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Senator Duane Appoints Soffel, Bearden To Key NYS Senate Health Committee Posts

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, today announced his appointment of Denise Soffel as Health Committee Executive Director and Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel effective March 9, 2009.

Soffel comes to her new position from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she worked as the Health Policy Coordinator, developing and implementing policy advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.

March 2, 2009
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Addressing Upper West Side Helicoptor Traffic

Dear Upper West Side Neighbor:

As State elected officials representing the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we write in response to recent complaints regarding increased helicopter traffic over the neighborhood. In fact, some constituents have noted that helicopters pass overhead as often as twice every minute, disrupting their lives and contaminating the environment with noise pollution.

March 2, 2009
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February 2009 Community Report

February 2009 Community Report

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

Adopting the FY 2008-9 Deficit Reduction Plan

On February 3, working with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate passed a critical deficit reduction plan. This legislation will result in closing a budget gap of approximately $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year and will improve the State's bond rating. This will significantly decrease the costs of funding for public works and other vital projects.

February 27, 2009
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February 2009 Community Report

February 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

Adopting the FY 2008-9 Deficit Reduction Plan

On February 3, working with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate passed a critical deficit reduction plan. This legislation will result in closing a budget gap of approximately $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year and will improve the State's bond rating. This will significantly decrease the costs of funding for public works and other vital projects.

February 1, 2009
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January 2009 Community Report

January 2009 Community Report

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

January 30, 2009
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January 2009 Community Report

January 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

January 1, 2009
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Urging DEC To Ban Gas Drilling In The Marcellus Shale

On November 25, State Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Jim Gennaro, former New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Al Appleton and advocates in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ban natural gas drilling in New York State’s Marcellus Shale formation. Part of this large mineral reserve deposit thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface is located under New York City’s watershed.

November 25, 2008
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Letter to DEC RE: Scoping Hearings on Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

November 24, 2008

Commissioner Alexander B. Grannis

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway

Albany, New York 12233

Dear Commissioner Grannis,

November 24, 2008
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Celebrating GVSHP’s Grant From Preserve New York

Also on November 20, Senator Duane was pleased to join leaders of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) at a press conference announcing the organization’s receipt of a $13,000 grant from Preserve New York, a program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts. This dedicated funding will allow GVSHP to complete research and documentation of the history of the area between 14th Street and Houston Street, Fourth Avenue/the Bowery and Avenue D in order to produce recommendations for landmark protections.

November 20, 2008
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Seeking Comprehensive Plan In Response To Proposed M8 Bus Elimination

On November 20, State Senator Duane joined State Senator-Elect Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh to respond to reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has proposed completely eliminating M8 crosstown bus service from the Lower East Side to the West Village. While he recognizes that hard times call for difficult decisions, it is too soon to tell if this is the most economically prudent choice in light of community needs and the State’s fiscal crisis.

November 20, 2008
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Urging The NYC Board Of Elections To Remove Barriers That Disenfranchise Disabled Voters

James J. SampelPresidentNew York City Board of Elections200 Varick St., 10 FlNew York, NY 10014

Dear President Sampel:

I am writing in regard to compliance with federal civil rights law at polling sites throughout New York’s 29th State Senate District. The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CIDNY) surveyed twelve distinct polling sites in my district and found significant deficiencies including poll workers who were not prepared to accommodate the needs of the disabled voters and inadequate poll site access.

October 20, 2008
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Calling On The NYS Department Of Motor Vehicles And Board Of Elections To Work Together To Ensure "Motor Voter" Registrations Are Counted

David J. SwartsCommissioner New York Department of Motor Vehicles6 Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12228

James A. Walsh, Co-ChairDouglas A. Kellner, Co-ChairNew York State Board of Elections 40 Steuben StreetAlbany, NY 12207-2108

Dear Commissioners Swarts, Walsh, and Kellner:

October 20, 2008
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Senators Duane And Assemblymember Kavanagh Announce Far-reaching Legislation Enabling Wrongly Accused Tenants To Recoup Legal Fees

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane and New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh were joined today by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, members of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST/PCV-TA), tenant advocates and community leaders at a press conference announcing legislation they will introduce requiring landlords to pay attorney's fees and/or expenses incurred by tenants wrongly accused of breaking rent-stabilization regulations.

October 19, 2008
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Seeking A South Village Historic District

Robert Tierney, ChairNew York City Landmarks Preservation CommissionOne Centre Street, 9th FloorNew York, NY 10007

Dear Mr. Tierney:

As Columbus Day approaches, I wish to make another appeal on behalf of the proposed South Village Historic District.

October 2, 2008
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Statement Of NYS Senator Duane Before The NYS Assembly Committee On Social Services Regarding The NYC Department Of Homeless Services Plan To Relocate Its Men's Homeless Intake Center

As the New York State Senator for the 29th District, in which New York City's Bellevue intake center for homeless men is located, I urge the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to reconsider its plan to move this intake center from 30th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan to the Bedford-Atlantic Armory in Brooklyn.

September 19, 2008
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Testimony By NYS Senator Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding The Granting Of Landmark Designation To Baumann Brothers Furniture Store

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which Baumann Brothers Furniture Store is located. I submitted testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's (LPC) 2002 hearing regarding this site, and I would like to reiterate my wholehearted support for the proposed landmark designation of this building, located at 22-26 East 14th Street.

September 16, 2008
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Senator Thomas Duane Letter To Robert Tierney, Chair Of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

Robert Tierney, ChairNew York City Landmarks Preservation CommissionOne Centre Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10007

 

September 16, 2008
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Testimony By NYS Senator Duane Before The New York City Planning Commission Hearing Regarding The NYC Department Of Sanitation's Proposed Garage And Salt Shed For Manhattan Districts One, Two & Five

My name is Thomas K. Duane, and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Hudson Square neighborhood, where the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has proposed siting the sanitation garage and salt shed being discussed at today's hearing. I also represent portions of Manhattan Sanitation Districts One, Two, and Five (SD1, SD2 and SD5), which the facility in question is intended to serve.

August 27, 2008
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Senator Duane Introduces Legislation Granting Protections To Journalist Bloggers

Albany – Noting that New York State must keep up with growing technology, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan) today announced legislation which would grant protections to journalist bloggers under New York's reporter's shield law. Currently, professional journalists involved with newspapers, magazines, news agencies, press associations, wire services, radio or television are protected from being charged with contempt of court for failing to disclose any news obtained in confidence or failing to provide the identity of a confidential source.

August 13, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Housing Authority Public Hearing On The Draft 2009 Annual Plan

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which Amsterdam Houses, Amsterdam Addition, 344 East 28th Street, Fulton Houses, Chelsea-Elliot, Chelsea Addition, and Harbor View Terrace are located. As the State Senator representing the residents of these New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments as well as residents of Section 8 Leased Housing and other NYCHA units, I am particularly concerned with some of the cost-cutting proposals that NYCHA has included in its Draft 2009 Annual Plan.

August 13, 2008
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