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17 Nov
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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.

 

Links:

Eric Hausman’s PowerPoint presentation: http://www.lizkrueger.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Medicare-2023-Beneficiaries.pdf

–COVID

NYC Vaccine Finder: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/

 

–Redistricting

Map of Senate District 28, as of January 1, 2023: https://latfor.state.ny.us/maps/senate2022/sen28.pdf

 

–HIICAP

Phone number: 212.602.4180

Website: https://aging.ny.gov/health-insurance-information-counseling-and-assistance-program-hiicap

 

–City Retiree Health Benefits

Retiree Health Benefits Program, Office of Labor Relations

Phone Number: (212) 513-0470

Website: https://www.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-responsibilities-assistance.page

 

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)

https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-44-ext.pdf

 

–Medigap Plans/Rates:

https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/health_insurance/supplement_plans_rates

 

–Medicare.gov Plan Finder:

https://www.medicare.gov/plan-compare/#/?year=2023&lang=en

 

–EPIC Application (Fillable):

https://www.health.ny.gov/forms/doh-5080-fillin.pdf

 

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

https://www.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/health-insurance-assistance.page

 

–Event survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACLED

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17 Nov
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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
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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
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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.

Links:

– FDA press release: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-moderna-and-pfizer-biontech-bivalent-covid-19-vaccines

– CDC press release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s1012-COVID-19-Vaccines.html

– NYC Vaccine Finder: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/

– 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 https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc and click on “View Sample Ballot.”

– Trust for Public Land; https://voteyescleanwaterandjobs.com

– Racial Justice Commission: https://racialjustice.cityofnewyork.us/

– Asian American Federation: https://www.aafederation.org/

– Community Service Society: https://www.cssny.org/

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12 Sep
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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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30 Aug
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Sen. Krueger Submits Testimony On Congestion Pricing

New York City – Today, Sen. Liz Krueger submitted testimony to the MTA regarding the Environmental Assessment for the Central Business District Tolling Program, known as Congestion Pricing. The testimony can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here, and can be viewed below.

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22 Aug
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Sen. Krueger Submits Testimony To The NYC Districting Commission

New York City – Today, Sen. Liz Krueger submitted testimony to the NYC Districting Commission regarding the impacts of proposed City Council redistricting on East Side neighborhoods. The testimony can be downloaded as a PDF from by clicking here, and can be viewed below.

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27 Jul
0

Statement from Senators Liz Krueger, Brad Hoylman, and Robert Jackson on PACB Penn Station Vote

New York City – State Senators Liz Krueger, Brad Hoylman, and Robert Jackson released the following statement regarding today’s vote by the Public Authorities Control Board on the Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Improvement Project PILOT Agreement:

“Today’s PACB vote was limited in scope, and merely confirmed the financial agreement between New York City and New York State regarding potential future PILOT agreements. It was necessary to help the state secure critical federal funding for fixing Penn Station – something that everyone agrees is long overdue.

“What today’s vote did not do was establish any deals with any real estate developers for the blocks surrounding Penn Station. Any future deals will have to return to the PACB, and we will continue fighting alongside the community to ensure that those deals are not just corporate welfare for developers. That means much more guaranteed affordable housing, and no unnecessary tax breaks that reward developers for building projects they wanted to build anyway. It also means real transparency and community input, prioritizing the needs of existing residents, and ensuring that the public realm, the neighborhood, and the city as a whole see significant benefits.

“Throughout this project, thanks to the tireless advocacy of community members, a bad plan has been made incrementally better, with the inclusion of more services for homeless New Yorkers, more guaranteed affordable housing, more public realm benefits, and more protections for existing residents, among other improvements.

“There is still much further to go to make this project a win for New Yorkers, and we will continue to stand with the community as new aspects take shape. The state and the city have an opportunity to make transformative change that will impact generations of New Yorkers, today and into the future. It must not be squandered.”

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26 Jul
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On Draft City Council District Maps

New York City – State Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement regarding proposed City Council district lines released by the New York City Districting Commission:

“While I understand that the most recent proposal for City Council district lines from the Districting Commission is still subject to change before being finalized, I am very concerned with the transfer of Roosevelt Island and significant portions of the East Side to a primarily Queens-centered district. These neighborhoods are part of a single community of interest with the Upper East Side, and are deeply tied to the area through history, long standing personal and institutional relationships, and simple geography. The lines as proposed will result in less streamlined, less effective representation for the residents of these areas. I hope that the next proposal will correct this error.”

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26 Jul
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Sharing Our Streets: How Better Design Can Make Streets Safer And More User Friendly For Everyone

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, July 21st, 2022, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Ed Pincar, Manhattan Borough Commission, New York City Department of Transportation, Sergeant Joshep Palaguachi, NYPD 19th Precinct, and Paul Krikler, Safe Streets Advocate and Community Board 8 Transportation Committee Member.

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

LINKS:

COVID

– Vaccine and Booster Eligibility Information: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page

– COVID-19 Prevention: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-prevention-and-care.page. Remember that masks are still required on public transportation, in health care settings, and in other congregate settings. The NYC Health Department strongly recommends that individuals wear a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status.

– What to Do if You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms or Test Positive: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-whensick.page

– If you do not have a provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to ask about eligibility for treatment

 

19th Precinct

– https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/19th-precinct.page

153 East 67th Street New York, NY, 10065

Precinct: (212) 452-0600 Community Affairs: (212) 452-0613

 

DOT

Ed Pincar’s PowerPoint presentation: https://www.lizkrueger.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/NYC-DOT-Sen-Krueger-Town-Hall-2022-07-21-Final-2.pdf

Chart of e-bike/scooter/moped types: https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/ebikes- more-english.pdf

 

Video from Paul Krikler

– https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j5Kzqb1OW80H7iGp678ZS9OaQhfbhbRn/view

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