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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Hearing On Certificates Of Appropriateness For 145 Perry Street Aka 703-711 Washington Street

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which 145 Perry Street is located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) today.

The application before LPC is to garner a Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of a two-story stucco building, used as a freight loading station since 1938, and construction of a seven-story plus penthouse building in its place.

February 12, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Board Of Standards And Appeals Regarding Congregation Shearith Israel's Application For Variances At 6-10 West 70th Street

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senatorial District, which includes the Upper West Side where Congregation Shearith Israel's (CSI) site for its proposed building at 6-10 West 70th Street is located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) today. As you know, I spoke against CSI's original application for variances at the BSA's November 27, 2007 hearing.

February 12, 2008
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Advocating Creative Ways To Site A Middle School At 75 Morton Street

Joel I. KleinChancellorNew York City Department of Education52 Chambers StreetNew York, NY 10007

Marisa LagoPresident and CEOEmpire State Development Corporation30 South Pearl StreetAlbany, NY 12207

Dear Chancellor Klein and Ms. Lago:

February 6, 2008
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Area Elected Officials Win Remediation Of PCBs At P.S. 199

US Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York State Senator Tom Duane, New York State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, and New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer today celebrated the New York City Department of Education's (DOE) agreement to heed their and the P.S. 199 Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) call for comprehensive testing and remediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination at the school, located at 270 West 70th Street in Manhattan.

February 6, 2008
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Senator Duane: 'College Goal Sunday' Helps New York Families Plan And Pay For College Education

State Senator State Senator Tom Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), who in fall 2007 hosted a series of 29th Senate District forums on accessing college financial aid, today lauded an upcoming one-day special event designed to help high school seniors and their families complete and file federal aid applications electronically.

January 14, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York State Liquor Authority 500 Foot Hearing Regarding Cooper Square Hotel

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes 25-33 Cooper Square, the site of the newly-constructed Cooper Square Hotel.

January 8, 2008
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Recycle Your Ink Jet Cartridges And Cell Phones

So you just bought or were given a new cell phone. Or maybe, you purchased some new ink jets for your printer. The question is, what do you do with the cell phone or the empty ink jet cartridges you no longer need?

"Don't throw them away," said State Senator Tom Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan). "Recycle them."

January 7, 2008
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Comments Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane On The Draft Scope Of Analysis For The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Regarding The Expanded Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes much of the area that will be affected by the Expanded Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project.

December 6, 2007
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York State Commission On Sentencing Reform

I am New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane and I represent the 29th Senate District. From 2002-2006 I was the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Codes Committee -- which was the committee directly involved with the issue of criminal sentencing reform in the New York State Senate.

November 15, 2007
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Comments Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane On The Draft Scope Of Analysis For The Draft Environmental Impact Statement Regarding The Proposed Western Rail Yard Project

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, within which lie the three sites involved in the proposed Western Rail Yard Project. I appreciate the New York City Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") giving me the opportunity to submit comments on the draft scope of analysis for this project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

November 15, 2007
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The Partnership For Universal Health Coverage Joint Public Hearing Of The New York State Departments Of Health And Insurance

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, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and part of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. I want to thank you for the opportunity to testify before this joint hearing.

November 2, 2007
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Senator Thomas K. Duane And West Side Community Hail MTA Decision To Make Public Proposals For West Side Railyards Development

Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) today applauded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Sander, for its decision to make public significant design portions of the recently-submitted responses to the Request for Proposals ("RFP") for the development of the West Side Railyards. Senator Duane was the first to request some form of public presentation of these responses in an August 7, 2007 letter to Executive Director Sander, and has been working with the MTA ever since to realize this goal.

October 11, 2007
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Bills To Appropriate Funds To MTA Could Halt Fare Hike If Passed

Assemblymember Jim Brennan (D-Bklyn) and Senator Tom Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), supported by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, announced the introduction of legislation to increase State and City operating support for the MTA and avoid a fare hike. They urged the MTA to postpone the fare hike planned for early 2008 until after the Legislature and the Governor have had a chance to review these alternative funding options.

October 11, 2007
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Testimony Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Council Housing And Building Committee Hearing On Int. 340

Introduction No. 340 is especially critical because in recent years, there has been a rising number of building owners falsely claiming to be demolishing their buildings so that they may evict rent-stabilized tenants. The Rent Stabilization Law allows an owner who "intends in good faith to demolish the building" to evict rent-stabilized tenants, but many owners who have filed demolition applications are operating in bad faith.

October 10, 2007
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State Senator Duane Marks Columbus Day By Calling For A South Village Historic District

Senator Duane joined the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), community, business, and religious leaders, area residents and others at a press conference and Columbus Day celebration that honored the South Village's Italian-American heritage and called upon the City to confer historic district status upon the neighborhood to preserve the social, cultural, and architectural qualities that distinguish it.

October 8, 2007
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Statement Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane Regarding The New York State Department Of Motor Vehicles' Recent Administrative Policy Change

Many constituents have reached out to me to express their opinions about Governor Spitzer recently announced administrative policy change that will make driver licenses -- and, by extension, auto insurance -- available without regard to immigration status. I firmly believe that this is a positive development for all New Yorkers.

 

October 1, 2007
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Statement Of New York State Senator

My name is Thomas K. Duane, and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes Mulry Square, around which MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) is proposing the installation of an emergency ventilation plant ("fan plant").

 

I would also like to express my appreciation to members of Community Board Two, who brought this issue to my attention. Brad Hoylman in particular, when he was Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee, raised this issue long ago, and has ensured that it remains on my and the community's radar.

September 24, 2007
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Senator Duane And Disabled Advocates Decry Unequal Access To New York's Flagship, 24-Hour Post Office

Gathered at the foot of steep steps leading into New York City's only post office that is open to the public 24 hours-a-day, seven-day-a-week, State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), the Disabled Riders Coalition, disabled activist Norma Hart, and other advocates for the disabled demanded that the United States Postal Service (USPS) provide full weekend access to the building for people in wheelchairs and otherwise mobility-impaired individuals, just as it does for other customers.

September 10, 2007
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Requesting Public Review Of Rail Yards Rfp Responses

Hon. Elliot G. SanderExecutive Director and Chief Executive OfficerMetropolitan Transportation Authority347 Madison AvenueNew York, NY 10017

Dear Executive Director Sander:

August 6, 2007
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