Liz Krueger's Press releases

KRUEGER APPLAUDS NYS HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIALS FOR FILING CIVIL COMPLAINTS AGAINST DISCRIMINATORY TAX PREP FIRMS; CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF HER REFUND ANTICIPATION LOAN ACT

Two Firms Believed  to Target High-Interest Loans to Black, Hispanic and Military Families Against Their Income Tax Rebates

January 18, 2008
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NEW STATEWIDE RECALL OF UNSAFE TOYS ANNOUNCED

Toy Safety Campaign Reveals Improved Compliance but Some Toys Remain on the Shelves Calls on Federal Government to Issue National Recall

December 9, 2007
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Council Considers Stronger Penalties for Illegal Hotels

Intro. 534 (Brewer) strengthens City’s toolbox to fight illegal hotels in residential buildings

New York City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee heard testimony today from the Mayor’s Office, housing advocates, elected officials, and tenants in favor of Intro. 534, a bill introduced by Councilmember Gale Brewer to increase fines against property owners who operate illegal hotels in residential buildings.

December 3, 2007
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NYS TOXIC MOLD TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED

Spitzer Administration Moves to Combat Health & Housing Concerns Raised by more than 21,000 NYC Residents

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger applauds Governor Spitzer for enacting the New York State Toxic Mold Task Force, an initiative signed into law by former Governor Pataki more than two years ago, which was never activated.

November 26, 2007
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER JOINS NYS DEC, NYC DEP IN ANNOUNCING MAJOR AIR QUALITY ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE

In Bold Move, Agencies Begin Random Street Inspections of Diesel Trucks; 1 in 4 Breaking Emissions Regulations

"Today I was pleased to stand with the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and community leaders and advocates in announcing a major environmental enforcement initiative to address outdoor air quality in New York.

November 16, 2007
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NYC GLOBAL WARMING EVENT WITH COUNTRY STAR KATHY MATTEA, DEC COMMISSIONER PETE GRANNIS & STATE COMPTROLLER TOM DINAPOLI

Warning! There's a Warming to include slideshow of An Inconvenient Truth and Discussion of What New York Can/Is Doing to Combat the Climate Crisis; Sponsored by Environmental Advocates of New York, State Senator Liz Krueger, and St. Bartholomew's Church

October 11, 2007
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Senate Democrats Tour NYC Agriculture Markets, Distribution Centers In Effort To Strengthen Upstate-Downstate Business Partnerships

Economic development practices rooted in regional Agri-business promotion live up to unifying vision of "One New York"

New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today visited the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx as part of a comprehensive effort to strengthen commercial relationships between upstate agriculture and downstate consumers.

October 1, 2007
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STATE URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GIVE PHYSICIANS AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT EMERGENCY TREATMENT

Governor Eliot Spitzer, along with representatives of hospitals, anti-cancer agencies and immigrant organizations, today called on the federal government to allow physicians to decide what emergency treatments are appropriate for their patients instead of ceding life-and-death decisions to federal Medicaid administrators.

September 25, 2007
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SENATE DEMOCRATS APPLAUD GOVERNOR SPITZER'S SIGNING OF NYCHA SHELTER ALLOWANCE BILL

Unequal Allowance Has Forced Agency to Make Operating Cuts, Undermining Preservation of Affordable Housing in New York

New York—State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and the Senate Democratic caucus today applauded Governor Spitzer's signing of S.4329/A.7905, a bill that is critically important to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments. The Senate Democrats wrote Governor Spitzer on July 16th, urging him to sign this legislation into law.

August 15, 2007
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SCHOOLS MUST GET TO WORK PROTECTING STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Legislature Passed Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2007; Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature

August 6, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER FOLLOWING GOVERNOR'S VETO OF WOMEN'S LIVING WAGE BILL

"I am very disappointed that Governor Spitzer has chosen to veto S3201/A3366, Senator Velmanette Montgomery's sustainable wage and non-traditional employment legislation.  It is unfortunate that the Governor failed to see the value in giving social service agencies the option of placing women in higher wage, non-traditional employment opportunities. This legislation garnered overwhelming support in both chambers because of the recognition that these types of jobs move women and their children out of poverty, and off of government benefits for good.

