Liz Krueger's Testimony

Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: June 2011

Message from Liz . . .

As the end of session approaches, movement toward resolution on key issues facing our state remains excruciatingly slow. Last month I talked about two of those issues – rent law renewal and marriage equality – and I will devote this message to yet another outstanding issue - ethics reform. Since the beginning of session, Governor Cuomo has been trumpeting this issue, and as more of my colleagues - and former colleagues - are indicted, convicted or sentenced, the need for stronger laws only grows clearer.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Krueger Joins Other Electeds in Letter to Chancellor Walcott Regarding Overcrowding at East Side Middle School

Dear Chancellor Walcott:

We are writing regarding the future enrollment at East Side Middle School. Parents and staff at the school have expressed their concerns that the DOE’s apparent plans will lead to significant overcrowding at the school and a loss of many of the features that have made East Side Middle School a success over the years.

May 16, 2011
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Testimony Before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regarding the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale on November 10, 2009

My name is Kyle Sklerov and I am testifying on behalf of State Senator Liz Krueger who represents the 26th Senate District, which includes the East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan. 

I want to thank you for providing me with this opportunity to testify on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) on Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale.  While I understand the desire of the State and the DEC to finalize these regulations and start drilling as soon as possible, I have serious concerns about a number of the possible consequences if these regulations are allowed to move forward without any changes.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Regarding the 2010 Housing Credit Qualified Allocation Plan on November 2, 2009

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th Senate District, which includes the East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan. 

I want to thank you for providing me with this opportunity to testify on the Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s (DHCR) proposed changes to the federal Low-Income Housing Credit Program Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and the New York State Low-Income Housing Credit Program.  While I fully support the majority of changes in this year’s QAP, particularly the clarification of the Green and Energy Efficiency criteria and the addition of greater threshold requirements to the Green Building component, I have serious concerns about the proposed changes to the allocation of points for long-term affordability.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Transportation Regarding Intro 624 on the Use of Bicycles for Commercial Purposes on October 8, 2009

My name is Liz Krueger and I am the State Senator representing New York’s 26th Senate district, which includes the East Side and Midtown neighborhoods of Manhattan.  I am here to express my strong support for Intro 624 by Councilmember Jessica Lappin which works to increase necessary safety protections for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning on the MoMA/Hines West Fifty-Third Realty, LLC Applications for Special Permits at 53 West 53rd Street on October 6, 2009

My name is Liz Krueger and I am the State Senator representing the 26th State Senate District, which includes the MoMA/Hines West Fifth-Third Realty property located at 53 West 53rd Street.  I appreciate this opportunity to comment on the applications for the special permits for the property, a project known as Tower Verre, planned as a mixed use building.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Planning Commission on the MoMA/Hines West Fifty-Third Realty, LLC Application for Special Permits at 53 West 53rd Street on July 22 , 2009

My name is Liz Krueger and I am the State Senator representing the 26th State Senate District, which includes the MoMA/Hines West Fifth-Third Realty property located at 53 West 53rd Street.  I appreciate this opportunity to comment on the proposal for the property, a project known as Tower Verre, planned as an 85-story mixed use building.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before The New York City Rent Guidelines Board Regarding Proposed Rent Increases On June 17, 2009

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26 th Senate District, which includes the Upper East Side, East Midtown and some western Midtown areas of Manhattan. I want to thank you for providing me with this opportunity to testify on the range of proposed rent increases for rent stabilized tenants: anywhere from 2 to 4.5% for oneyear leases (or adjustments of $20 $45 for apartments which have rented more than six years if that is larger than the guideline) and 4 to 7.5% for two year leases (or adjustments $40 $75 if that is higher than the guideline). Even if the rent increases ultimately approved end up being at the low end of the proposed ranges, I have

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Regarding the Proposal to Increase Fares and Decrease Service on January 23, 2009

My name is Liz Krueger and I am the State Senator representing New York’s 26th Senate district, which covers the East Side of Manhattan and Midtown.  I am here to express my opposition to Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposal to implement drastic fare increase and service decreases service to close the $1.5 Billion gap in its 2009-2010 operating budget. 

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the Industrial Development Agency Regarding Additional Tax Free Financing for Stadiums for the New York Yankess and New York Mets on January 15 , 2009

 

I am State Senator Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th Senatorial District, which includes Midtown and the East Side of Manhattan.  I want to thank the IDA for allowing me the opportunity to make a statement regarding concerns that I have with the proposal for additional financing for sports stadiums for the New York Yankees and New York Mets.  I am concerned that particularly in this period of economic hardship and fiscal crisis, the impacts of this financing proposal will cost all levels of government substantial revenue, without providing commensurate benefits in the form of job creation and economic development.

