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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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Senate Passes Neighborhood Preservation Act Protects Property Values and Neighborhood Safety from Fallout of Foreclosure Crisis

ALBANY, NY- Today Senator Jeff Klein’s bill, the Neighborhood Preservation Act, 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 25, 2009
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Budget angst bubbles up at forecast

By Rick Karlin

Lawmakers on Monday got a jump on an annual budget ritual: the Consensus Forecasting Conference, in which both Democrats and Republicans bring in experts to try and reach a consensus on how rosy — or in this case, gloomy — the coming budget-building process will be.

Next year's budget gap, the meeting revealed, could easily hit $14 billion as state coffers continue to dry up due to Wall Street's implosion and the national recession.

February 24, 2009
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EAST SIDE STORIES: LOCAL TENANTS' GROUP LAUNCHES

By Chloe Tribich

Manhattan's well-heeled Upper East Side is not generally considered a hotbed of tenant discontent. Yet the neighborhood took a step toward upping its activist profile this weekend as 500 residents and advocates gathered at the Julia Richman Education Complex on East 67th Street to discuss local needs and how to address them.

February 23, 2009
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More On The Differences Between Mr. Bloomberg & Me

By Daniel Millstone

Our Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of the problem and so far, even the advice of progressive thinker Andrea Batista Schlesinger (who started work for the Bloomberg campaign this past week) has not helped him think about becoming part of the solution. Will falling poll numbers wake him?

February 20, 2009
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HOUSING COALITION FORMED

The new Senate Democratic majority, dominated by city and downstate suburban legislators, is considering new housing laws that will favor tenants over landlords. In expectation of the new legislative priorities, 14 East Side residents and activists focused on housing are launching the East Side Housing Coalition. The mission will be to identify local housing issues and act as an organizational resource to lobby government in favor of tenants’ rights.

 

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February 19, 2009
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HOUSING COALITION FORMED

The new Senate Democratic majority, dominated by city and downstate suburban legislators, is considering new housing laws that will favor tenants over landlords. In expectation of the new legislative priorities, 14 East Side residents and activists focused on housing are launching the East Side Housing Coalition. The mission will be to identify local housing issues and act as an organizational resource to lobby government in favor of tenants’ rights.

 

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http://ourtownny.com/?p=2227

February 19, 2009
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NIXING CITY INCOME TAX

On the heels of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City address where she proposed nixing city income tax for residents making less than $45,000 a year, State Sen. Liz Krueger will introduce a bill to allow the city to turn that plan into law. Currently, Albany would have to pass legislation to allow the city to enact this plan. Krueger’s legislation would enable the city to make changes to the tax code without Albany approval.

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February 19, 2009
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Alivio tributario local a pobres

By Jose Acosta

La Ciudad quiere poner unos $320 anuales en los bolsillos de cabezas de familia de bajos ingresos, liberándolos de pagar los impuestos municipales, con el propósito de ayudarlos a atravesar la actual crisis económica.

La propuesta fue dada a conocer ayer por la presidente del Concejo Municipal, Christine C. Quinn, quien aseguró que por años la ciudad de Nueva York ha puesto una carga impositiva “injusta” en los hombros de familias que luchan cada día por llenar sus necesidades.

February 18, 2009
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