Thomas K. Duane's Press releases

Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: St. Vincent's Hospital

Senator Duane delivers remarks at a town hall meeting regarding St. Vincent's Hospital at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village on January 28th.

"As I told hundreds of stakeholders who turned out on January 28 for SEIU 1199’s St. Vincent’s Community Town Hall Meeting, we need St. Vincent’s Hospital.  We need a full-service hospital and health care facility in this neighborhood and on the lower West Side of Manhattan.  We need the care that St. Vincent’s provides for the people that no one else wants to treat.

January 28, 2010
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Senator Duane, Local Elected Officials Demand Preservation of Vital Health Services in West Manhattan

Speaker Quinn, Seantor Duane, Local Elected Leaders Demand Preservation of Vital Health Services in West Manhattan

January 26, 2010
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Statement of NYS Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Tishman Speyer and Blackrock Realty Surrender of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to Creditors

 “Residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) and all who care about the future of this bastion of affordable middle-class housing in New York City are understandably concerned about the news that the complex will be turned over to its creditors. 

January 25, 2010
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: Tishman Speyer Properties’ Announcement of its Mortgage Default on Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village

January 8, 2010

“While not unexpected, it is sad and a cause of great concern that Tishman Speyer and Blackrock will miss a payment today on debt from their 2006 purchase of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV).  This situation is another tragic result of the recent real estate boom, which has and will continue to negatively impact New York City’s residents. 

January 8, 2010
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Letter from Senator Thomas K. Duane to Equinox Holdings RE: Multistory Signage at 97 Greenwich Avenue

Attached and below please find a letter sent today by New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane to Harvey Spevak, CEO of Equinox Holdings, calling for the removal of multistory signage at Equinox Fitness at 97 Greenwich Avenue, which constitutes an egregious violation of the spirit and character of the Greenwich Village Historic District.

January 5, 2010
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Sen. Duane Joins Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn to Announce Final Re-zoning for Redevelopment of Hudson Yards Area

Agreement on Western Rail Yard Sets Stage for Combined 12 Million Square Feet of Mixed-Use Development, including 1,300 Affordable Housing Units in Hudson Yards Area, and Creation of Tens of Thousands of Permanent and Construction JobsFirst Phase of 7-Train Expansion to Hudson Yards Area is Completed as 1,000-Ton Tunnel Boring Machine Breaks through 34th Street Station Cavern Wall

December 20, 2009
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Senator Duane and Assembly Member Kellner Criticize MTA Plan to Slash Millions From Access-A-Ride Program

MTA PLAN TO SLASH $40 MILLION THIS YEAR, $80 MILLION THE NEXT, FROM ACCESS-A-RIDE WILL LEAVE DISABLED RIDERS STRANDED

MTA Fails to Take Advantage of Existing Proposal to Save $50 Million Annually Without Cutting Services.

December 16, 2009
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Senator Duane Speaks at Governor Paterson's Signing of Gender Identity and Expression Executive Order

GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS GENDER IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION EXECUTIVE ORDER

 

Executive Order Will Protect State Workers from Discrimination Based on Gender Identity

 

December 16, 2009
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: Marriage Equality Vote in NYS State Senate

"Today’s vote against Marriage Equality makes me very angry.  Promises made were not honored.  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and all fair minded New Yorkers, have been betrayed.  I am enraged, deeply disappointed and profoundly saddened by the vote today.

December 2, 2009
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Sen. Duane Announces Public Roundtable on Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Thomas K. Duane, Chair

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

NOTICE OF PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE

November 30, 2009
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‘Oreo’s Law’ Would Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life

MANHATTAN -- A bill to allow animal welfare organizations the right to request animals be given to their care when a shelter is planning to euthanize them will be introduced in the State Legislature this week by Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner and State Senator Thomas K. Duane.

November 18, 2009
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Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Results of Maine Referendum on Marriage Equality

“Yesterday’s referendum to repeal Maine’s marriage equality law was a blow to the Lesbian, Gay,  Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and indeed all those who believe in fairness and equality under the law. As in every struggle for civil rights, defeats are temporary – and so shall be this repeal in Maine.

November 5, 2009
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Statement of Senator Duane Re: New York State Court of Appeals Ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties

"In fighting on behalf of tenants, I have long argued that under New York State law, landlords who receive New York City tax abatements for renovations must extend rent stabilization protections to their tenants during the abatement period.I am gratified that the New York State Court of Appeals, in upholding the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P., has affirmed it.

October 22, 2009
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Statement by New York State Senator Duane RE: Hiram Monserrate

"From the time Hiram Monserrate was arrested on domestic violence charges last December, I have been outspoken in my disgust and horror at his actions, and at the sad but true fact that he continued to serve in the New York State Senate.  As I said privately and publicly in the Senate Democratic Conference, indeed to Senators on both sides of the aisle, and publicly at my District-wide Town Hall Meeting and elsewhere, I am appalled to serve with him and I believe Mr.

October 20, 2009
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Announcement of Joint Public Hearing on Improving Patient Safety in New York

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

 

September 28, 2009
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September 2, 2009
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Advocating for Faster, More Efficient Graffiti Removal in New York City

New Council Legislation Will Allow Faster, More Efficient Graffiti Clean Up in the City

September 2, 2009
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New York Must Protect its Troubled Youth

Senators Duane, Montgomery, Hassell-Thompson and Huntley to Hold Public Hearings to Ensure New York Complies with the Federal Mandate to Fix Youth Detention Facilities

August 25, 2009
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