEGER WANTS EVERY NEW YORKER TO KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT WILL PAY 65% OF COBRA COSTS PROVIDING AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR THOSE RECENTLY UNEMPLOYED AS A RESULT OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

(New York, NY) – This week the State Legislature passed a Governor's program bill that will help thousands of New Yorkers who have recently lost their jobs due to the national economic downturn.  The legislation provides a 65% discount on continuing COBRA employer health insurance coverage for recently unemployed New Yorkers. The funding is provided entirely through federal stimulus funding, with no cost to the employers or the State.

March 19, 2009
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Senator Krueger Applauds Senate for Passing Voting Reform Legislation Expresses Disappointment in Senate Republicans for Opposition to Ballot Access

New York—Senator Liz Krueger praised the Senate for passing legislation today which would expand democracy by removing barriers to voting.  The bill (S.2810) authorizes the use of titles, initials or abbreviations of names as signatures on absentee ballots.  "Under existing law, ballots are often thrown out because the voter does not sign exactly the way he or she signed their registration," said Senator Krueger.  "This bill will reduce the number of voters who are disenfranchised on technicalities."

March 16, 2009
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Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act Protects Property Values and Neighborhood Safety from Fallout of Foreclosure Crisis

ALBANY, NY- Today Senator Jeff Klein’s bill, the Neighborhood Preservation Act, passed the NYS Senate with 47 members voting for the bill and 11 members voting against it. The legislation creates a standard of safety and habitability for bank owned homes which are foreclosed and vacant. Klein’s legislation will allow municipalities to use their discretion in how they chose to clean up these unsitely residential properties and how they choose to get reimbursed for their work whether by issuing violations or through legal action, or by simply billing the bank.  

February 25, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Blasts City Policy Denying Access to Food Stamps

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger criticized New York City for unnecessarily limiting access to food stamps for needy New Yorkers, and announced that she is introducing legislation (also introduced in the Assembly -- A.04169) that will require the City and State to take full advantage of federal Food Stamp program waivers that allow increased participation in the Food Stamp program.  As part of President Obama's economic stimulus bill there was a provision to extend food stamp waivers for able-bodied adults.  However, it is currently optional for the State and localities to

February 18, 2009
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Speaker Quinn, Council Member Yassky, Senator Krueger and Drum Major Institute Release Report on Restructuring City Income Tax Announce Legislation to Eliminate Unfair Tax on Low Income Families

City Hall – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member David Yassky, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy today released a new report detailing a proposal to bring fairness to the city’s income tax.  In addition, Speaker Quinn announced that Senator Krueger will be introducing legislation in Albany allowing the City to bring common sense tax relief to working families.

February 17, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Presides Over the Senate Says She is Honored to Have this Opportunity

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger presided over the Senate today, her first opportunity to do so since becoming a Senator in a 2002.  Until this year Republicans had controlled the Senate since 1965 and therefore Democratic members had not been allowed to preside over the Senate.  Senator Krueger's opportunity to preside over the Senate comes on the heels of Andrea Stewart-Cousins historic moment of being the first African-American woman to preside over the Senate and represents a new opportunity for women to have a real voice in the State Senate. 

February 10, 2009
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Senate Passes Critical Deficit Reduction Legislation

(Albany) - Working with the Governor and the Assembly, today, the State Senate passed critical deficit reduction legislation taking the necessary first steps toward addressing the fiscal crisis facing New York State. Passage of this legislation demonstrates the Senate's commitment to responsible state budgeting.

February 3, 2009
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New Yorkers Answer President-elect Obama’s Call for a National Day of Service in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King: Elected officials and volunteers in all five boroughs take a “day on, not a day off” as hunger in New York continues to soar

From January 17th-19th, 2009, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) sponsored its 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Anti-Hunger “Serve-a-Thon” event, a three-day event featuring volunteer opportunities at food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New York City.  

January 19, 2009
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State Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Introducing Historic Rules Reforms

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger hailed the release of rules reform under the leadership of a new Democrat controlled State Senate as a milestone in New York's history. "These rules reforms represent a historic shift in the way the State Senate will function under Democratic leadership," said Senator Krueger.  "For decades New Yorkers have been clamoring for an end to business as usual in Albany and I am proud that after years of my arguing for these changes, we are finally on the path to a fairer and more transparent government that truly serves the people's interests."

January 9, 2009
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KRUEGER CONTINUES BUSH CRITICISM

After sending a letter to the city and state health departments about President George W. Bush’s last minute proposals to change Food and Drug Administration regulations, State Sen. Liz Krueger is again criticizing a round of "midnight" changes to women’s health policy.

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December 31, 2008
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER CRITICIZES BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S STEALTH ATTACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger, a steadfast supporter of women's health issues, expressed her outrage towards the Bush administration and the U.S.

December 23, 2008
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LIZ KRUEGER DENOUNCES MIDNIGHT CHANGES FROM BUSH ADMINISTRATION HIDING THE HEALTH RISKS OF MERCURY IN CERTAIN FISH

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger sent letters to the Commissioners of the State Department of Health and the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to express her extreme concern regarding proposed changes to U.S Food and Drug Administration recommendations regarding fish consumption for pregnant women and children, and to urge City and State health officials to ensure New Yorkers continue to receive accurate information regarding the dangers presented by mercury in fish.

December 19, 2008
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LIZ KRUEGER JOINS GOVERNOR PATERSON TO SUPPORT FURTHER INCREASING FOOD STAMP BENEFITS IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined Governor Paterson today supporting an increase of more than $150 million in Federal Food Stamp benefits for low- and moderate-income families.  The additional Federal funding is a result of the State's change in regulations recognizing that residents of public housing pay for their heat costs through their rent payments, hence heating costs should be counted in their food stamp budgets, which is a determining factor in the monthly amount of food stamp assistance received by people living in public housing.

October 15, 2008
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LIZ KRUEGER CALLS FOR MANDATED DISCLOSURE OF BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LOBBYISTS AND LEGISLATORS THROUGH PASSAGE OF BILL SHE INTRODUCED NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO

New York— In the wake of recent and continued Albany ethics scandals, State Senator Liz Krueger urged her colleagues to pass her bill S.1679, introduced nearly two years ago, which would require lobbyists to report campaign contributions, professional relationships with public officials, and employment relationships with relatives of public officials. 

September 22, 2008
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Senator Krueger Joins Rally Against Toxic Mold Announces Bill to Help Remediate Toxic Mold Epidemic in New York

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger joined advocates and New York residents suffering from mold related illnesses today at a rally in front of City Hall.  The rally was meant to highlight the seriousness of mold problems in New York and to propose ways for the New York State Toxic Mold Task Force to strengthen State mold regulations.  The Task Force was created in 2005 to address the health impacts of mold. 

September 22, 2008
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Senator Liz Krueger and Senate Democratic Task Force hold Public Hearing on the June 2009 expiration of the New York City Education and Reform Accountability Act of 2002 Opportunity to Evaluate Mayoral Control

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined her colleagues from the Senate Democratic Conference Task Force on School Governance today at a public hearing on Mayoral Control of New York City's schools.  The task force is comprised of nine Senate Democratic members who will investigate and report on the effect Mayoral Control has had on the New York City public educational system.  The Task Force has already held a series of public hearings over the past couple of months, with one more still to follow.

September 17, 2008
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