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Krueger and Colleagues Expose Censorship in State Senate

Albany, NY - With “Sunshine Week” as their backdrop, State Senator Liz Krueger and several of her Democratic colleagues today called for an end to the heavy-handed censorship the Republican Majority inflicts on Minority members.

 

“The Republican Majority not only controls the resources we receive, they control our efforts to communicate with our constituents. They determine what we can say in our newsletters and on our websites, and they often use a double standard when determining what is appropriate,” Krueger said.

 

March 15, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Seeks Restoration of Home Rule Fights to Protect New York City’s Affordable Housing

Albany, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) offered a motion to petition today to bring a bill to restore home rule to New York City to the floor of the Senate.  The Urstadt Law, named after Charles Urstadt, former Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s housing commissioner, was enacted in 1971 as part of Rockefeller’s vacancy-decontrol legislation.

March 14, 2006
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SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER EMPHASIZES NEED FOR OVERHAUL OF “FLAWED & ARCHAIC” MBR SYSTEM

New York, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) submitted testimony today before the New York State Department of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) regarding the proposed Standard Adjustment Factor (SAF) for the 2006/2007 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) cycle.  "A SAF of 8.2% would be devastating for the tens of thousands of elderly low- and moderate-income rent controlled tenants in New York City,” stated Senator Krueger.  "According to the 2005 Housing and Vacancy Survey, rent controlled tenants maintain the lowest average income of any group of renters in the ci

March 10, 2006
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SENATE DEMOCRATIC TASK FORCE ON LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGETARY REFORM HOLDS FOURTH HEARING IN ALBANY TODAY

Albany, NY – Saying “it  is critical that we ensure that State government be held accountable  to  the people we represent,” State Senator Liz Krueger, Chair of  the  Senate  Democratic Task Force on Legislative and Budgetary Reform, today led the Task Force’s fourth public hearing on ways to improve State Government.

 

March 1, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER URGES NEW LIQUOR AUTHORITY CHAIR TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO NEW YORK CITY LICENSING PRACTICES

New York, NY - State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan ) today said she was hopeful the newly confirmed Chairman of the State Liquor Authority (SLA) Daniel B. Boyle would “improve the agency and be sensitive to the needs of New York City’s neighborhoods, especially those that have become saturated with bars and nightspots.”

 

Senator Krueger said the SLA “has a history of ignoring public input when they consider liquor license applications. I believe Mr. Boyle intends to address that problem.”

 

February 16, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Urges New Liquor Authority Chair To Pay More Attention To New York City Licensing Practices

Senator Krueger said, “based on his answers to my questions when he came before the Judiciary committee, I believe he will attempt to make the SLA more responsive and appreciative of our neighborhoods and the problems we face.” The Senate confirmed Boyle unanimously on Wednesday.

February 16, 2006
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EMBASSY BAR DEBACLE SHOWS LIQUOR AUTHORITY’S LICENSE GRANTING PROCESS MUST BE REVAMPED

Bing, East Side community leaders urge agency to consider neighborhood, business,

safety concerns before granting liquor licenses to nightclubs

 

East Side, NY - In light of the misguided approval of a liquor license for Embassy bar in Turtle Bay, Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing (D-Manhattan) called for an overhaul to the New York State Liquor Authority’s (SLA) license granting process.

 

January 26, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER PROPOSES RULES CHANGE TO IMPOSE LIMITS ON ACCEPTING GIFTS FROM LOBBYISTS

Praises Majority Leader Bruno for supporting the idea,

 but points out “we don’t have that rule yet”

 

January 26, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Proposes Rules Change To Impose Limits On Accepting Gifts From Lobbyists

Senator Krueger. “Any such attempt to curry favor – at the very least -- gives the wrong impression. This common sense proposal to ban gifts is intended to restore the public's confidence in their elected officials.” Co-sponsors of this proposal include Senators Martin Connor, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Suzi Oppenheimer, Eric Schneiderman, Jose Serrano, Ada Smith, Malcolm Smith, Toby Ann Stavisky, and David Valesky.

