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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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In This Economy, We Must Stop Shortchanging New York City!

In This Economy, We Must Stop Shortchanging New York City!

Senator Thomas K. Duane, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal Introduce Legislation to Restore the New York City Commuter Tax

April 15, 2009
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Mobile Maple Van Comes to Manhattan

Gathered on Wednesday afternoon at PS191 on Manhattan's West Side were, from left, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D WF), New York State Maple Queen Katie Peck, 16, from Vernon Center in Oneida County, New York State Maple Princess Chelsea Green (15) from Vernon, NY, and State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D WF). 

The students were in town to promote the Mobile Maple Maple Exhibit through the Future Farmers of America program at Vernon-Verona-Sherill School.

April 14, 2009
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New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriage

New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriage

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Gov. David Paterson will announce plans Thursday to introduce same-sex marriage legislation in the state Assembly, according to an assemblyman who was asked to be present for the announcement.

"The governor's office called me and asked if I would stand with the governor," said Micah Z. Kellner, a state assemblyman from Manhattan. "I said I will be thrilled to stand with the governor when he makes this announcement."

April 14, 2009
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Senator Thomas K. Duane Hails $350 Million for Film and TV Production Credit

Funding Puts New York – And 29th District – Back in Front of the CamerasFilm and Television Industries Employ More Than 100,000 People in New York

April 6, 2009
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Duane Still Pushing Access-A-Ride Bill

West Side Spirit: Duane Still Pushing Access-A-Ride Bill
By Dan Rivoli

April 2, 2009

April 2, 2009
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Addressing the First Meeting of Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama

Senator Duane recently delivered the keynote address at the first formal meeting of Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama (CU4ML), a group of resident shareholders of Mitchell-Lama/limited equity cooperatives who are committed to preserving quality limited-profit housing cooperatives, in perpetuity, both for themselves and for future generations of New Yorkers.

April 1, 2009
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Introducing Legislation Mandating Fare Equity for Paratransit Services

On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.

April 1, 2009
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Senate Health Chair Thomas K. Duane Announces Agreement On Health Budget

Senator Duane restores over $800 million in health care cuts; saves epic pharmacy coverage, touts preventative health.

Albany, New York – In his first year as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D WFP-Manhattan) announced that an agreement has been reached on the health portion of the New York State budget – one of the largest appropriations in the budget.

April 1, 2009
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March 2009 Community Report

March 2009 Community Report

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

March 30, 2009
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Calling on DEC to Extend Comment Period on Gas Drilling

Hon. Pete GrannisCommissionerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation625 BroadwayAlbany, New York 12233-0001

Dear Commissioner Grannis,

March 18, 2009
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Celebrating Landmark Legal Victory with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants

On Sunday, March 8, Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association and the residents of the complex to celebrate a landmark victory for rent stabilized tenants.

In its unanimous decision issued on Thursday, March 5, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled that Tishman Speyer and the previous owner of the complex, Met Life, imprope

March 8, 2009
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Kellner, Duane Bill Would Put the Brakes on MTA Plan to Hike Access-A-Ride Fare to $5

Gathering in front of VISIONS Selis Manor, home to hundreds of New Yorkers with disabilities, Assembly Member Micah Z.

March 8, 2009
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Introducing Legislation Mandating Fare Equity for Paratransit Services

On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.

March 8, 2009
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Introducing Legislation Mandating Fare Equity for Paratransit Services

On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.

March 8, 2009
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