 

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the Department of City Planning Regarding the Environmental Impact Statement Draft Scope of Work for the 53 West 53rd Street Project on November 18, 2008

Good afternoon.  My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th State Senate District, which includes the Midtown, East Midtown, and Upper East Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.  I appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Draft Scope of Analyses for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will study the impacts of the proposed development of the MoMA/Hines Tower Verre Project at 53 West 53rd Street (“Tower Verre”).  I regret that, because the State Senate has been called back into Extraordinary Session by Governor Paterson, I am unable to appear today in person. 

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Council Education & Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses Committees on the Issue of School Overcrowding on October 3, 2008

My name is Liz Krueger and I am the Senator representing the 26th State Senate District, which includes Midtown, Murray Hill and the Yorkville, Carnegie Hill and Lenox Hill neighborhoods of the Upper East Side all of which comprise District 2 of the Community Education Council.  Thank you Chairs Jackson and Lappin, and members of the committees, for the opportunity to present testimony on the very serious issue of overcrowding in New York City public schools and how it is affecting families, and in particular, students in CEC District 2 (my district) where schools are at 129% of capacity.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before The New York State Toxic Mold Task Force On September 23, 2008

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th Senate District, which includes the East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan. I want to thank you for providing me this opportunity to testify on mold and for your work to prepare recommendations of the New York State Toxic Mold Task Force for its report to the Legislature.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the Army Corps of Engineers Regarding the Proposed East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station on September 16 , 2008

            My name is Liz Krueger, and I represent the 26th State Senate district, which includes Manhattan's Midtown and East Side.  I would like to thank the Army Corps of Engineers for hosting this public hearing on the proposed 91st Street marine transfer station (MTS).

            I am here this evening to address a number of serious concerns I have about New York City's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), and express my strong opposition to the proposed construction and operation of a MTS at 91st Street as part of this plan.

July 15, 2010
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Testimoney Before The New York State Division Of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) Regarding Proposed Changes Of The Rent Stabilization Code And Emergency Tenant Protection Regulations On Demolition On August 12, 2008

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th Senate District, which includes the East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan. I serve as the Ranking Member of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development. I want to thank you for providing me with this opportunity to testify on the proposed amendment changes in the Rent Stabilization Code (RSC), the New York City Rent and Eviction Regulations and the Emergency Tenant Protection Regulations (TPR) on demolition regulation changes. I urge the Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) to seriously reconsider and reject many of these proposed amendment changes.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Rent Guidelines Board Regarding Proposed Rent Increases on June 16 , 2008

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th Senate District, which includes the Upper East Side, East Midtown and Midtown areas of Manhattan.  I want to thank you for providing me with this opportunity to testify on the range of proposed rent increases for rent stabilized tenants- anywhere from 3.5 to 7.0% for one-year leases and 5.5 to 9.5% for two year leases.  Even if the rent increases ultimately approved are at the low end of the proposed ranges, I have many serious concerns about what this decision would mean for the more than one million low, moderate and middle-income rent stabilized residents of New York City who are already facing a crisis of affordability and tremendous cost of living increases. 

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding Special Permit Applications to Transfer Development Rights From the University Club and St. Thomas Church to the Proposed Tower Verre on April 8, 2008

             Good afternoon. My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th State Senate District, which includes the Midtown, East Midtown, and Upper East Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Council on the East River Realty Corporation’s Application to Rezone the First Avenue Properties and Manhattan Community Board 6’s Proposed 197a Plan on February 25, 2008

            My name is Liz Krueger and I am the State Senator representing the 26th State Senate District, which includes the proposed rezoning area.  I appreciate this opportunity to comment on the East River Realty Corporation’s (ERRC) proposal to redevelop the First Avenue Properties, commonly known as the “former Con Edison sites.”  I regret that, because the State Senate is in session today in Albany, I am unable to appear in person. 

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before the New York City Planning Commission on the East River Realty Corporation’s Application to Rezone the First Avenue Properties on December 5, 2007

My name is Liz Krueger and I am the State Senator representing the 26th State Senate District, which includes the proposed rezoning area.  I appreciate this opportunity to comment on the East River Realty Corporation’s (ERRC) proposal to redevelop the First Avenue Properties, commonly known as the “former Con Edison sites.” 

July 15, 2010
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Testimony Before The New York CIty Council's Housing & Buildings Committee Regarding Intro 534 & Illegal Hotels On December 3, 2007.

My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 26th Senate District, which includes the  East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan. I also serve as the Ranking member of the NYS Senate's Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development.  I want to thank Chairperson Dilan and the members of the Housing and Buildings committee for providing me with the opportunity to testify on this critical piece of legislation, Intro 534, which significantly increases the fines for illegal conversions of permanent residential buildings to illegal transient hotels.

July 15, 2010
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