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New York Post: Code red looms for St. Vinny's

By CARL CAMPANILE

A rival, powerhouse medical group has proposed taking over and shuttering the 160-year-old St. Vincent's Medical Center in Greenwich Village, which would spell the end of the city's only remaining Catholic hospital, The Post has learned.

Continuum Health Partners -- which operates Beth Israel, St. Luke's and Roosevelt hospitals in Manhattan -- has submitted a plan to assume control of the financially struggling, 727-bed St. Vincent's, sources said.

January 26, 2010
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Democracy Now: Rallies Held in Albany over Natural Gas Drilling

In Albany, New York, competing rallies were held on Monday over plans to allow for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York. Supporters of the drilling say it will create jobs, but critics say the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” could contaminate the water supplies of New York City and other areas of the state. State Senator Tom Duane spoke out against the gas drilling.

January 26, 2010
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Health care challenges for New York

By THOMAS K. DUANE

The stakes for federal health care reform are high. I am a strong believer that we must rethink the way we provide health insurance so that it is available and affordable for all Americans. As the House and Senate continue to resolve differences between their bills, here are three issues of paramount concern to New York:

January 25, 2010
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January 6, 2010
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Legislative Gazette: Silver supports help for tenants with HIV/AIDS

By Amanda CedroneStaff Writer

January 04, 2010

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has committed to passing an affordable housing bill for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS that has already passed the Senate.

January 3, 2010
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Syracuse Post Standard: As NY mulls hydrofracking regulations, gas companies lease land in CNY watersheds

By Delen Goldberg / The Post-StandardDecember 28, 2009, 6:00AMThe Skaneateles Lake watershed, which supplies water to more than 200,000 people in the city of Syracuse, is a potential site for high volume hydrofracking drilling to capture natural gas. Oil and gas companies hold several hundred leases on land in the Skaneateles and Otisco Lake watersheds. Skaneateles, NY - You can’t dump trash, sewage or pesticides into Skaneateles Lake.It’s illegal to boat, swim or fish near water intake pipes in the pristine water.

December 27, 2009
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December 16, 2009
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Our Town: The Dangers of Drilling

December 16, 2009

The state is currently collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow a certain type of natural gas drilling upstate, where the city gets its water supply. Now is the time for all New Yorkers—and especially Mayor Michael Bloomberg—to make their voices heard so this plan gets a much more in-depth evaluation before moving forward. Millions of dollars, and the purity of the city’s drinking water, may be on the line.

December 15, 2009
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DNAinfo: P.S. 51 Development Shrinks Playground, Mobilizes Parents

By Serena Solomon

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

December 11, 2009

MIDTOWN - Community leaders and parents are concerned about a Hell's Kitchen construction project that could increase the number of children at the overcrowded school and shrink the size of the playground.

The development occupies most of a block from W. 44th to W. 45th streets between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and would replace the century-old P.S. 51 with a new, larger building. It would also add 1,200 apartments and commercial space.

December 10, 2009
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NY Daily News: How gay unions lost -- but won: Same sex marriage supporters dominated the debate in the Senate

By Bill Hammond

December 8, 2009

Supporters of same-sex marriage sadly lost the 38-to-24 vote in the state Senate last week, but they won the argument.

On the merits, the debate wasn't even close.

In fact, with the lonely exception of Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., opponents literally said nothing to justify denying equal marital rights to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

The only word 37 of them spoke was "no."

Their collective silence was shameful.

December 7, 2009
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DC Agenda: ‘New Yorkers have been betrayed’

By Chris Johnson

December 10, 2009

December 3, 2009
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The New York Times: From the Floor and the Heart, Senators Make an Issue Personal

December 3, 2009

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

ALBANY — Ruth Hassell-Thompson was a young girl decades ago when her older brother, a gay man, vanished from her deeply religious family, moving away to escape their disapproving father.

December 2, 2009
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Democracy Now: NY State Senate Defeats Bill to Legalize Gay Marriage Gay

December 3, 2009

Guests:

Thomas Duane, New York State Senator (D).

Ann Northrop, veteran journalist and activist. She is co-host of Gay USA on MNN and Free Speech TV.

December 2, 2009
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The New York Times: Voting for Discrimination

December 3, 2009
Editorial

 

The New York State Senate held an emotional debate on Wednesday in which there was talk of belief and conscience and eloquent reminders of earlier civil rights struggles. It then took a stand against equality and fairness.

By a 38-to-24 vote, lawmakers chose to continue the state’s discrimination against couples who want to get married and simply happen to be the same sex.

December 2, 2009
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November 30, 2009
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Examiner: Understanding Oreo's Law

November 25, 12:34 PMSF ExaminerNathan Winograd

November 24, 2009
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The Villager: Politicians honor Cecere, their toughest lobbyist

By Albert Amateau

Lucy Cecere was definitely the Woman of Distinction last week — and for the past few decades.

The born-and-bred Villager and founder of The Caring Community received the 2009 award of that name from state Senator Tom Duane at the noon Caring Community gathering last Thursday at Our Lady of Pompei Church.

Caring Community was founded in 1971 to serve seniors and help them achieve independence, dignity and respect; Lucy Cecere, 86, was there at the beginning and she’s still on the board of directors.

November 17, 2009
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City Hall: City Experts Offer Advance Prognosis Of Effects Of Federal Legislation

By Selena Ross On the pavement of 47th Street in midtown Manhattan, below the offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, toddlers waved balloon animals in the air, signs reading “Senator Schumer, Stand Up for Children’s Health,” strapped to their strollers.

 

November 16, 2009
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