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July 2009 Community Report

July 2009 Community Report

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

Albany Update

On July 9, the month-long stalemate in the New York State Senate ended. The June 8th coup was a painful and disturbing moment in the history of the Senate and I am committed to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to restore to the Senate decorum, dignity, fairness, and bipartisan collegiality, as well as hard work with real results.

July 30, 2009
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Gotham Gazette: Duane Calls for Hearings on Hospital Incident Reporting

July 27, 2009

Sen. Thomas Duane will use his position as chair of the Senate Health Committee to hold  hearings across the state “to better understand what is working well in our hospitals, and what contributes to the breakdown in our mandatory reporting system.”

July 27, 2009
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Announcing $3 Million NYC Biotech Tax Credit Cleared by Senate

Senator Duane, Speaker Quinn, Assembly Member Weprin,

And Council Members Lappin and Garodnick

Announce $3 Million NYC Biotech Tax Credit Cleared by Senate;

July 23, 2009
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Family Health Care Decisions Act Passes Senate

For the First Time, Family Health Care Decisions Act Passes Senate; Bill Now Pending in Assembly

July 22, 2009
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Towleroad: NY State Senator Tom Duane Gives Gripping, Angry Speech on AIDS

At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent.

The bill passed by a vote of 52 to 1. But not after Duane reminded people of the horrors of the early 80's:

July 17, 2009
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New York Times: A Push to Make a Con Ed Steam Plant a Landmark

By Libby Nelson

The former IRT powerhouse first caught Jimmy Finn’s eye as he jogged along the West Side Highway.

The Beaux-Arts building at 58th Street and 11th Avenue had begun to look increasingly out of place as more steel and glass structures rose up along the Hudson River, Mr. Finn, who had recently graduated from the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in urban planning, began to wonder if the ornate building, one of Con Edison’s three active steam plants in Manhattan, was a landmark.

July 9, 2009
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Statement of New York State Senator Duane Re: the End of the Stalemate in the Senate

July 9, 2009

"The month long stalemate in the Senate has ended. I am pleased that the Democratic Conference remains, as they were elected to be, in the majority. It is now time for the Senate to get back to work."

"The June 8th coup was a painful and disturbing moment in the history of the Senate. Members' emotions are raw, feelings are hurt and trust has been lost. It will take time for these wounds to heal. As a result, I expect that the Senate this week will pass only time-sensitive, non-controversial legislation."

July 9, 2009
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Daily News: Con Edison staff protests power company's poor wages and health benefits plan

 

Fernando Cruz (c.) and other workers rally in Union Square.

July 2, 2009
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Gay City News: East Side Assault Reflects Larger Trend

36-year-old Boston gay man attacked in early morning hours outside friend’s apartment
BY PAUL SCHINDLER

July 2, 2009
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Statement of New York State Senator Duane Re: Alleged Bias Attack on Transgender Woman in Jackson Heights, Queens

Statement of New York State Senator Duane Re: Alleged Bias Attack on Transgender Woman in Jackson Heights, Queens
July 1, 2009

"Yesterday, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) reached out to my office about an alleged bias attack that took place early in the morning on June 19th in Jackson Heights, Queens."

July 1, 2009
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Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane on the State of the Senate

June 26, 2009

Dear Friends:

On June 8th the Senate Republican minority attempted a coup on the floor of the New York State Senate in order to regain the majority. This unprecedented move was made possible because of the defection of two Democratic senators: Senator Pedro Espada of the Bronx and Senator Hiram Monserrate of Queens.

June 30, 2009
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Senator Duane marches in the Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade

The annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade attracted millions of spectators and participants as the LGBT community celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

June 30, 2009
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June 2009 Community Report

June 2009 Community Report

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

June 29, 2009
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Reuters: Power struggle impedes New York gay marriage vote

By Edith Honan

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's annual Gay Pride parade was a colorful celebration of 40 years of progress toward civil rights for gays, but once the dust settled, gay couples who wish to marry in New York state remain thwarted.

 

June 29, 2009
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Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Alleged Anti-Gay Bias Attack

Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane

RE: Alleged Anti-Gay Bias Attack

June 29, 2009
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AP: NY Senate confusion sidelines gay marriage

By VALERIE BAUMAN |Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. - The paralyzing fight for control of the New York Senate has sidelined the movement for same-sex marriage indefinitely.

June 25, 2009
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Daily Gazette: Psychologist pushes ban on torture

By Sara FossGazette Reporter

 

CAPITAL REGION — As a psychologist, Steven Reisner believes his job is “to do good . . . to improve human welfare.”

Now, as a co-founder of the grassroots organization New York Campaign Against Torture, Reisner is pushing for the passage of legislation that would prohibit any licensed New York health professional from participating in interrogations or “improper treatment” of prisoners.

June 21, 2009
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Chelsea Now: Them Darn Dems

Despite speculation over State Sen. Thomas Duane’s possible behind-the-scenes dealings with the rising Republican coalition in Albany, the Chelsea-based Democrat recently affirmed his allegiance to the home team.

“I’m with Malcolm Smith,” Duane said when asked about his suspected flirtation with the GOP. Last week—after the Senate devolved into chaos following defections by Sens. Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate to the other side of the aisle—Duane did little to dispel the rumors that he had been dialoguing with the Republicans.

June 18, 2009
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