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Senate Passes Critical Deficit Reduction Legislation

(Albany) - Working with the Governor and the Assembly, today, the State Senate passed critical deficit reduction legislation taking the necessary first steps toward addressing the fiscal crisis facing New York State. Passage of this legislation demonstrates the Senate's commitment to responsible state budgeting.

February 3, 2009
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Krueger Continues Efforts To Reform The State Legislature— Introduces Bills To Improve Budget Transparency And Prevent Conflicts Of Interest

New York—Continuing efforts to reform what the Brennan Center for Justice calls the "most dysfunctional" legislature in the country, New York State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced two new reform bills for the state Senate to pass in the next legislative session.

January 31, 2009
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New Yorkers Answer President-elect Obama’s Call for a National Day of Service in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King: Elected officials and volunteers in all five boroughs take a “day on, not a day off” as hunger in New York continues to soar

From January 17th-19th, 2009, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) sponsored its 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Anti-Hunger “Serve-a-Thon” event, a three-day event featuring volunteer opportunities at food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New York City.  

January 19, 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."

January 9, 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."

January 9, 2009
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KRUEGER CONTINUES BUSH CRITICISM

After sending a letter to the city and state health departments about President George W. Bush’s last minute proposals to change Food and Drug Administration regulations, State Sen. Liz Krueger is again criticizing a round of "midnight" changes to women’s health policy.

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December 31, 2008
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PREDICTIONS

Compiled by Dan Rivoli and Charlotte Eichna

As has become an Our Town tradition at the cusp of a new year, we like to ask for predictions from various illuminating personalities populating our neighborhoods. There was no shortage of responses this December, with prophesies for 2009 covering everything from the much-debated replacement for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat to the new First Pet. We hope these forecasts are an enjoyable way to ring in the New Year, or at least a way to pass the time while nursing a hangover.

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December 31, 2008
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER CRITICIZES BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S STEALTH ATTACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger, a steadfast supporter of women's health issues, expressed her outrage towards the Bush administration and the U.S.

December 23, 2008
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MUCH ADO ABOUT FISH

 

State Sen. Liz Krueger sent letters to city and state health commissioners regarding President George W. Bush’s changes to the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations on fish consumption. The proposed changes would amend the advisory that pregnant women and children should limit the amount of fish consumed. These so-called midnight changes were proposed as Bush winds down his presidency, and will last into the next administration.

 

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December 23, 2008
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Liz Krueger Denounces Midnight Changes From Bush Administration Hiding The Health Risks Of Mercury In Certain Fish

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger sent letters to the Commissioners of the State Department of Health and the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to express her extreme concern regarding proposed changes to U.S Food and Drug Administration recommendations regarding fish consumption for pregnant women and children, and to urge City and State health officials to ensure New Yorkers continue to receive accurate information regarding the dangers presented by mercury in fish.

December 19, 2008
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LIZ KRUEGER DENOUNCES MIDNIGHT CHANGES FROM BUSH ADMINISTRATION HIDING THE HEALTH RISKS OF MERCURY IN CERTAIN FISH

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger sent letters to the Commissioners of the State Department of Health and the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to express her extreme concern regarding proposed changes to U.S Food and Drug Administration recommendations regarding fish consumption for pregnant women and children, and to urge City and State health officials to ensure New Yorkers continue to receive accurate information regarding the dangers presented by mercury in fish.

December 19, 2008
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Memo Shows ESPA's Clout in Senate Maneuvering

By Paul Schindler

A meeting that Senator Malcolm Smith and several of his Democratic colleagues convened on December 12 with leading labor and progressive groups as well as a follow-up memo to Smith's top lieutenants from key leaders from among those groups point to the solidly fortified position that the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) has secured in waging its battle to ensure that the State Senate takes up marriage equality legislation should sufficient votes for passage be rounded up.

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December 17, 2008
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RENT REGS REFORM GATHERS SUPPORT: An effort to stem a tide of "vacancy decontrols" is gathering steam in the state capitol.

By Rachel Nielsen

Hundreds of supporters of a coordinated effort to make New York state rent laws more tenant-friendly rallied last week as a dozen state legislators signed their names to pledges calling for the repeal of "vacancy decontrol."

December 15, 2008
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December 12, 2008
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No Senate Leader, But Transition Talks Underway

By Elizabeth Benjamin

In the alternate universe that is Albany, talks about a hand-off of power from the Senate Republicans to their Democratic counterparts are underway - albeit off to a slow start - despite the fact that it still remains unclear who (if anyone) will lead the chamber on Jan. 7.

December 12, 2008
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December 10, 2008
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Times Marriage Vote Story Faulted

 

By Paul Schindler

A Working Families Party official has accused a renegade Democrat of "palling around with Republican terrorists."

She's also warned state Senate Democrats there will be "hell to pay" if Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn is given a key committee chairmanship in exchange for his leadership vote.

December 3, 2008
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Working Families Party leader warns of reward to renegade

By Elizabeth Benjamin

A Working Families Party official has accused a renegade Democrat of "palling around with Republican terrorists."

She's also warned state Senate Democrats there will be "hell to pay" if Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn is given a key committee chairmanship in exchange for his leadership vote.

November 23, 2008
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A DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT SHERATON HOTEL, A CELEBRATION OF HISTORIC VICTORIES

By Dan Rivoli

Democrats had much to be happy about on Nov. 4, when Sen. Barack Obama beat Sen. John McCain in a landslide and ratcheted up huge majorities in Congress. In New York, the celebration was twice as enjoyable for State Senate Democrats, who secured the majority for the first time in 40 years.

November 13, 2008
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