I am deeply disturbed that today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold a right-wing piece of legislation that bans a type of rarely performed, late-term, medically necessary abortion known in the medical profession as "intact dilatation and extraction or intact D and X." Women who face this medical decision do so with a great deal of emotional and physical distress, and do so under direct medical supervision of their respected doctor.
"On April 1st, the State Legislature provided final approval for the 2007-2008 fiscal year budget, only a few hours after the official deadline. As important as passing on-time budgets are, I found the process leading up to this one's passage to be disappointing for a number of reasons.
On April 1st, the State Legislature finished approving the budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, only a few hours after the official deadline. As important as it is to pass an on-time budget, I found the process leading up to this one's passage to be disappointing for a number of reasons. Key negotiations that resulted in over a billion dollars in new spending, and the shifting around of billions more occurred almost entirely behind closed doors, a continuation of Albany's culture of secrecy and back-room deals.
"While the State Senate took longer than necessary to affirm our constitutional authority and formally review the credentials of my Assemblymember, Alexander "Pete" Grannis, as Governor Spitzer's nominee for DEC Commissioner, the mission is complete.
Throughout this extended process my colleagues have come to learn what I have known for many years: if you want a job done right, call on Pete Grannis. He was overwhelmingly approved this weekend by the full Senate.
Senator Krueger Awarded the Family Planning Advocates of New York Margaret Sanger Award at Ceremony Featuring Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, Sex in the City Actress Cynthia Nixon
Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger is co-sponsoring four bills introduced by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, which seek to stamp out voter-intimidation leading up to Election Day.
Stewart-Cousins' drafted these measures in response to her experience from her 2004 and 2006 campaigns for the 35th State Senate seat, in which there were numerous instances of voter suppression and intimidation, including a blanket challenge to thousands of registered voters shortly before Election Day.
TheSenate Majorityincreases throw money at a broken system without enacting restructuring to alleviate the financial burden that the State has placed on local government to cover ballooning Medicaid costs. These local communities, saddled with Medicaid costs, must often increase property taxes in order to meet their healthcare obligations.
“They are trying to pretend that they are not increasing the budget, but the numbers don’t lie, they do,” Krueger declared.
Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that the Senate today passed the Worker's Compensation Bill, a comprehensive package of reforms to the state’s workers compensation system that addresses many chronic problems with this system."This was an instance where everyone knew that the system was broken.
Krueger Hails Package as a Victory for Business and Labor
Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that the Senate today passed the Worker's Compensation Bill, a comprehensive package of reforms to the state’s workers compensation system that addresses many chronic problems with this system.
"I am very excited to have Bill Perkins as my new colleague in the State Senate.
Bill is a man who has spent decades fighting for what he believes is right. That can sound cliché in today's cynical political world, but have just one conversation with him and you know that he is passionate about his work.
Bill is a man who has shown time and again that he is not afraid to speak up and speak out. And he is also a man who is smart and savvy enough to recognize that solving different problems calls for different approaches.
New York—Approximately 30 tenants at two SRO buildings (the Parkside Evangeline and Ten-Eyck Troughton) which are owned and operated by the Salvation Army (SA) filed suit today to stop the SA's attempts to evict their residents. If the buildings are allowed to close, approximately 600 units of affordable housing for women in Manhattan will be lost.
Legislation Codifies Mothers' Rights Into Single, Concise Document; Bans Commercial Interests from Pressuring New Mothers Into Using Formula
Albany—State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today reintroduced S1674, the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights. The bill was also introduced in the Assembly as A3782, by lead sponsors Aileen Gunther (D-Forestburgh), chairwoman of the Assembly Subcommittee on Women's Health, RoAnn Destito (D-Rome) and Richard "Dick" Gottfried (D-Manhattan).
Reforming Albany. It sure sounds catchy, but until recently it has turned out to be little more than a rhetorical discussion among a few of us. However, last Tuesday, something unusual happened in the NY State Senate. Working with my Democratic colleagues, we unveiled a sweeping legislative rules reform package, debated the merits of each of the proposals and cast our vote.We didn't propose anything radical—just a more open and democratic process similar to what is found in Congress and legislatures in most other states.
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.