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Proposition 8 Is Ruled Unconstitutional, Via the 'Narrow Route'

By Azi Paybarah

Capital New York

A federal panel voted 2-1 today to overturn a voter-approved referendum in California banning same-sex marriage in that state. The ruling was hailed by advocates and lots of New York officials.

Manhattan Borough President and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer said he was "elated" a court found "this ballot measure was an unconstitutional violations of Americans' right to marry whom they choose."

State Senator Liz Krueger said that the court found that the proposition "unconstitutionally singled out gay and lesbian Americans and denied them their civil rights."

February 7, 2012
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Sen. Liz Krueger’s Free Events List – February 2012

Sen. Krueger's free events list for February 2012 is available here.

File: 
Free Events February 2012.docx

February 3, 2012
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Sen. Liz Krueger Calls on Senate GOP to Stop Blocking Law on ‘Ghost’ Campaign Funds

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today called on the State Senate’s Republican majority to allow a floor vote on S. 420, a bill that would require the timely disposition of so-called ‘ghost’ campaign funds amassed by former candidates who no longer hold elected office and are not running for reelection. In 2011, the bill was voted down on a party-line vote in the Senate’s Elections Committee, with Republican senators Thomas O'Mara, Greg Ball, Patrick Gallivan, Michael Nozzolio, and Michael Ranzenhofer voting against the measure.

According to a NYPIRG analysis cited today on YNN’s ‘State of Politics’, there are at least 43 ‘ghost committees’ haunting New York politics with a combined total of more than $11 million in funds. These campaign committees belong to former lawmakers, some of whom are no longer even alive.

February 3, 2012
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The Blue Book: Senate Minority Staff Analysis of the 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal

The "Blue Book" is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal, prepared by the Finance Committee's minority staff.

 

File: 
Senate Finance 2012 Blue Book.pdf

February 1, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Calls for Federal Action on Food Safety and Animal Welfare as U.S. Supreme Court Overturns “Downer” Livestock Law in California

New York – Today, Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called for new federal legislation in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision yesterday overturning California’s downer livestock law.

January 25, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Statement in Support of “Trust Women Week”

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released the following public statement in support of the Silver Ribbon Campaign’s Trust Women Week, a week-long collaborative effort and ‘online mobilization’ for women’s reproductive health and reproductive rights:

“Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which acknowledged common sense – women have a right to govern themselves, their health, and their bodies.

January 24, 2012
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Budget Provision Raises Worries About Cuomo’s Reach

By John Eligon

The New York Times

The proposed provision in the state budget, which still faces debate and a vote by the Legislature, would allow the governor to move money “for the purpose of planning, developing and/or implementing the consolidation of administration, business services, procurement, information technology and/or other functions shared among agencies.” Mr. Cuomo’s office argues that without this provision, the commission’s recommendations might be held up until next year’s budget process.

January 20, 2012
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Dems: Senate GOP Bowdlerized Women's Health Resolution

By Casey Seiler

Albany Times Union 

Krueger noted that most of the Senate Republicans have already endorsed Mitt Romney for president, and suggested that the effort to squelch Stavisky’s resolution was a miniature version of assaults on reproduction rights on the federal level. “This is the beginning of their little national Planned Parenthood moment, so to speak,” she said.

January 19, 2012
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Lawmakers Weigh in on Budget Proposal

By Colby Hamilton

WNYC's The Empire 

"I think the challenge for us all will be to parse the actual details and what they mean for different parts of the state, different issues,” said Democratic Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan right after the budget speech, which she called “very strong.”

January 19, 2012
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GOP Silencing Abortion Talk

By Glenn Blain

New York Daily News

Democrats said a resolution submitted late last week by Queens Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky seeking to proclaim next week “Reproductive Rights and Justice Week” was scrubbed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' office to take out any mention of abortion, family planning and reproductive rights.

Instead, the GOP offered a re-written resolution that proclaimed it "Women's Health Week."

