Liz Krueger's Reports

Healthcare Update Newsletter: Effects of Healthcare Reform Legislation

I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.

Please see attached newsletter.

File: 
Healthcare Mailer 9.2010.pdf

September 21, 2010
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September 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

Already post-Labor Day–wow!

In reviewing what summer 2010 will be remembered for, I am struck by the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the hottest summer on record in New York City and a disturbing upsurge in Islamophobia throughout the US, including right here in New York City.

Early September this year brings the Jewish New Year (L’SHANA TOVA 5771 to those of you who are celebrating) and so too the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community, which is celebrated with a big feast, that happens to fall on September 11th this year. Jewish and Muslim holidays move dates every year due to solar changes.

File: 
Sept 2010 CB- PRINT.pdf

September 21, 2010
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Select Committee Releases Report on NYS's Sales Tax

(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform released a staff report detailing how the State’s sales tax is failing to keep pace with economic and technological trends.

The sales tax, which then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller passed in 1965 to provided added aid to municipalities and schools, is being impacted by economic, technological and political trends. These trends — examined in the report — include:

· the shift from an industrial-based economy to a service-based economy;

· rampant growth in sales tax exemptions and credits;

· uncollected sales tax revenues because of mail order and Internet sales.

File: 
SalesTax Report

September 2, 2010
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August 2010 Community Bulletin

WHAT’S INSIDE

MESSAGE FROM LIZ

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

- New Voting Machines for Fall 2010 Election

- Mammogram Van Coming to the Upper East Side

- New Incentives for Business Owners to Hire the Unemployed

- Help Identify Locations for Trees

- Summer Streets 2010

- National Immunization Awareness Month

- Affordable Housing Opportunities in Manhattan

- How To Make Your Home More Efficient: Energy Efficiency Tip Sheet

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

- Hydrofracking

- Banning Bisphenol-A in Baby Bottles

- Reproductive Choice

 

Message from Liz . . .

File: 
August 2010 CB- PRINT.pdf

August 11, 2010
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July 2010 Community Bulletin

What's Inside:

MESSAGE FROM LIZ

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

- New Voting Machines for Fall 2010 Election

- Wanted: Election Day Inspectors and Interpreters

- Cooling Assistance for People with Heat-Related Medical Issues

- Rebates on New Energy Star Air Conditioners

- Free Legal Advice on Immigration Issues

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

- Illegal Hotels

- Bicycles and Pedestrian Safety

Message from Liz . . .

File: 
July 2010 CB- PRINT. FINAL.pdf

August 11, 2010
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June 2010 Community Bulletin

What's Inside

MESSAGE FROM LIZ

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

- East Side DHCR Day

- Fighting Reductions to Bus Service in East Midtown

- Construction Begins on P.S. 59

- Tenant Education Seminar on Roommates

- Free Career Workshops for Women

- Share Your Skills and Get Help from Others with TimeBanksNYC

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

- Charter Schools

- Questions Hour

Message from Liz . . .

File: 
June 2010 CB - Print.pdf

August 11, 2010
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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

This summer New York has experienced record-breaking heat, which has lead New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where there are cooler temperatures. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:

Use Energy Star Products

Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.

Cooling

File: 
Energy Saving Tips-2.pdf

August 5, 2010
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Free Events List: July 2010

See attached PDF document.

File: 
July 2010 Free Events.pdf

July 2, 2010
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Making 3-1-1 Work For YOU!

“311” is a free service available via phone (3-1-1) and the internet (www.nyc.gov/apps/311/) that offers access to government services. Through 3-1-1 you can obtain information, report a problem and request services. To best utilize these services and ensure your requests and/or concerns are addressed, Senator Krueger has outlined, belwo and in the attached report, the best course of action to get the results you need.

Before You Call 3-1-1:

File: 
311 Tip Sheet Final[1].pdf

May 21, 2010
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Select Committee Releases Report on Changing New York's Fiscal Year

SENATOR KRUEGER UNVEILS REFORM PACKAGE TO COUNTERBALANCE NEW YORK’S STRUCTURAL BUDGET DEFICIT 

Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform report identifies June 1 as a superior fiscal year start date for New York State

(Albany, NY) Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released today a comprehensive package of legislation designed to install into New York State’s budget process the discipline and forward thinking that have long been absent from its fiscal planning process.

File: 
Fiscal Year White Paper

April 7, 2010
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Save Our Senior Centers - Sign Up

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge Governor Paterson to act now to restore the $25 million yearly support in Title XX funding for our Senior Centers in the New York State budget.

March 22, 2010
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Select Committee Releases 2009 Annual Report

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform has released a 2009 Annual Report, which highlights the activities of the committee during its first year of operation.

By the beginning of 2009, it became evident that New York tax policy needed a thorough review.  The ad hoc changes to the state’s revenue system have created a tax structure that is not linked to current policy goals. The tax system is riddled with loopholes and tax expenditures that need to be re-evaluated to determine whether they serve a public purpose.

File: 
2009 Anual Report

March 19, 2010
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February 1, 2010
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