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Thomas K. Duane

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Announcing $3 Million NYC Biotech Tax Credit Cleared by Senate

Senator Duane, Speaker Quinn, Assembly Member Weprin,

And Council Members Lappin and Garodnick

Announce $3 Million NYC Biotech Tax Credit Cleared by Senate;

July 22, 2009

Family Health Care Decisions Act Passes Senate

For the First Time, Family Health Care Decisions Act Passes Senate; Bill Now Pending in Assembly

July 21, 2009

Towleroad: NY State Senator Tom Duane Gives Gripping, Angry Speech on AIDS

At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent.

The bill passed by a vote of 52 to 1. But not after Duane reminded people of the horrors of the early 80's:

July 16, 2009

Statement of New York State Senator Duane Re: the End of the Stalemate in the Senate

July 9, 2009

"The month long stalemate in the Senate has ended. I am pleased that the Democratic Conference remains, as they were elected to be, in the majority. It is now time for the Senate to get back to work."

"The June 8th coup was a painful and disturbing moment in the history of the Senate. Members' emotions are raw, feelings are hurt and trust has been lost. It will take time for these wounds to heal. As a result, I expect that the Senate this week will pass only time-sensitive, non-controversial legislation."

July 8, 2009

New York Times: A Push to Make a Con Ed Steam Plant a Landmark

By Libby Nelson

The former IRT powerhouse first caught Jimmy Finn’s eye as he jogged along the West Side Highway.

The Beaux-Arts building at 58th Street and 11th Avenue had begun to look increasingly out of place as more steel and glass structures rose up along the Hudson River, Mr. Finn, who had recently graduated from the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in urban planning, began to wonder if the ornate building, one of Con Edison’s three active steam plants in Manhattan, was a landmark.

July 8, 2009

Daily News: Con Edison staff protests power company's poor wages and health benefits plan


Fernando Cruz (c.) and other workers rally in Union Square.

July 2, 2009

Gay City News: East Side Assault Reflects Larger Trend

36-year-old Boston gay man attacked in early morning hours outside friend’s apartment

July 2, 2009

Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane on the State of the Senate

June 26, 2009

Dear Friends:

On June 8th the Senate Republican minority attempted a coup on the floor of the New York State Senate in order to regain the majority. This unprecedented move was made possible because of the defection of two Democratic senators: Senator Pedro Espada of the Bronx and Senator Hiram Monserrate of Queens.

June 30, 2009

Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Alleged Anti-Gay Bias Attack

Statement by Senator Thomas K. Duane

RE: Alleged Anti-Gay Bias Attack

June 28, 2009

Reuters: Power struggle impedes New York gay marriage vote

By Edith Honan


NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's annual Gay Pride parade was a colorful celebration of 40 years of progress toward civil rights for gays, but once the dust settled, gay couples who wish to marry in New York state remain thwarted.


June 28, 2009

Chelsea Now: West Siders call for end to 9th Ave. pedestrian deaths

A group of West Side advocates staged a funeral procession down Ninth Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend to memorialize the pedestrians killed by vehicles on the high-traffic street in recent years.

June 17, 2009

Editorial: Vote on Gay Marriage

The New York Times:
Editorial-Vote on Gay Marriage


Six states have now made it legal for same-sex couples to marry. New York is not one of them. Gov. David Paterson wants the state to guarantee that right, and the protections that come with it, and the Assembly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage last month. Malcolm Smith, the leader of the State Senate, insists that he, too, favors marriage for gay couples, but he won’t let a bill go to the floor unless he’s privately lined up enough votes.

June 3, 2009

Crain's: Third attempt looms to develop Pier 40

By Theresa Agovino

Last year, Related Cos. sought a 49-year lease and opted not to pursue developing the site when it became clear that the change wasn’t forthcoming.

However, many community advocates objected to the size and scope of Related’s proposal which included a home for Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival. Some state legislators' aides said there's a fear that changing the law would encourage large developments that they deem inappropriate for the park.

June 3, 2009

Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage

Newsday: Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage


June 1, 2009

ALBANY - Fran DeBenedictis and Krista Jo Merget want to marry and raise their daughter with the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

The Lindenhurst women joined about 25 gay couples here Monday calling on the State Senate to adopt same-sex marriage. The Assembly passed legislation on May 12, and Gov. David A. Paterson has said he will sign a bill into law if it reaches his desk.

May 31, 2009

CHCANYS Joins Diverse Organizations Supporting S.3293/A.7610, Duane/Gottfried Bill to Increase Voluntary HIV Testing

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2009

CHCANYS Joins Diverse Organizations Supporting S.3293/A.7610,  Duane/Gottfried Bill to Increase Voluntary HIV Testing

May 28, 2009

Announcement of Bill that would Allow $3 Million Biotech Tax Credit for New York City

Senator Duane and Assembly Member Weprin Join Speaker Quinn to Announce $3 Million Biotech Tax Credit to Encourage Hundreds of High Tech Jobs


May 14, 2009
May 13, 2009