Senator Liz Krueger is the new ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. She joined Liz Benjamin to discuss the progress being made toward reaching a budget deal – possibly ahead of schedule and how rent control could cause Democrats to vote against any budget, if the issue is not included.
The latest push for reform in Albany dates back to 2004 when the Brennan Center released a report deeming New York’s legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation. Since then, there have been countless calls for change – from ethics reform, to redistricting reform, to campaign finance reform. Friday, Democratic State Senator Liz Krueger weighed in, calling for the elimination of stipends known as lulus, bonuses state lawmakers get for chairing committees and leadership posts.
On Monday, Senator Krueger joined her colleagues in the Democratic Conference in urging the Republican Majority to keep their promise and take action on comprehensive ethics, campaign finance and independent redistricting reform. In doing so, Senator Krueger called specific attention to her legislation (S.3053 / Krueger) that would set specific requirements for reporting lobbyist donations and for the ways in which campaign funds can be used.
Over the past few years, the Senate Democrats became the unwilling poster child for Albany dysfunction – a reputation cemented during the June 2009 coup that shut down state government for an entire month.
When Republicans ousted the Democrats from power last fall, there was an expectation that things in the chamber might return to whatever passes for normal in Albany. After all, the GOP had a lot of experience being in the majority – more than four decades, to be exact – and arguably should at least be able to keep things under control.
This October Senator Liz Krueger hosted her Fourth Annual Senior Resource Fair. The fair is a free event that brings together seniors from across the city with representatives from a variety of government and non-profit agencies specializing in everything from health services to housing assistance to at-home care. Joining with Senator Krueger and New York City residents were Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and representatives from the Office of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
In an effort to bring together different stakeholders in our State’s educational system, Senator Liz Krueger hosted an Education Forum to explore how we can improve upon our educational system, with a particular focus on the role of teachers and testing. This was also an opportunity for the State to come to the district and discuss how an economic downturn is an opportunity to plan for the future of education in New York State. Dr. David Steiner, New York State’s Commissioner of Education, delivered a keynote address entitled “What is an Educated Citizen” and a panel included Clara Hemphill and Dr. Stephan F. Brumberg.
On June 9, 2010, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public roundtable in Albany to examine ways to enhance New York State's fiscal stability of the sales tax through a more rational and streamlined sales tax system.