Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to today's front-page New York Post story on the use of Airbnb to facilitate floating brothels: "When residential housing ceases to be residential -- via online businesses, like Airbnb, turning residential apartments into illegal, unregulated hotel rooms -- all kinds of undesirable and illegal activity can be brought into a residential building. Prostitution wasn't really at the top of our minds when we passed the 2010 law helping NYC enforce against illegal short-term rentals, but in hindsight it seems kind of obvious.
After the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to designate the exterior or interior of the Rizzoli Bookstore, the store has finally been forced to close and make way for new development, resulting in the probable loss of another important cultural and historic resource on West 57th Street. DNA Info's Mathew Katz reported on a rally held by Community Board 5 outside the bookstore, which Sen. Krueger attended.
Sen. Krueger spoke Monday night on the failure of the 2014 state budget to include meaningful campaign finance reforms. A last-minute one-off matching-funds "pilot program" for one statewide office that seems designed to fail isn't a substitute for real reforms and represents a self-defeating step backward, not a compromise.
Sen. Krueger today applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Gaming Commission, and the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for their institution of a strong basic home-rule requirement for casino license applications. Sen. Krueger previously introduced legislation with Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) to guarantee basic home rule for municipalities on casino siting, as well as requiring respect for local zoning and environmental laws in the casino siting process. This legislation (S. 6433) was supported by a diverse group of newspaper editorial boards both upstate and downstate, including the Albany Times Union, New York Post, Poughkeepsie Journal, and Gloversville Leader-Herald.
In its Request for Applications (RFA) issued yesterday, the Gaming Facility Location Board committed that “[a]s a condition of filing, each applicant must illustrate to the Board's satisfaction that local support has been demonstrated,” and specifically, “local support must be demonstrated through a post-November 5, 2013 vote of the local legislative body of each Host Municipality.”
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement on a new study highlighting the dangers of "mixed martial arts" (MMA) professional fighting:
University of Toronto researchers have found evidence that almost a third of professional MMA fights result in traumatic brain injuries. This deeply disturbing statistic is reported in today's National Post of Toronto, and is backed up by troubling comparisons to other sports: traumatic brain injuries occur in MMA many times more often than in rough full-contact sports like hockey, twice as often as in football, and many times more often than in other competitive fighting systems such as boxing and kickboxing.
This needs to be a wake-up call and a mandatory time-out in the conversations about legalizing this under-researched but obviously dangerous 'sport' in New York State.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in response to the latest Daily News editorial criticizing her opposition to a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:
"Nothing in today's Daily News editorial substantively disputes or debunks any factual claim I've made. I know they're called the opinion pages for a reason, but that doesn't mean they should be totally fact-free.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to a Daily News editorial that endorsed a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:
"With respect to the Daily News editorial board, it looks like they've been hoodwinked by a tax-avoidance scam for wealthy donors to elite private schools. In fairness, they're hardly the first to be bamboozled.
"This private interest school tax-credit scam would literally refund donors more than they give to 'yet to be formed' educational charitable organizations -- basically paying the wealthy and corporations money back on their tax avoidance investments.
The "Boss Bill" would close a loophole in New York's current workplace anti-discrimination laws to ensure women are not discriminated against for their personal reproductive health choices and to protect their privacy. Krueger and Jaffee drafted it in response to the over 100 federal lawsuits by employers trying to avoid the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles.
Sen. Krueger was quoted in Michael Powell's New York Times column, which assesses the Senate's "one-house" budget.
None of this fun is remotely real. The governor and the Legislature are weeks away from a final budget. Most senators had not even seen the underlying budget documents when they voted at 3 a.m. (It’s a reliable rule of thumb that early-morning votes bear a close relationship to hallucinogenic results.) State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat, played spoilsport.
“At best, this is a shopping list with no budgetary legitimacy,” she wrote in her official statement. “More realistically, it is a classic Albany scam designed to make everyone think they should be happy, without answering any of the important questions, like ‘How will we pay for this?’ ” I called her the next day.
“There was Monopoly money available for anything and everything you could imagine,” she noted with the bemused tone of a liberal Democrat who keeps finding herself dressed in conservative sack cloth in Albany. “No one even pretends the numbers add up.”
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement Thursday evening, shortly after 8pm:
I just received a 'draft' one-house budget resolution around 5:30 pm. There are no budget bills spelling out details, and there are no actual total amounts for new spending, additions, or subtractions.
Today Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) unveiled legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578A / A. 8769). Known to advocates and legislators as the “Boss Bill,” this legislation would close a glaring loophole in New York’s existing workplace anti-discrimination laws.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos' statements today announcing his intention to block a vote on New York City's home-rule request for a local tax increase to fund universal pre-kindergarten:
"Contrary to Sen. Skelos' statements, New York City seeking permission to tax itself to pay for universal pre-K is the dictionary definition of a home rule request. It will not cost the state anything, and it will not limit the options for universal pre-K in other locations. We have to make tough decisions here in Albany all the time. This is not one of them."
Since Sen. Krueger and her colleague Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk introduced their bill to protect communities' home-rule rights and prevent casinos from being forced on towns that don't want them, mutliple editorial boards from around the state -- and representing a diverse range of viewpoints -- have weighed in, cheering the bill.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is holding a Health Insurance Enrollment Day on Thursday, February 6!
Meet one-on-one with an application counselor to determine your eligibility for Medicaid, Child Health Plus or financial subsidies. Enroll in health insurance through the online marketplace -- NewYorkStateofHealth.ny.gov
Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).