28 Feb

The Impact of Casinos on Urban Communities

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, with State Senators Liz Krueger, Kristen Gonzalez, and Brad Hoylman-Sigal, and Assembly Members Harvey Epstein and Linda Rosenthal, as well as:

– Vicki L. Been, Member, Gaming Facility Location Board, and the Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

– Lucy Dadayan, Principal Research Associate with Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

– Les Bernal, Executive Director, Stop Predatory Gambling

– Tom Kirdahy, Producer, and Member of The Broadway League


Full video of the event can be viewed here:



– Vicki Been:

– Lucy Dadayan:

– Les Bernal:



5 Proposed Casino Location in Manhattan
Where Could a Casino Be Built in New York City? What We Know – The New York Times

Tax Revenues
“Op-ed: Do the benefits of casinos outweigh the societal costs? History says no.” Crain’s New York Business, November 21, 2022

“Are States Betting on Sin? The Murky Future of State Taxation.” Urban Institute, October 2019

“The Blinken Report: State Revenue from Gambling: Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Disappointment.” Rockefeller Institute of Government, April 2016

“Powerball Fever: State Budget Bonanza? Or False Hopes?” With Donald J. Boyd, Rockefeller Institute of Government, January 2016

“State Revenues from Gambling Show Weakness Despite Gambling Expansion.” Rockefeller Institute of Government, March 2015

“For the First Time, a Smaller Jackpot: Trends in State Revenues from Gambling.” With Robert B. Ward, Rockefeller Institute of Government, September 2009

“From a Bonanza to a Blue Chip? Gambling Revenue to the States.” With Nino Giguashvili and Robert B. Ward, Rockefeller Institute of Government, June 2008


Community Impact – Why Casinos Matter

New York’s Promise, which may be the best thing written about government sanctioned gambling (specifically casinos) and New York.

“How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts” from The Atlantic Monthly in Dec. 2016

Additional Links:

Proposed Gaming Text Amendment:

Email provided by Vicki:

Example of town that rejected Casino:

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20 Feb

An Open Letter From Jewish Elected Officials Regarding The War In Gaza

February 20, 2024



Senator Liz Krueger
Senator Brad Holyman-Sigal
Assemblymember Harvey Epstein
City Comptroller Brad Lander
City Councilmember Lincoln Restler


“I’ve had extensive conversations with the prime minister of Israel over the last several days, almost an hour each, and I’ve made the case, and I feel very strongly about it, that there has to be a temporary ceasefire to get the prisoners out, to get the hostages out.”

– President Biden told reporters at the White House
(Reuters Feb. 16th, 2024)


It has been over four months since Hamas launched its horrific attack against Israel, and with no end in sight to the war in Gaza, the situation continues to weigh heavily on our minds. We have seen how this war has been a tragedy for both Israelis and Palestinians and has also deeply affected the American Jewish community, particularly here in New York. Our position is rooted in our deepest Jewish values — honoring the life, dignity, and safety of all people. We feel deep anguish over the insurmountable loss of life in the region — notably the tens of thousands of civilians. Judaism teaches that all people are created in the image of God and all people are infinitely valuable.

The attacks that were perpetrated by Hamas on October 7th were monstrous and indefensible. We have lost loved ones, mourned with family and friends, and prayed for the safety of those held hostage. We continue to demand that Hamas release all the remaining hostages immediately. We also join with the families of the remaining hostages in continuing to call on the Israeli government to do everything in its power to ensure the safe return of the remaining hostages. The reality is that this will only happen through the same active negotiations that brought home the first 112 hostages. Those negotiations must be the critical highest priority.

At the same time, the Israeli government cannot continue the mass destruction of Gaza and the killing of civilians who are trapped in a war zone with no possibility to flee to safety. Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in shocking numbers by indiscriminate, large-scale bombing, and the rest live in a state of constant fear, hunger, and vulnerability to disease. The war there has also led to increased persecution against Palestinians living in the West Bank and violence from some Israeli settlers who are using the Gaza war to hasten the evictions of Palestinians from their land to expand settlements that are illegal under international law. At the same time, others throughout the mid-east, looking for reasons to destroy Israel, are attacking from the north and fomenting antisemitism and anti-Zionism throughout the world.

As New Yorkers, many of us have deep connections to Israel and are committed to the existence of a democratic Jewish state. We make no excuses for terrorists or their defenders, but we cannot support the actions of the current Israeli government. We continue to call for a two-state solution where all Israelis and Palestinians have a right to statehood and self-determination on the land. While such a future looks bleaker now than ever, it remains the only viable alternative to endless conflict that honors the fundamental human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and addresses the reality that neither people are going anywhere.

We call for the Israeli government to commit itself to a lasting peace, to halt its illegal activities in the West Bank, immediately curb the expansion of settlements there, and protect Palestinians from settler violence. We understand that Netanyahu and his coalition allies do not share this goal, and so we are also stating our solidarity with Israelis who are organizing to replace this historically unpopular government with one that stands for universal human rights, for democracy in Israel, and for peace with its neighbors.

