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DiNapoli Seeks Law to Strip Convicted Lawmakers of Pensions

By Cara Matthews

ALBANY -- Public officials convicted of corruption would be stripped of their pension benefit under legislation introduced Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

New York has long been criticized for allowing convicted lawmakers -- even those sentenced to prison -- to collect their public pensions. But the state constitution prohibits reducing or taking away benefits from any current official or public servant.

DiNapoli's proposal would skirt the constitutional issue in that it would apply only to future members of the New York State and Local Retirement System who are state or local elected officials, officers and appointees...

January 31, 2011
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Interns and Volunteers Wanted!

Senator Liz Krueger is looking for enthusiastic, hardworking individuals who are interested in gaining hands on experience in government. Spaces within our volunteer and intern programs in the Manhattan District Office are now available.

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January 28, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger Joins Other Electeds to Discuss How Nonprofits Can Work With Government

Last Friday, the 21st, Senator Liz Krueger joined Assemblymember Deborah Glick and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer as speakers at the workshop “Working with Government: How Nonprofit Organizations Get Their Voices Heard,” an event hosted by the Arts and Business Council of New York and the Foundation Center.

At the event, the speakers offered suggestions on how to effectively target and educate local elected officials on the importance of arts programs in the community and how to then work with these elected officials to expand these programs.

 

January 27, 2011
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Senate Dems Challenge GOP’s Rule Changes

By Liz Benjamin

Over the past few years, the Senate Democrats became the unwilling poster child for Albany dysfunction – a reputation cemented during the June 2009 coup that shut down state government for an entire month.

When Republicans ousted the Democrats from power last fall, there was an expectation that things in the chamber might return to whatever passes for normal in Albany. After all, the GOP had a lot of experience being in the majority – more than four decades, to be exact – and arguably should at least be able to keep things under control.

January 27, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger Calls to Stop Regional Regulations That Threaten to Weaken State Laws Against Hydrofracking

For Immediate Release | January 26, 2011

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

 

(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) sent a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) requesting they rescind the draft Natural Gas Development Regulations, a proposed set of guidelines for natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin. While an Executive Order currently prohibits all horizontal gas drilling in the State, the actions of the DRBC have raised concerns that regional entities will undercut the strength of State laws even as New York works to set the highest environmental and safety standards.

January 26, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Free Events List, February 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

February 2011

 

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

 

Tuesday 2/1/11

 

10:00 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Movies: Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

 

12:00 PM Central Park, Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street, in front of the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse, 212-772-0210

Walking Tour: Cross Park Promenade Tour

 

File: 
February 2011 Free Events List.pdf

January 25, 2011
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Glass Ceiling Persists in New York Government

By Rachael Fauss

On Nov. 2, 2010, New Yorkers elected candidates for state government and in doing so, probably unbeknownst to themselves, they reduced the number of female state legislators. Women hold no major leadership posts in the legislature and none of the four statewide offices, although one of New York's U.S. senators -- Kirsten Gillibrand -- is a woman.

New York State gave women the right to vote in 1917 -- three years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted -- and has had many leaders for women's suffrage such as Susan B. Anthony and the organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention. Today, however, New York lags behind other states in terms of the representation of women in government, both in elected and appointed positions.

January 25, 2011
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Senator Krueger Speaks on Rules Reform

On Tuesday, January 18th, Senator Krueger held a press conference to unveil a package of rules reform for the New York Senate.

January 25, 2011
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Senate Democrats Push For Reform

By Bill Lambdin

 

ALBANY - Apart from party affiliation, there may be no more decisive factor in determining how the legislature works than its rules.

 

Those rules have been softened in the last couple of years, removing some of the absolute power formerly wielded by the Senate Majority Leader, but there is much more Democrats would like to see put into effect.

 

"Better rules in the legislature will make us more able to solve the problems that we have in the state," said Senator Daniel Squadron (D - Brooklyn/Manhattan). "Getting better rules immediately means that we can immediately start facing the terrible challenges that the state faces."

January 25, 2011
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Community Bulletin -- December 2010

Message from Liz . . .

Every year, starting around Thanksgiving going through New Year’s Day, many of us re-visit the age old questions of thinking about how things have gone during the last year. Have we accomplished our personal goals? Where are we compared to a year ago? What are we thankful for? What will be our resolutions for the New Year? And what is our shared responsibility for improving our community and the lives of others?

File: 
December 2010 CB - Print.pdf

January 20, 2011
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No Reason to Wait: Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Introduce Sweeping Bipartisan Rules Reforms

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2011

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

 

(Albany, NY) Building on their commitment to immediately adopt Mayor Koch’s reform pledge for independent redistricting, ethics and budget reform, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) Senate Democrats called on all 62 members to join them in immediately passing a sweeping rules reform resolution that would protect historic reforms passed in the Senate in 2009, and take additional proposals from both Republicans and Democrats to create a more fair, deliberative, and accountable Senate.

