21 Mar

Krueger and Otis Re-Introduce Bill To Create Electric Landscaping Equipment Rebate Program

Albany – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Steve Otis, announced the re-introduction of a bill (S.5853/A.5681) to create a rebate program for the purchase of electric landscaping equipment. A similar bill, carried by Senator Krueger and former Assemblymember Steve Englebright, overwhelmingly passed the Legislature last April, but was vetoed by Governor Hochul in December. The new bill gives more discretion to NYSERDA in creating the rebate program.

“Addressing the climate crisis requires action on all fronts,” said Senator Krueger. “Gas-powered landscaping equipment emits a stunning amount of greenhouse gases and co-pollutants, not to mention the noise that blights communities across the state. This bill will make it easier for New York’s landscaping companies to transition to cleaner, quieter equipment. It’s a win for small businesses, workers, communities, and our shared environment.”

“The state and federal governments are both providing incentives to encourage the transition to clean energy equipment, appliances, cars and buses,” said Assemblyman Otis. “The program proposed in our legislation will help fund the purchase of electric landscaping equipment through a rebate program that will lower the cost to landscape businesses and encourage the use of cleaner, quieter lawn-care machinery.”

Gas-powered landscaping equipment has a significant negative impact on workers, communities, and the environment. Electric equipment, on the other hand, is lighter, quieter, has lower maintenance costs, a significantly smaller environmental footprint, and is better for workers’ health. S.5853/A.5681 would create an Electric Landscaping Equipment Rebate Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It would offer point-of-sale rebates to commercial landscapers and institutional users, including municipalities, who purchase battery-powered electric landscaping equipment, such as leaf blowers, weed whackers, or lawn mowers.

Gas-powered landscaping equipment emits large amounts of greenhouse gases and harmful, smog-forming pollution, including hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and fine particulate matter (PM). The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has reported that operating a gas-powered lawn mower for one hour creates as much smog-forming pollution as driving an average car 300 miles, the distance from New York City to Portland, ME. Operating a gas-powered leaf blower for one hour creates as much smog-forming pollution as driving a car 1,100 miles, or from New York City to Tampa, FL. According to CARB, early in this decade the total smog-forming emissions from small off-road engines, the vast majority of which are residential and commercial lawn and garden equipment, will exceed those from passenger cars in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Noise is also a significant negative impact from gas-powered lawn care equipment. According to a 2018 report in the Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Studies, sound levels at distances of 100 to 400 feet were up to 22 decibels louder for gas-powered leaf blowers than their battery-electric equivalents (the decibel scale is logarithmic, so each increase of 10 represents a noise ten times louder). The report goes on to say, “the routine use of multiple [gas-powered leaf blowers] and other noisy equipment for hours a day exposes not only workers but large numbers of people in the community to harmful levels of noise and threatens not only worker health, but public health, particularly of children, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.”

As of 2018, 170 communities in the US had enacted restrictions on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. In New York State, more than fifty cities, towns, and villages have bans or other restrictions on gas-powered leaf blowers during certain times of year.

In an effort to address concerns expressed by the Governor’s office that led to the veto of the previous version, the sponsors have made changes to the bill to give more discretion to NYSERDA in determining the shape of the program, and have limited eligibility for the rebate to professional landscapers and institutional users.

Patrick McClellan, Policy Director for the New York League of Conservation Voters, said: “If New York is to achieve its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2040–that’s in just 17 years–the state must move away from fossil fuels in every sector of the economy, including landscaping equipment. By switching to electric landscaping equipment with the help of rebates, New Yorkers will not only save money, they will be healthier as we reduce air pollution and get one step closer to zero emissions. We thank Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Otis for introducing this bill and we look forward to working with the state legislature to get it passed.”

Rich Schrader, New York Legislative and Policy Director for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), said: “The Electric Landscaping Equipment Rebate Program will help landscapers and homeowners transition away from gas-powered lawn care equipment to far less polluting, far less noisy electrical equipment. Not only do lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and hedge trimmers contribute to climate change, but they also create air pollution by releasing nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide. Ultimately, the Rebate Program will benefit all New Yorkers by creating cleaner, quieter communities.”

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), said: “When we are mowing our lawns and maintaining our backyards, we want the smell of fresh cut grass not noxious air pollution. Gas-powered lawn equipment contribute to climate change, damage air quality, and create unnecessary noise pollution in neighborhoods across New York. This legislation creates a rebate program which incentivizes the transition to cleaner, environmentally friendly electric landscaping equipment. CCE applauds Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Otis for their leadership and urges the legislature to pass this bill.”