"They took my resolution, censored it, and gave us a sanitized version," Stavisky said at a press conference with fellow Democratic Senators Liz Krueger of Manhattan and Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers.

January 19, 2012
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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: January 2012

Senator Krueger's January Community Bulletin is available. You can download the bulletin as a PDF file from this page, or read it below:

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January 2012 Community Bulletin for Print.pdf

January 12, 2012
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Sens. Krueger and Gianaris Talk Redistricting on 'The Capitol Pressroom'

On 'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter:

One analysis of the State Senate Republican majority’s plans for an additional seat suggests that the extra representation would negate the effects of the GOP’s loss in the prison gerrymandering lawsuit. Senators Liz Krueger and Michael Gianaris explain what is happening, and why adding a 63rd seat is unlawful, starting at about 13:30.

January 11, 2012
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Common Cause Helps the Public Get Involved in Redistricting

by David Howard King

Gotham Gazette

This week a number of Assembly Democrats got a peek at what their new district lines will look like if the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment has anything to say about it. And LATFOR, with legislative leaders, has for decades had the final word on drawing district lines for the state. The process of redistricting was conducted in secret, lines were drawn to protect incumbents and maintain the senate Republicans’ majority, legislators were consulted on what would be convenient for them. The people were as far away from the process as possible.

December 21, 2011
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After Stints in Hospital, a Struggle With Bills

By NICOLE HIGGINS DeSMET

This May, when James Connolly, a slim New York City native with a slight stoop and a shock of white hair, started life anew, he took the downtown E train, carrying bags of his clothes and all the history books he could fit.

He had said goodbye to a five-story walk-up on East 50th Street that put a terrible strain on his heart, to constant worries about how he was going to pay his rent and to notices from his landlord to get out.

Mr. Connolly, 71, known as Jay, used to work in telecommunications until the Internet changed the industry overnight and left him “a dinosaur,” he said. He retired in 2001, but found occasional acting work as an extra and volunteered at the Holy Family Shelter on East 47th Street.

December 16, 2011
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Albany Tax Deal: A Start, But Far From Done

Our Town, December 15, 2011

By Liz Krueger

In another whirlwind session in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed through a new tax plan that will generate $1.5 billion in much needed additional revenue for the state. I supported the plan because that revenue will make it easier to balance the budget without devastating cuts to education, health care and social services, and because it creates a more progressive tax structure than we would have if we did nothing. But there is also plenty to be critical of, both in terms of the minimal progressive reform to our tax structure and the record-breaking 26 minutes the Legislature and public had to review the contents of the package.

December 16, 2011
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lgbtSr Interview: New York State Senator Liz Krueger

By Mark McNease

I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with New York State Senator Liz Krueger. Senator Krueger has been in the New York Senate since being elected in a Special Election in 2002. She is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of five other committees.

December 15, 2011
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The Fracking Future: Hundreds attend hearing on controversial drilling process

By Marissa Maier

“Ban Fracking Now” was the rallying cry for about a dozen downstate lawmakers before a Nov. 30 hearing on the drilling procedure, held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, though a few acknowledged the long odds in pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep the industry out of the state.

December 14, 2011
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Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger Before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings Regarding Intro 404 to Increase the Fines Levels for Illegal Hotel Violations

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 Chairperson Erik Martin Dilan and the members of the City Council Housing and Buildings Committee for providing me with the opportunity to testify today in support of Intro 404, which I believe is a critically important piece of legislation.

December 13, 2011
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Behind Rapid Deal on Taxes, Stealth Maneuvering by Cuomo

By THOMAS KAPLAN

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first notified the public that he wanted to revise New York’s income tax Sunday afternoon, with e-mail sent to the state’s newspapers, offering them an essay in which he mentioned “comprehensive reform of our tax code.”

Just two days later, the governor announced that he and legislative leaders had agreed on an overhaul of the income tax; that day, he summoned lawmakers back to Albany, and the next day, Wednesday, he invited them to a party before they had seen the measure or voted on it.

December 8, 2011
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