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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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Krueger on Food Stamp Access

By David King

State Sen. Liz Krueger issued a press release today decrying reports that the Bloomberg administration has declined to take advantage of a provision in the federal stimulus bill that overturns a 1996 rule that placed limitations on the length of time some citizens could receive food stamps.

February 18, 2009
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City Council legislation would give 100% tax credit to poorest families

By Peter Spencer

Call them legislative Robin Hoods: Several city lawmakers want to give city income taxes back to the poorest families, while raising them for the richest.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, working with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, announced yesterday she plans to introduce legislation allowing the Council to give about 224,000 households earning under $45,000 a year a 100 percent tax credit.

February 18, 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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Senator Liz Krueger Blasts City Policy Denying Access to Food Stamps

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger criticized New York City for unnecessarily limiting access to food stamps for needy New Yorkers, and announced that she is introducing legislation (also introduced in the Assembly -- A.04169) that will require the City and State to take full advantage of federal Food Stamp program waivers that allow increased participation in the Food Stamp program.  As part of President Obama's economic stimulus bill there was a provision to extend food stamp waivers for able-bodied adults.  However, it is currently optional for the State and localities to

February 18, 2009
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A Little Tax Fairness During Tough Times

By Amy Traub

Hey New York, remember the economic boom? Profits were robust. Our local population of multimillionaires went up. Real estate values soared. And don’t get me started on those Wall Street bonuses. It’s a pity the party’s ending now, but those last few years we had some fantastic times, didn’t we?

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February 17, 2009
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Speaker Quinn, Council Member Yassky, Senator Krueger and Drum Major Institute Release Report on Restructuring City Income Tax Announce Legislation to Eliminate Unfair Tax on Low Income Families

City Hall – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member David Yassky, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy today released a new report detailing a proposal to bring fairness to the city’s income tax.  In addition, Speaker Quinn announced that Senator Krueger will be introducing legislation in Albany allowing the City to bring common sense tax relief to working families.

February 17, 2009
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On Plan To Eliminate City Income Tax On Residents Earning Less Than $45k

"Today, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced her plan to eliminate New York City income taxes for those making less than $45 thousand a year as is already the case for State and Federal income taxes. I applaud the speaker for her vision and understanding that getting money into the hands of the neediest New Yorkers will be the best way to stimulate our economy.

February 12, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Presides Over the Senate Says She is Honored to Have this Opportunity

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger presided over the Senate today, her first opportunity to do so since becoming a Senator in a 2002.  Until this year Republicans had controlled the Senate since 1965 and therefore Democratic members had not been allowed to preside over the Senate.  Senator Krueger's opportunity to preside over the Senate comes on the heels of Andrea Stewart-Cousins historic moment of being the first African-American woman to preside over the Senate and represents a new opportunity for women to have a real voice in the State Senate. 

February 10, 2009
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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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