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KRUEGER APPLAUDS "FIRST STEPS" OF ETHICS REFORM

Many Reform Bills Senator Krueger has Championed were included in Today's Ethics Reforms; Calls Plan "a Down-Payment"

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger today applauded Governor Spitzer and legislative leaders for "taking the necessary first steps on much needed ethics reform." The reforms include, among other measures, creating stronger ethics committees with oversight of the executive and legislative branches.

January 24, 2007
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Krueger Applauds "First Steps" Of Ethics Reform

Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger

January 24, 2007
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Krueger & Senate Minortiy Propose Sweeping Legislative Reform Package; Senate Majority Unanimously Oppose It

          Albany--State Senator Liz Krueger led the Senate Minority in unveiling a comprehensive legislative rules reform package, endorsed by New York’s leading good government groups, including Common Cause NY, the League of Women Voters, the Brennan Center, NYPIRG and others.          "The results of the last two elections should have been a clarion call for legislators that New Yorkers are not happy with how this government is being run.

January 10, 2007
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SENATE DEMOCRATS APPLAUD SENATOR BRUNO FOR INTRODUCING MEANINGFUL REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD OUTLINE EVERY DOLLAR IN THE STATE BUDGET

Most Reform Legislation Remains Stalled in the Republican-Controlled Senate

New York—Senate Democratic Leader-elect Malcolm Smith today applauded Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno for introducing reform legislation that would "eliminate lump sum appropriations" and line out the entire state budget. The intent of the legislation the Majority Leader has adopted is identical to two pieces of Democratic reform legislation—supported by the vast majority of Senate Democrats—that remain stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.

December 15, 2006
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Senate Minorty Applauds Senator Bruno For Introducing Meaningful Reform Legislation That Would Outline Every Dollar In The State Budget

New York —Senate Democratic Leader-elect Malcolm Smith today applauded Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno for introducing reform legislation that would "eliminate lump sum appropriations" and line out the entire state budget.

December 15, 2006
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KRUEGER COMMENCES FIFTH YOUTH CIVICS PROJECT

2006-07 Program Has Highest Participation Yet, 68 NYC Teens Enrolled

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger this week commenced the fifth edition of her Democracy 101: Youth Civics Project program, with the highest number of participants to date. A total of 68 students have enrolled in the 5-month, 6-session program.

"Our enrollment expectations have always been met, but this year we have seen an unprecedented level of interest," Krueger said. "The program filled up so fast we already have teens, parents and educators expressing interest in next year's sessions."

December 13, 2006
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Krueger Commences Fifth Youth Civics Project

New York —State Senator Liz Krueger this week commenced the fifth edition of her Democracy 101: Youth Civics Project program, with the highest number of participants to date. A total of 68 students have enrolled in the 5-month, 6-session program. "Our enrollment expectations have always been met, but this year we have seen an unprecedented level of interest," Krueger said.

December 13, 2006
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Krueger Introduces Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill Of Rights

New York—Seeking to codify a concise, easily understood document, State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights. The legislation, S8511, draws upon New York State Rules and Regulations, the Best Hospital Practices and the World Health Organization Baby Friendly guidelines. "Breastfeeding is completely natural, and is in the best interests of our children.

December 5, 2006
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KRUEGER INTRODUCES BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS' BILL OF RIGHTS

Legislation Codifies Mothers' Rights Into Single, Concise Document; Bans Commercial Interests from Pressuring New Mothers Into Using Formula

New York—Seeking to codify a concise, easily understood document, State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights. The legislation, S8511, draws upon New York State Rules and Regulations, the Best Hospital Practices and the World Health Organization Baby Friendly guidelines.

November 29, 2006
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Senator Krueger Calls For Oversight And Reform Of Empire State Development Corporation; Learns Empire Zone Tax Breaks Were Purchased By Companies Not Otherwise Eligible

Albany, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger today called for increased oversight and reform of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), after learning the ESDC had been allowing localities to sell Empire Zone tax breaks to private companies not otherwise eligible for these benefits. "There is a pattern with the ESDC that we have to break," Krueger said. "While the Legislature has since closed this specific loophole, the deals the ESDC previously made continue to cost us millions in revenue every year.

November 21, 2006
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SENATOR KRUEGER CALLS FOR OVERSIGHT AND REFORM OF EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION; LEARNS EMPIRE ZONE TAX BREAKS WERE PURCHASED BY COMPANIES NOT OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE

Albany, NY—State Senator Liz Krueger today called for increased oversight and reform of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), after learning the ESDC had been allowing localities to sell Empire Zone tax breaks to private companies not otherwise eligible for these benefits.

November 21, 2006
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON COURT OF APPEALS DECISION IN CAMPAIGN FOR FISCAL EQUITY (CFE) V. STATE OF NEW YORK

In a 4-2 decision issued this morning, the Court of Appeals concluded that an additional $1.93 billion (in 2004 dollars) must be spent each year on New York City's public schools. That amount is much lower than the $4.7 billion a year that lower courts had said was needed to give the city's children the opportunity for a "sound, basic education," as guaranteed by the State Constitution.

November 20, 2006
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Krueger Cautions State Against Rushing Into Compliance With Help America Vote Act (hava)

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today called upon New York to learn from the mistakes of states who rushed into compliance with 2002 federal HAVA standards, including systems absent a verifiable paper-trail and inadequate facilities for voters with disabilities.

October 25, 2006
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Supports Statewide System that Learns from Problems Nationwide, Advocates Hack-Proof Technology

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger today called upon New York to learn from the mistakes of states who rushed into compliance with 2002 federal HAVA standards, including systems absent a verifiable paper-trail and inadequate facilities for voters with disabilities.

October 25, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Applauds Brennan Center For New Report On Legislative Reform

The Brennan Center follow up report on our Legislature's notorious dysfunction echoes what the Senate Minority Conference has been saying for years. The Majority has reluctantly agreed to offer only the most minimum of reforms after being forced to do so by Senate Minority who won three seats in 2004 with a strong reform message.

 

October 10, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER LAUDS BRENNAN CENTER FOR NEW REPORT ON LEGISLATIVE REFORM

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger commended the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law today, upon their release of Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform 2006 Update.

October 10, 2006
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On The Brennan Center Report

The Brennan Center follow up report on our Legislature's notorious dysfunction echoes what the Senate Minority Conference has been saying for years. The Majority has reluctantly agreed to offer only the most minimum of reforms after being forced to do so by Senate Minority who won three seats in 2004 with a strong reform message.

For too long voters have had to tolerate high taxes, underfunded schools and a culture of corruption that undermines the people's faith in their state government.

October 10, 2006
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ON THE OCCASION OF NATIONAL FAMILY SEXUAL EDUCATION MONTH, KRUEGER CALLS UPON STATE SENATE TO PASS HEALTHY TEENS ACT

New York—Calling the refusal of the Republican-controlled State Senate to pass the Healthy Teens Act "irresponsible to the health and well-being of New York's young adults," New York State Senator Liz Krueger reiterated calls for the act's passage, on the occasion of National Family Sexual Education Month.

October 9, 2006
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On The Occasion Of National Family Sexual Education Month, Krueger Calls Upon State Senate To Pass Healthy Teens Act

The legislation (A.6619/S.5121) passed the Assembly in 2005 and 2006. It died in the Senate the first time and was held up by the Health Committee in the recent legislative session. The program would enable school districts, school-based health centers, BOCES and community organizations to apply for grants to develop and implement programs that provide students with real sex education.

October 9, 2006
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