Elected officials plan this week to redouble efforts to toughen penalties on landlords who violate city heat laws, breaking the economic incentive for building owners to withhold heat and hot water from tenants.
Officials confirmed Tuesday that the measure—targeting repeat and long-time offenders—has the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, giving the chances of passage a boost.
More than 114,000 New Yorkers filed complaints with the city about a lack of heat or hot water during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Such complaints have fluctuated between about 111,000 and 128,000 in recent years.
While I am glad that Governor Paterson has recognized the severity of this situation, I am disappointed that he has decided to veto such important legislation and has instead opted for a scenario that creates an easily exploitable loophole. The fact is that this legislation was drafted in a very specific manner to ensure that we put a temporary hold on all drilling that could do irreparable harm to areas of the State of New York. The Executive Order the Governor signed gives us some delay on some types of drilling, but it still leaves the State of New York vulnerable to overzealous gas companies who wish to make up for the ban on horizontal drilling by increasing the number of vertical drills.
Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council to bring awareness to the fact that far too many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.
Senator Krueger and Public Advocate de Blasio have vowed to work together to bring more attention to this matter and ensure that the necessary steps are taken so that landlords no longer have the financial incentives to break the law.
Yesterday, just 24 hours after it was sent to the Governor for his signature, Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign the Hydrofracking Moratorium Bill previously passed by the State Senate and recently passed by the Assembly (S8129-B / A11443-B).
Dear Governor Paterson:
I am writing to urge you to sign S.8129-B / A.11443-B, legislation that will place a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale until May 15, 2011. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I support this moratorium so that we may have more time to properly vet a controversial process that has been connected to disastrous effects in other States.
Living Wills and the appointment of a person who can function as your health care proxy are important decisions we all should make related to how we wish to be treated as our life ends. These decisions are not just considerations for the frail and elderly, but choices to be made when we are alert and willing to evaluate our views on end- of- life care. Discussions with close family and friends is a good way to have opinions known, but will have greater relevance if they are also supported by a living will and a health care proxy.
(New York, NY) – On November 30, 2010, Senator Liz Krueger joined Chairman Bill Perkins and the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, as they hosted a public hearing to discuss the construction of the Second Avenue Subway. The hearing was held at 250 Broadway in New York City.
In the last year, there has been a number of important developments in transportation, education, land use and housing in the 26th District that I want to make sure you are aware of. Additionally, in this newsletter, I have included some information about upcoming community events I am hosting, as well as opportunities for you and your family to get involved. I hope you find this information helpful.
Each month Senator Liz Krueger sends out a list of free events being held in and around the district. If you would like to receive an email copy of the list each month let us know - send your name, address and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject "Free Events List."
As expected, this was a difficult election season. But thanks to the support of so many of you, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote. First, thank you and know that even if you chose not to vote for me, I will do my very best to serve every constituent of the 26th Senatorial District for the next two years.
Last week, Senator Liz Krueger hosted the first portion of a five-part discussion for caregivers and the older people in their lives. During this first session, “Planning Ahead,” presenters addressed community services and how to determine if a Senior needs home care assistance. The session included a keynote address by Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging and Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work.
The second session, to be held on Thursday, December 16th, will address “Aging in Place: Is it Right for Everyone?”
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.
The urbancanvas Design Competition is an innovative contest to develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City. The designs will be used for these different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property.
To vote for your favorite design and learn more about the urbancanvas project please visit: nyc.gov/urbancanvas.
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.
I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.
In reviewing what summer 2010 will be remembered for, I am struck by the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the hottest summer on record in New York City and a disturbing upsurge in Islamophobia throughout the US, including right here in New York City.
Early September this year brings the Jewish New Year (L’SHANA TOVA 5771 to those of you who are celebrating) and so too the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community, which is celebrated with a big feast, that happens to fall on September 11th this year. Jewish and Muslim holidays move dates every year due to solar changes.
(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform released a staff report detailing how the State’s sales tax is failing to keep pace with economic and technological trends.
The sales tax, which then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller passed in 1965 to provided added aid to municipalities and schools, is being impacted by economic, technological and political trends. These trends — examined in the report — include:
· the shift from an industrial-based economy to a service-based economy;
· rampant growth in sales tax exemptions and credits;
· uncollected sales tax revenues because of mail order and Internet sales.
This year New York State will introduce a new voting system in which voters will mark their choices on a paper ballot using a pen or ballot marking device, and will insert their marked ballot into a scanner. To ensure that voters have an opportunity to learn how to vote using a paper ballot, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will be holding demonstrations to teach voters the new voting system. Below you can find the dates & locations of demonstrations given in the 26th District, or to find out more information please visit: http://www.votethenewwayny.com/en/default.aspx
(New York, NY) On Wednesday, August 25th 2010, New York State Senator Liz Krueger, joined by State Senator Jeff Klein, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, City Council Member Brad Lander and New York Communities for Change (NYCC), held a press conference to announce legislation that is aimed at holding banks responsible for foreclosed homes in New York, while also pressing banks to avoid the foreclosure process by coming to the negotiation table early enough to modify loans. The proposed legislation emphasizes the importance of banks responsibly maintaining foreclosed homes if they cannot offer a viable mortgage modification to families in need.