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Senator Duane Forum on Financial Literacy

In July 2008, Senator Duane hosted two forums on financial literacy to provide his constituents an opportunity to learn about being financially savvy in uncertain economic times

May 7, 2009
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Senator Duane Addresses the Health Care Association of New York State

On February 25th, 2009, Senator Duane addressed the Health Care Association of New York State at their annual Legislative Advocacy Day.  Senator Duane voiced his support for applying FMAP dollars towards home health services, saying, "We are in tough times, but sledgehammer cuts are a terrible idea. When it comes to FMAP dollars, my job will be to make sure that we get to keep those dollars where they need to be."

May 7, 2009
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Statement on Governor David Paterson's Proposal to Make Timothy's Law Permanent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 5, 2009

Statement by Senate Health Committee Chairman Thomas K. Duane

Regarding Governor David Paterson's Proposal to Make Timothy's Law Permanent

May 7, 2009
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Statement on New Hampshire State Senate Passage of Same-Sex Civil Marriage Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                  

APRIL 29, 2009 

May 7, 2009
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March Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

Celebrating Landmark Legal Victory with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants

May 7, 2009
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Expressing Concerns About DOT's Green Light for Midtown Project

April 15, 2009

Margaret ForgioneManhattan Borough CommissionerNew York City Department of Transportation59 Maiden Lane, 35th FloorNew York, NY 10038Re: Green Light for Midtown

Dear Ms. Forgione:

May 7, 2009
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Testimony Regarding Two Trees Management Company Proposal

Testimony by NYS Senator Thomas K. DuaneBefore the New York City Council Committee on Zoning & FranchisesRegarding Two Trees Management Company's Development Proposal for 11th Avenuebetween 53rd and 54th Streets

April 20, 2009

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes Manhattan’s Clinton-Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the proposed Two Trees development site. Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

May 7, 2009
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Senator Duane to Sponsor Governor's Bill for Marriage Equality in Senate

Senator Duane spoke in New York City on April 16th at the announcement of a bill that would legalize same-sex civil marriage in the State of New York. "I know, we know, it’s going to take hard work and it’s going to take a bipartisan effort," said Duane. "The journey begins here today, and it's going to end this year when we bring marriage equality to New York."

May 7, 2009
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Marriage Equality New York Tax Day Rally

Senator Duane visited with members and supporters of Marriage Equality NY as they held a rally on the steps of Farley Post Office in New York City on April 15th, Tax Day, to protest the LGBT community's denial of rights because of the lack of marriage equality in New York State.

The rally, co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Front and the Empire State Pride Agenda, called attention to the 1138 rights denied to members of the LGBT population by not allowing them to marry.

May 7, 2009
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Statement Praising Vermont Legislature on Approving Same-Sex Civil Marriages

April 7, 2009

Statement of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane

May 7, 2009
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Universal health insurance bill introduced

Poughkeepsie Journal: Universal health insurance bill introduced

ALBANY — Two lawmakers today introduced a bill to provide government-financed universal health insurance in New York. But a vote on the proposal this year is unlikely.

May 5, 2009
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State Sens. Hit St. Francis For Swine Flu Briefing

State Sens. Hit St. Francis For Swine Flu Briefing

CBS-Health officials are getting a better look at the swine flu strain that is hitting our area, and they say it appears to be a less aggressive strain than the one that hit Mexico.

According to the Associated Press, the H1N1 strain is now in 19 states, with 146 confirmed cases.

50 of those cases are here in New York, while five are in New Jersey.

St. Francis Preparatory School, the first location in the Tri-State where cases were confirmed as swine flu, is still closed.

May 1, 2009
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April 2009 Community Report

April 2009 Community Report

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

Announcing Passage of New York State's Health Budget

Although the receding economy and significant deficit have made this a difficult year to assume the helm of the New York State Senate Health Committee, I am proud to have been able to secure necessary and critical healthcare funding in New York State's 2009-10 Budget.

April 29, 2009
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West Side Spirit: Landmarks to Consider IRT Powerhouse

By Dan Rivoli

April 23, 2009

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on July 14 about the landmarking of the Upper West Side powerhouse.

Local elected officials, Community Boards 4 and 6, and preservation groups have pushed for the commission to designate the former Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Powerhouse at West 59th Street and 11th Avenue, which provided electricity for New York City’s first subway system. This is the third time the station has been considered for a landmark designation.

April 23, 2009
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Approval Predicted for Medical Marijuana

Buffalo News: Approval predicted for medical marijuana
State legislators likelyto act this session
By Tom Precious
NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

ALBANY — Long-stalled efforts to permit the medicinal use of marijuana in this state appear to have a good chance of passage before lawmakers end their session in June. It would make New York the 15th state to legalize the drug for medical reasons.

April 22, 2009
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Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Albany

For the First Time, Both Chambers to Consider Identical Bills

April 21, 2009
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Sex-abuse legislation gains backing

Newsday: Sex-abuse legislation gains backing

By James Madore

April 21, 2009
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New York's fight for equality

Times Union: New York's fight for equality

Some years from now, when the bizarre circumstances that made him governor are forgotten, and New York's fiscal crisis is resolved and similarly relegated to the past, David Paterson could be remembered as the one who saw to it that same-sex couples could legally marry in this state.

Let that thought prevail, at least for this one day.

April 16, 2009
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Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

The New York Times: Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

By JEREMY W. PETERS

Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York, advancing his push for greater rights for gay men and lesbians, at a time when other states have done so.

Mr. Paterson’s plans represent the most public effort yet by the governor, who has been a consistent supporter of gay rights, to position himself and New York at the crest of a broadening national movement.

April 16, 2009
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