Thomas K. Duane's News items

Reuters: Power struggle impedes New York gay marriage vote

By Edith Honan

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's annual Gay Pride parade was a colorful celebration of 40 years of progress toward civil rights for gays, but once the dust settled, gay couples who wish to marry in New York state remain thwarted.

 

June 29, 2009
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AP: NY Senate confusion sidelines gay marriage

By VALERIE BAUMAN |Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. - The paralyzing fight for control of the New York Senate has sidelined the movement for same-sex marriage indefinitely.

June 25, 2009
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Daily Gazette: Psychologist pushes ban on torture

By Sara FossGazette Reporter

 

CAPITAL REGION — As a psychologist, Steven Reisner believes his job is “to do good . . . to improve human welfare.”

Now, as a co-founder of the grassroots organization New York Campaign Against Torture, Reisner is pushing for the passage of legislation that would prohibit any licensed New York health professional from participating in interrogations or “improper treatment” of prisoners.

June 21, 2009
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Chelsea Now: West Siders call for end to 9th Ave. pedestrian deaths

A group of West Side advocates staged a funeral procession down Ninth Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend to memorialize the pedestrians killed by vehicles on the high-traffic street in recent years.

June 18, 2009
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Chelsea Now: Them Darn Dems

Despite speculation over State Sen. Thomas Duane’s possible behind-the-scenes dealings with the rising Republican coalition in Albany, the Chelsea-based Democrat recently affirmed his allegiance to the home team.

“I’m with Malcolm Smith,” Duane said when asked about his suspected flirtation with the GOP. Last week—after the Senate devolved into chaos following defections by Sens. Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate to the other side of the aisle—Duane did little to dispel the rumors that he had been dialoguing with the Republicans.

June 18, 2009
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NY Daily News Daily Politics Blog: Duane: 'Zero Chance' Of Joining A GOP-Led Majority

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Sen. Tom Duane, whose loyalties have been in question since he failed to show up at Sen. Malcolm Smith's post-coup press conference, called in a little while ago to set the record straight.

June 12, 2009
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Editorial: Vote on Gay Marriage

The New York Times:
Editorial-Vote on Gay Marriage

 

Six states have now made it legal for same-sex couples to marry. New York is not one of them. Gov. David Paterson wants the state to guarantee that right, and the protections that come with it, and the Assembly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage last month. Malcolm Smith, the leader of the State Senate, insists that he, too, favors marriage for gay couples, but he won’t let a bill go to the floor unless he’s privately lined up enough votes.

June 4, 2009
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Crain's: Third attempt looms to develop Pier 40

By Theresa Agovino

Last year, Related Cos. sought a 49-year lease and opted not to pursue developing the site when it became clear that the change wasn’t forthcoming.

However, many community advocates objected to the size and scope of Related’s proposal which included a home for Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival. Some state legislators' aides said there's a fear that changing the law would encourage large developments that they deem inappropriate for the park.

June 4, 2009
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Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage

Newsday: Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage

BY JAMES T. MADORE

June 1, 2009

ALBANY - Fran DeBenedictis and Krista Jo Merget want to marry and raise their daughter with the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

The Lindenhurst women joined about 25 gay couples here Monday calling on the State Senate to adopt same-sex marriage. The Assembly passed legislation on May 12, and Gov. David A. Paterson has said he will sign a bill into law if it reaches his desk.

June 1, 2009
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Bill Would Extend Shield Law to Cover Bloggers

The New York Times: Bill Would Extend Shield Law to Cover Bloggers

By Sewell Chan

May 20, 2009

May 20, 2009
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Opposing Rallies Over Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

The New York Times: Opposing Rallies Over Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

By JEREMY W. PETERS and MATHEW R. WARREN

Gov. David A. Paterson urged the State Senate on Sunday to take swift action on legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry, signaling that he intends to increase pressure on lawmakers as the end of the 2009 legislative session approaches.

May 18, 2009
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New TSTC Report Calls For Speedier Bus Commute Across Hudson

New TSTC Report Calls For Speedier Bus Commute Across Hudson

NJ TRANSIT and private carrier buses move a population nearly the size of the city of Cincinnati across the Hudson River every day, totaling 100 million bus passengers annually, twice as many passengers as travel into New York City by commuter rail.  A new report from the Campaign argues that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey must do a better job of enhancing bus service across the river and a

May 14, 2009
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Politicians urges tax breaks to lure biotech companies to New York City

Daily News: Politicians urges tax breaks to lure biotech companies to New York City

By Frank Lombardi

May 14, 2009
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A step toward gay vows?

Times Union: A step toward gay vows?

Some Assembly GOP backing could offer cover to Senate Republicans

By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureau

May 13, 2009
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March Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:

Celebrating Landmark Legal Victory with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants

May 7, 2009
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Expressing Concerns About DOT's Green Light for Midtown Project

April 15, 2009

Margaret ForgioneManhattan Borough CommissionerNew York City Department of Transportation59 Maiden Lane, 35th FloorNew York, NY 10038Re: Green Light for Midtown

Dear Ms. Forgione:

May 7, 2009
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Testimony Regarding Two Trees Management Company Proposal

Testimony by NYS Senator Thomas K. DuaneBefore the New York City Council Committee on Zoning & FranchisesRegarding Two Trees Management Company's Development Proposal for 11th Avenuebetween 53rd and 54th Streets

April 20, 2009

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes Manhattan’s Clinton-Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the proposed Two Trees development site. Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

May 7, 2009
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Senator Duane to Sponsor Governor's Bill for Marriage Equality in Senate

Senator Duane spoke in New York City on April 16th at the announcement of a bill that would legalize same-sex civil marriage in the State of New York. "I know, we know, it’s going to take hard work and it’s going to take a bipartisan effort," said Duane. "The journey begins here today, and it's going to end this year when we bring marriage equality to New York."

May 7, 2009
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Universal health insurance bill introduced

Poughkeepsie Journal: Universal health insurance bill introduced

ALBANY — Two lawmakers today introduced a bill to provide government-financed universal health insurance in New York. But a vote on the proposal this year is unlikely.

May 5, 2009
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