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State Sens. Hit St. Francis For Swine Flu Briefing

State Sens. Hit St. Francis For Swine Flu Briefing

CBS-Health officials are getting a better look at the swine flu strain that is hitting our area, and they say it appears to be a less aggressive strain than the one that hit Mexico.

According to the Associated Press, the H1N1 strain is now in 19 states, with 146 confirmed cases.

50 of those cases are here in New York, while five are in New Jersey.

St. Francis Preparatory School, the first location in the Tri-State where cases were confirmed as swine flu, is still closed.

April 30, 2009
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West Side Spirit: Landmarks to Consider IRT Powerhouse

By Dan Rivoli

April 23, 2009

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on July 14 about the landmarking of the Upper West Side powerhouse.

Local elected officials, Community Boards 4 and 6, and preservation groups have pushed for the commission to designate the former Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Powerhouse at West 59th Street and 11th Avenue, which provided electricity for New York City’s first subway system. This is the third time the station has been considered for a landmark designation.

April 22, 2009
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Approval Predicted for Medical Marijuana

Buffalo News: Approval predicted for medical marijuana
State legislators likelyto act this session
By Tom Precious
NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

ALBANY — Long-stalled efforts to permit the medicinal use of marijuana in this state appear to have a good chance of passage before lawmakers end their session in June. It would make New York the 15th state to legalize the drug for medical reasons.

April 21, 2009
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Sex-abuse legislation gains backing

Newsday: Sex-abuse legislation gains backing

By James Madore

April 20, 2009
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Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

The New York Times: Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

By JEREMY W. PETERS

Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York, advancing his push for greater rights for gay men and lesbians, at a time when other states have done so.

Mr. Paterson’s plans represent the most public effort yet by the governor, who has been a consistent supporter of gay rights, to position himself and New York at the crest of a broadening national movement.

April 15, 2009
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Finally, courage emerges in Albany over gay marriage debate

Daily News: Finally, courage emerges in Albany over gay marriage debate

By Errol Louis

April 15, 2009
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New York's fight for equality

Times Union: New York's fight for equality

Some years from now, when the bizarre circumstances that made him governor are forgotten, and New York's fiscal crisis is resolved and similarly relegated to the past, David Paterson could be remembered as the one who saw to it that same-sex couples could legally marry in this state.

Let that thought prevail, at least for this one day.

April 15, 2009
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New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriage

New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriage

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Gov. David Paterson will announce plans Thursday to introduce same-sex marriage legislation in the state Assembly, according to an assemblyman who was asked to be present for the announcement.

"The governor's office called me and asked if I would stand with the governor," said Micah Z. Kellner, a state assemblyman from Manhattan. "I said I will be thrilled to stand with the governor when he makes this announcement."

April 13, 2009
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Duane Still Pushing Access-A-Ride Bill

West Side Spirit: Duane Still Pushing Access-A-Ride Bill
By Dan Rivoli

April 2, 2009

April 1, 2009
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Calling on DEC to Extend Comment Period on Gas Drilling

Hon. Pete GrannisCommissionerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation625 BroadwayAlbany, New York 12233-0001

Dear Commissioner Grannis,

March 18, 2009
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Celebrating Landmark Legal Victory with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants

On Sunday, March 8, Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association and the residents of the complex to celebrate a landmark victory for rent stabilized tenants.

In its unanimous decision issued on Thursday, March 5, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled that Tishman Speyer and the previous owner of the complex, Met Life, imprope

March 8, 2009
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Kellner, Duane Bill Would Put the Brakes on MTA Plan to Hike Access-A-Ride Fare to $5

Gathering in front of VISIONS Selis Manor, home to hundreds of New Yorkers with disabilities, Assembly Member Micah Z.

March 8, 2009
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Addressing Upper West Side Helicoptor Traffic

Dear Upper West Side Neighbor:

As State elected officials representing the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we write in response to recent complaints regarding increased helicopter traffic over the neighborhood. In fact, some constituents have noted that helicopters pass overhead as often as twice every minute, disrupting their lives and contaminating the environment with noise pollution.

March 2, 2009
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February 2009 Community Report

February 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

Adopting the FY 2008-9 Deficit Reduction Plan

On February 3, working with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate passed a critical deficit reduction plan. This legislation will result in closing a budget gap of approximately $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year and will improve the State's bond rating. This will significantly decrease the costs of funding for public works and other vital projects.

February 1, 2009
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January 2009 Community Report

January 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

January 1, 2009
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Urging DEC To Ban Gas Drilling In The Marcellus Shale

On November 25, State Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Jim Gennaro, former New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Al Appleton and advocates in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ban natural gas drilling in New York State’s Marcellus Shale formation. Part of this large mineral reserve deposit thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface is located under New York City’s watershed.

November 25, 2008
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Letter to DEC RE: Scoping Hearings on Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

November 24, 2008

Commissioner Alexander B. Grannis

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway

Albany, New York 12233

Dear Commissioner Grannis,

November 24, 2008
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Celebrating GVSHP’s Grant From Preserve New York

Also on November 20, Senator Duane was pleased to join leaders of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) at a press conference announcing the organization’s receipt of a $13,000 grant from Preserve New York, a program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts. This dedicated funding will allow GVSHP to complete research and documentation of the history of the area between 14th Street and Houston Street, Fourth Avenue/the Bowery and Avenue D in order to produce recommendations for landmark protections.

November 20, 2008
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Seeking Comprehensive Plan In Response To Proposed M8 Bus Elimination

On November 20, State Senator Duane joined State Senator-Elect Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh to respond to reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has proposed completely eliminating M8 crosstown bus service from the Lower East Side to the West Village. While he recognizes that hard times call for difficult decisions, it is too soon to tell if this is the most economically prudent choice in light of community needs and the State’s fiscal crisis.

November 20, 2008
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Urging The NYC Board Of Elections To Remove Barriers That Disenfranchise Disabled Voters

James J. SampelPresidentNew York City Board of Elections200 Varick St., 10 FlNew York, NY 10014

Dear President Sampel:

I am writing in regard to compliance with federal civil rights law at polling sites throughout New York’s 29th State Senate District. The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CIDNY) surveyed twelve distinct polling sites in my district and found significant deficiencies including poll workers who were not prepared to accommodate the needs of the disabled voters and inadequate poll site access.

October 20, 2008
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