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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 16, 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 14, 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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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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