Thomas K. Duane's News items

Calling On The NYS Department Of Motor Vehicles And Board Of Elections To Work Together To Ensure "Motor Voter" Registrations Are Counted

David J. SwartsCommissioner New York Department of Motor Vehicles6 Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12228

James A. Walsh, Co-ChairDouglas A. Kellner, Co-ChairNew York State Board of Elections 40 Steuben StreetAlbany, NY 12207-2108

Dear Commissioners Swarts, Walsh, and Kellner:

October 20, 2008
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Senators Duane And Assemblymember Kavanagh Announce Far-reaching Legislation Enabling Wrongly Accused Tenants To Recoup Legal Fees

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane and New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh were joined today by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, members of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST/PCV-TA), tenant advocates and community leaders at a press conference announcing legislation they will introduce requiring landlords to pay attorney's fees and/or expenses incurred by tenants wrongly accused of breaking rent-stabilization regulations.

October 19, 2008
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Seeking A South Village Historic District

Robert Tierney, ChairNew York City Landmarks Preservation CommissionOne Centre Street, 9th FloorNew York, NY 10007

Dear Mr. Tierney:

As Columbus Day approaches, I wish to make another appeal on behalf of the proposed South Village Historic District.

October 2, 2008
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Statement Of NYS Senator Duane Before The NYS Assembly Committee On Social Services Regarding The NYC Department Of Homeless Services Plan To Relocate Its Men's Homeless Intake Center

As the New York State Senator for the 29th District, in which New York City's Bellevue intake center for homeless men is located, I urge the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to reconsider its plan to move this intake center from 30th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan to the Bedford-Atlantic Armory in Brooklyn.

September 19, 2008
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Testimony By NYS Senator Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding The Granting Of Landmark Designation To Baumann Brothers Furniture Store

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which Baumann Brothers Furniture Store is located. I submitted testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's (LPC) 2002 hearing regarding this site, and I would like to reiterate my wholehearted support for the proposed landmark designation of this building, located at 22-26 East 14th Street.

September 16, 2008
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Senator Thomas Duane Letter To Robert Tierney, Chair Of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

Robert Tierney, ChairNew York City Landmarks Preservation CommissionOne Centre Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10007

 

September 16, 2008
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Testimony By NYS Senator Duane Before The New York City Planning Commission Hearing Regarding The NYC Department Of Sanitation's Proposed Garage And Salt Shed For Manhattan Districts One, Two & Five

My name is Thomas K. Duane, and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Hudson Square neighborhood, where the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has proposed siting the sanitation garage and salt shed being discussed at today's hearing. I also represent portions of Manhattan Sanitation Districts One, Two, and Five (SD1, SD2 and SD5), which the facility in question is intended to serve.

August 27, 2008
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Senator Duane Introduces Legislation Granting Protections To Journalist Bloggers

Albany – Noting that New York State must keep up with growing technology, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan) today announced legislation which would grant protections to journalist bloggers under New York's reporter's shield law. Currently, professional journalists involved with newspapers, magazines, news agencies, press associations, wire services, radio or television are protected from being charged with contempt of court for failing to disclose any news obtained in confidence or failing to provide the identity of a confidential source.

August 13, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Housing Authority Public Hearing On The Draft 2009 Annual Plan

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which Amsterdam Houses, Amsterdam Addition, 344 East 28th Street, Fulton Houses, Chelsea-Elliot, Chelsea Addition, and Harbor View Terrace are located. As the State Senator representing the residents of these New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments as well as residents of Section 8 Leased Housing and other NYCHA units, I am particularly concerned with some of the cost-cutting proposals that NYCHA has included in its Draft 2009 Annual Plan.

August 13, 2008
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane To The New York City Council Committee On Housing And Buildings Regarding Introduction 534 - Fines For Illegal Conversions

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Upper West Side, Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, Greenwich Village, and part of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings today regarding Introduction 534, which relates to the fines for illegal conversions from residences to hotels.

August 12, 2008
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Testimony Of State Senator Duane Before The New York State Division Of Housing And Community Renewal Hearing On Proposed Demolition Regulations

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Upper West Side, Hell's Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and part of the East Side, including The East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. This mixed-income district is composed largely of tenants, thousands of them rent-stabilized.

August 12, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Public Hearing On The Proposed Designation Of The West Chelsea Historic District

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which all of the proposed West Chelsea Historic District is located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) today.

July 15, 2008
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Hearing On Certificates Of Appropriateness For The St. Vincent's Hospital Redevelopment

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which St. Vincent's Hospital ("St. Vincent's") and the Greenwich Village Historic District are located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission ("LPC") today.

July 15, 2008
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Calling On NYC Economic Development Corporation To Revisit Its Lease With New York Skyports And Pursue The $6.1 Million Skyports Owes The City

Seth W. PinskyPresidentNew York City Economic Development Corporation110 William StreetNew York, NY 10038

Dear Mr. Pinsky,

July 11, 2008
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Opposing The Conversion Of GHI/HIP To The For-Profit Emblemhealth

Honorable Eric R. DinalloSuperintendentNew York State Insurance Department25 Beaver StreetNew York, NY 10004

Dear Superintendent Dinallo:

With the 2008 Legislative Session behind us, I understand the New York State Insurance Department will be continuing its consideration of the proposed conversion of GHI/HIP to the for-profit entity EmblemHealth, Inc. I am deeply concerned about the impact this conversion would have on many of my constituents and GHI/HIP members throughout New York State.

July 2, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Planning Commission's Hearing Regarding The Whitney Museum Expansion And High Line Park Maintenance And Operations Facility

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which the Whitney Museum of American Art's proposed museum and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's proposed maintenance and operations facility for the High Line public open space are located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Planning Commission (CPC) today.

July 2, 2008
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Town Hall Meetings On Senior Citizen Issues

On the afternoons of Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 26th, Senator Duane will host town hall meetings on issues of particular concern to senior citizens.

 

In addition to Senator Duane and other area elected officials, representatives of the New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, New York State Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program (EPIC), Medicare Rights Center and New York City Transit will be at the meeting to present information and answer questions.

Cookies and juice will be served.

July 1, 2008
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Highlights From Senator Duane's Forum On Financial Literacy And Planning.

In July 2008, Senator Duane hosted two forums on financial literacy to provide his constituents with an opportunity to learn about being financially savvy in uncertain economic times. Those who couldn't attend the town halls can get much the information provided by watching this 58-minute, edited version.

July 1, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding The Granting Of Landmark Designation To University Village/Silver Towers

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which University Village/Silver Towers is located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) today.

June 24, 2008
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Forums On Financial Planning And Literacy: Be Smart, Be Safe, And Save!

In July, Senator Duane will be hosting two forums on financial literacy to provide his constituents an opportunity to learn about being financially savvy in uncertain economic times.

The event will include presentations from the New York State Comptroller's Office, the New York State Attorney General's Office, and the Alliance for Financial Literacy followed by a Question and Answer session. They will discuss how to effectively budget, save, invest, and avoid fraudulent scams.

June 24, 2008
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