On "Reform Day" State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called for redistricting reform through passage of S.487, a bill she co-sponsors along with State Senator John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope).  

"When I first ran for office in 2002, I vowed to work to solve the 'Albany Syndrome,'"  said Senator Krueger.  "We have made progress in the past six years but much more needs to be done.  One of the major obstacles still preventing real change in Albany is the partisan process of gerrymandering legislative districts."

Aubertine: Bill restores longstanding CDL waiver, lets firefighters drive trucks home, in parades

ALBANY (May 20, 2009)—The New York State Senate today passed a bill co-sponsored by state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine that will clear the way for firefighters to legally drive fire trucks home from the scene of a fire, as well as in this year’s Memorial Day parades.

Senator Krueger today criticized Senate Republicans for passing S.7594-B which would create a gas tax "holiday" from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  "I voted against this legislation because it is bad fiscal and environmental policy that will only result in windfall profits for oil companies and no real relief for consumers," said Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan).

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called on the Senate to immediately pass S2924, which would require New York State to divest from companies doing business in Sudan.  The Darfur region of Sudan has been a site of genocide for a number of years.  "Every day we wait to pass this bill, is another day of implicitly condoning genocide in Darfur,"  said Senator Krueger.

Albany— State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined health advocates yesterday in urging Majority Leader Joe Bruno to bring the Healthy Teens Act to the Senate floor for a vote.  The Healthy Teens Act (S1342) will create a system for providing grants to schools for the purpose of developing age appropriate, medically accurate sex education.

Albany, NY - NYS Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) and the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation that would prohibit the use of mechanical restraints including handcuffs and shackles, on any pregnant female prisoner who is about to give birth during transport from a correctional facility to a medical facility or other location for the purpose of delivering her child.

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Democratic Conference today called for the Governor and State Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, to take action before the end of session and approve new Brownfields legislation that will speed-up neighborhood clean-up projects statewide.

At stake, are nearly $1 billion in state tax credits and $40 million in state-funded community planning grants that can be used to help reclaim thousands of polluted sites in urban, suburban, rural, industrial, and residential areas across New York state if action isn't taken now.

New York— Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a report today outlining major problems with the city's Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program (ICIP).  The report calls for wholesale reform of a program that cost the City $409.5 million in lost tax revenue in fiscal year 2007, much of which went to supporting Midtown commercial real estate, fast food restaurants, gas stations, and chain retail stores.

New York— State Senator Liz Krueger joined fellow members of the Illegal Hotels Working Group at a rally today to call attention to the problem of proliferating illegal hotels -- the practice of some in real estate of renting out apartments in residential buildings for short term stays.  The rally was held to highlight a new report that documents this growing problem across Manhattan.

There are only 8 days left of session for the NY State Senate this spring, with too many important bills being ignored.  One of the most crucial is the importance of passing the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act by the end of session.  The bill would guarantee the right of future generations of New York women to make safe and private reproductive health decisions.