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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.