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Daily News: St. Vincent's Hospital ER could survive as takeover talks still on the table

BY Samuel Goldsmith

Its board of directors may have pulled the plug on St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan - but the emergency room still has a pulse.

April 13, 2010
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Senator Duane Spearheads Passage of Resolution to Bring a Space Shuttle to New York City

Senator Duane Enlists Colleagues to Call on NASA to Permanently Display A Space Shuttle at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

April 8, 2010
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

“While today’s decision by the Board of Directors of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center to close the hospital’s inpatient units was deeply disappointing, I have not given up the fight.  I will continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including City, State and Federal officials, as well as the hospital board, management and labor, to guarantee that the health care needs of our neighborhoods are met."

"I will continue to fight for the preservation of a 24-hour emergency room, widely available and culturally sensitive community-based primary care, and the specialty services that have been at the core of St. Vincent’s commitment to our Lower West Side neighborhoods and our city as a whole.”

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April 6, 2010
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

“St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center is the only inpatient acute-care facility on Manhattan’s Lower West Side -- the hospital, emergency room, affiliated clinics and care providers play a crucial role in serving our community's health care needs.   I was saddened to learn that Mount Sinai Medical Center declined to become partners with St. Vincent’s.  But I am not ready to give up the fight.

April 1, 2010
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Tom Duane In The Neighborhood on Women in Prisons

Senator Duane speaks with Serena Alfieri of the Correctional Association and Tracie Gardner of the Legal Action Center for an episode of "Tom Duane In The Neighborhood" in which they discuss issues related to the incarceration of women in New York State prisons.

April 1, 2010
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Tom Duane in The Neighborhood on the Roberts Decision and Its Impact on New York City

The latest episode of “Tom Duane in the Neighborhood” focuses on the impact of last October's New York State Court of Appeals’ decision in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P., which held that landlords who receive New York City tax abatements for renovations must extend rent stabilization protections to their tenants during the abatement period. 

April 1, 2010
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Floor Speech on Ending Rent Disparity for NYC HIV/AIDS Services Admin Clients

At 3:00 am on the morning of July 17th, during a marathon legislative session, Senator Duane passionately advocated on the Senate floor to ensure low-income people with AIDS receiving public housing assistance pay no more than 30% of their disability income towards their rent. Under current state law, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance mandates that New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) clients receiving both federal disability income and rental assistance are allowed to keep only $330 above the cost of their rent.

April 1, 2010
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February 2010 Community Report

February 2010 Community Report

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

Albany Update

Continuing the Fight for Real Ethics Reform:

File: 
February 2010 Community Report.pdf

March 26, 2010
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West Side Spirit-State Sen. Pushes Census Ad

By Dan Rivoli

March 19, 2010

State Sen. Tom Duane is up for reelection this year and recorded a robo-call to reach his constituents. But with no challenger, Duane decided to promote the 2010 Census instead of stump for his campaign.

In the past several weeks, New Yorkers have been inundated with advertising and news stories that promote filling out census forms when they arrive in the mail. People’s responses will determine the country’s population for the next decade and influences political districts and government funding.

March 19, 2010
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Senator Duane Robocalls The Census

As Census Questionnaires Hit Mailboxes This Week
An Innovative Way to Boost Response Rates

March 17, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Room 123 CAP

March 9, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Capitol News: Patient-Centered Medical Homes: A Model for Better Health Care Health Care

By Senator Thomas K. Duane In our nation’s capital, the extensive debate over federal health care reform focused attention both on how best to provide health insurance as well as how best to deliver high-quality, affordable health care. One way in which New York State is taking a lead in the latter is by focusing our resources on developing and strengthening primary and preventive care. To achieve that goal, we are encouraging the development and support of the emerging patient-centered medical home model.

March 3, 2010
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WNYC: Advocates Believe New York May Be Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana

by Arun VenugopalNEW YORK, NY February 23, 2010 —As of last month, when New Jersey signed it into law, there are 14 states that allow the use of medical marijuana. Some people think New York could be No. 15, and are watching as a bill winds its way through the state Senate and Assembly. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the legislation and the people who would benefit.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Medical marijuana effort sprouts again

By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureauALBANY -- In Capitol parlance, it's known as an "evergreen" -- a bill or idea that seems to sprout up each year, but never blooms into law. While marijuana certainly isn't an evergreen plant, efforts to legalize its use for medicinal purposes have been before the state Legislature for several years. On Tuesday it came up again in the Senate Health Committee, which moved the bill to Codes, the last stop before it could come up for debate.

March 3, 2010
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The Villager: Hospital can’t close

As the clock continues to tick on St. Vincent’s Hospital’s survival, it’s only making it increasingly clear that Greenwich Village — as well as all of Manhattan south of 59th St. — simply cannot afford to lose this key healthcare institution. Without St. Vincent’s, the Lower West Side would have its health safety net ripped out from beneath it. East Side hospitals would be overwhelmed picking up the slack, particularly in emergency room visits, while patients would be at increased risk: Accounts of people

March 3, 2010
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The Villager: Times adds to St. Vincent’s trauma, hospital’s docs say

By Lincoln Anderson As St. Vincent’s Hospital struggles to stay afloat, top physicians at a “visibility rally” Sunday said a main obstacle the hospital is facing is negative media coverage. There was the New York Post editorial earlier this month that urged to “pull the plug” on the Greenwich Village hospital. But even worse, to hear the doctors tell it, have been misleading articles about what is going on at St. Vincent’s as it battles to stave off bankruptcy and keep from closing after more than 160 years of service.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Who speaks for those who can't?

By JIMMY VIELKIND, Capitol bureau

March 3, 2010
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Ithaca Journal: Senate passes health care proxy bill

BY CARA MATTHEWS •CLMATTHE@GANNETT.COM • FEBRUARY 26, 2010, 6:50 PMALBANY -- Senators approved a bill this week that sets up a legal mechanism for designating a surrogate to act on an incapacitated person's behalf, legislation supporters say is long overdue and will reduce additional stress placed on friends and families during crises.

March 3, 2010
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