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Governor Paterson’s Turn on Ethics

After New York’s Legislature passed an ethics package last week, Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan who voted for the bill, told her colleagues, “We need to not pat ourselves on the back that much because we have further to go.”  Actually, they should not congratulate themselves at all. Gov. David Paterson was right to threaten to veto the bill, and if the Legislature sends it to him, he should do just that. Meanwhile, the governor should negotiate something much better:Read full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/opinion/24sun2.html

January 23, 2010
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Legislature Approves Ethics Bills, but Few Cheer

By JEREMY W. PETERSALBANY — With 59 largely unenthusiastic ayes, the State Senate on Wednesday approved a package of bills meant to combat political corruption and require elected officials to disclose more about their outside financial interests.Despite more than three hours of debate and grousing from many senators that they felt the bills were at best a half-step toward meaningful change, only one senator voted no.Read full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/nyregion/21ethics.html

January 20, 2010
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Senator Liz Krueger Reacts to Ethics Reform Bill

(Albany, New York)—The New York State Senate passed an ethics reform bill today, finally fulfilling a promise long made to New Yorkers. State Senator Liz Krueger expressed her hope that this would be the first step in the adoption of a series of necessary reforms to address the serious issues of questionable ethics and the influence of money that Albany faces.

 

January 20, 2010
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Senator Liz Krueger: Delighted her "Wine Industry and Liquor Store Revitalization Act" legislation has been included in the Governor's Proposed Budget

(Albany, New York)--Senator Liz Krueger praised the Governor today for including her proposal to gives liquor stores the opportunity to fairly compete for business by eliminating antiquated and unnecessary prohibition era regulations.  The proposal will increase the opportunities for wine sales in supermarkets, thereby supporting our valuable grape and wine industry, while increasing overall state revenues.  Senator Krueger has long been an advocate for this proposal and along with Assemblymember Morelle has carried almost identical legislation to the Governor’s budget proposal ca

January 19, 2010
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January 15, 2010
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Haiti Needs Our Help

Hello Friends,We've all been following the heartbreaking news coming out of Haiti since yesterday's tragic earthquake. I am glad to see that our national government is moving in with assistance, but as New Yorker's many of us have personal relationships with Haiti and with the large Haitian American community in our own great and diverse City.For me, this tragedy reinforces how precious and fragile our lives and safety can be!Nature has taken its course and overnight, an entire country is thrown into turmoil.

January 14, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER RE: BUDGET REFORM

"As the Legislature awaits the Governor's Executive State Budget, his indication today that agency consolidation and other efforts will be included are a good start.  I will personally be urging the Governor and the Division of Budget, as well as working closely with them in the months ahead, to go much, much further.

January 12, 2010
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January 12, 2010
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State of the State includes ethics reform proposal

By Marcy L. Velte

Gov. David A. Paterson's second State of the State address included the Executive Chamber's proposed legislation for additional state ethics reform.Named the Reform Albany Act, the plan would create an independent State Government Ethics Commission that would have ten members chosen by legislative leaders.

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January 11, 2010
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January 6, 2010
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Governor Paterson Supports Reform Legislation Introduced by Senator Liz Krueger

New York, New York – State Senator Liz Krueger today applauded Governor Paterson for backing ethics and campaign finance legislation she carries. “While the full details of the Governor’s reform package are not yet clear, the Governor's Q&A with the press earlier today indicates that a number of important reform bills I sponsor will part of the package, and I am pleased to have the Governor’s support for these efforts,” said Senator Krueger.

January 5, 2010
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Paterson's Plan to Reform Albany

By David King

Paterson administration officials held a briefing this morning to formally discuss Paterson’s “Reform Albany Act.” The legislation is expected to be fully unveiled during Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State Address, which he delivers at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

January 5, 2010
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December 29, 2009
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Video: Select Committee Public Hearing on New York State Budget Reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing on Dec. 17, 2009 in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process.

December 28, 2009
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Testimony from Dec. 17 Public Hearing on Budget Reform

On Dec. 17, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from eight experts on state budgeting issues and received written testimony from two others.

Below are links for the written testimony some experts submitted to the Select Committee for the public hearing. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing key findings and conclusions from information gathered during the event.

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Public hearing transcript

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Testimony from E.J. McMahn of the Empire Center for New York State Policy

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Testimony from George Sweeting of the City of New York Independent Budget Office

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Testimoony from Sally Robinson of the League of Women Voters of New York State

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Testimony from Blair Horner of the New York State Public Interest Research Group

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Testimony from Stephen Acquario of the New York State Association of Counties

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Testimony from Carol O'Cleireacain of the Brookings Institution

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Testimony from Elizabeth Lyman of Citizens Budget Commission

December 28, 2009
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Select Committee Staff Report on Property Tax Exemptions

Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released today a comprehensive report by the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform on New York State’s property tax exemption system and its impacts on taxpayers.   The report, which is based on oral and written statements from the Select Committee's October 13 roundtable in Albany, explores why the Legislature has struggled with controlling the growth of these exemptions over the past three decades.

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December 16, 2009
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December 8, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger on Failure of Same-Sex Marriage Bill

“While I was pleased that the Senate finally had the decency to bring same-sex marriage legislation up for a vote today, I am extremely disappointed in the failure of so many of my colleagues to recognize the ability to marry as a basic civil right for all.  At least we now know where every Senator stands on this critical issue and I expect that a number of them will soon be hearing from some very angry constituents for denying them equal rights.

December 2, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on Improving Transparency, Forecasting and Flexibilityin New York State's Budgetary Process

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGNew York City

SUBJECT: Improving transparency, forecasting and flexibility in New York State’s budgetary process.

December 17, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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