August 1, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON PASSAGE OF CONGESTION PRICING BILL

"Today's legislative passage of a congestion pricing bill is very good news for the City of New York. My district encompasses much of the proposed pricing zone, and the need to cut the number of vehicles on the streets is clear. Congestion is much more than just an annoyance for drivers—it has far-reaching negative consequences to New Yorkers' health and quality of life.

July 26, 2007
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City Council Announces Oversight Hearing on Condition of Infrastructure

Council Member Dan Garodnick, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Leroy Comrie announced that the City Council will hold an oversight hearing on August 7, where they will press Con Edison for answers relating to last week’s steam pipe explosion.

July 24, 2007
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City Council Announces Oversight Hearing on Condition of Infrastructure

Council Member Dan Garodnick, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Leroy Comrie announced that the City Council will hold an oversight hearing on August 7, where they will press Con Edison for answers relating to last week’s steam pipe explosion.

July 24, 2007
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KRUEGER INTRODUCES BILL BANNING STYROFOAM PRODUCTS: SENATOR CITES NEED TO DECREASE USE OF PETROLEUM-BASED PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO CLEAN UP NY WASTE STREAM

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger today announced that she has introduced (S6402), the Food Service Waste Reduction Act. The bill is designed to lead to a statewide phase-out of all polystyrene (Styrofoam) products used in the food service industry.

Polystyrene is a liquid hydrocarbon that is commercially manufactured from petroleum.

July 10, 2007
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER FOLLOWING ENERGY OUTAGES IN MANHATTAN AND THE BRONX

"Due to what I am told was a weather related cause, energy was lost by approximately 79,000 customers in Manhattan, and another 57,000 in the Bronx this afternoon. We came very close to a potential disaster, and thankfully that was avoided. However, I remain very concerned with the lack of information available to New Yorkers about what to do in the event of a heat wave or an energy black-out, including ready access to "Cooling Station" locations by Fire Departments, Police Stations, Elected Officials, and other offices or institutions that people often call for such information.

June 27, 2007
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KRUEGER: SENATOR BRUNO, DON'T FORGET TO BAN CANNED HUNTS BEFORE SESSION ENDS

Republican-Sponsored Legislation to Ban Canned Hunts Remains Stalled in Committee with 4 Session Days Left

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today pressed Majority Leader Joe Bruno to bring (S.784/A.2612) to the floor of the Senate for debate and a full vote. The legislation, which would ban canned hunts in New York, remains stalled in committee with just 4 days left in session.

June 18, 2007
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SENATORS DUANE AND KRUEGER CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON MITCHELL-LAMA & AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUYOUTS

TENANTS, COOPERATORS, AND ADVOCATES JOIN IN CALL FOR TEMPORARY STATE COMMISSION TO STEM LOSS OF HOUSING PROGRAMS FOR MODERATE- AND LOW- INCOME FAMILIES

June 15, 2007
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KRUEGER CALLS ON BRUNO TO ALLOW FULL SENATE DEBATE AND VOTE ON ENVIRONMENTAL "SUPER BILLS" BEFORE SESSION ENDS

Environmental Super Bills Have the Support of a Majority of Senators

New York—Citing support from a majority of the members of the State Senate for the environmental Super Bills, State Senator Liz Krueger today urged Republican Majority Leader Joe Bruno to stop blocking these bills from debate, and allow a full vote on the floor of the Senate. The Majority Leader has unilateral control over what legislation comes to the floor, and has allowed these environmental bills to languish in the Environmental Conservation committee -- most for numerous legislative sessions.

June 13, 2007
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SENATE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL 421-A AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM

Key Changes Would End Use of Program as Give-Away to Luxury Developers

New York—The New York State Senate Democratic Caucus announced today that they have introduced legislation (S6064) to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing in NYC.

June 12, 2007
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