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NYS Senator Tom Duane's Historic HIV Testing Legislation Signed into Law

Statement of New York State Senator Tom DuaneRE: Governor Paterson’s signing of S.8227 (Duane) / A.11487 (Gottfried)which will greatly expand voluntary, informed testing for HIV

July 30, 2010
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June 2010 Community Report

June 2010 Community ReportDear Neighbor:The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:Albany Update:State Budget Report:The last week of June marked the official "end" of the 2010 New York State Legislative Session – yet the work is far from over. 2010 was a unique year at the Capitol since the bulk of New York’s Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget was enacted through a series of a dozen one-week budget extenders.

July 21, 2010
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CNN: New York state Senate passes anti-bullying bill

From Julie Cannold, CNN

June 23, 2010 8:52 p.m. EDT

 

New York (CNN) -- The New York state senate passed passed an anti-bullying bill Tuesday night to protect all students from discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

June 25, 2010
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Democrat and Chronicle: ‘Presumed consent’ idea for organ donation stirs debate

Cara Matthews – Gannett Albany BureauLocal News – June 21, 2010 - 5:00am

ALBANY — A Westchester County assemblyman whose daughter is a two-time kidney transplant recipient wants to flip New York’s organ-donation system on its head by presuming people are donors unless they indicate otherwise.

“What we have in New York is a completely failed system,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.

June 25, 2010
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Wall Street Journal: ERs Fill Up Downtown

By SUZANNE SATALINE

Emergency rooms in downtown Manhattan have become more crowded since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in April, but ambulances are getting patients into the remaining ERs faster than they did when the 161-year-old Greenwich Village hospital was open.

June 25, 2010
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New York Times: Plans for Ground-Floor Bar Make Residents Hit Roof

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ

The Central Park West Café, depending on whom you ask, would be either a serene wine bar with a Duke Ellington ambience or a rowdy, ear-splitting, velvet-roped nightclub.

June 25, 2010
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Senator Duane Announces the Passage of the Dignity for All Students Act

Providing All Students With A Safe Learning Environment

Senate Passes Landmark ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

 

June 23, 2010
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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On Tuesday, March 22, the New York State Senate adopted a resolution State Senator Duane introduced commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire at 29 Washington Place in what is now New York University’s Brown Building.

June 9, 2010
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Tom Duane in the Neighborhood: Reporter's Roundtable

On this episode of “Tom Duane in the Neighborhood,” Senator Duane discusses local journalism and community issues with reporters Diane Vacca of Chelsea Now, Dan Rivoli of the West Side Spirit and Patrick Hedlund of the news gathering website

June 9, 2010
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May 2010 Community Report

May 2010 Community Report

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

Albany Update:

Environmental Protections

I am pleased to report that on April 20, the State Senate passed a package of bills designed to strengthen environmental and citizen protections for a cleaner, greener and healthier New York. Bills in the package include:

June 7, 2010
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The Nation: The Next Drilling Disaster?

By Kara Cusolito | June 3, 2010 A tour of Dimock, Pennsylvania, with Victoria Switzer is a bumpy ride over torn-up roads, around parking lots filled with heavy machinery and storage tanks, and past well pads that not long ago were forests. The winter here was quiet, but with the thawing ground came the return of the rigs, the trucks, the constant noise and lights of a twenty-four-hour-a-day gas drilling operation. "It's a modern-day

June 4, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 123 CAP

June 8, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Room 123 CAP

June 2, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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An Educational Panel: What Are Our Options Post-St. Vincent’s?

In the wake of the devastating closure of St.

May 26, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Room 123 CAP

May 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: An Educational Panel: How Can We Get Back a Hospital for our Community?

NYS Senate Health Committee Chair Thomas K. Duane

and Co-Sponsors NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

US Representative Jerrold L. Nadler

NYS Senator Daniel L. Squadron

May 21, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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The New York Times: New York Child Abuse Bill

May 17, 2010New York Child Abuse BillTo the Editor:Re “Justice for Child Abuse Victims” (editorial, May 16):

May 18, 2010
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Gannett: N.Y. lawmakers push for anti-bullying legislation

By Jon Campbell • Albany Bureau • May 17, 2010ALBANY — As bullying in schools continues to grab headlines in New York and throughout the country, school administrators and state legislators are looking at ways to combat the activity — at both the state and district level.

May 18, 2010
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Gay City News: Rent Cap Awaits Guv’s Call

Four-year effort to curb costs for AIDS housing tenants now down to one manPublished: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:46 PM CDTBY PAUL SCHINDLERSince the waning days of the Pataki administration, advocates havebeen pressing for legislation to cap rents paid by thousands ofclients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) at 30percent of their income. Now that approval for the measure has finallybeen secured in both the Assembly and the Senate, Governor David A.Paterson’s willingness to sign the measure has suddenly become a major

May 18, 2010
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Housing Works: Half of All State Senators Support GENDA; Advocates to Lobby Again May 11

The New York State Senate is slowly coming around to supporting equal rights for gender nonconforming people.Housing Works latest vote count has 31 state senators firmly in support of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA). The bill prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and all other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law. Only one more ‘yes’ vote is needed to have a majority in the 62-person Senate.

May 18, 2010
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