Liz Krueger's Press releases

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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SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER OPPOSES PROPERTY TAX CAP FOR COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY "A BAD POLICY FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN"

Albany— The New York State Senate reconvened today to vote on a property tax cap bill (S.8736).  The bill would put a 4% annual cap on the amount local governments (excluding New York's 5 big cities) can increase property taxes to pay for schools.  Although the bill passed, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by 19 of her colleagues in voting against the bill.

August 7, 2008
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SENATOR KRUEGER ATTENDS BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS' SUBWAY CARAVAN Says State Needs to Pass Breastfeeding Bill of Rights

New York- State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined the New York City Breastfeeding Promotion Leadership Committee (NYCBPLC) today for their annual Breastfeeding Subway Caravan.  The Subway Caravan began in 2004 as a means to highlight the importance of breastfeeding and reinforce a women's right to breastfeed wherever they have a right to be.  The focus of this year's Caravan is the passage of Senator Krueger's Breastfeeding Bill of Rights (S1674-D).  The legislation codifies mothers' rights to breastfeed into a single, concise document and bans commercial interests fro

July 31, 2008
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Kavanagh and Krueger: McDonald’s Teacup Not So “Sweet” for Our Environment

Legislators Call on Restaurants to Stop Using StyrofoamAs McDonald’s Backslides on Its Commitment to the EnvironmentBy Reintroducing Polystyrene Cup for Its “Sweet Tea"

July 15, 2008
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Senator Krueger Appointed to the State Senate's Task Force on NYC School Governance Says She is Excited to Hear from Parents and Educators

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined her colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference this week to announce the establishment of the NYC School Governance Task Force.  The task force is comprised of nine Senate Democratic members who will investigate and report on the effect the State's 2002 legislation establishing "Mayoral Control" has had on the New York City public educational system.  The Task Force is scheduling a series of six public hearings over the next few months, with two in Manhattan and one in each of the other boroughs.

July 9, 2008
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KRUEGER CALLS FOR STATE ACTION TO ADDRESS DECLINING ECONOMIC STATUS OF WOMEN: Cites Important New Report Showing New York State Women Have Been Losing Ground in the last 20 Years

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger called for State action to address issues raised in the new report released by the New York Women's Foundation entitled "The Economic Status of Women in New York State."  The report detailed startling data that showed women in New York are economically worse off today compared to how they were doing 1989.

June 26, 2008
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KRUEGER PRAISES PASSAGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL BILLS

New York— With only one official day remaining in New York's legislative session State Senator Liz Krueger praised the Senate for passing some high priority environmental bills.  "I am very proud of my colleagues for having the foresight to make the environment a top priority regardless of partisan politics," said Senator Krueger.  Some of the bills that passed the Senate this session included:

June 19, 2008
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KRUEGER PRAISES THE STATE ASSEMBLY FOR UNANIMOUSLY PASSING THE BREASTFEEDING BILL OF RIGHTS: Says Bruno Must Allow the Bill to Move in the Senate

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) praised the State Assembly for unanimously passing the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights (A3782-D). Senator Krueger introduced this bill in 2006 and currently sponsors the same as version in the Senate (S1674-D).  The legislation codifies mothers' rights into a single, concise document and bans commercial interests from pressuring new mothers into using formula.

June 12, 2008
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Senator Krueger Fights Back for Women's Rights: Denounces Misinformation and Promotes Facts

There are only 8 days left of session for the NY State Senate this spring, with too many important bills being ignored.  One of the most crucial is the importance of passing the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act by the end of session.  The bill would guarantee the right of future generations of New York women to make safe and private reproductive health decisions.   

June 4, 2008
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State Senator Liz Krueger Rallies Against Proliferation of Illegal Hotels: Says Action Must be Taken to Stop Illegal Activity and Protect Affordable Housing

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger joined fellow members of the Illegal Hotels Working Group at a rally today to call attention to the problem of proliferating illegal hotels -- the practice of some in real estate of renting out apartments in residential buildings for short term stays.  The rally was held to highlight a new report that documents this growing problem across Manhattan.

