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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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Chancellor Klein Unveils Design of Two New Midtown Schools to Be Built with Private Investment

NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today unveiled architectural designs for two new school buildings in Midtown Manhattan that will be built with private investment. The estimated $200 million cost of construction for PS 59 and the High School of Art and Design on East 57th Street will be paid for by private developers as part of a partnership with the Department of Education's Educational Construction Fund (ECF), which develops mixed-use real estate projects featuring new school facilities.

October 23, 2008
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LIZ KRUEGER JOINS GOVERNOR PATERSON TO SUPPORT FURTHER INCREASING FOOD STAMP BENEFITS IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined Governor Paterson today supporting an increase of more than $150 million in Federal Food Stamp benefits for low- and moderate-income families.  The additional Federal funding is a result of the State's change in regulations recognizing that residents of public housing pay for their heat costs through their rent payments, hence heating costs should be counted in their food stamp budgets, which is a determining factor in the monthly amount of food stamp assistance received by people living in public housing.

October 16, 2008
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Liz Krueger Joins Governor Paterson To Support Further Increasing Food Stamp Benefits In Tough Economic Times

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined Governor Paterson today supporting an increase of more than $150 million in Federal Food Stamp benefits for low- and moderate-income families.  The additional Federal funding is a result of the State's change in regulations recognizing that residents of public housing pay for their heat costs through their rent payments, hence heating costs should be counted in their food stamp budgets, which is a determining factor in the monthly amount of food stamp assistance received by people living in public housing. 

October 16, 2008
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State Senator Liz Krueger Presents "Art Knows No Boundaries—Reaching Out To International Tourists"

Art Knows No Boundaries—Reaching Out to International Tourists is a two-part presentation. The first will feature members of governmental institutions including Empire State Development Corporation, NYC & Company, and NYS Council on the Arts. The second presentation will feature members of the arts community including the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Repertorio Español.

October 13, 2008
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Taxpayer-funded mailings from N.Y. lawmakers criticized

By Jill Terreri

The campaign literature that fills mailboxes this time of year is as much a fixture of the seasonal political landscape as debates and television advertisements.

October 11, 2008
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Krueger: Term Limits Are Bigger Than Bloomberg and Lauder

By Azi Paybarah

State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from the East Side with a penchant for good-government policy, thinks there’s something wrong with how the debate about term limits is playing out in the public sphere.

"Ron Lauder opposes. Bloomberg supports. News at 11," she said sarcastically. "Thank you! It’s nice to hear from you too, now can we hear from the other eight million people?"

October 7, 2008
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Statement From State Senator Liz Krueger On Bush Administration's Stealth Attack On All Women's Right To Reproductive Health Services

"As they are packing their bags to leave Washington the Bush Administration is, yet again, attacking women's rights to reproductive health services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a proposed regulation that they claim will 'protect the conscience of health care providers who do not wish to participate in abortion'.

September 25, 2008
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BOARD 8: THUMBS UP TO LEX PRESERVATION: CONCERN THAT KEAN HOUSE PROJECT WILL LEAD TO MORE AREA DEVELOPMENT

By Dan Rivolli

Community Board 8 voted last week to expand the Lexington Avenue Historic District to include 219 buildings between Fifth and Lexington avenues. The new properties fall between East 72nd and 75th streets to the north, and East 61st and 65th streets to the south.

Forty members voted in favor of the resolution, though six members abstained from the action.

The meeting drew a crowd of more than 200, many of whom wore orange stickers with black lettering reading, "Save Lexington Avenue."

 

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September 25, 2008
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TOUGH ON MOLD

State Sen. Liz Krueger rallied with asthmatic families outside City Hall on Tuesday to push the New York State Toxic Mold Taskforce for stricter regulations. Tenants showed up wearing protective masks and holding moldy pieces of wall and their asthma pumps. Krueger and the families want the city and state to adopt enforceable regulations for mold problems, which have been linked to asthma, and also to provide better inspection training for government employees. At press time, the taskforce was scheduled to hold a hearing to amend current mold regulations on Sept. 23.

September 25, 2008
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LIZ KRUEGER CALLS FOR MANDATED DISCLOSURE OF BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LOBBYISTS AND LEGISLATORS THROUGH PASSAGE OF BILL SHE INTRODUCED NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO

New York— In the wake of recent and continued Albany ethics scandals, State Senator Liz Krueger urged her colleagues to pass her bill S.1679, introduced nearly two years ago, which would require lobbyists to report campaign contributions, professional relationships with public officials, and employment relationships with relatives of public officials. 

September 23, 2008
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Senator Krueger Joins Rally Against Toxic Mold Announces Bill to Help Remediate Toxic Mold Epidemic in New York

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger joined advocates and New York residents suffering from mold related illnesses today at a rally in front of City Hall.  The rally was meant to highlight the seriousness of mold problems in New York and to propose ways for the New York State Toxic Mold Task Force to strengthen State mold regulations.  The Task Force was created in 2005 to address the health impacts of mold. 

September 23, 2008
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Senator Krueger Joins Rally Against Toxic Mold

Announces Bill to Help Remediate Toxic Mold Epidemic in New York

September 23, 2008
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Senator Tackles Toxic Mold

By Christine Lin

September 23, 2008
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Battling mold

By Marlene Naanes

State Sen. Liz Krueger announced yesterday legislation that will help residents and landlords battle toxic mold in homes, the senator’s office said.

The legislation, if passed, would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner to certify anyone that remediates mold commercially.

"I constantly hear from constituents who have paid to have mold removed, and then find out the mold has returned," Krueger said at a rally in front of City Hall yesterday.

September 23, 2008
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Residents From Across New York Rally To Strengthen The State Mold Regulations Prior To State Mold Taskforce Hearing

The New York State Toxic Mold Taskforce is responsible for developing recommendations for amending State mold regulations. State Senator Liz Krueger will applaud the formation of the taskforce and highlight the importance of creating stronger City and State mold regulations. Asthmatic tenants will call on the taskforce to recommend that the State and City adopt enforceable regulations for safe remediation of mold problems and better training for city and state employees in agencies responsible for inspection and remediation.

September 22, 2008
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KRUEGER SLAMS PIGEON SHOOTS

State Sen. Liz Krueger sent a letter to the Pennsylvania State Legislature to push a ban on live pigeon shoots, which she says causes poachers to target New York City. There is a bill sitting in the Pennsylvania legislature that would ban live-animal shoots.

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September 22, 2008
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Backers of Mayoral Control See a Tough Education Fight

By Elizabeth Green

With the deadline approaching for the state Legislature to renew or scrap mayoral control of the public schools, defenders of the policy are saying that they have an uphill battle ahead.

September 19, 2008
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Senator Liz Krueger and Senate Democratic Task Force hold Public Hearing on the June 2009 expiration of the New York City Education and Reform Accountability Act of 2002 Opportunity to Evaluate Mayoral Control

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined her colleagues from the Senate Democratic Conference Task Force on School Governance today at a public hearing on Mayoral Control of New York City's schools.  The task force is comprised of nine Senate Democratic members who will investigate and report on the effect Mayoral Control has had on the New York City public educational system.  The Task Force has already held a series of public hearings over the past couple of months, with one more still to follow.

September 18, 2008
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