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Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Force Action on Ethics Reform

Petition to Require Public Hearings on Outside Income Disclosure, Stripping Convicted Pols of Pensions and Independent Legislative Oversight

(Albany, NY) Ignoring the overwhelming public support for ethics reform evidenced in recent public polling, Senate Republicans continue to stall negotiations and block progress on this critical legislation even as the Legislature prepares to break for the remainder of April. To break the Albany logjam and deliver the change New Yorkers want, Senate Democrats submitted petitions to force public action on key ethics reform bills.

Answering the public’s call for action, Senate Democrats are seeking to force hearings this month on ethics legislation including:

April 13, 2011
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Statement from Senator Krueger on Frac Fluid Disclosure Bill (S.425) Failing to Move Through Environmental Conservation Committee

For Immediate Release | April 12, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

“Once again, an important bill has fallen victim to the intellectually dishonest debate that unfairly pits environmental issues against job creation. My bill (S.425), which today failed to pass through the Environmental Conservation Committee, would implement common sense measures by requiring gas companies to disclose all chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing fluids and would ban the use of any substances deemed carcinogenic. However, instead of taking critical steps to ensure basic safeguards are put in place to protect all New Yorkers, my Republican colleagues have decided to stall this bill under the false pretense that it will hurt jobs in the upstate area.

April 12, 2011
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April 11, 2011
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Small Victories Amid Painful Cuts

The following oped was published in today's Our Town.

By Liz Krueger

Even in the best of economic times, it’s never “easy” to balance the State’s budget. This year it was particularly difficult because our state government had less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. This is not a problem unique to New York: 44 states are facing a combined budget deficit of over $112 billion this year, as the nation struggles to climb its way out of the recession.

April 7, 2011
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Where Do You Stand On Indian Point Nuclear Facility?

In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, the threat of nuclear disaster at Indian Point, a nuclear facility in our own backyard, deserves critical consideration.  In 2013 Indian Point will undergo review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will determine whether or not their operating license will be renewed, a critical moment in which the plant will either remain open or be closed.

Located just 25 miles north of New York City, Indian Point rests above the convergence of two fault lines. Alarmingly, a recent US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report revealed that Indian Point’s reactor 3 has the highest risk of earthquake damage of the 104 active nuclear plants.

April 4, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger on SFY 2011-2012 Budget

For Immediate Release | April 1, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

"This year, as we continue to face a struggling economy, both locally and nationally, there was no easy way to balance our State’s budget. Our State government has less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. New York is not alone; 44 States are facing combined budget deficits of over $112 Billion this year. As legislators, we knew that painful cuts would have to be made to vital programs, and the only fair scenario was one in which the sacrifices were shared by all. But when the language and details of this year’s budget were finally revealed, just hours before votes were cast, it became clear that this budget was anything but fair.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Closing Remarks on First Round of Budget Bills

Last night, Tuesday, March 29th, the State Senate took up the first two budget bills, which dealt with economic development, transportation and the consolidation of State agencies.

March 30, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Free Events List : April 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

Please note: This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events.

Friday 4/1/11

11:00 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Bridge

2:00 PM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Ballroom Dancing

Saturday 4/2/11

10:15 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 404 East 87th St, 212-980-1700

Seminar: Bone Weakness

File: 
April 2011 Free Events List.pdf

March 28, 2011
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Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger Joins Capital Tonight to Discuss Budget Deal & Rent Regulation

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.

March 28, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger Calling on Closure of Indian Point

For Immediate Release | March 24, 2011

Contact: Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

"In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, we must heed the warning of these catastrophic events and close the Indian Point nuclear facility. While I applaud the quick and decisive action taken by Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy to address concerns over Indian Point with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), I’m afraid that any action short of closing this facility is simply not enough.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Krueger and Senate and Assembly Democrats Join with Housing Advocates to Call for Saving and Strengthening of Rent Regulations in the State Budget

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2011

Contact: Katie Kincaid - kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined Senate and Assembly Democrats and housing advocates to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to include tenant protections in this year’s State Budget.

March 23, 2011
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Democrats Press Cuomo on Rent Regulations

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

A coalition comprising nearly every Democratic state lawmaker from New York City urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a letter, posted below, on Wednesday to press for extending and tightening the state’s rent regulation laws as part of the budget deal he is negotiating with the Legislature.

“If the state does not act, millions of working- and middle-class New Yorkers will be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” warned the lawmakers, about 90 of whom signed the letter to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. “We ask that you act boldly on tenants’ behalf by requiring these reforms to be a part of any budget agreement.”

March 21, 2011
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Carl Kruger’s “Polar Opposite,” Liz Krueger Takes On A New Role And New Challenges

By Jon Lentz - City Hall News

Advocates, good government groups and even Planned Parenthood are cheering Liz Krueger’s replacement of Carl Kruger as ranking member on the Finance Committee, despite a widely held belief that her impact on the budget will be slight at best.

“Senator Krueger has shown herself to be open to new ideas, innovation and reform,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. “I think that the Finance Committee is a place that could use more innovation and an open, creative attitude.”

Sean Barry of VOCAL-NY said that despite having similar names, Krueger is “the polar opposite” of Kruger.

March 16, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger on Out-of-Balance GOP Budget Resolution

For Immediate Release | March 15, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

 

“My greatest concern is that this resolution will put us an additional billion dollars in debt. The numbers simply do not add up and we cannot rely on a wink and a prayer that this will all work out. Senate Republicans have added a billion dollars in additional expenditures to the Governor's budget without bringing any significant additional revenue to the table nor including enough alternative cuts.

March 15, 2011
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