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Syracuse Post Standard: As NY mulls hydrofracking regulations, gas companies lease land in CNY watersheds

By Delen Goldberg / The Post-StandardDecember 28, 2009, 6:00AMThe Skaneateles Lake watershed, which supplies water to more than 200,000 people in the city of Syracuse, is a potential site for high volume hydrofracking drilling to capture natural gas. Oil and gas companies hold several hundred leases on land in the Skaneateles and Otisco Lake watersheds. Skaneateles, NY - You can’t dump trash, sewage or pesticides into Skaneateles Lake.It’s illegal to boat, swim or fish near water intake pipes in the pristine water.

December 27, 2009
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Public Hearing: Sen. Duane Announces Public Hearing on Food Policy in New York State

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

SUBJECT:      Food policy in New York State

PURPOSE:     To learn about how food policy changes can affect public health

 

New York City Friday

January 22, 11 AM

January 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Praising the Agreement on the Final Re-zoning for Redevelopment of Hudson Yards

On Monday, December 21st, Senator Duane spoke at a press conference announcing the final re-zoning for redevelopment of the Hudson Yards area.  The agreement on the Western Rail Yard sets the stage for a combined 12 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 1,300 affordable housing units in the Hudson Yards area, and will create thousands of permanent and construction jobs. 

December 21, 2009
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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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December 16, 2009
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December 16, 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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Our Town: The Dangers of Drilling

December 16, 2009

The state is currently collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow a certain type of natural gas drilling upstate, where the city gets its water supply. Now is the time for all New Yorkers—and especially Mayor Michael Bloomberg—to make their voices heard so this plan gets a much more in-depth evaluation before moving forward. Millions of dollars, and the purity of the city’s drinking water, may be on the line.

December 15, 2009
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DNAinfo: P.S. 51 Development Shrinks Playground, Mobilizes Parents

By Serena Solomon

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

December 11, 2009

MIDTOWN - Community leaders and parents are concerned about a Hell's Kitchen construction project that could increase the number of children at the overcrowded school and shrink the size of the playground.

The development occupies most of a block from W. 44th to W. 45th streets between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and would replace the century-old P.S. 51 with a new, larger building. It would also add 1,200 apartments and commercial space.

December 10, 2009
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NY Daily News: How gay unions lost -- but won: Same sex marriage supporters dominated the debate in the Senate

By Bill Hammond

December 8, 2009

Supporters of same-sex marriage sadly lost the 38-to-24 vote in the state Senate last week, but they won the argument.

On the merits, the debate wasn't even close.

In fact, with the lonely exception of Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., opponents literally said nothing to justify denying equal marital rights to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

The only word 37 of them spoke was "no."

Their collective silence was shameful.

December 7, 2009
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Yes, You Can Go To College!

Dear Friend,

In today's economy, higher education and life-long learning have become essential for success. However, the costs of higher education have become unbearable for some, and burdensome for all. According to a recently released study by the U.S. Department of Education, paying for college is a greater burden for New Yorkers than residents of any other state.

File: 
Yes, You Can Go To College.pdf

December 7, 2009
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DC Agenda: ‘New Yorkers have been betrayed’

By Chris Johnson

December 10, 2009

December 3, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Roundtable on Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Thomas K. Duane, Chair

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

NOTICE OF PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE

December 15, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Democracy Now: NY State Senate Defeats Bill to Legalize Gay Marriage Gay

December 3, 2009

Guests:

Thomas Duane, New York State Senator (D).

Ann Northrop, veteran journalist and activist. She is co-host of Gay USA on MNN and Free Speech TV.

December 2, 2009
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The New York Times: Voting for Discrimination

December 3, 2009
Editorial

 

The New York State Senate held an emotional debate on Wednesday in which there was talk of belief and conscience and eloquent reminders of earlier civil rights struggles. It then took a stand against equality and fairness.

By a 38-to-24 vote, lawmakers chose to continue the state’s discrimination against couples who want to get married and simply happen to be the same sex.

December 2, 2009
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The New York Times: From the Floor and the Heart, Senators Make an Issue Personal

December 3, 2009

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

ALBANY — Ruth Hassell-Thompson was a young girl decades ago when her older brother, a gay man, vanished from her deeply religious family, moving away to escape their disapproving father.

December 2, 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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November 2009 Community Report

November 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor: The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:

November 30, 2009
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November 30, 2009
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