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Chelsea Now: West Siders call for end to 9th Ave. pedestrian deaths

A group of West Side advocates staged a funeral procession down Ninth Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend to memorialize the pedestrians killed by vehicles on the high-traffic street in recent years.

June 17, 2009
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Senator Thomas K. Duane 2009 Rent Guidelines Board Testimony

Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Rent Guidelines Board Hearing On Proposed Rent Increases
June 17, 2009

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and parts of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza.

June 16, 2009
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NY Daily News Daily Politics Blog: Duane: 'Zero Chance' Of Joining A GOP-Led Majority

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Sen. Tom Duane, whose loyalties have been in question since he failed to show up at Sen. Malcolm Smith's post-coup press conference, called in a little while ago to set the record straight.

June 11, 2009
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Editorial: Vote on Gay Marriage

The New York Times:
Editorial-Vote on Gay Marriage

 

Six states have now made it legal for same-sex couples to marry. New York is not one of them. Gov. David Paterson wants the state to guarantee that right, and the protections that come with it, and the Assembly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage last month. Malcolm Smith, the leader of the State Senate, insists that he, too, favors marriage for gay couples, but he won’t let a bill go to the floor unless he’s privately lined up enough votes.

June 3, 2009
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Crain's: Third attempt looms to develop Pier 40

By Theresa Agovino

Last year, Related Cos. sought a 49-year lease and opted not to pursue developing the site when it became clear that the change wasn’t forthcoming.

However, many community advocates objected to the size and scope of Related’s proposal which included a home for Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival. Some state legislators' aides said there's a fear that changing the law would encourage large developments that they deem inappropriate for the park.

June 3, 2009
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Senate Passes Bill to Offer Flu Vaccinations to Parents of Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units of Hospitals

Senate Passes Bill to Offer Flu Vaccinations

To Parents of Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units of Hospitals

 

June 2, 2009
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Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage

Newsday: Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage

BY JAMES T. MADORE

June 1, 2009

ALBANY - Fran DeBenedictis and Krista Jo Merget want to marry and raise their daughter with the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

The Lindenhurst women joined about 25 gay couples here Monday calling on the State Senate to adopt same-sex marriage. The Assembly passed legislation on May 12, and Gov. David A. Paterson has said he will sign a bill into law if it reaches his desk.

May 31, 2009
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May 2009 Community Report

May 2009 Community Report

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

May 30, 2009
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CHCANYS Joins Diverse Organizations Supporting S.3293/A.7610, Duane/Gottfried Bill to Increase Voluntary HIV Testing

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2009

CHCANYS Joins Diverse Organizations Supporting S.3293/A.7610,  Duane/Gottfried Bill to Increase Voluntary HIV Testing

May 28, 2009
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Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane on the California Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Proposition 8

For Immediate Release:

May 27, 2009

Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane on the California Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Proposition 8

May 28, 2009
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Senator Duane Speaks at the Action = Marriage Equality Rally

State Senator Thomas K. Duane, the sponsor of the marriage equality program bill in the Senate, addressed a gathered crowd of thousands on Sunday at the Action = Marriage Equality rally sponsored by Broadway Impact, Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, Civil Rights Front, Marriage Equality New York and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

May 21, 2009
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Bill Would Extend Shield Law to Cover Bloggers

The New York Times: Bill Would Extend Shield Law to Cover Bloggers

By Sewell Chan

May 20, 2009

May 19, 2009
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Senate Standing Committee on Health Meeting

The committee will consider the following nominations:

Michael Fassler, Public Health Council Anderson Torres, State Hospital Review & Planning Council Ingrid M. Allard, MD, Minority Health Council Richard D. Milone, MD, Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct

The committee will discuss the following bills:

May 19, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Opposing Rallies Over Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

The New York Times: Opposing Rallies Over Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

By JEREMY W. PETERS and MATHEW R. WARREN

Gov. David A. Paterson urged the State Senate on Sunday to take swift action on legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry, signaling that he intends to increase pressure on lawmakers as the end of the 2009 legislative session approaches.

May 17, 2009
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Announcement of Bill that would Allow $3 Million Biotech Tax Credit for New York City

Senator Duane and Assembly Member Weprin Join Speaker Quinn to Announce $3 Million Biotech Tax Credit to Encourage Hundreds of High Tech Jobs

 

May 14, 2009
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New TSTC Report Calls For Speedier Bus Commute Across Hudson

New TSTC Report Calls For Speedier Bus Commute Across Hudson

NJ TRANSIT and private carrier buses move a population nearly the size of the city of Cincinnati across the Hudson River every day, totaling 100 million bus passengers annually, twice as many passengers as travel into New York City by commuter rail.  A new report from the Campaign argues that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey must do a better job of enhancing bus service across the river and a

May 14, 2009
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Politicians urges tax breaks to lure biotech companies to New York City

Daily News: Politicians urges tax breaks to lure biotech companies to New York City

By Frank Lombardi

May 13, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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A step toward gay vows?

Times Union: A step toward gay vows?

Some Assembly GOP backing could offer cover to Senate Republicans

By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureau

May 12, 2009
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