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Thomas K. Duane

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Statement on Governor David Paterson's Proposal to Make Timothy's Law Permanent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 5, 2009

Statement by Senate Health Committee Chairman Thomas K. Duane

Regarding Governor David Paterson's Proposal to Make Timothy's Law Permanent

May 7, 2009
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Senator Duane to Sponsor Governor's Bill for Marriage Equality in Senate

Senator Duane spoke in New York City on April 16th at the announcement of a bill that would legalize same-sex civil marriage in the State of New York. "I know, we know, it’s going to take hard work and it’s going to take a bipartisan effort," said Duane. "The journey begins here today, and it's going to end this year when we bring marriage equality to New York."

May 7, 2009
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Statement Praising Vermont Legislature on Approving Same-Sex Civil Marriages

April 7, 2009

Statement of New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane

May 7, 2009
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Senator Thomas K. Duane Hails $350 Million for Film and TV Production Credit

Funding Puts New York – And 29th District – Back in Front of the CamerasFilm and Television Industries Employ More Than 100,000 People in New York

April 6, 2009
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Calling on DEC to Extend Comment Period on Gas Drilling

Hon. Pete GrannisCommissionerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation625 BroadwayAlbany, New York 12233-0001

Dear Commissioner Grannis,

March 18, 2009
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Celebrating Landmark Legal Victory with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants

On Sunday, March 8, Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association and the residents of the complex to celebrate a landmark victory for rent stabilized tenants.

In its unanimous decision issued on Thursday, March 5, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled that Tishman Speyer and the previous owner of the complex, Met Life, imprope

March 8, 2009
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Kellner, Duane Bill Would Put the Brakes on MTA Plan to Hike Access-A-Ride Fare to $5

Gathering in front of VISIONS Selis Manor, home to hundreds of New Yorkers with disabilities, Assembly Member Micah Z.

March 8, 2009
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Introducing Legislation Mandating Fare Equity for Paratransit Services

On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.

March 8, 2009
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Senator Duane Appoints Soffel, Bearden To Key NYS Senate Health Committee Posts

New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, today announced his appointment of Denise Soffel as Health Committee Executive Director and Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel effective March 9, 2009.

Soffel comes to her new position from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she worked as the Health Policy Coordinator, developing and implementing policy advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.

March 2, 2009
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Addressing Upper West Side Helicoptor Traffic

Dear Upper West Side Neighbor:

As State elected officials representing the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we write in response to recent complaints regarding increased helicopter traffic over the neighborhood. In fact, some constituents have noted that helicopters pass overhead as often as twice every minute, disrupting their lives and contaminating the environment with noise pollution.

March 2, 2009
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February 2009 Community Report

February 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

Adopting the FY 2008-9 Deficit Reduction Plan

On February 3, working with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate passed a critical deficit reduction plan. This legislation will result in closing a budget gap of approximately $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year and will improve the State's bond rating. This will significantly decrease the costs of funding for public works and other vital projects.

February 1, 2009
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January 2009 Community Report

January 2009 Community Report

Dear Neighbor:

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

January 1, 2009
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