January 26, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER CONDEMNS SENATE REPUBLICANS FOR VOTING DOWN AMENDMENT ADOPTING OPTICAL SCANNING AS STATEWIDE VOTING MACHINE STANDARD

Albany, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) sharply criticized her Senate Republican colleagues for voting against an amendment that would have adopted optical scanning as the standard statewide voting system.  “We are a few months away from a federal mandate to have new voting machines in every county,” stated Senator Krueger.  “Optical scanning is the only technology that will assure the voters of New York State that their votes are counted accurately.  The fact that this amendment did not pass proves yet again that the Senate Republicans ar

January 24, 2006
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Senate Majority Refuses To Allow A Vote On Resolution Marking Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade

The resolution notes that prior to the Roe decision, between 200,000 and 1.2 million illegally induced abortions occurred in the United States each year, and that complications from illegal abortions accounted for 23 percent of all pregnancy-related admissions to municipal hospitals in New York City. “The State Senate’s Minority Conference will continue to support women’s right to choose,” Paterson said, “just as we will continue to fight the Governor and the Senate Major

January 24, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Condemns Senate Majority For Voting Down Amendment Adopting Optical Scanning As Statewide Voting Machine Standard

Senator Krueger concluded earlier today, “a reliable voting technology is a basic requirement for the integrity of New York State’s elections. Equally important, that technology must be transparent and inspire voter confidence. It is clear that optical scanners are that technology and we will continue to push for its institution.”

January 24, 2006
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Senate GOP Refuses to Allow a Vote on Resolution Marking Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

Senate Republicans today refused to allow a resolution marking the thirty-third anniversary of Roe v. Wade to come to the floor for a vote.

 

            The resolution, sponsored by Senators Liz Krueger and Eric Schneiderman, noted the importance of the Supreme Court decision that has saved countless women from dangerous, illegal abortions.

 

January 24, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER INTRODUCES REFORM LEGISLATION TO LIMIT LOBBYING BY FORMER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

Albany, NY – Tomorrow State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) will introduce a simple, yet groundbreaking lobbying reform bill for consideration by her Senate colleagues.  The legislation would institute lobbying restrictions on legislative and executive chamber employees.  “This bill is the one of many necessary reforms that we need to make to protect the integrity of the Legislature and to restore public confidence in state government,” stated Senator Krueger. 

 

January 19, 2006
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW YORK STATE FOR NON-HAVA COMPLIANCE

New York, NY – “I am not the least bit surprised by the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) action against New York State for not complying with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) regulations.  Since its initial passage in 2002, each state was obligated to comply with the new federal mandate and the state legislative leadership dragged their feet for three years.  The compromise that was passed at the end of the 2005 session punted the responsibility for administering HAVA to the localities.  This was poor public policy that was the result of years of apa

January 13, 2006
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STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER PRAISES SELECTION OF CHRISTINE QUINN AS FIRST WOMAN SPEAKER

New York, NY – Today State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) expressed her gratification at the imminent election of Christine Quinn as the first woman Speaker of the New York City Council.  “It is a sign of how far our City has come that it is now possible for women of talent to aspire to positions that have long been exclusively held by men,” said Senator Krueger.  “We all win when we open our political process to all people regardless of gender, or sexual orientation.”  Senator Krueger noted that Councilmember Quinn will be both the first woma

January 3, 2006
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State Senator Liz Krueger Urges Constituents To Vote For Transportation Bond Act

New York, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) urged her constituents today to vote yes on Proposition #2 on the November 8th ballot, saying the funds raised by the Transportation Bond Act will be crucial to moving forward on the long-overdue Second Avenue subway line. "Eighty-five years after the blueprints for the Second Avenue subway line were first drawn up, and sixty-five years after the last significant additions were made to the subway system, we simply can't afford to pass up a chance to make the Second Avenue subway a reality," said Senator Krueger.

October 24, 2005
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State Senators Liz Krueger, Kevin Parker And Colleagues Call On Federal Government To Reduce Dependence On Foreign Oil And Increase Investments In Clean Energy Sources

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New York’s economy, in a massive transfer of wealth from working New Yorkers to big oil companies,” stated Senator Krueger. “If the cost of oil and gas remain at these incredibly high levels, the costs of almost all consumer products and all sectors of our state’s economy will be negatively impacted.

September 19, 2005
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State Senator Liz Krueger Defends Manhattan VA Hospital

http://www.lizkrueger.com/testimony/vahospsept19.html to read the Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger Before the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (Cares) Local Advisory Panel Regarding PriceWaterhouseCoopers Options for Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Medical Centers.

September 19, 2005
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