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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane To The New York City Council Committee On Housing And Buildings Regarding Introduction 534 - Fines For Illegal Conversions

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Upper West Side, Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, Greenwich Village, and part of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings today regarding Introduction 534, which relates to the fines for illegal conversions from residences to hotels.

August 12, 2008
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Testimony Of State Senator Duane Before The New York State Division Of Housing And Community Renewal Hearing On Proposed Demolition Regulations

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 part of the East Side, including The East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. This mixed-income district is composed largely of tenants, thousands of them rent-stabilized.

August 12, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Public Hearing On The Proposed Designation Of The West Chelsea Historic District

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which all of the proposed West Chelsea Historic District is located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) today.

July 15, 2008
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Hearing On Certificates Of Appropriateness For The St. Vincent's Hospital Redevelopment

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which St. Vincent's Hospital ("St. Vincent's") and the Greenwich Village Historic District are located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission ("LPC") today.

July 15, 2008
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Calling On NYC Economic Development Corporation To Revisit Its Lease With New York Skyports And Pursue The $6.1 Million Skyports Owes The City

Seth W. PinskyPresidentNew York City Economic Development Corporation110 William StreetNew York, NY 10038

Dear Mr. Pinsky,

July 11, 2008
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Opposing The Conversion Of GHI/HIP To The For-Profit Emblemhealth

Honorable Eric R. DinalloSuperintendentNew York State Insurance Department25 Beaver StreetNew York, NY 10004

Dear Superintendent Dinallo:

With the 2008 Legislative Session behind us, I understand the New York State Insurance Department will be continuing its consideration of the proposed conversion of GHI/HIP to the for-profit entity EmblemHealth, Inc. I am deeply concerned about the impact this conversion would have on many of my constituents and GHI/HIP members throughout New York State.

July 2, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Planning Commission's Hearing Regarding The Whitney Museum Expansion And High Line Park Maintenance And Operations Facility

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which the Whitney Museum of American Art's proposed museum and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's proposed maintenance and operations facility for the High Line public open space are located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Planning Commission (CPC) today.

July 2, 2008
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Town Hall Meetings On Senior Citizen Issues

On the afternoons of Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 26th, Senator Duane will host town hall meetings on issues of particular concern to senior citizens.

 

In addition to Senator Duane and other area elected officials, representatives of the New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, New York State Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program (EPIC), Medicare Rights Center and New York City Transit will be at the meeting to present information and answer questions.

Cookies and juice will be served.

July 1, 2008
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Highlights From Senator Duane's Forum On Financial Literacy And Planning.

In July 2008, Senator Duane hosted two forums on financial literacy to provide his constituents with an opportunity to learn about being financially savvy in uncertain economic times. Those who couldn't attend the town halls can get much the information provided by watching this 58-minute, edited version.

July 1, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding The Granting Of Landmark Designation To University Village/Silver Towers

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, in which University Village/Silver Towers is located. Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) today.

June 24, 2008
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Forums On Financial Planning And Literacy: Be Smart, Be Safe, And Save!

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

The event will include presentations from the New York State Comptroller's Office, the New York State Attorney General's Office, and the Alliance for Financial Literacy followed by a Question and Answer session. They will discuss how to effectively budget, save, invest, and avoid fraudulent scams.

June 24, 2008
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Calling On Mayor Bloomberg To Preserve NYCHA's Vital Community Services

Honorable Michael R. BloombergMayor of the City of New YorkCity HallNew York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

As a New York State Senator representing more than 1,800 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants, I was deeply concerned to hear that looming budget shortfalls would force the agency to eliminate all funding for "non-core services," as NYCHA chairman Tino Hernandez suggested at a May 29, 2008 New York City Council Housing and Buildings Committee hearing.

June 18, 2008
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

New York State’s 29th Senate District, which includes 170 Central Park West in Manhattan, where the New York Historical Society (N-YHS) is located. N-YHS is seeking a certificate of appropriateness to alter the facade of its Landmark building, which is protected as an individual Landmark as well as part of the Central Park West–West 76th Street Historic District and the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District.

June 15, 2008
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Senator Duane Hosts Special Performance Of "The Castle" In Albany On June 16

The cast of Off-Broadway's The Castle will give a special performance for New York State legislators in Albany on June 16, 2008.

New York State Senator Tom Duane has invited the company to perform the autobiographical work, which sheds light on the stories of incarcerated individuals and their journeys beyond. The Castle will be presented at 6:00 PM in the Empire State Plaza Building for a private performance to state legislators.

June 10, 2008
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Statement Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane On Governor Paterson's Historic Directive To State Agencies To Recognize Same-sex Civil Marriages From Other Jurisdictions

I applaud Governor David Paterson's directive to New York State agencies to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Governor Paterson's directive is not only right and fair, but it is also consistent with recent New York State appellate and Supreme Court rulings that marriages of same-sex couples entered into outside of New York must be recognized in this State.

May 29, 2008
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Advocating For A Bus Storage Facility In Clinton/Hell's Kitchen

Ms. Amanda M. BurdenDirectorNew York City Department of City Planning22 Reade Street New York, NY 10007-1216

Mr. Christopher WardExecutive DirectorPort Authority of New York and New Jersey225 Park Avenue, 15th FloorNew York, NY 10013

Dear Director Burden and Executive Director Ward:

May 23, 2008
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It's Tax Deadline Time: Stop Shortchanging New York City! Senator Thomas K. Duane, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal Introduce Legislation To Restore The New York City Commuter Tax

Highlighting that the City of New York has lost over $4.95 billion in revenue since the repeal of the commuter tax in 1999, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP Manhattan) and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D, WFP Manhattan) today announced the introduction of legislation which will restore the New York City commuter tax.

May 15, 2008
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Senator Duane Introduces Legislation That Would Issue Official State Quality Certification Trademarks For Rbgh-free Milk

Introduces Resolution Calling On Congress To Ban Synthetic rBGH In All Dairy Products

Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) today introduced legislation which would require the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to issue certification trademark quality seals for New York State milk and milk products that are free of the Monsanto Corporation's synthetic Recombiant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Monsanto produces the hormone under the brand name Prosilac™.

May 14, 2008
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Senator Duane Hails Passage Of Senate Bill 7714 Extending Real Estate Tax Abatements For Co-op And Condo Owners

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) applauded the State Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 7714, which will extend the real property tax abatement program for home owners in New York City cooperatives and condominiums for another four years.

May 14, 2008
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Testimony Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before Manhattan Community Board Four’s Joint Landmarks Task Force And Chelsea Preservation And Planning Committee Meeting

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State Senator Tom Duane’s Recollection of the History of the Chelsea Plan 

May 13, 2008
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