Senator Krueger Awarded the Family Planning Advocates of New York Margaret Sanger Award at Ceremony Featuring Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, Sex in the City Actress Cynthia Nixon

"On April 1st, the State Legislature provided final approval for the 2007-2008 fiscal year budget, only a few hours after the official deadline.  As important as passing on-time budgets are, I found the process leading up to this one's passage to be disappointing for a number of reasons.

I am deeply disturbed that today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold a right-wing piece of legislation that bans a type of rarely performed, late-term, medically necessary abortion known in the medical profession as "intact dilatation and extraction or intact D and X." Women who face this medical decision do so with a great deal of emotional and physical distress, and do so under direct medical supervision of their respected doctor.

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger joined Common Cause, the Brennan Center, the League of Women Voters, NYPIRG, and hundreds of reform advocates today in marking Reform Day in Albany. The "Day of Action 2007" challenged the Governor and the legislature to act on proposals to:

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger marked today's national observance of Equal Pay Day by announcing that she has reintroduced S3358, a proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution. The amendment would guarantee equitable pay for all persons for work of comparable skill, effort and responsibility, for duties performed under similar working conditions.

Albany—New York State Senator Liz Krueger is pleased to announce that today the Senate passed the Student Lending Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement Act (S4524). The legislation, which Krueger co-sponsors, is aimed to protect students and parents from being steered by lenders and colleges towards student loan programs where a conflict of interest exists.

Bill Would Mandate that Owners of Buildings Leaving the Mitchell-Lama and Project-Based Section 8 Programs Provide Existing Tenants with 'First Buy' Opportunity

New York—In an on-going effort to protect Mitchell-Lama and Project-Based Section 8 affordable housing units, State Senator Liz Krueger today unveiled a bill (S5948) to give existing tenants a "right-of-first-refusal" should the owner of their development choose to leave these affordable housing programs, and sell the building at market-rate.

Key Changes Would End Use of Program as Give-Away to Luxury Developers

New York—The New York State Senate Democratic Caucus announced today that they have introduced legislation (S6064) to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing in NYC.

Environmental Super Bills Have the Support of a Majority of Senators

New York—Citing support from a majority of the members of the State Senate for the environmental Super Bills, State Senator Liz Krueger today urged Republican Majority Leader Joe Bruno to stop blocking these bills from debate, and allow a full vote on the floor of the Senate. The Majority Leader has unilateral control over what legislation comes to the floor, and has allowed these environmental bills to languish in the Environmental Conservation committee -- most for numerous legislative sessions.