First elected to the New York State Senate in a Special Election in February 2002, Liz Krueger is currently the Vice-Chair of Senate Finance Committee and the Chair of the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform. She is also a member of five other committees: Banking, Higher Education, Housing, Construction and Community Development, Rules and Social Services.
Senator Krueger is a strong advocate for tenants’ rights, affordable housing, improved access to health care and prescription drug coverage, social services, more equitable funding for public education, including higher education, and animal welfare. She has made reforming and modernizing New York State’s governmental and electoral processes and tax policy a central goal of her legislative agenda.
In her first term in the Senate, Liz Krueger was a leader in the successful fight to pass the Women’s Health and Wellness Act. Senator Krueger’s legislative initiatives include: a bill to support recycling and expand the bottle bill; a bill which would repeal the Urstadt Law and restore local control over New York City housing policy; legislation that would expand access to the Senior Citizen’s Rent Increase Exemption; legislation establishing a breastfeeding bill of rights; and legislation expanding access to food stamps and safety net assistance for needy families and individuals.
Senator Liz Krueger has dedicated her career to issues relating to poverty, and she is a nationally recognized expert on the problems of hunger and homelessness, and the lack of affordable housing, healthcare, and job training.
Senator Krueger served as Chair of the New York City Food Stamp Task Force; Co-Facilitator of the New York City Welfare Reform Network; on the board of the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court; and as a board member of the NYC Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Food and Shelter Program administered by the United Way of Greater New York. Liz Krueger has been active in the development of the NYC Coalition for Real Jobs and the NYC Medicaid Managed Care Task Force. She served as Chair of the New York Human Resources Administration Income Support Advisory Council; Co-Chair of the Manhattan Borough President’s Task Force on Education, Employment and Welfare; and Board Chair of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
For 15 years, Senator Krueger was the Associate Director of the Community Food Resource Center (CFRC) where she was responsible for directing its efforts to expand access to government programs for low-income New Yorkers. She helped monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Federal and State programs in New York City, identifying barriers to participation, and fighting for improvements in the effectiveness of these programs.
Prior to joining CFRC, Liz Krueger was the founding Director of the New York City Food Bank, building that organization into one that now serves over 1,100 emergency food programs, senior centers, day-care centers, and other community-based programs serving an estimated 5.4 million meals each year.
A graduate of Northwestern University, with a Bachelors degree in Social Policy and Human Development, Senator Krueger also holds a Masters degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy. Senator Krueger lives on the East Side of Manhattan with her husband, Dr. John E. Seley, a professor of Urban Planning and Geography at The CUNY Graduate Center and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.
AWARDS (Partial List)
Family Planning Advocates, Margaret P. Sanger Award
Eviction Prevention Services, Gloria Millikin Award
New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition, Gold Standard Award
National Committee for the Furtherence of Jewish Education, State Service Award
Emily's List, Leaders for Change
Turkish Cultural Center, Zubeyde Hanim Award
Historic Districts Council, Friends in High Places
SPECIAL RECOGNITION (Partial List)
Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats
Community Free Democrats
Chelsea Reform Democrats
Welfare Reform Network
Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Committee
NYC Americans for Democratic Action, Perfect Legislative Score