Fortuna Calvo-Roth Honored as New York State Senate 2014 Woman of Distinction

Fortuna Calvo-Roth was a pioneer in the field of journalism, who went on to have a broadranging career in academia, the performing arts and business. Born in Paris to Turkish-born Sephardic Jewish parents and raised in Peru, she moved to the United States in 1952 to study journalism at the University of Missouri. 

May 13, 2014

Statement on Comptroller's Industrial Development Agencies Report

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's report on industrial development agencies (IDAs) earlier today.

May 12, 2014

Statement on Judge Connolly's Decision in Airbnb Subpoena Litigation

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement on Acting Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly's decision in the litigation between the Attorney General and Airbnb:

"Today's decision gives Airbnb a little time, but it looks like that's all it gives them. Judge Connolly ruled for the Attorney General on every substantive point, save a technical issue with the breadth of the subpoena. I'm no lawyer, but this looks like the definition of a pyrrhic victory for Airbnb."

May 12, 2014

Senator Krueger, Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes Hold Public Forum on NYS Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act

Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) today held a public forum at the state Capitol on their Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA; S. 6005 / A. 8341) and the need for marijuana law reform in New York State. The forum was held in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building, and featured testimony from advocates and policy experts representing community, law enforcement, and health policy perspectives.

April 28, 2014

Next City Q&A: New York Senator Liz Krueger, Airbnb’s Doubter-in-Chief

Last week, Sen. Krueger spoke with Next City's Nancy Scola for an in-depth interview on Airbnb, New York's short-term rental laws, and the fight to protect residential housing. Read the full interview at Next City.

April 21, 2014

Sen. Krueger's Statement on the Use of Airbnb for Floating Brothels

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.

April 14, 2014

DNA Info: Locals Demand Protections for 57th Street on Rizzoli Bookstore's Last Day

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.

April 11, 2014

Sen. Krueger's Community Bulletin: April 2014

Sen. Krueger's Community Bulletin for April is available here! You can view or download it as a PDF from this page.

Community Bulletin - April 2014

April 8, 2014

Sen. Krueger on Failure to Pass Real Campaign Finance Reform in 2014 Budget

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.

April 2, 2014

Sen. Krueger Applauds Strong Basic Home Rule Requirement in Gaming Board's Request for Casino Applications

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.”

April 1, 2014

Statement on New Study of "Mixed Martial Arts"

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.

March 27, 2014

Statement on Today's Daily News Editorial

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.

March 26, 2014

Statement on Education Tax-Credit Scam Endorsed in Daily News Editorial

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.

March 24, 2014

Ms. Magazine: New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions

Ms. Magazine writes of Sen. Krueger's "Boss Bill":

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.

March 18, 2014

The New York Times: "Playing a Game of Legislative Fantasy"

Sen. Krueger was quoted in Michael Powell's New York Times column, which assesses the Senate's "one-house" budget.

Powell writes:

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.”

March 18, 2014

Senior Roundtable Breakfast: "Ageism & Advocacy"

The final session in Senator Krueger's 2013-2014 Roundtable Series for Boomers and Seniors will feature a discussion on "Ageism & Advocacy."

March 20, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Sen. Krueger's Statement on the Majority Coalition One-House Budget Resolution

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.

March 13, 2014

Sen. Krueger's Community Bulletin: March 2014

Sen. Krueger's Community Bulletin for March is available here! You can view or download it as a PDF from this page.

Community Bulletin - March 2014

March 11, 2014

Sen. Krueger, Assemblywoman Jaffee, Advocates Announce Legislation to Prevent Employer Discrimination Against Women for Reproductive Health Decisions

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.

March 5, 2014

The Blue Book: Senate Minority Staff Analysis of the 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal

The "Blue Book" is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal, prepared by the Finance Committee's minority staff.

Senate Finance Minority Blue Book - 2014

February 11, 2014