Wednesday, Sen. Krueger joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, other colleagues, and a broad group of advocates for women's rights to call for the introduction of legislation and an open vote on the Governor's women's equality agenda, including reproductive rights and workplace fairness legislation. From the Albany Times Union:
Though several pro-life groups have expressed disdain for Cuomo's decision to yoke the rest of the agenda items to the more controversial reproduction rights provisions, Sen. Liz Krueger expressed the hope of the vast majority in the room was for an omnibus bill. "You need that full package," she said.
See the full article at the Times Union, or read on to watch video of the press conference.
State legislators, New York City Council members, and leaders of prominent organizations advocating for women’s equality and health gathered today to demand an open floor vote in the State Senate on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act, whose introduction is expected this legislative session.
Governor Cuomo has proposed a comprehensive Women’s Equality Act, bringing together a number of key measures that have failed to move in Albany in the past, including protecting women's reproductive choice, achieving pay equity, stopping sexual harassment, and ending family status, source-of-income, and pregnancy discrimination.
This is a comprehensive and compelling agenda, but it needs your support. Anti-choice advocates have mobilized in opposition to the reproductive health provisions of the governor’s proposal, and many other aspects of the proposal have long been obstructed by the business lobby.
Please sign up to support the Women's Equality Act agenda.Your support is vital to passing this long-overdue legislation and advancing the cause of equality in New York State.
Join us for a forum on what the new federal health care law means for New Yorkers. Starting January 1, 2014, New York will run a health plan marketplace, called New York State of Health. Individuals, families, and small business owners will be able to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans through the marketplace. This system will bring a tremendous number of uninsured New Yorkers onto the insurance rolls.
Find out if you're eligible, how and when to apply, what benefits and plan options are available, details on financial aid to help pay qualified New Yorkers' insurance premiums, and details on tax credits for small businesses. Counselors will be on site to make an appointment to help you enroll.
Sen. Krueger today announced the enactment of her legislation recognizing and establishing a certification for “clinical nurse specialists” in New York State. The new law was sponsored by Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca), and signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo late last Friday.
I know how confusing healthcare and insurance issues can be, and with reforms from the federal government’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) rolling out, things may be even more complicated as we “kick the tires” on this new system. I recently circulated a newsletter (also linked below), to provide an overview of ACA benefits including New York’s new Health Plan Marketplace and answers to some of the main questions my office has received.
In addition, I held a community forum in October with over 200 attendees to discuss New York’s Health Plan Marketplace. You can find links to the presentations our three speakers gave at the bottom of this page.
Posted by Liz Krueger on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Joined by a broad spectrum of drug law reform advocates and fellow elected officials, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced that she will be introducing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) today. The legislation would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana under state law along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol, and would represent a new approach for New York State after decades of costly, counterproductive policies that have produced racially discriminatory outcomes.
“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” said Sen. Krueger. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars. Worst of all, this system has resulted in a civil rights disaster: African Americans are dramatically more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite similar rates of marijuana use among both groups.”
New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman is investigating insurer Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield after complaints from customers who paid for the company’s plans on the state's health exchange, but never received proof they enrolled.
State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat, said she alerted the attorney general’s office to a potential systemic problem with Empire’s plans after fielding complaints from her constituents and attempting to resolve them through direct talks with the company. “We realized that this had to be much bigger than the individual complaints we were getting,” Krueger said. “Nobody was answering the phones at Blue Cross/Blue Shield,” she said.