Conor Bambrick, Director of Policy for Environmental Advocates NY, said: “Little engines cause big problems. Gas-powered landscaping equipment, such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers have a large carbon footprint, impact air quality, and threaten the health and well-being of individuals operating the equipment. If New York is to meet its climate goals, we need to make sure we retire every fossil fuel powered tool. The legislation introduced by Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Otis will help to drive that change.”

Roger Downs, Conservation Director, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, said: “Nothing can ruin time off at home like the loud din of neighborhood leaf blowers and lawnmowers. While the noise is irritating, these loud, gas powered landscaping tools are also tremendously polluting and a significant contributor to asthma and other pulmonary diseases. By creating an incentive program to put emissions-free lawn equipment in every New Yorker’s hands, Senator Krueger and Assembly Member Otis are leading the charge to protect air quality and restore peace and quiet to our neighborhoods through innovative solutions.”


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09 Mar

Sen. Krueger’s 2023 Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors, Session III: Get It Fixed: Know Your Rights to Get Repairs in Your Rental Apartment

Sen. Krueger’s 2023 Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors, Session III: “Get It Fixed: Know Your Rights to Get Repairs in Your Rental Apartment”

Senator Krueger’s 2023 five-part Virtual Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors will focus on housing for older people. Access to safe affordable housing is critical to ensure that we are able to age well in the community.

Are you a renter who has plaster coming down in the bathroom? Has your stove or fridge stopped working? Is the lock broken on your building’s front door? Scared to contact your landlord to make these needed repairs but unsure of your rights to get those repairs done? Hear from leading experts about effective strategies for how to get repairs in your rental apartment.


– Sateesh Nori, Executive Director, JustFix

– Michael Grinthal, Director of Housing Rights, TakeRoot Justice

– Andrea Shapiro, Director of Program and Advocacy, Met Council on Housing


— PowerPoint from Michael Grinthal:

— PowerPoint from Sateesh Nori:

— PowerPoint from Andrea Shapiro:

— Copy of the Q&A:

–TakeRoot Justice:

Right To Counsel NYC Coalition Rent Strike Tool Kit



Housing Court;


–Met Council on Housing:

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24 Jan

Legislature Passes Equal Rights Amendment

Albany – On Tuesday, January 24th, the State Senate and Assembly passed for the second time a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the State Constitution. The amendment, S.108/A.1283 sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, will extend current constitutional protections against discrimination to several new protected classes, as well as protecting access to contraception and abortion.

“Days after what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe, we are affirming yet again that we will not allow New Yorkers to be pulled backward, we will not allow the progress we have made on reproductive freedom to be undone,” said Senator Krueger. “Women have waited far too long to be included in our State Constitution, but so have LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, Latinos, and everyone who has faced discrimination based on characteristics that are beyond their control. The 1930s-era equal rights language in our State Constitution is long overdue for an update to ensure that equal rights are for everyone. I am proud that today we will send this amendment to the people.”

“We have witnessed the obliteration by our nation’s highest judicial tribunal of fifty years of federal protection of the rights of women to determine the future of their bodies,” said Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. “As the federal courts turn the clock back on Civil Rights, Human Rights and Voting Rights, we cannot and must not stand by while freedom of choice and freedom from discrimination are so outrageously denied. We are closer than ever to enshrining a woman’s right to choose and equality protections against discrimination in the most important governing document of our state. Now the voters will have the opportunity to vote for equality on the ballot in November 2024.”

The New York State Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause already prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, and religion. The Equal Rights Amendment will add new anti-discrimination protections to the Constitution, including explicit guarantees for reproductive rights and marriage equality. The amendment adds new protected classes, specifically prohibiting discrimination on account of a person’s age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, or sex including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, and reproductive healthcare choices. The Legislature first passed the measure in June 2022 after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Following today’s second passage, the amendment will now go to voters for ratification in the November 2024 general election.


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22 Dec

Letter from Sen. Krueger to the State Liquor Authority Regarding Madison Square Garden’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology

New York City – Today, Senator Liz Krueger released a letter to the State Liquor Authority requesting that they investigate whether the use by Madison Square Garden of facial recognition technology to ban certain patrons from events is a violation of their liquor license, and take any appropriate enforcement steps. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here, and is viewable below.

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07 Dec

Local Law 97: Technical and Financial Resources to Assist with Compliance and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Tomi Vest, General Counsel, Office of Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Simon Mugo, NYC Accelerator Program, Mid-Atlantic Region, Gina Bocra, Chief Sustainability Officer, NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), and Guillermo Patino, Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs, DOB.

