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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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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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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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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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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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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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State Senator Liz Krueger Holds Public Hearing On The Upcoming Expiration Of The New York City Education And Reform Accountability Act Of 2002

State Senator Liz Krueger along with her colleagues on the Senate Democratic Conference Task Force on School Governance will hold a public hearing to examine the New York City Education and Reform Accountability Act of 2002, which granted the Mayor control of the New York City School System. This law was intended to overhaul the City's public school system by consolidating most of the administrative and personnel powers into the office of the Schools Chancellor, who is solely accountable to the Mayor.

September 17, 2008
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Big business still getting tax breaks

By Matthew Sweeney and David Freedlander

September 15, 2008
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Condos vs. Classrooms

The recent development boom threatens to swamp New York City's schools.

Swarms of new students threaten to undermine the quality of the very schools that attracted young families to the neighborhood in the first place.

Complicating the situation is that the high land values good public schools help create make it harder for the city to buy land to build new ones.

Developers see expensive real estate as appropriate for only the most profitable projects, which doesn't leave much for city schools.

September 14, 2008
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Condos vs. Classrooms

The recent development boom threatens to swamp New York City's schools.

Swarms of new students threaten to undermine the quality of the very schools that attracted young families to the neighborhood in the first place.

Complicating the situation is that the high land values good public schools help create make it harder for the city to buy land to build new ones.

Developers see expensive real estate as appropriate for only the most profitable projects, which doesn't leave much for city schools.

September 14, 2008
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Art of the State

By Liz Krueger

As a state senator who represents an urban district in a populous state, I have developed keen insight into many of the responsibilities, policies and political complexities involved in running the country. I have a staff of only eight but the responsibility to enact a budget and laws that touch the lives of millions.

September 13, 2008
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Placemaking on the Upper East Side

By Brad Aaron

Tuesday evening, Project for Public Spaces held a "placemaking" community workshop for Manhattan's Upper East Side, featuring PP founder and president Fred Kent. Streetsblog regular BicyclesOnly was there and files this report.

September 11, 2008
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The Three C's: Condos, Classrooms and Crowding

By James Trimarco

The current flurry of new luxury housing construction in New York City has created a number of quandaries for the city's public schools.

September 2, 2008
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WRECKING WITHOUT THE BALL: AN EVICTION LOOPHOLE

State says law's vague definition of 'demolition' gives owners wide grounds for evictions.

By Rachel Nielsen

A state regulation has been allowing private building owners to evict rent-stabilized tenants by demolishing apartment buildings – but the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)says that no matter how it words the regulation, it doesn’t have the power to prevent owners from using the law to replace stabilized apartments with market-rate units.

August 18, 2008
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Krueger Slams Tax Cap

By Ben Atkinson and Dan Rivoli

KRUEGER SLAMS TAX CAP-State Sen. Liz Krueger joined the majority of the Democratic conference who pledged to vote against Gov. David Paterson’s property tax cap bill in an upcoming special session. The bill is supported by Senate Republicans and four Democrats.

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August 13, 2008
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Advocates, Electeds Rally Against Dangerous Housing Proposals

PROPOSED REGULATIONS COULD LEAD TO INCREASED EVICTIONS, HOMELESSNESS

Contact: Bethany Jankunis, Assemblymember Glick's office

(212) 674-5154, (917) 846-9559

Lisa Kaplan, Councilmember Rosie Mendez's office

(212) 677-1077, (646) 530-1424

Kyle Sklerov, State Senator Liz Krueger's office

(212) 490-9535, (914) 772-1589

August 11, 2008
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SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER OPPOSES PROPERTY TAX CAP FOR COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY "A BAD POLICY FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN"

Albany— The New York State Senate reconvened today to vote on a property tax cap bill (S.8736).  The bill would put a 4% annual cap on the amount local governments (excluding New York's 5 big cities) can increase property taxes to pay for schools.  Although the bill passed, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by 19 of her colleagues in voting against the bill.

August 8, 2008
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