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Thomas K. Duane

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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

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

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

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

An Educational Panel: What Are Our Options Post-St. Vincent’s?

In the wake of the devastating closure of St.

May 26, 2010

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

The New York Times: Housing Subsidy Has High-Profile Foe


The mayor’s office is urging Gov. David A. Paterson to veto a bill that would offer greater rent relief to 11,000 New York City residents with H.I.V. or AIDS, saying the measure would tax the city’s strained budget.

May 4, 2010

Senate Passes Legislation to Cap Rent Share At 30% of Income for Poor New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS

Aligns NYC HIV/AIDS Service Administration with Other Rental Assistance Programs

(Albany, NY)-On Tuesday the New York State Senate decisively passed legislation, prime sponsored by Senator Thomas K. Duane, that would cap at 30 percent of income the rent contribution of people receiving housing assistance from the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA). 


April 27, 2010

Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Announcement on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

“Today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) announced a separate environmental review process that will effectively prevent high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the New York City and Skaneateles Lake watersheds.  

April 23, 2010

Joint Statement on Flag Burning at LGBT Community Center

Joint Statement by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Senator Thomas Duane, Assembly Members Danny O’Donnell, Deborah Glick, Dick Gottfried, Micah Kellner, Matthew Titone and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Re: Condemning the Recent Flag Burning at LGBT Center

April 15, 2010

The New York Times: Law Dictates Who Decides on Care for the Incapable


It is one of those medical quandaries often faced by families dealing with older and dying parents: Who makes decisions for patients who cannot make their own and have not left written instructions?

April 13, 2010

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

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.”


April 6, 2010

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

Senator Duane Robocalls The Census

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

March 17, 2010

Times Union: Who speaks for those who can't?

By JIMMY VIELKIND, Capitol bureau

March 3, 2010

Times Union: Yes, marijuana, as medicine

Imagine, an open and honest debate in the state Senate, and on a very relevant and substantive issue. What happens all too rarely could happen quite soon, on the topic of legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

March 3, 2010

The Senate Passes the Family Health Care Decisions Act

The New York State Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) today by a vote of 55-3, empowering family members and others close to the patient to make medical decisions for  incapacitated patients.

February 24, 2010

State Senator Duane Joins Senator Schumer, Local Elected Officials and Advocates to Preserve Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village As Haven for Middle Class

SCHUMER LEADS RALLY WITH STUYVESANT TOWN AND PETER COOPER VILLAGE TENANTS TO PRESERVE MASSIVE COMPLEX AS HAVEN FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN NEW YORK Schumer, Garodnick, Duane Make Direct Appeal to Heads of Fannie and Freddie; Agencies Are Best Hope to Keep Complex Middle Class As They Are the Largest Creditors Fannie and Freddie Have Leverage Over Servicer CW Capital who Lawmakers Insist Must Install New Management that Keeps Building Affordable and Not Let Building Maintenance and Repairs Slip During Transition and Sale

January 30, 2010