Thomas K. Duane's Press releases

Introducing Legislation Banning the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in New York’s Horseracing Industry

ALBANY, September 13, 2011 – As the Belmont Race Course opens its gates for its Fall season, Senator Thomas K. Duane today announced that he will introduce legislation banning the use of performance enhancing drugs, including the widely overused diuretic Lasix (Furosemide), on any horse participating in a New York State sanctioned horserace. The bill also carries stiff fines -- including a permanent ban on those who violate the law after a third violation.  Senator Duane said, "Until this legislation becomes law, I urge everyone to refrain from wagering on any horse that is being dosed with Lasix – or worse. No one in the horseracing industry should be monetarily rewarded for racing a horse which may be too sick to run without such drugs."

September 13, 2011
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Statement of NYS Senator Duane RE: Governor Paterson's Veto of HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% Rent Cap Legislation

September 19, 2010"Governor Paterson's veto of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% rent cap bill is an incredible tragedy. Thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS who receive housing assistance from HASA will continue to be forced to live on $11 and change a day because all the rest of their monthly income – in some cases upwards of 70% – must go towards paying rent.

September 19, 2010
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Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Urgent Care Coming to Manhattan's Lower West Side via North Shore-LIJ and VillageCare’s Announced Partnership

Finally, after much advocacy and hard work, The North Shore-LIJ Health System (NS-LIJ) has announced a plan, in affiliation with VillageCare, to operate a 24-hour urgent care center at 121A West 20 Street on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. I and the community expect that the proposed facility will provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art urgent care possible and that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will quickly approve the project.  That said, actions speak louder than words.  Nothing can be taken for granted.  We must remain vigilant until this facility is operational and we can be sure that it is providing the same level of high-quality, culturally sensitive care to all who need it regardless of their ability to pay. 

August 26, 2010
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NYS Senator Duane and NYS Assemblymember Kavanagh Comment as Court Rules for Stuyvesant Town & Peter Cooper Village Tenants Against Met Life AGAIN

On Thursday, August 5, 2010, Justice Robert Lowe of the New York State Supreme Court denied a motion by Met Life to dismiss the claims of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village tenants for damages resulting from Met Life’s illegal deregulation of apartments and rent overcharges. The ruling came in the ongoing litigation of the Roberts case, in which the State’s highest court had previously found that Met Life and Tishman Speyer, which purchased the complex from Met Life in 2006, had given up their right to deregulate apartments by accepting generous tax benefits under the City’s J-51 program.

August 6, 2010
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NYS Senator Tom Duane's Historic HIV Testing Legislation Signed into Law

Statement of New York State Senator Tom DuaneRE: Governor Paterson’s signing of S.8227 (Duane) / A.11487 (Gottfried)which will greatly expand voluntary, informed testing for HIV

July 30, 2010
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Senator Duane Announces the Passage of the Dignity for All Students Act

Providing All Students With A Safe Learning Environment

Senate Passes Landmark ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

 

June 23, 2010
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An Educational Panel: What Are Our Options Post-St. Vincent’s?

In the wake of the devastating closure of St.

May 26, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation to Cap Rent Share At 30% of Income for Poor New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS

Aligns NYC HIV/AIDS Service Administration with Other Rental Assistance Programs

(Albany, NY)-On Tuesday the New York State Senate decisively passed legislation, prime sponsored by Senator Thomas K. Duane, that would cap at 30 percent of income the rent contribution of people receiving housing assistance from the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA). 

 

April 27, 2010
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Senate Health Committee Moves Five Pieces of Legislation

Electronic Signatures for Organ Donation,

Right to Palliative Care Passed

April 27, 2010
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Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Announcement on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

“Today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) announced a separate environmental review process that will effectively prevent high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the New York City and Skaneateles Lake watersheds.  

April 23, 2010
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Senator Duane Rallies with Elected Officials, Advocates to Oppose Plan to Charge Homeless for Shelter

Proposed Policy Would Create Steeper, Longer Path Out of Homelessness

Elected Officials Support Legislation to Prohibit Charging Homeless for Shelter

April 15, 2010
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Joint Statement on Flag Burning at LGBT Community Center

Joint Statement by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Senator Thomas Duane, Assembly Members Danny O’Donnell, Deborah Glick, Dick Gottfried, Micah Kellner, Matthew Titone and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Re: Condemning the Recent Flag Burning at LGBT Center

April 15, 2010
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Senator Duane Spearheads Passage of Resolution to Bring a Space Shuttle to New York City

Senator Duane Enlists Colleagues to Call on NASA to Permanently Display A Space Shuttle at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

April 8, 2010
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

“While today’s decision by the Board of Directors of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center to close the hospital’s inpatient units was deeply disappointing, I have not given up the fight.  I will continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including City, State and Federal officials, as well as the hospital board, management and labor, to guarantee that the health care needs of our neighborhoods are met."

"I will continue to fight for the preservation of a 24-hour emergency room, widely available and culturally sensitive community-based primary care, and the specialty services that have been at the core of St. Vincent’s commitment to our Lower West Side neighborhoods and our city as a whole.”

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April 6, 2010
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

“St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center is the only inpatient acute-care facility on Manhattan’s Lower West Side -- the hospital, emergency room, affiliated clinics and care providers play a crucial role in serving our community's health care needs.   I was saddened to learn that Mount Sinai Medical Center declined to become partners with St. Vincent’s.  But I am not ready to give up the fight.

April 1, 2010
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Senator Duane Robocalls The Census

As Census Questionnaires Hit Mailboxes This Week
An Innovative Way to Boost Response Rates

March 17, 2010
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The Senate Passes the Family Health Care Decisions Act

The New York State Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) today by a vote of 55-3, empowering family members and others close to the patient to make medical decisions for  incapacitated patients.

February 24, 2010
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Senator Tom Duane and Senate President Malcolm A. Smith Allocate $7.5 Million In Funding To Support Renovations To Lincoln Center

Above: Senator Duane presents a check on behalf of the New York State Senate to Reynold Levy, President of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The funding will go towards costs for the design, architecture and engineering of Alice Tully Hall.

(New York, NY)- Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith along with Senator Tom Duane presented a $7.5 Million capital funding allocation to  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to be used for its ongoing redevelopment of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall.

The check will go towards costs for the design, architecture and engineering of the hall.

February 5, 2010
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State Senator Duane Joins Senator Schumer, Local Elected Officials and Advocates to Preserve Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village As Haven for Middle Class

SCHUMER LEADS RALLY WITH STUYVESANT TOWN AND PETER COOPER VILLAGE TENANTS TO PRESERVE MASSIVE COMPLEX AS HAVEN FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN NEW YORK Schumer, Garodnick, Duane Make Direct Appeal to Heads of Fannie and Freddie; Agencies Are Best Hope to Keep Complex Middle Class As They Are the Largest Creditors Fannie and Freddie Have Leverage Over Servicer CW Capital who Lawmakers Insist Must Install New Management that Keeps Building Affordable and Not Let Building Maintenance and Repairs Slip During Transition and Sale

January 30, 2010
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