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Crain's: Health care lobby prepares to fight calls for big cutbacks

By Barbara Bensonin an ad that began running last week during the Olympics, a pediatrician grimly delivers the line, “Helping New Yorkers lose weight is a matter of life and death.” An offscreen narrator then goes on to lament the sickening rise in childhood obesity, and urges Albany lawmakers to tax sugar-laced beverages.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Yes, marijuana, as medicine

Imagine, an open and honest debate in the state Senate, and on a very relevant and substantive issue. What happens all too rarely could happen quite soon, on the topic of legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

March 3, 2010
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City Hall: Legislators In Albany And New York Float Hydrofracking Bills

By Andre TartarGov. David Paterson has made clear that he will wait for the state Department of Conservation to finish studying the risks of the proposal before making any final decisions on drilling in the Marcellus Shale. That could take months, however, and several state legislators who fear the drilling could contaminate New York City’s water supply say they are not content to let the process drag out any longer.They are pushing a set of bills that would either impose tight regulations on the drilling or possibly kill the Marcellus Shale proposal altogether.

March 3, 2010
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March 3, 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 Duane Hosts a "Save St. Vincent's Hospital" Day of Visibility

On Sunday, February 21st, Senator Duane hosted a "Save St. Vincent's Hospital Day of Visibility" at the McBurney YMCA on West 14th Street at which the Senator and his staff distributed more than 800 posters to be displayed in area businesses and residences.  In addition, those who came to the event signed more than 250 letters to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York State Commissioner Richard N. Daines urging them to do all that is within their power to ensure that St. Vincent's Hospital does not close.

February 22, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Room 123 CAP

The committee will consider the following nominations: Wellington Y. Liu, MD, Member, Board of Visitors of Helen Hayes Hospital. Martin C. Wortendyke, Member, Board of Visitors of Helen Hayes Hospital.

February 23, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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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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January 2010 Community Report

February 1, 2010

Dear Neighbor: 

The following is a summary of some of my office’s recent activities.

Albany Update

File: 
Senator Duane January Community Board Report.pdf

February 5, 2010
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Testimony by New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding the Granting of Landmark Designation To Westbeth

Testimony by New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding the Granting of Landmark Designation To Westbeth
January 12, 2010

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State’s 29th Senate District, which includes Westbeth, an affordable housing complex for artists and a center for the arts in the West Village.

February 5, 2010
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February 2, 2010
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February 2, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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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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January 29, 2010
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January 29, 2010
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