Thomas K. Duane's News items

November 2, 2009
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Daily News: Leandra's State sen. Tom Duane Signs on in Battle vs. Killer Drunken Drivers

By Glenn Blain

October 28, 2009

Leandra's state senator is joining the fight for tougher penalties against drunken drivers who endanger children.

State Sen. Tom Duane, whose Manhattan district includes the home of Henry Hudson Parkway crash victim Leandra Rosado, says he'll support legislation making it a felony to drive drunk with kids in the car.

October 28, 2009
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The Villager: Duane decries dysfunction of Albany at town hall

By Patrick Hedlund 

September 23, 2009

After spending what he admitted was a “despicable” summer in Albany, state Senator Thomas Duane, speaking earlier this month, expressed confidence that votes on same-sex marriage and rent reforms could come as soon as the end of the month, despite the likely political wrangling that would occur when lawmakers returned to session.

October 23, 2009
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Newsday: Support to legalize medical marijuana in New York

By Carol Polsky

October 19, 2009

Proponents of legislation to legalize medical use of marijuana in New York were encouraged Monday by the announcement of a shift in federal policy first promised by President Barack Obama in his presidential campaign.

October 19, 2009
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Queens Chronicle: Pols say no room in Queens for hate crime

By Liz Rhoades

October 15, 2009

Outraged public officials — many of them openly gay — denounced Monday the vicious attack last week on a gay College Point man.

   City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), who is gay, led a contingent of speakers at a press conference outside New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where Jack Price, 49, is slowly recovering from the brutal beating carried out by two men early Friday. Price, who was able to identify his attackers before being put in an induced coma, is now listed in fair condition.

October 15, 2009
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October 13, 2009
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West Side Spirit: City Pols Protest Upstate Drilling

By Dan Rivoli

October 7, 2009

When the state laid out rules for natural gas drilling upstate on Sept. 30, elected officials miles away in New York City said, “kill the drill.”

That is because drilling, believed to contaminate water, can be done near watersheds where city residents get their drinking water.

Borough President Scott Stringer, along with various city officials, called for the state to ban drilling near the city’s water source.

October 7, 2009
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The Villager: Politicians, enviro groups call for a drilling ban in watershed

By Albert Amateau

October 7, 2009

The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week issued an 809-page draft generic environmental impact statement, or G.E.I.S., proposing rules for extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing drilling in New York City’s Upstate watershed.

October 7, 2009
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September 24, 2009
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Crain's Health Pulse: Duane: No health cuts

September 22, 2009

New York's health care providers have a new champion in state Sen. Tom Duane, D-Manhattan, chair of the Health Committee. Mr. Duane methodically laid out arguments on why the industry should be spared from cuts in this round in an Aug. 21 letter to state leaders, including Gov. David Paterson and Democratic Sens. John Sampson, Malcolm Smith, Pedro Espada and Jeffrey Klein.

September 22, 2009
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The New York Times: Primary Results Show Progress for Gay Candidates

By A.G. Sulzberger

September 17, 2009

James Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm are both Democrats who built reputations for their activism in their Queens neighborhoods and their work in schools and libraries. They are also gay. And after victories in the primary election this week, they appear likely to join the City Council.

September 17, 2009
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NY Daily News Daily Politics Blog: Why The Nix On Nixzmary Bill?

By Elizabeth Benjamin

September 12, 2009

Thursday was another late night at the Capitol for the Senate Democrats, but perhaps it wasn’t too late for a little payback, the DN's Glenn Blain reports.

Sen. Tom Duane, a Manhattan Democrat, cast the only negative vote against the so-called "Nixzmary Brown bill", which authorizes life sentences without parole for people who kill children in a “cruel and wanton manner.”

September 12, 2009
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August 27, 2009
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Syracuse Post Standard: Valesky Brings Health Chairman to Hamilton

From left, Senator Duane, Senator Valesky and Dave Felton, CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, NY speak at a forum on Upstate hospitals

August 13, 2009

State Sen. Dave Valesky, D-Oneida, will bring one of his Downstate counterparts to Hamilton's Community Memorial Hospital today to learn more about the challenges faced by rural hospitals.

August 13, 2009
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Senator Duane Discusses School Overcrowding, Legislative Recap on WNYC

On August 12th, Senator Duane spoke with Mike Pesca on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show about his report on impending school overcrowding in Clinton-Hell's Kitchen as well as the 2009 Legislative Session and the prospects for his same-sex marriage bill and other legislation.

To listen:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/episodes/2009/08/12/segments/138519

August 12, 2009
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Gotham Gazette: Duane Calls for Hearings on Hospital Incident Reporting

July 27, 2009

Sen. Thomas Duane will use his position as chair of the Senate Health Committee to hold  hearings across the state “to better understand what is working well in our hospitals, and what contributes to the breakdown in our mandatory reporting system.”

July 27, 2009
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Towleroad: NY State Senator Tom Duane Gives Gripping, Angry Speech on AIDS

At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent.

The bill passed by a vote of 52 to 1. But not after Duane reminded people of the horrors of the early 80's:

July 17, 2009
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New York Times: A Push to Make a Con Ed Steam Plant a Landmark

By Libby Nelson

The former IRT powerhouse first caught Jimmy Finn’s eye as he jogged along the West Side Highway.

The Beaux-Arts building at 58th Street and 11th Avenue had begun to look increasingly out of place as more steel and glass structures rose up along the Hudson River, Mr. Finn, who had recently graduated from the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in urban planning, began to wonder if the ornate building, one of Con Edison’s three active steam plants in Manhattan, was a landmark.

July 9, 2009
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Daily News: Con Edison staff protests power company's poor wages and health benefits plan

 

Fernando Cruz (c.) and other workers rally in Union Square.

July 2, 2009
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Gay City News: East Side Assault Reflects Larger Trend

36-year-old Boston gay man attacked in early morning hours outside friend’s apartment
BY PAUL SCHINDLER

July 2, 2009
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