Thomas K. Duane's Press releases

In This Economy, We Must Stop Shortchanging New York City!

In This Economy, We Must Stop Shortchanging New York City!

Senator Thomas K. Duane, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal Introduce Legislation to Restore the New York City Commuter Tax

April 15, 2009

Senator Thomas K. Duane Hails $350 Million for Film and TV Production Credit

Funding Puts New York – And 29th District – Back in Front of the CamerasFilm and Television Industries Employ More Than 100,000 People in New York

April 6, 2009

Senate Health Chair Thomas K. Duane Announces Agreement On Health Budget

Senator Duane restores over $800 million in health care cuts; saves epic pharmacy coverage, touts preventative health.

Albany, New York – In his first year as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D WFP-Manhattan) announced that an agreement has been reached on the health portion of the New York State budget – one of the largest appropriations in the budget.

April 1, 2009

Introducing Legislation Mandating Fare Equity for Paratransit Services

On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.

March 8, 2009

Senator Duane Appoints Soffel, Bearden To Key NYS Senate Health Committee Posts

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, today announced his appointment of Denise Soffel as Health Committee Executive Director and Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel effective March 9, 2009.

Soffel comes to her new position from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she worked as the Health Policy Coordinator, developing and implementing policy advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.

March 2, 2009
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