 

January 19, 2011
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Community Bulletin - January 2011

Message from Liz . . .

A Note About Arizona: We were all shocked and saddened by the violent rampage targeted against a Congresswoman, her staff and other bystanders earlier this month. Much that is right and wrong has already been written about who, beyond the deranged gunman, bears any level of responsibility for this tragedy. The one thing that really weighs on my mind is: why does it remain so easy for the wrong people to get guns and munitions in this country? What if the same man in the same situation only had the use of his fists?

File: 
January 2011 CB- PRINT.pdf

January 14, 2011
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Senate "Heroes of Reform" Say: Keep Your Promise, Pass the Pledge

Senate Reformers Urge New Yorkers to Join the Call for Immediate Action on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge

 53 of 62 Senators Signed Pledge Before Election; Governor Cuomo Highlighted Reform Pledge in State of State as a Priority

 

(Albany, NY) – On the first day of State Senate session, Senators designated “Heroes of Reform” by Mayor Ed Koch called on Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senate leadership today to keep their promise and pass Mayor Koch’s “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge as the Senate’s first order of business in the New Year.

January 10, 2011
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Senator Krueger Urges Young and Old to Make Life Changing New Year’s Resolution

For Immediate Release | January 4 , 2011

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

 

(New York, NY) – During the beginning of the new year, while New Yorkers vow to exercise and eat healthier, save more money and cut down on the amount of reality TV shows watched, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) is urging all New Yorkers to fill out a Health Care Proxy, a resolution that will bring comfort and clarity to end-of-life decisions.

A Health Care Proxy (or some other form of Advance Directive), enables an individual to make important decisions about his/her health care planning, particularly regarding end-of-life care.

January 5, 2011
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Listen to Senator Liz Krueger on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss moving forward with the new Senate and working with Governor Cuomo.

Listen to Senator Krueger on The Brian Lehrer Show here.

January 4, 2011
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Pols Push to Punish Heartless Landlords

BY AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Elected officials are trying to find a tougher way to punish bad landlords who don’t provide heat to their tenants.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Senator Liz Krueger from Manhattan and members of the New York City Council are bringing awareness to the fact that many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.

They vowed to take necessary steps to ensure negligent landlords are compelled by harsher penalties and increased enforcement.

 Full Article.

 

January 3, 2011
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Paterson Signs Battery Recycling Law

By David King

You know that broken iPod you’ve got sitting around? Those busted flip phones, or that laptop with the hole in the screen?(How on Earth did that get there?) Well they’ve all got batteries in ‘em and those batteries are no good for mother nature. Thanks to new legislation, signed yesterday by Gov. David Paterson and sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, electronics manufacturers will be required under state law to work with retailers to set up convenient recycling programs for those sorts of batteries. The goal is to keep those toxic batteries out of landfills.

January 3, 2011
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Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010

Austin Shafran | austinshafran@gmail.com | 917-417-3711

 

Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

“Heroes” Unveil Comprehensive Reform Legislation to Fulfill NY Uprising Campaign Pledge and Commitments to Leading Civic Orgs

Bills on Ethics, Budget, Redistricting Part of Wide-Ranging Plan to Clean Up Albany

53 of 62 Members of Incoming Senate Signed Pledge Before Election

December 20, 2010
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Governor Paterson's Veto a Blow to Fracking Opponents

NEW YORK—The governor is between a rock and a hard place—some would say, between big money and clean water.

On Saturday, Governor Paterson opened up what environmental advocacy groups are calling the “Paterson loophole” to companies wanting to expand their hydro-fracking activity. Hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking, involves pumping a solution of water, sand, and a relatively small portion of toxic chemicals (0.5 percent) into the ground to bust through shale for the prized natural gas within. Many worry about contamination of the watershed that services all of New York City.

“The legislature can be proud of themselves,” declared State Senator Liz Krueger at a gathering in front of the governor’s office at 633 Third Ave. on Monday.

December 14, 2010
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Co-Op/Condo Ombudsman Bill Making Its Way Through State Senate

By Bill Morris

Dec. 10, 2010 — Some years ago, the satirical group Chicago City Limits presented a sketch in which two tough-talking neo-Nazis forced a confession out of a frightened prisoner. The gag? He was a co-op applicant. The image of co-op boards hasn't changed much since: power-hungry prima donnas, arbitrary and capricious, who give benefits to themselves that they don't give to others.

In response to this perception, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) this past May offered up the latest version of a legislation that has been introduced regularly since 1988. Her bill, S7958, which is now before the finance committee, would create an "Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman."

December 14, 2010
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