To view full video of the event, click here.



–Gina Bocra’s PowerPoint:

–Simon Mugo’s PowerPoint:


–Manhattan Borough President’s Office

For general inquiries


Phone: 212-669-8300



–NYC Department of Buildings

LL97 page on DOB’s website:

DOB’s dedicated sustainability website (more detailed):

DOB’s LL97 team e-mail address:

Proposed Rule 103-14 (second rule supporting LL97):


-Accelerator Program

Contact Form – Contact Us | NYC Accelerator

LL 97 Resource Page – Local Law 97 | NYC Accelerator

Building Energy Snapshot Tool – Building Energy Snapshot | NYC Accelerator

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17 Nov

Medicare Parts A, B, C and D: Changes You Can Make to Your Coverage in 2023

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, with State Senator Liz Krueger and Eric Hausman, NYC Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP).

Full video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.



Eric Hausman’s PowerPoint presentation:


NYC Vaccine Finder:



Map of Senate District 28, as of January 1, 2023:



Phone number: 212.602.4180



–City Retiree Health Benefits

Retiree Health Benefits Program, Office of Labor Relations

Phone Number: (212) 513-0470



Mayor Issues Ultimatum on Retiree Health Care, Seeking End to Standoff (The City)

Adams and Unions Strike Deal on Shift to Cost-Cutting Medicare Plan (The City)

Medicare Standoff Threatens Cuts to Current City Workers’ Benefits (The City)


–IRMAA/Part B Premium (Life Changing Events)


–Medigap Plans/Rates:


– Plan Finder:


–EPIC Application (Fillable):


–HIICAP/NYC Dept for the Aging (Including Medicare Orientation and A Closer Look at Medicare and Related Benefits for New Yorkers):


–Event survey:

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17 Nov

Krueger Introduces Bills To Address Rapid Increase In Fires Caused By Lithium-Ion Batteries

Albany – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger announced the introduction of two new bills (S.9597 and S.9596) designed to address the proliferation of fires caused by malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries used to power e-bikes, e-scooters, and other micromobility devices. The bills would prohibit the sale of such batteries unless they are tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (such as Underwriters Laboratories), and would also prohibit the sale of reconditioned or second-use lithium-ion batteries.

“Reconditioned and untested batteries are contributing to a serious threat to the health and safety of New Yorkers in their homes and in their jobs, whether it’s delivery workers trying to make a living, or residential tenants living next to a fly-by-night charging business,” said Senator Krueger. “When a piece of equipment has the potential to cause so much damage, we simply cannot have a wild west approach without any oversight. Micromobility devices are here to stay, and their use is continuing to expand, so we must act quickly to ensure they are used in a responsible way that doesn’t put other people at risk. I am glad to see the City Council preparing to take swift action on these issues, but they also must be addressed statewide.”

Over the past year, New York City has experienced a rapid increase in lithium-ion battery-related fires, largely associated with e-bikes. It has been reported that an e-bike or e-scooter battery causes a fire in the City four times a week, on average. As of October 30th, 2022, the FDNY investigated 174 battery-related fires this year, which puts the City on track to double the total number of battery related fires from 2021 (104 fires) and quadruple the number from 2020 (44 fires). 6 New Yorkers have died in fires caused by e-bikes this year, and 139 have been injured, including 38 of Sen. Krueger’s constituents in a single fire in a high-rise apartment in East Midtown.

The FDNY has found that some of these battery fires have resulted from second-use lithium-ion batteries that contained reassembled used batteries. These batteries were not intended to be used in this way, and it is likely that this was a factor in the battery combusting. Additionally, there are a lot of non-proprietary batteries available for purchase online that claim to be compatible with e-bikes and e-scooters, however little to no information is available about the safety of these products.

S.9597 would require that all batteries sold in New York for mobility devices be tested for safety and certified by a nationally recognized laboratory or other approved organization, and that such certification be clearly labeled on battery packaging. S.9596 would ban the sale of second-use lithium ion batteries designed for use in e-bikes and e-scooters. Both bills provide for fines reaching up to $1000 per offense.


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26 Oct

Times Union Op-Ed: Election will decide state’s direction on climate change

New York – Today, in an op-ed published in the Albany Times-Union, Senator Liz Krueger argues that although fossil fuel companies will continue to deny their responsibility for high gas prices, the only real, long-term solution to the roller-coaster ride of energy costs is ending our addiction to the fossil fuels that drive global instability.