This war has deeply affected our constituents and our communities. We are extremely disturbed by the rapidly increasing number of antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents occurring right here in our diverse city. There is no excuse for violence, bullying, or vandalism, especially when motivated by hate. No New Yorker should feel unsafe because of their race, ethnicity, or religious identity. Many of our constituents feel afraid, misunderstood, and isolated, and as Jews, we know all too well how fear can divide a family, community, and nation.

We must also point out that the extreme Right in this country is using this fear to further stoke division within the Jewish community and between Jews and people of other faiths and to push undemocratic policies that will only bring further danger to Americans of all faiths. History shows us how the Jewish people have been used time and time again to push radical, racist, and fascist agendas that are not our own – and we refuse to be their pawns.

All parties in this conflict need to commit to finding a path to peace through negotiation for the sake of our communities, for the rights of Israelis and Palestinians, and for the real and lasting security of the State of Israel.

As Jewish elected officials in both the City and State of New York, we thank President Biden for all his efforts to date, and we call upon the Federal government of the United States to push for an end to this war as soon as possible.

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20 Nov

Medicare Parts A, B, C and D: Changes You Can Make to Your Coverage in 2024

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, with State Senator Liz Krueger and Eric Hausman from the Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP). Mr. Hausman is the HIICAP Volunteer Outreach Manager.

Full video of the event can be viewed here:


– Eric Hausman’s PowerPoint presentation

– Application for Medicare Parts A and B Special Enrollment Period

– Postal Service Health Benefits Fact Sheet for USPS Employees

– Postal Service Health Benefits Fact Sheet for USPS Annuitants

– HIICAP Medicare Guidebook

– Medigap Plans and Rates

– Medicare Supplement Premium Comparison Chart

– EPIC Discontinuance of GSK Drugs

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15 Nov

Krueger Introduces Bill To Strengthen Protections For Surrogacy And Egg And Sperm Donation

Albany – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger announced the introduction of new legislation, S.7749, that would strengthen rights and protections for New Yorkers involved in surrogacy or egg or sperm donation. The new bill builds on the framework created by the Child-Parent Security Act, which legalized gestational surrogacy in 2021. Senator Krueger joined Dr. Arthur Caplan of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine this morning in an op-ed explaining the need for the bill.

Video of the press conference announcing the bill can be viewed by clicking here.

“When New York State legalized commercial gestational surrogacy and gamete donation, we dove head-first into a rapidly evolving and expanding reproductive healthcare industry,” said Senator Krueger. “Like many novel industries, this one opens up wonderful opportunities, but also presents challenges and uncertainties. Our first responsibility as a Legislature is to make sure that everyone covered by our laws has their safety, health, and rights protected. By that measure, we have more work to do in properly regulating this field. I hope that this bill will provide the necessary protections for everyone involved in surrogacy and gamete donation, including intended parents, surrogates, donors, and especially children.”

Medical advances in assisted reproductive technology (ART) make family building possible today for intended parents who would otherwise be unable to conceive or sustain a successful pregnancy. Gamete donors (i.e. sperm or egg donors) and surrogates enable intended parents who are single, LGBTQ+, cancer survivors, or experiencing infertility issues, to have the children they want.

Gamete donation and surrogacy arrangements are complex, however, because they involve third-parties who provide their gametes and undergo surrogate pregnancy and delivery, but are not the legal parents of the resulting children. Gamete donors and surrogates also assume significant health, fertility, legal, and financial risk. The short- and long-term health impacts of fertility medication and ART on egg donors, surrogates, and donor-conceived and surrogate-born children are poorly understood due to lack of research. Intended parents incur high costs and assume legal and financial risk in their journey to have children using ART, particularly when using surrogacy. For all these reasons, it is crucial to ensure that state law provides sufficient rights and protections for all parties, including donor-conceived and surrogate-born children.

The Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA), which legalized gestational surrogacy in 2021, established a legal and regulatory framework under which eligible intended parents may enter into a surrogacy agreement and obtain a judgment of parentage that grants them legal parental rights to any children conceived through surrogacy, immediately upon birth. The legal framework also allows eligible intended parents to obtain a judgment of parentage that grants legal parental rights to any children conceived through assisted reproduction. These judicial processes establish legal parental rights for intended parents without having to undergo an adoption process. The CPSA built in protections by establishing a Surrogates’ Bill of Rights and regulation of surrogacy agreements, surrogacy programs, and clinical practices.

