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July 2010 Community Bulletin

What's Inside:

MESSAGE FROM LIZ

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

- New Voting Machines for Fall 2010 Election

- Wanted: Election Day Inspectors and Interpreters

- Cooling Assistance for People with Heat-Related Medical Issues

- Rebates on New Energy Star Air Conditioners

- Free Legal Advice on Immigration Issues

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

- Illegal Hotels

- Bicycles and Pedestrian Safety

Message from Liz . . .

File: 
July 2010 CB- PRINT. FINAL.pdf

August 11, 2010
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Senate Passes Drilling Moratorium

Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier’s Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate’s approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.

The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011. Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.

Read more & watch Senator Liz Krueger speak on the floor.

August 5, 2010
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Senator Krueger and Colleagues Protect New York's Water; Mandate Moratorium For Marcellus Shale Drilling

(New York, NY) Late Tuesday night, Senator Krueger and her Democratic colleagues passed a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, a practice that could lead to the disastrous contamination of the State’s water supply . Through the moratorium, gas and oil companies would be restricted from hastily drilling in the watershed, a process typically done through hydrolic drilling or hydro-fracking. By enacting this moratorium, New York State will protect the health and economic well-being of all 19 million New Yorkers.

August 5, 2010
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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

This summer New York has experienced record-breaking heat, which has lead New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where there are cooler temperatures. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:

Use Energy Star Products

Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.

Cooling

File: 
Energy Saving Tips-2.pdf

August 5, 2010
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Governor Signs Illegal Hotels Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

Contact: Katie Kincaid - kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com - (646) 784-0485

(New York, NY) Tenants and tourists in New York City will be protected by a new law that makes it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City. The bill (S.6873/A.10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, will put an end to the rampant spread of illegal hotels by clarifying ambiguities in State and City laws which made it impossible for government agencies to effectively crack down on offenders and protect residents. Governor Paterson signed the bill into law today.

July 26, 2010
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Tenants And Lawmakers Join Together to Urge Governor Paterson to Sign Bill to Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

(New York, NY) On Wednesday, July 21st, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Vito Lopez, as well as other key elected officials, tenants and housing advocates gathered at City Hall to urge Governor Paterson to sign legislation to enable New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels and to protect tenants.

July 26, 2010
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New York City’s Illegal Non-Hotels

New York Times Editorial

The Web sites show happy young travelers bunking within a few blocks of Broadway. And they offer a place to stay in such a glamorous, expensive city for only $15 a night. The problem is that a growing number of these “hotels” are unsafe, unsanitary and illegal.

Rogue hotels offer a quick buck for the landlords and a problem for almost everybody else — other residents who need affordable housing, the neighborhood that needs stability, the city that loses on hotel taxes and often even the visitor who goes home grumbling.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/opinion/10sat4.html?_r=1

July 12, 2010
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Bad Bicycling? Fine Business

In an attempt to curb bad bicycling behavior, a group of East Side elected officials want to pass a law that would shift the burden over to the city’s companies that employ bicyclists who ignore traffic laws.

Read more: http://ourtownny.com/2010/07/07/bad-bicycling-fine-businesses/

July 12, 2010
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Senator Krueger Discusses the Latest News on The Budget

Senator Liz Krueger sat down with NY1 to discuss the current status of New York State's budget.

"We passed most of the revenue within those emergency extenders and budget bills we already passed, so we’re not at the verge of closing down government," said State Senator Liz Krueger.

 Click here to see Liz Krueger explain the budget on NY1.

July 9, 2010
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New Bill Allows City to Crack Down on Illegal Hotels, Put an End to "Nightmare" Situation

ALBANY - A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.

The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments "from an already tight housing market," said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor.

July 7, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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Senator Krueger & State Senate Put an End to Disturbing & Violent Crush Videos

For Immediate Release | June 23, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger and animal rights activists secured another major victory in the fight against animal cruelty with the passage of the legislation (S7812 / A11161) that outlaws Animal Crush Videos. The highly disturbing Crush Videos often depict women crushing small animals with their feet or shoes for the purpose of erotic pleasure.

June 24, 2010
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My Opposition to the Legalization of Ultimate Fighting

Today, I stood in opposition to legislation which would allow professional mixed martial arts, or Ultimate Fighting, to be permitted in the State of New York. I voted against this bill (S2165), which was supported by the majority of my conference, due to my concern over the escalating violence in this sport and disturbing trend of severe head injury to participants of the sport.

There is no way of ignoring the fact that this is a sport rooted in violence. By glamorizing and legalizing this activity in New York we are exposing our children to a heightened level of brutality which can inadvertently encourage dangerous behavior in children.

June 16, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER & SENATE DEMOCRATS PASS LAWS RESTRUCTURING OUTDATED MATRIMONIAL LAWS INCLUDING NO FAULT DIVORCE

For Immediate Release | June 15, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(Albany – NY) The New York State Senate has just passed legislation that would allow for No Fault Divorce, a bill that fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process of divorce for all New Yorkers. This legislation, along with two other bills having to do with matrimonial law, was co-sponsored, and fiercely advocated for, by State Senator Liz Krueger, who represents Midtown and the East Side of Manhattan.

June 16, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER SUCCESSFULLY AMENDS FORECLOSURE LAW TO HELP OWNERS

For Immediate Release | June 15, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to help homeowners who are fighting foreclosure, State Senator Liz Krueger successfully sponsored and passed new legislation (S7798A) which would amend the New York State Foreclosure Prevention and Responsible Lending Act to further ensure that homeowners have an adequate opportunity to prevent foreclosure through fair, good-faith judiciary hearings.

June 16, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER & FELLOW DEMOCRATS RESTORE MONEY TO SENIOR CENTERS, AVOIDING DEVESTATING CUTS

For Immediate Release | June 14, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(Albany, NY) – State Senator Liz Krueger joined her Democratic Colleagues in voting to pass a budget extender which included a restoration of nearly $37 million in Title XX funds to be given to Senior Centers throughout New York City.

June 16, 2010
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June 15, 2010
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First Senior Spotlight Shine on: Lou Stallman

I am very happy to announce that our first ever Senior Spotlight award has been given to Mr. Lou Stallman.

Our first Senior Spotlight Shines on Grammy nominee songwriter, Lou Stallman. Mr. Stallman is a special Upper East Side senior who has recorded over five hundred songs, including “Treasure of Love,” “Round and Round,” “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle” and the New York Yankees official theme song. Lou is very active in the community and attends many senior and community events. In addition he has mentored a number of young artists including Jerry Potente with whom he is currently working on a cartoon project called CARHEADS™. He is also currently working on writing a broadway musical Mr. Potente. We are honoring Mr. Stallman for his commitment to the arts and his community.

June 11, 2010
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Mothers: Know Your Rights!

In late 2009 I sponsored and pushed through Legislation (S1107) to establish a Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights. All too often women are made to feel ashamed when they breastfeed, which can lead them to quit breastfeeding their babies prematurely.

My Breastfeeding Mother’s Bill of Rights is common-sense legislation that empowers and supports new mothers by providing them with the information they need prior to, and after they give birth so they can make the best decisions for their child and themselves.

June 9, 2010
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