Commentary: Election will decide state’s direction on climate change

This winter, New Yorkers will once again face the pain of higher energy costs, with the price of gas heat, gas-powered electricity, and likely gasoline going up significantly.

National Grid has estimated that its average residential gas heating customer in the Capital Region will see their bills increase by 39 percent, and Con Edison forecasts that the average electric customer in New York City, where over 90 percent of electricity is generated by fossil fuels, will experience a 22 percent increase in costs.

The reasons for these increases are no secret. The prices of the fossil fuels on which we all still depend are set in a global market, making us subject to the whims of global players, particularly petro-state dictators like Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In a grim development for global democracy, the Saudis have now taken Russia’s side in its war of conquest in Ukraine, and OPEC has announced a production cut that will put the squeeze on Europe and the United States.

In the short term, of course, we should channel the “Blitz spirit” that calls us all to make small sacrifices for the greater good – yes, Americans are still capable of that. We can turn down our thermostats a few degrees, carpool or use public transit, or choose a more fuel-efficient car, doing our part to reduce demand and therefore prices. These are real ways to support the brave Ukrainians facing down Putin’s tanks, and save money in the process. But by now we all know that the only real, long-term solution is ending our addiction to the fossil fuels that drive global instability.

In the coming months, as we head into the general election and the legislative session in Albany, the polluters’ lobby will be spending some of their massive windfall profits propping up candidates who do their bidding, while trying to convince us that they are not to blame – that it isn’t the roller-coaster spikes in the price of climate-damaging fossil fuels that are causing us pain in the wallet, but clean energy powered by the free wind and sun. These are the same special interests who say they represent “affordable energy” while they continue to rip off consumers by jacking up their prices. They want to stop the progress we’ve made toward a green economy that benefits all New Yorkers, and they’ve demonstrated that they’re willing to do and say pretty much anything to derail the (electric) train of progress.

Fortunately, New Yorkers are smarter than that. We know a con artist when we see one, and we need to be on the lookout, because we are heading into a critical year for the clean-energy transition in which we will make key budget, legislative, and regulatory decisions about how to implement our nation-leading climate laws.

We have a choice to make as a state and as individual voters. We can choose the future that the fossil fuel companies want for us: a future of superstorms, drought, heat waves, and sky-high energy bills that funnel American dollars into the hands of dictators.

Or we can choose to build a future of clean air, green jobs and economic prosperity for communities across our state. That means embracing building and vehicle electrification, energy efficiency and weatherization, and a host of other proven solutions that are ready to go as soon as we find the political will.

These choices will be made at the ballot box in November, and in the state Capitol in January. I urge my fellow New Yorkers to make the right choice.

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19 Oct

Make an informed Choice: The Four Proposals On Your General Election Ballot

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Tuesday, October 19th, 2022, with State Senator Liz Krueger; Carter Strickland, VP, Mid-Atlantic Region and New York State Director, Trust for Public Land; Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation; Harrold Miller, Executive Director, Racial Justice Commission; Debipriya Chatterjee, Senior Economist, Community Service Society.

Full video of the event can be found by clicking here.


– FDA press release:

– CDC press release:

– NYC Vaccine Finder:

– Board of Election and Ballot Proposal Information: 1.866.VOTE NYC 1.866.868.3692

– To see what your ballot will look like, including the language of the ballot proposals, go to and click on “View Sample Ballot.”

– Trust for Public Land;

– Racial Justice Commission:

– Asian American Federation:

– Community Service Society:

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12 Sep

Statement from Senator Liz Krueger On The Failure Of Private Religious Schools To Provide A Sound Basic Education

New York City – State Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement today following the publication of the investigation in the New York Times regarding the failures of significant numbers of private schools serving New York’s Hasidic Jewish community to provide a constitutionally guaranteed sound basic education:

“Yesterday’s report in the New York Times is a damning indictment of the failure not only of certain private religious school leaders serving New York’s ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic communities, but of the ongoing failure of the city and state to enforce the laws or listen to the pleas of graduates who have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade. As a legislator, as a taxpayer, and as a Jew, I am horrified that we continue to let this out-of-control system expand, and do so with hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

“Every single one of these students has a constitutional right to a sound basic education, and they have been denied that right. They are being denied the ability to learn English, math, science, and other fundamental skills needed to survive in our society. This has got to stop – the city must conclude the investigation that it began in 2015, and be completely transparent about its findings; and the State Education Department regulations, to be adopted today, must be swiftly enforced.”


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