Thomas K. Duane's News items

Calling On Mayor Bloomberg To Preserve NYCHA's Vital Community Services

Honorable Michael R. BloombergMayor of the City of New YorkCity HallNew York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

As a New York State Senator representing more than 1,800 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants, I was deeply concerned to hear that looming budget shortfalls would force the agency to eliminate all funding for "non-core services," as NYCHA chairman Tino Hernandez suggested at a May 29, 2008 New York City Council Housing and Buildings Committee hearing.

June 18, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

New York State’s 29th Senate District, which includes 170 Central Park West in Manhattan, where the New York Historical Society (N-YHS) is located. N-YHS is seeking a certificate of appropriateness to alter the facade of its Landmark building, which is protected as an individual Landmark as well as part of the Central Park West–West 76th Street Historic District and the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District.

June 15, 2008
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Senator Duane Hosts Special Performance Of "The Castle" In Albany On June 16

The cast of Off-Broadway's The Castle will give a special performance for New York State legislators in Albany on June 16, 2008.

New York State Senator Tom Duane has invited the company to perform the autobiographical work, which sheds light on the stories of incarcerated individuals and their journeys beyond. The Castle will be presented at 6:00 PM in the Empire State Plaza Building for a private performance to state legislators.

June 10, 2008
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Statement Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane On Governor Paterson's Historic Directive To State Agencies To Recognize Same-sex Civil Marriages From Other Jurisdictions

I applaud Governor David Paterson's directive to New York State agencies to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Governor Paterson's directive is not only right and fair, but it is also consistent with recent New York State appellate and Supreme Court rulings that marriages of same-sex couples entered into outside of New York must be recognized in this State.

May 29, 2008
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Advocating For A Bus Storage Facility In Clinton/Hell's Kitchen

Ms. Amanda M. BurdenDirectorNew York City Department of City Planning22 Reade Street New York, NY 10007-1216

Mr. Christopher WardExecutive DirectorPort Authority of New York and New Jersey225 Park Avenue, 15th FloorNew York, NY 10013

Dear Director Burden and Executive Director Ward:

May 23, 2008
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It's Tax Deadline Time: Stop Shortchanging New York City! Senator Thomas K. Duane, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal Introduce Legislation To Restore The New York City Commuter Tax

Highlighting that the City of New York has lost over $4.95 billion in revenue since the repeal of the commuter tax in 1999, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP Manhattan) and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D, WFP Manhattan) today announced the introduction of legislation which will restore the New York City commuter tax.

May 15, 2008
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Senator Duane Introduces Legislation That Would Issue Official State Quality Certification Trademarks For Rbgh-free Milk

Introduces Resolution Calling On Congress To Ban Synthetic rBGH In All Dairy Products

Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) today introduced legislation which would require the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to issue certification trademark quality seals for New York State milk and milk products that are free of the Monsanto Corporation's synthetic Recombiant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Monsanto produces the hormone under the brand name Prosilac™.

May 14, 2008
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Senator Duane Hails Passage Of Senate Bill 7714 Extending Real Estate Tax Abatements For Co-op And Condo Owners

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) applauded the State Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 7714, which will extend the real property tax abatement program for home owners in New York City cooperatives and condominiums for another four years.

May 14, 2008
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Testimony Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before Manhattan Community Board Four’s Joint Landmarks Task Force And Chelsea Preservation And Planning Committee Meeting

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State Senator Tom Duane’s Recollection of the History of the Chelsea Plan 

May 13, 2008
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane To The New York City Council Committee On Health Regarding The Rise In Hiv/aids Among Young Men Of Color Who Have Sex With Men

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District. I am also a member of the New York State AIDS Advisory Council. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Healthfs oversight hearing regarding the rise in HIV/AIDS among young men of color who have sex with men (MSM).

May 1, 2008
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Tenants, Legislators Propose Major Reform Of Rent Board System For Rent-regulated Apartments

Members of the Real Rent Reform Campaign today unveiled legislation to revamp the method of establishing rent adjustments for rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments in New York City and suburban counties. The four Rent Guidelines Boards would be restructured and renamed simply "Rent Boards," discarding the euphemism "guidelines."

May 1, 2008
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Senator Duane Praises Governor Spitzer, Commissioner Hansell For Preserving Affordable Housing For NYC HIV/AIDS Services Administration’s Most Vulnerable Clients

Senator Duane and Assemblymember Deborah Glick introduced legislation (S2890/A5473) earlier this month that would cap at 30% of household income the amount that HASA clients living in supportive housing could pay towards shelter costs. That legislation, while still important, is no longer urgent in light of this executive action by the Spitzer administration.  

 

May 1, 2008
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Urging Action After PCBS Found At P.S. 199 And Other Schools

Dear Commissioner Frieden, Chancellor Klein, and President Greenberger: Given the April 7, 2008 Daily News story revealing that low levels of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were detected in the first-floor cafeteria of P.S. 199, located in my State Senate District, I appreciate that an emergency meeting was called at the school that night.

April 10, 2008
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Dear Attorney General Mukasey

Michael B. MukaseyAttorney GeneralU.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

 

Dear Attorney General Mukasey:

 

April 8, 2008
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Testimony Before Landmarks Preservation Commission On St. Vincent's Proposal

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.

April 1, 2008
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Commenting On The MTA's Selection Of A Hudson Yards Developer

Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) today congratulated the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on its announcement that a bidder has been chosen to develop the MTA's Hudson Rail Yards. The MTA's selection of Tishman Speyer Properties comes after a six month process in which five of New York City's leading developers presented their visions for the future of the Rail Yards property, which the MTA seeks to lease to provide vital revenue for its capital plan.

March 26, 2008
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Calling On Mayor Bloomberg To Keep Preservation And Expansion Of Public Day Care Centers A Top Priority

Dear Mr. Bloomberg: I am writing to express my concerns regarding the current status of New York City public day care centers. As you know, our great city has had a rewarding history of providing safe, quality and affordable public-center-based day care to working families for more than 40 years.

March 20, 2008
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Supporting The Expansion Of The Noho Historic District

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

March 18, 2008
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Expressing Concerns About NYC Department For The Aging "modernization"

Mr. Edwin Mendez-SantiagoCommissionerNew York City Department for the Aging2 Lafayette StreetNew York, NY 10007

Dear Mr. Mendez-Santiago:

I am writing about the New York City Department for the Aging's (DFTA) proposed "modernization." This rapid and comprehensive restructuring of DFTA's services for older New Yorkers will have a significant impact on many of my constituents.

March 17, 2008
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Encouraging Dhcr To Adopt More Rigorous Demolition Standards And Stipend Methodology

Ms. Leslie TorresDeputy Commissioner for Rent AdministrationNew York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)92-31 Union Hall Street Jamaica, NY 11433

Dear Ms. Torres:

I am writing in response to your call for comments on the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal's (DHCR) code with respect to the standards used to determine a demolition, as well as the stipend methodology for tenants displaced by a demolition.

March 13, 2008
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