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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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Examiner: Understanding Oreo's Law

November 25, 12:34 PMSF ExaminerNathan Winograd

November 24, 2009
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New York City Hosts Third Weekend of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

  City Hosts Third Weekend of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

November 20, 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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The Villager: Politicians honor Cecere, their toughest lobbyist

By Albert Amateau

Lucy Cecere was definitely the Woman of Distinction last week — and for the past few decades.

The born-and-bred Villager and founder of The Caring Community received the 2009 award of that name from state Senator Tom Duane at the noon Caring Community gathering last Thursday at Our Lady of Pompei Church.

Caring Community was founded in 1971 to serve seniors and help them achieve independence, dignity and respect; Lucy Cecere, 86, was there at the beginning and she’s still on the board of directors.

November 17, 2009
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City Hall: City Experts Offer Advance Prognosis Of Effects Of Federal Legislation

By Selena Ross On the pavement of 47th Street in midtown Manhattan, below the offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, toddlers waved balloon animals in the air, signs reading “Senator Schumer, Stand Up for Children’s Health,” strapped to their strollers.

 

November 16, 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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November 2, 2009
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October 2009 Community Report

October 2009 Community Report

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

Celebrating the Monumental Victory for Renters Citywide 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.

October 30, 2009
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Daily News: Leandra's State sen. Tom Duane Signs on in Battle vs. Killer Drunken Drivers

By Glenn Blain

October 28, 2009

Leandra's state senator is joining the fight for tougher penalties against drunken drivers who endanger children.

State Sen. Tom Duane, whose Manhattan district includes the home of Henry Hudson Parkway crash victim Leandra Rosado, says he'll support legislation making it a felony to drive drunk with kids in the car.

October 27, 2009
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The Villager: Duane decries dysfunction of Albany at town hall

By Patrick Hedlund 

September 23, 2009

After spending what he admitted was a “despicable” summer in Albany, state Senator Thomas Duane, speaking earlier this month, expressed confidence that votes on same-sex marriage and rent reforms could come as soon as the end of the month, despite the likely political wrangling that would occur when lawmakers returned to session.

October 22, 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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Newsday: Support to legalize medical marijuana in New York

By Carol Polsky

October 19, 2009

Proponents of legislation to legalize medical use of marijuana in New York were encouraged Monday by the announcement of a shift in federal policy first promised by President Barack Obama in his presidential campaign.

October 18, 2009
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Queens Chronicle: Pols say no room in Queens for hate crime

By Liz Rhoades

October 15, 2009

Outraged public officials — many of them openly gay — denounced Monday the vicious attack last week on a gay College Point man.

   City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), who is gay, led a contingent of speakers at a press conference outside New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where Jack Price, 49, is slowly recovering from the brutal beating carried out by two men early Friday. Price, who was able to identify his attackers before being put in an induced coma, is now listed in fair condition.

October 14, 2009
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October 12, 2009
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Announcement of Frank McCourt High School

On October 6th, Senator Duane joined New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, other elected officials, community leaders and parents at a press conference announcing the creation of a small, selective, Upper West Side high school named in honor of Frank McCourt.  The new school, on Manhattan’s Brandeis campus at 145 West 84 Street, is slated to open to its first ninth grade class in September 2010.  The announcement marked the end of a year-long collaborative effort among the New York City

October 8, 2009
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West Side Spirit: City Pols Protest Upstate Drilling

By Dan Rivoli

October 7, 2009

When the state laid out rules for natural gas drilling upstate on Sept. 30, elected officials miles away in New York City said, “kill the drill.”

That is because drilling, believed to contaminate water, can be done near watersheds where city residents get their drinking water.

Borough President Scott Stringer, along with various city officials, called for the state to ban drilling near the city’s water source.

October 6, 2009
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The Villager: Politicians, enviro groups call for a drilling ban in watershed

By Albert Amateau

October 7, 2009

The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week issued an 809-page draft generic environmental impact statement, or G.E.I.S., proposing rules for extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing drilling in New York City’s Upstate watershed.

October 6, 2009
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