May 31, 2008
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State Senator Liz Krueger Commends Manhattan Borough President Stringer's Report on the Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program Says State Legislature Must Reform or Eliminate Program

New York— Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a report today outlining major problems with the city's Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program (ICIP).  The report calls for wholesale reform of a program that cost the City $409.5 million in lost tax revenue in fiscal year 2007, much of which went to supporting Midtown commercial real estate, fast food restaurants, gas stations, and chain retail stores.

May 28, 2008
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Senate Democrats Advocate for Bipartisan Passage of Enhanced Statewide Brownfields Legislation to Accelerate Neighborhood Clean-ups and Provide $1 Billion in Tax Credits New legislation would also create new jobs, help build affordable housing and provide

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Democratic Conference today called for the Governor and State Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, to take action before the end of session and approve new Brownfields legislation that will speed-up neighborhood clean-up projects statewide.

At stake, are nearly $1 billion in state tax credits and $40 million in state-funded community planning grants that can be used to help reclaim thousands of polluted sites in urban, suburban, rural, industrial, and residential areas across New York state if action isn't taken now.

May 27, 2008
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Senator Krueger Renews Call for Passing the Healthy Teens Act: Says New York's Teens Need Proper Sex Education

Albany— State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined health advocates yesterday in urging Majority Leader Joe Bruno to bring the Healthy Teens Act to the Senate floor for a vote.  The Healthy Teens Act (S1342) will create a system for providing grants to schools for the purpose of developing age appropriate, medically accurate sex education.

May 19, 2008
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Krueger Calls for Divestment in Sudan Says Genocide in Darfur must be Addressed Now

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called on the Senate to immediately pass S2924, which would require New York State to divest from companies doing business in Sudan.  The Darfur region of Sudan has been a site of genocide for a number of years.  "Every day we wait to pass this bill, is another day of implicitly condoning genocide in Darfur,"  said Senator Krueger.

May 14, 2008
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Senator Krueger Speaks Out Against Gas Tax Bill: Says Gas Tax "Holiday" is a Vacation from Real Solutions

Senator Krueger today criticized Senate Republicans for passing S.7594-B which would create a gas tax "holiday" from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  "I voted against this legislation because it is bad fiscal and environmental policy that will only result in windfall profits for oil companies and no real relief for consumers," said Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan).

May 6, 2008
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State Senator Liz Krueger Calls for Non-Partisan Commission to Oversee Redistricting Says Passage this Year is Key to Ensuring 2012 District Lines Are Drawn Fairly

On "Reform Day" State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called for redistricting reform through passage of S.487, a bill she co-sponsors along with State Senator John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope).  

"When I first ran for office in 2002, I vowed to work to solve the 'Albany Syndrome,'"  said Senator Krueger.  "We have made progress in the past six years but much more needs to be done.  One of the major obstacles still preventing real change in Albany is the partisan process of gerrymandering legislative districts."

April 29, 2008
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Senator Liz Krueger Moves to Stop "Anti-Insurance" Program Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Bar New Prescription Drug Pricing System

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined her Senate Democratic colleagues and public health advocates today in calling for a ban on the new "Tier 4" pricing system, which could result in New York citizens facing thousand of dollars in additional drug costs. 

April 22, 2008
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Senator Liz Krueger Calls for Environmental Action on Earth Day Urges Passage of Key Environmental Legislation

Today, in support of Earth Day, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), called for New York to take action for the environment.

April 21, 2008
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KRUEGER PRAISES INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

Albany— State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today praised Governor Paterson and the legislature for committing significant new resources to affordable housing construction and preservation and the restoration of cuts to key housing programs.  Senator Krueger is the ranking Democratic member of the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development in the New York State Senate.

April 9, 2008
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KRUEGER MOVES TO BRING BILL BANNING STYROFOAM PRODUCTS TO FLOOR FOR VOTE OF FULL SENATE SENATOR CITES NEED TO DECREASE USE OF PETROLEUM-BASED PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO CLEAN UP NY WASTE STREAM

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) offered a motion to petition today to bring a bill, the Food Service Waste Reduction Act (S6402), to the floor for a vote of the full Senate. The bill is designed to lead to a statewide phase-out of all polystyrene (Styrofoam) products used in the food service industry.  Senator Krueger's motion was defeated along party lines with Republican unanimously opposing it.

Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh carries the “same-as” in that chamber.

April 7, 2008
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