Thomas K. Duane's News items

OUR TOWN: Seniors Voice Concerns on SBS and Bike Lanes

Excerpt from Laura Shin's December 22, 2010 Our Town story on the information session State Senator Duane and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) held for senior citizens regarding recent changes on First and Second Avenues.The implementation of Select Bus Service and new bike lanes along First and Second avenues has caused confusion and concern for some pedestrians. The office of State Senator Thomas K. Duane and the Department of Transportation (DOT) held an information session for senior citizens Dec. 21 on the issue.

December 22, 2010
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NYU Faces Opposition To Greenwich Village Expansion

Excerpt from 1010WINS/WCBS 880's December 5, 2010 story on a rally opposing New York University's plan to take more than two acres of City-owned land in  Greenwich Village for its own use.

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) -- About 100 people turned out for a Sunday afternoon rally in Greenwich Village to demand NYU withdraw its application to acquire public land south of Washington Square Park.NYU has asked the city to transfer ownership of the land — currently home to playgrounds, a dog run and community gardens — so they can be used for the university’s expansion plan.

December 6, 2010
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DNAinfo:Chelsea Seminary Sells Off History to Pay Debts

Excerpt from Tara Kyle's December 2, 2010 DNAinfo story on the General Theological Seminary's sale of several of its historic properties to the Brodsky Organization.

December 3, 2010
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THE DAILY POLITICS: HIV/AIDS Activists To Protest, Get Arrested Any Minute Now

Excerpt from Celeste Katz's November 9, 2010 The Daily Politics blog post on a planned civil disobedience protesting Governor Paterson's veto of legislation that would bring the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration's rental assistance program into line with every other similar program in New York State.

Advocates of a 30% rent cap for people with HIV/AIDS plan to block traffic near City Hall today (and get arrested for it) following a protest of Gov. Paterson's veto of the legislation.Among those planning to get hauled off in civil disobedience for lying down in the street to block traffic: Manhattan State Sen. Tom Duane, his chamber's first openly gay and openly HIV+ member.

November 9, 2010
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Chelsea Now: A Tree Grows in Chelsea...But Not For Long

Excerpt from Scott Stiffler's November 3, 2010 Chelsea Now story on the unwarrented removal of community plantings from a Chelsea bike lane median.

November 3, 2010
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NY1: Manhattan DA Classifies Two Alleged Anti-Gay Attacks As Hate Crimes

Excerpt from Rebecca Spitz's October 18, 2010 NY1 story on the response to two alleged cases of anti-gay violence in Greenwich Village.

October 18, 2010
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HUFFINGTON POST: A Victory for Survivors of Trafficking in New York State

Excerpt from Sienna Baskin and Melissa Broudo's September 2, 2010 Huffington Post column on New York State's new law, sponsored by Senator Duane and Assembly Member Gottfried and co-authored by the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, that allows sex trafficking victims to clear their records of prostitution-related crimes.

HUFFINGTON POST

September 2, 2010

A Victory for Survivors of Trafficking in New York State

by Sienna Baskin and Melissa Broudo

September 2, 2010
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NEW YORK TIMES: Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

Excerpt from Jane E. Brody's August 24, 2010 New York Times column citing the Palliative Care Information Act, which Senator Duane sponsored and Governor Paterson signed into law.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 24, 2010

Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

August 27, 2010
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CNN: New York state Senate passes anti-bullying bill

From Julie Cannold, CNN

June 23, 2010 8:52 p.m. EDT

 

New York (CNN) -- The New York state senate passed passed an anti-bullying bill Tuesday night to protect all students from discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

June 25, 2010
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Democrat and Chronicle: ‘Presumed consent’ idea for organ donation stirs debate

Cara Matthews – Gannett Albany BureauLocal News – June 21, 2010 - 5:00am

ALBANY — A Westchester County assemblyman whose daughter is a two-time kidney transplant recipient wants to flip New York’s organ-donation system on its head by presuming people are donors unless they indicate otherwise.

“What we have in New York is a completely failed system,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.

June 25, 2010
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Wall Street Journal: ERs Fill Up Downtown

By SUZANNE SATALINE

Emergency rooms in downtown Manhattan have become more crowded since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in April, but ambulances are getting patients into the remaining ERs faster than they did when the 161-year-old Greenwich Village hospital was open.

June 25, 2010
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New York Times: Plans for Ground-Floor Bar Make Residents Hit Roof

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ

The Central Park West Café, depending on whom you ask, would be either a serene wine bar with a Duke Ellington ambience or a rowdy, ear-splitting, velvet-roped nightclub.

June 25, 2010
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The Nation: The Next Drilling Disaster?

By Kara Cusolito | June 3, 2010 A tour of Dimock, Pennsylvania, with Victoria Switzer is a bumpy ride over torn-up roads, around parking lots filled with heavy machinery and storage tanks, and past well pads that not long ago were forests. The winter here was quiet, but with the thawing ground came the return of the rigs, the trucks, the constant noise and lights of a twenty-four-hour-a-day gas drilling operation. "It's a modern-day

June 4, 2010
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The New York Times: New York Child Abuse Bill

May 17, 2010New York Child Abuse BillTo the Editor:Re “Justice for Child Abuse Victims” (editorial, May 16):

May 18, 2010
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Gannett: N.Y. lawmakers push for anti-bullying legislation

By Jon Campbell • Albany Bureau • May 17, 2010ALBANY — As bullying in schools continues to grab headlines in New York and throughout the country, school administrators and state legislators are looking at ways to combat the activity — at both the state and district level.

May 18, 2010
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Gay City News: Rent Cap Awaits Guv’s Call

Four-year effort to curb costs for AIDS housing tenants now down to one manPublished: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:46 PM CDTBY PAUL SCHINDLERSince the waning days of the Pataki administration, advocates havebeen pressing for legislation to cap rents paid by thousands ofclients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) at 30percent of their income. Now that approval for the measure has finallybeen secured in both the Assembly and the Senate, Governor David A.Paterson’s willingness to sign the measure has suddenly become a major

May 18, 2010
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Housing Works: Half of All State Senators Support GENDA; Advocates to Lobby Again May 11

The New York State Senate is slowly coming around to supporting equal rights for gender nonconforming people.Housing Works latest vote count has 31 state senators firmly in support of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA). The bill prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and all other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law. Only one more ‘yes’ vote is needed to have a majority in the 62-person Senate.

May 18, 2010
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The New York Times: Housing Subsidy Has High-Profile Foe

By CARA BUCKLEY

The mayor’s office is urging Gov. David A. Paterson to veto a bill that would offer greater rent relief to 11,000 New York City residents with H.I.V. or AIDS, saying the measure would tax the city’s strained budget.

May 4, 2010
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The New York Times: Remembering the Little Man Who Was a Big Voice for Causes

April 30, 2010
Remembering the Little Man Who Was a Big Voice for Causes

May 4, 2010
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