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Senator Liz Krueger Presides Over the Senate

Says She is Honored to Have this Opportunity

March 27, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

"I am very proud to be a part of history today and finally see the Rockefeller Drug Laws reformed. The reforms announced today will restore judicial sentencing discretion and substantially expand alternatives to incarceration for non-violent drug offenders.

It has been a long hard fight to reform these archaic drug laws and today is the culmination of decades of hard work and advocacy from countless people, all of whom deserve praise for helping to achieve these needed reforms."

 

March 27, 2009
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State Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Introducing Historic Rules Reforms

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger hailed the release of rules reform under the leadership of a new Democrat controlled State Senate as a milestone in New York's history. "These rules reforms represent a historic shift in the way the State Senate will function under Democratic leadership," said Senator Krueger. "For decades New Yorkers have been clamoring for an end to business as usual in Albany and I am proud that after years of my arguing for these changes, we are finally on the path to a fairer and more transparent government that truly serves the people's interests."

March 27, 2009
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Kavanagh and Krueger: McDonald’s Teacup Not So “Sweet” for Our Environment

Legislators Call on Restaurants to Stop Using StyrofoamAs McDonald’s Backslides on Its Commitment to the EnvironmentBy Reintroducing Polystyrene Cup for Its "Sweet Tea"

March 27, 2009
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger on Judge Edward Korman Ordering the FDA to Let 17-Year-Olds Have Over-the-Counter Access to the Plan B Morning-After Pill

"This decision was a major victory in the ongoing battle between women's health and political ideology. By making emergency contraception available for over-the-counter use for 17-year-olds Judge Korman has ensured these women will have the ability to make the right decisions for their body.

I thank Judge Korman for understanding that a woman's health, privacy and right to control her own body are more important than politics. In the future I implore the FDA to responsibly use its authority and to not allow ideology to outweigh sound policy."

March 23, 2009
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Senator Krueger Applauds Senate for Passing Voting Reform Legislation

Expresses Disappointment in Senate Republicans for Opposition to Ballot Access

March 21, 2009
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SENATOR KRUEGER WANTS EVERY NEW YORKER TO KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT WILL PAY 65% OF COBRA COSTS PROVIDING AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR THOSE RECENTLY UNEMPLOYED AS A RESULT OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

(New York, NY) – This week the State Legislature passed a Governor's program bill that will help thousands of New Yorkers who have recently lost their jobs due to the national economic downturn.  The legislation provides a 65% discount on continuing COBRA employer health insurance coverage for recently unemployed New Yorkers. The funding is provided entirely through federal stimulus funding, with no cost to the employers or the State.

March 20, 2009
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Priced Out: Council Looks to Keep Apartments Affordable

By Courtney Gross

The signs of eviction -- abandoned furniture dotting the hallways, renovation crews climbing stories with paint cans in tow -- characterize the latter years of Terry Bocanelli's stint on the West Side of Manhattan.

A resident there for more than 15 years, Bocanelli's 31st Street apartment building has become a revolving door: rent stabilized tenants leave and higher income residents swoop in. The newer transplants bring more than their belongings. They bring with them higher rents.

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March 18, 2009
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Senator Krueger Applauds Senate for Passing Voting Reform Legislation Expresses Disappointment in Senate Republicans for Opposition to Ballot Access

New York—Senator Liz Krueger praised the Senate for passing legislation today which would expand democracy by removing barriers to voting.  The bill (S.2810) authorizes the use of titles, initials or abbreviations of names as signatures on absentee ballots.  "Under existing law, ballots are often thrown out because the voter does not sign exactly the way he or she signed their registration," said Senator Krueger.  "This bill will reduce the number of voters who are disenfranchised on technicalities."

March 17, 2009
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Derailed: Pols slam Senate Democrats' scaled-down MTA bailout plan

By Ken Lovett, Glenn Blain and Pete Donohue

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's universally panned MTA bailout appears dead on arrival - leaving riders closer to sky-high fare hikes and service cuts.

Not only did the Democratic governor and Assembly speaker blast the stop-gap plan Tuesday, but the head of the Senate Finance Committee rejected it, too.

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March 17, 2009
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Senator Krueger Applauds Senate for Passing Voting Reform Legislation

New York, NY -- Senator Liz Krueger praised the Senate for passing legislation today which would expand democracy by removing barriers to voting. The bill (S.2810) authorizes the use of titles, initials or abbreviations of names as signatures on absentee ballots. "Under existing law, ballots are often thrown out because the voter does not sign exactly the way he or she signed their registration," said Senator Krueger. "This bill will reduce the number of voters who are disenfranchised on technicalities."

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March 17, 2009
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Freeing the flow of data crucial

By James M. Odato ALBANY — New York gets good grades for making public information available on the Internet. But its shrouded, three-men-in-a-room budgeting and protracted Freedom of Information Law processes continue to frustrate the public.

As Sunshine Week begins, the Empire State is receiving praise and scorn. The goal of Sunshine Week, which runs through Saturday, is a shine a light on the importance of open government and freedom of information.

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March 15, 2009
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Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act

ALBANY, NY -- Senator Jeff Klein’s bill, the Neighborhood Preservation Act, yesterday passed the NYS Senate with 47 members voting for the bill and 11 members voting against it. The legislation creates a standard of safety and habitability for bank owned homes which are foreclosed and vacant. Klein’s legislation will allow municipalities to use their discretion in how they chose to clean up these unsitely residential properties and how they choose to get reimbursed for their work whether by issuing violations or through legal action, or by simply billing the bank.

February 26, 2009
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