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No crime too big to take away a public pension

By Susan Schulman

Being a crooked cop can cost a police officer his job, his reputation and even his freedom. But not his pension.

Consider Buffalo Detective Sylvestre Acosta, who is serving 45 years in prison, and also collecting a $40,544 annual pension. Or fellow narcotics investigator Gerald T. Skinner, whose $54,751 disability pension was approved while he was behind bars.

April 4, 2009
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After much partisan debate, State Senate OKs budget

By Tom Precious

This year’s state budget received final approval Friday in the State Senate but only after overcoming a week of partisan wrangling, an ailing senator whose hospital visits shut down the Senate and even a lost suit jacket that kept a senator off the chamber’s floor.

The $131.8 billion spending plan, including more than $8 billion in new revenue-raising ideas imposed on residents and businesses, came three days late amid a nasty debate in the Senate that was as much about the spending plan as next year’s elections.

April 3, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.

April 2, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

 

April 2, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

April 1, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.   

April 1, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

April 1, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.   

April 1, 2009
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Affordable Housing Advocates with Senate Democrats

New York State Senators Liz Krueger, Malcolm Smith,Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Kevin Parker are joined by affordable housing advocates in unveiling Senate Democrats plan on the steps of New York City Hall

March 30, 2009
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March 30, 2009
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Senator Krueger with Commissioner Grannis and Assemblyman Bing

Senator Krueger with Commissioner Grannis and Assemblyman Bing on steps of City Hall with opponets of plan

March 30, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger Praising Leadership for Implementing Legislative Disclosure Requirements in Budget Reform Law

"I am pleased that for the first time the Senate has implemented the requirement from the 2007 Budget Reform Act which provides that Senators have a summary of impacts of changes in the Executive Budget on their desks before the budget vote. The document provided to legislators and available online on the Senate website provides a section by section report on how the final budget changes the executive budget.

March 30, 2009
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Playing for Maps

By Rob Gurwitt

March 27, 2009
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As State’s Budget Deadline Nears, Leaders Still Far Apart on Many Details

By Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim

ALBANY — With just days before Tuesday’s budget deadline, state leaders were still divided on Friday about how to structure an increase in taxes on the wealthy, with Senate Democrats pushing a broad overhaul of the state’s existing tax structure and Assembly Democrats preferring a more limited approach, according to officials involved in the discussions.

March 27, 2009
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