New York - Today, Senator Krueger submitted written testimony to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation during their public comment period regarding the renewal of permits for construction and operation of the 91st St. Marine Transfer Station.
My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 28th Senate District, which includes the East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan. I want to thank Chairman Jumaane Williams and the members of the City Council Housing and Buildings Committee for providing me with the opportunity to testify today.
Sens. Krueger and Rivera wrote to the Department of Financial Services regarding the recent requests from insurers participating in New York's healthcare marketplace to dramatically raise their premiums.
Sen. Krueger and a large group of East Side and Manhattan elected officials sent this reply letter to the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the city Dept. of Sanitation, reiterating their concerns that the planned 91st Street Marine Transfer Station's design is deeply flawed in light of the new post-Sandy floodplain maps and its siting on the East River, and demanding a public hearing on the station's permit renewal in light of the facility's design changes and the changes in likely local flooding conditions.
Sen. Krueger and her fellow East Side elected officials sent the following letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, urging a re-evaluation of permits for the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station (MTS) in light of serious material changes in local conditions, inlucidng the new, post-Sandy flooding realities at the MTS site.
Sen. Krueger and her colleague Sen. Brad Hoylman submitted the following joint letter to the City Council for its hearing on Mayor Bloomberg's East Midtown rezoning proposal. They argued that the plan in its current form is the flawed result of a rushed process, and that it would need dramatic, major changes in order to accomplish its stated goal of ensuring East Midtown's future as a premier commercial hub.
On August 7, Sen. Krueger testified before the City Planning Commission, registering her concerns regarding the Mayor’s proposed rezoning of 73 blocks of East Midtown. In Sen. Krueger's view, Mayor Bloomberg's overly-rushed plan fails to properly address major concerns and doesn’t achieve its own goal stated goal – securing East Midtown’s future as a premier business district.
Sen. Krueger submitted the following testimony for the state Division of Homes & Community Renewal (DHCR) hearing on proposed changes to the rules governing rent regulation. The proposed changes largely represent a major step forward for protecting tenants -- read Sen. Krueger's full testimony below to learn how.
Sen. Krueger submitted the following testimony for the Multi-Board Task Force's Hearing on the mayor's East Midtown rezoning proposal. The plan would upzone 73 blocks of East Midtown around the Grand Central area, and has the potential to dramatically change the character of East Midtown.
Sen. Krueger sent the following letter to CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht, regarding a segment promoting and inaccurately characterizing the "AirBnB" online service. AirBnB and similar websites enable the illegal hotel industry, which puts tourists and neighborhood residents alike at risk, and removes affordable apartments from a housing market that is already stretched too thin.
Sen. Krueger sent the following letter to Mayor Bloomberg regarding the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station and how new, post-Sandy riverfront flooding concerns could impact planning around the MTS.
The new concerns raised by Sandy and increasing frequency of extreme weather and flooding make it a necessity for stakeholders on every side of the MTS debate to reevaluate plans for this facility, given the MTS site's location on the East River waterfront. Sen. Krueger has consistently opposed the mayor's plan to create this new waste transfer facility in the middle of a densely populated residential neighborhood, but in the wake of the "superstorm," officials and planners on all sides of this debate should reevaluate plans to take into account the new flooding concerns.
Sen. Krueger sent the following letter to the New York City Department of Finance, which recently gave a presentation for the community on tax assessments for real estate in the Upper East Side affected by the 2nd Avenue Subway project. The letter asks a detailed series of questions about the assessment process, in an attempt to investigate possible solutions to the inappropriate assessments faced by residents affected by the project.
Sen. Krueger offered this testimony at the New York City Council's oversight hearing regarding election-day problems in the 2012 general elections and needed reforms to improve election administration and protect New Yorkers' right to vote without hindrance.
Sen. Krueger and her fellow co-chairs of the NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus submitted the following letter to federal agencies considering changes to the exemption rules and religious accomodations for the contraceptive coverage requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, affirming the Caucus' position that contraceptive and reproductive healthcare coverage must remain available and accessible for all.
Sen. Krueger submitted the following testimony to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board, arguing that the process that led to this year's proposed increases is in need of reform, and arguing further that this year's proposed guidelines should be significantly lower.
Sen. Krueger wrote to the SUNY Charter School Institute regarding the Success Charter Network's application to co-locate two charter schools in District 2's already crowded facilities. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute is currently considering the charter school network's application.