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Albany Update

June 17, 2009

Dear Friend,

The last two weeks in Albany have taught me that no matter how dysfunctional I thought this place was, it really was possible for it to get worse.  I assure you that I share your frustration over the current power struggle and the failure of the Democratic majority to act on important issues that matter to the daily lives of New Yorkers.  While things are still in flux, I wanted to give you my perspective on what happened and what it all means.

June 17, 2009
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New York State Senate Honors Betty Cooper Wallerstein at Women of Distinction Ceremony

(Albany, NY)—On Tuesday, June 2nd, the New York State Senate honored "Women of Distinction" from across New York State.  Nominated by Senator Liz Krueger, the Upper East Side's Betty Cooper Wallerstein was one of the women honored."I have had the privilege and honor of working with Betty on numerous issues and without a doubt her hard work and dedication have  made the East Side a better place to live for all," said Senator Liz Krueger.  "Her many years volunteering to improve the lives of her neighbors truly make her a Woman of Distinction."

June 5, 2009
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Ethics Reform Public Hearing in New York City

The Ethics Committee held a public hearing in New York City on Friday, May 29th. Senator Liz Krueger encouraged the public to use the new Senate website as a way to provide feedback and comments on legislation and said transparency is "critical" to fostering ethical behavior. For more information on these hearings and learn how to give feedback on this legislation, read the post on the NYSenate Blog here.

June 1, 2009
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Senator Krueger Discusses Passage of Historic RehabilitationTax Credit Bill

Senator Liz Krueger talked about the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit bill, which will support economic growth and create jobs across the state and was passed uanimously by the Senate. She called the bill a "win-win" for the people of New York.

For more information, read the blog post here.

May 29, 2009
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Senate Ethics Committee Launches Statewide Hearings on Ethics Reform Proposals Expands EPIC Eligibility

(New York, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. Four bills will be discussed during the hearings, two sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and two sponsored by Senator Daniel Squadron.

The bills are:

May 28, 2009
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Senate Ethics Committee Launches Statewide Hearings on Ethics Reform Proposals

(New York, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. Four bills will be discussed during the hearings, two sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and two sponsored by Senator Daniel Squadron.The bills are:

May 28, 2009
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Senate Expands EPIC Eligibility

More New York Seniors Now Qualify for this Prescription Drug Program

(Albany, NY)—Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced that the New York State Senate passed S.1839 this week.  Senator Krueger co-sponsored this legislation which expands the income eligibility of the EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) program. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Assembly.

May 28, 2009
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Select Committee video (part 2) of May 21 public hjearing on business and banking tax reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform hears testimony at a New York City public hearing, where experts evaluated the fairness of the state's business and banking taxes and their effectivess at fostering job growth. Part two of two.

May 27, 2009
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Select Committee video (part 1) of May 21 public hearing on business and banking tax reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform hears testimony at a New York City public hearing, where experts evaluated the fairness of the state's business and banking taxes and their effectivess at fostering job growth. Part one of two.

May 27, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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Testimony from May 21 public hearing on business and banking tax reform

On May 21, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in New York City to evaluate the equitability of New York State's business and banking tax structures and their effectiveness to foster economic growth statewide. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from 10 experts and collected written testimony from several other interested parties.

Below are links for the testimony that was submitted to the Select Committee. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing the key findings and conclusions from the testimony.

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Transcript of May 21, 2009 public hearing

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Testimony from James Parrot of the Fiscal Policy Institute

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Testimony from Peter Faber of The Partnership for New York City

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Testimony from Michael Smith of the New York Bankers Association

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Testimony from Matthew Gardner of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

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Testimony from Angela Miele of the Motion Picture Association of America

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Testimony from Nancy Lancia of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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Handout from Nancy Lancia of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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Testimony from the Clearing House Association

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Testimony fron John Huddleston of the Multi State Commission

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Testimony from Nathan Newman of the Progressive States Network

May 22, 2009
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Protesters decry proliferating illegal hotels: Elected officials, housing advocates and labor reps will rally Thursday evening in Hell’s Kitchen

By Lisa Fickenscher

The number of illegal hotels in the city has grown 20% over the past 12 months and a group of elected officials, housing advocates and labor representatives plan to protest the proliferation Thursday at a rally.

The 280 illegal hotels in New York City are not only depleting the supply of affordable housing units, they are siphoning away business from legitimate hotels, said Jackie Del Valle, director of organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators, a nonprofit that represents low-income tenants.

May 21, 2009
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Dueling gay marriage rallies draw thousands

By Duncan Osborne and Paul Schindler

In an event that generously mixed politics and religion, thousands of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples rallied outside of the East Side office of Governor David Paterson on Sun., May 17, calling on the State Senate and God to stop the advance of gay marriage in New York.

“The day will come when the hand of God shall use these people to take him out, out, out,” said the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Ministers, referring to Paterson’s political future.

May 21, 2009
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Senate Passes Legislation to Aid Unemployed as Tens of Thousands Face Loss of Benefits

Albany, NY—Today, State Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing critical legislation (S.4110-A) which will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits to nearly 120,000 current or soon-to-be unemployed New Yorkers. 

May 19, 2009
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Leaders continue tax reform deliberations

By Anna Helhoski

At their second open meeting on property tax reform, legislative leaders heard Gov. David A. Paterson’s request for both houses of the Legislature to put out their best property tax reform bills to inch the state closer to a positive end result.

May 19, 2009
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Media Advisory: Senate Holds Hearing on Corporate Franchise and Bank Tax Reform

For Immediate Release:  May 15, 2009Contact: Travis Proulx (W) 518.455.2415 (C) 518.729.8013

SENATE HOLDS HEARING ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE & BANK TAX REFORMTax Policy Experts, Progressive Taxation Advocates, Wall Street Leaders to Testify

May 18, 2009
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Testimony from April 30 public hearing of New York State's business taxes

On April 30, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Rochester to weigh the fairness of New York State's Corporate Franchise Tax and the effectivess of its tax expenditures. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from six experts and collected written testimony from several other interested parties.

Below are links for the public hearing transcript and testimony that was submitted to the Select Committee. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing the key findings and conclusions from the testimony.

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Transcript of April 30 public hearing

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Testimony from Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of New York State

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Handout from Ken Pokalksky off the Business Council of New York State

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Handout from Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of New York State

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Testimony from Jon Greenbaum of Metro Justice of Rochester

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Testimony from Judy Seil of the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency

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Testimony from Christopher Weist of the Rochester Business Alliance

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Testimony from Christopher Koetzle of the Support Services Alliance

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Testimony from Brian Sampson of Unshackle UPstate

May 18, 2009
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Guv, Mayor Headline Marriage Equality Rally

By Paul Schindler

Four hours after a largely Latino crowd led by anti-gay Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz gathered outside the governor's office on Third Avenue in Midtown, a crowd of marriage equality supporters rallied on Sixth Avenue a block east of Times Square.

May 18, 2009
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Reform likely for property taxes

By Maury Thompson

The long-discussed concept of a "circuit breaker" property tax credit appears headed for approval by the state Legislature this year, area legislators and property tax reform advocates said.

The new credit, an income tax deduction based on a portion of local property taxes homeowners pay, is considered to be just a first step in the overall goal of reforming the property tax system.

May 18, 2009
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