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Comments Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane On The Draft Scope Of Analysis For The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Regarding The Expanded Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes much of the area that will be affected by the Expanded Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project.

December 6, 2007
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York State Commission On Sentencing Reform

I am New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane and I represent the 29th Senate District. From 2002-2006 I was the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Codes Committee -- which was the committee directly involved with the issue of criminal sentencing reform in the New York State Senate.

November 15, 2007
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Comments Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane On The Draft Scope Of Analysis For The Draft Environmental Impact Statement Regarding The Proposed Western Rail Yard Project

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, within which lie the three sites involved in the proposed Western Rail Yard Project. I appreciate the New York City Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") giving me the opportunity to submit comments on the draft scope of analysis for this project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

November 15, 2007
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The Partnership For Universal Health Coverage Joint Public Hearing Of The New York State Departments Of Health And Insurance

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, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and part of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. I want to thank you for the opportunity to testify before this joint hearing.

November 2, 2007
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Senator Thomas K. Duane And West Side Community Hail MTA Decision To Make Public Proposals For West Side Railyards Development

Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan) today applauded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Sander, for its decision to make public significant design portions of the recently-submitted responses to the Request for Proposals ("RFP") for the development of the West Side Railyards. Senator Duane was the first to request some form of public presentation of these responses in an August 7, 2007 letter to Executive Director Sander, and has been working with the MTA ever since to realize this goal.

October 11, 2007
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Bills To Appropriate Funds To MTA Could Halt Fare Hike If Passed

Assemblymember Jim Brennan (D-Bklyn) and Senator Tom Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), supported by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, announced the introduction of legislation to increase State and City operating support for the MTA and avoid a fare hike. They urged the MTA to postpone the fare hike planned for early 2008 until after the Legislature and the Governor have had a chance to review these alternative funding options.

October 11, 2007
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Testimony Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Council Housing And Building Committee Hearing On Int. 340

Introduction No. 340 is especially critical because in recent years, there has been a rising number of building owners falsely claiming to be demolishing their buildings so that they may evict rent-stabilized tenants. The Rent Stabilization Law allows an owner who "intends in good faith to demolish the building" to evict rent-stabilized tenants, but many owners who have filed demolition applications are operating in bad faith.

October 10, 2007
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State Senator Duane Marks Columbus Day By Calling For A South Village Historic District

Senator Duane joined the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), community, business, and religious leaders, area residents and others at a press conference and Columbus Day celebration that honored the South Village's Italian-American heritage and called upon the City to confer historic district status upon the neighborhood to preserve the social, cultural, and architectural qualities that distinguish it.

October 8, 2007
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Statement Of State Senator Thomas K. Duane Regarding The New York State Department Of Motor Vehicles' Recent Administrative Policy Change

Many constituents have reached out to me to express their opinions about Governor Spitzer recently announced administrative policy change that will make driver licenses -- and, by extension, auto insurance -- available without regard to immigration status. I firmly believe that this is a positive development for all New Yorkers.

 

October 1, 2007
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Statement Of New York State Senator

My name is Thomas K. Duane, and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes Mulry Square, around which MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) is proposing the installation of an emergency ventilation plant ("fan plant").

 

I would also like to express my appreciation to members of Community Board Two, who brought this issue to my attention. Brad Hoylman in particular, when he was Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee, raised this issue long ago, and has ensured that it remains on my and the community's radar.

September 24, 2007
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Forums On College Financial Aid

On the evenings of Tuesday, September 25th and Tuesday, October 2nd, Senator Duane will host forums on College Financial Aid, including where to look for it, how to apply, when to start, and what to watch out for.

The event will include presentations from the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the Office of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association, New York State Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah J.

September 11, 2007
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Senator Duane And Disabled Advocates Decry Unequal Access To New York's Flagship, 24-Hour Post Office

Gathered at the foot of steep steps leading into New York City's only post office that is open to the public 24 hours-a-day, seven-day-a-week, State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), the Disabled Riders Coalition, disabled activist Norma Hart, and other advocates for the disabled demanded that the United States Postal Service (USPS) provide full weekend access to the building for people in wheelchairs and otherwise mobility-impaired individuals, just as it does for other customers.

September 10, 2007
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Requesting Public Review Of Rail Yards Rfp Responses

Hon. Elliot G. SanderExecutive Director and Chief Executive OfficerMetropolitan Transportation Authority347 Madison AvenueNew York, NY 10017

Dear Executive Director Sander:

August 6, 2007
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Seeking Meaningful HIV Information And Treatment For Sexual Assault Survivors

There is simply no doubt that victims of sex crimes suffer a great deal of physical and mental anguish, and that there is a need for substantive counseling, treatment and information to help them get on with their lives.

 

July 21, 2007
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before New York City Rent Guidelines Board Hearing On Proposed Rent Increases

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senatorial District, which includes the Upper West Side, Hell Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, the East Side, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. This mixed-income district is composed largely of tenants, thousands of them rent-stabilized, many of whom already allocate too high a percentage of their incomes to pay their rent.

July 19, 2007
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Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Hearing On Certificates Of Appropriateness For Block 718, Lot 1 (general Theological Seminary)

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

The application before LPC is to garner Certificates of Appropriateness for the demolition of Sherrill Hall, on Ninth Avenue between West 20th and West 21st Streets, and for the construction of its replacement on that site as well as another building on West 20th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

July 9, 2007
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Statement By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Presented At The Manhattan Community Board 4, 5 And 6 Joint Hearing On Congestion Pricing

The paradox we face as New Yorkers today is that we live in an incredible city in which people from all over the world want to live, work, study, and visit, yet as a result, we're confronted with an influx of people, developments, and vehicles that do serious damage to the very things that make our City so desirable. My Senate district, more than most, has suffered tremendously from this irony.

 

July 9, 2007
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Duane's City Law Prohibiting Discrimination By Landlords Against Tenants Participating In Government-funded Housing Assistance Programs Unanimously Upheld By State Court Of Appeals

New York -- The New York State Court of Appeals today issued a unanimous decision holding that rent-stabilized landlords are required to continue accepting federal "Section 8" rent subsidies with respect to rent-stabilized tenants and are not permitted to opt out of this federal subsidy program, affirming a September 2006 decision of the Appellate Division First Department.

July 2, 2007
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Testimony Of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Council Housing And Buildings Committee In Support Of Int. 374-a

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, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and part of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza. I am here today to testify in support of Int.

June 28, 2007
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