S.7749 would strengthen and build upon the current framework by:

  • Strengthening medical, legal, and financial protections for surrogates and intended parents, and establishing these protections for the first time for gamete donors and intended parents who participate in gamete donation agreements;
  • establishing a comprehensive informed consent process for gamete donors, surrogates, and intended parents;
  • creating a Bill of Rights for Donor-Conceived and Surrogate-Born Individuals to ensure they can access information about their origins and the medical information they may need;
  • providing for regulation of gamete donation agreements, marketing, and clinical practices;
  • establishing timely gamete donation policies to provide oversight of a rapidly advancing area of health care; and
  • establishing the Central Assisted Reproduction Registry (CARR) to enable tracking and enforcement of state policies and to facilitate research.

To read more details about the provisions of S.7749, click here.

Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH Professor (Emerita) Public Health and Obstetrics Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, said:
“This bill is important and novel as it aims to protect the health and rights of all the participants: those who provide the sperm and the eggs, those who act as surrogates, the children born of these arrangements and the intended parents. The bill calls for cautious use of the best medical practices as there are known risks for each, and much that we don’t know. It establishes a thorough informed consent process so that all parties understand the risks and benefits of each medical intervention, and also understand whose interests the doctor represents. It is in the interests of all the participants and the public health to do our best to protect the health of all.”

Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender & Public Policy Specialization, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, said:
“This bill protects the rights of all parties involved in gamete donation and surrogacy arrangements. It establishes two new bills of rights: one for children and one for gamete donors. It helps ensure that surrogates will have effective access to the rights set out in their own bill of rights. It stipulates that physicians should follow best medical practices. It facilitates securing health insurance for surrogates and gamete donors. It bolsters the provisions regarding informed consent for all parties. And, it requires transparency regarding gamete donors’ compensation. With this essential legislation, New York can be a leader in an area that is vital to so many people’s lives.”

Arthur Caplan, PhD, Mitty Professor of Bioethics, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, said:
“Senator Krueger’s bill to strengthen protections for surrogacy and egg and sperm donation is important, visionary and worthy of rapid enactment. Despite growing demand, the legal framework for fertility services has lagged behind. This legislation calls for protections that will empower donors, surrogates, consumers and, most importantly, children created through novel modalities. New Yorkers require an ethical and legal framework to guide assisted reproduction in the twenty-first century. Senator Krueger has provided exactly that.”

Laura Briggs, Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, said:
“Members of the LGBT community have as much interest as anyone in ensuring that the gamete donors or surrogates who help create their kids have their health and rights protected. Our community has a painful history of losing our kids, and we want strong, clear, and fair legal contracts. I am a lesbian with a donor-conceived kid, and I have a life-long connection to the donor who made his life possible. If my kid should develop a serious illness, I want him to be able to obtain any health information that would help him get treated. And finally, members of the LBGT community are also gamete donors and surrogates, and want the protections this bill offers for that reason as well.”

Sara Lamm, documentary filmmaker/donor conceived adult, said:
“As a donor conceived person I can attest to a fact that we all should keep in mind: namely that donor conceived babies grow up to be donor conceived adults with the same human question as everyone else—’Who am I?’ An accurate birth certificate is a necessity, because it empowers us to know the truth of how we got here, to understand our health history, and to make meaning of the biological and familial relationships that quite literally gave us our lives. We have a right to this information, and I am pleased this bill recognizes us as a group that deserves care and attention.”Liz Scheier, Media Liaison, We Are Egg Donors, said:
“Egg donors are routinely misled about the long-term health impact of their donations, and about the impact of anonymous donation. I’m eager to see “informed consent” forms and consultations contain real information donors can use to make their decision, and Senator Krueger’s bill will help to do just that.”


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10 Oct

Sen. Krueger’s Message on the Tragedy Unfolding in Israel

Dear Neighbor,

Like so many of you, I have watched with horror and despair the events unfolding in Israel over the last few days. I have felt fear for the wellbeing of friends and loved ones, and grief at learning terrible news. I have felt anger at the deep inhumanity of these attacks, and helplessness at the intractability of this seemingly never-ending conflict. And I have felt frustration at the knee-jerk reactions and reflexive side-taking in evidence on social media and on the streets of our city.

I know that among the people reading this message there will be a wide variety of views on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. But all people of goodwill should be able to agree that human life is precious, that any loss of life is a tragedy, and that all of us must double and triple our efforts to work for peace everywhere, and the justice that leads to that peace.

Hamas’ attack on Israel was absolutely despicable – carefully planned to murder, terrify, and kidnap civilians, including children. Hamas members are not freedom fighters or liberators; it is a terrorist organization with the avowed aim of destroying Israel and Israelis. There can be no ounce of justification or excuse for their actions: the largest single act of violence targeting Jews since the Holocaust. And with those hateful actions Hamas has also knowingly incurred retaliation from the Israeli military that will undoubtedly lead to untold suffering for the civilians in Gaza whom they claim to represent.

I firmly support Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself. I also hold up the humanity of people on all sides of the ongoing conflict that provided the false pretext for Hamas’ attack. The kind of heinous violence perpetrated by Hamas can produce nothing positive for anyone in the region, and only serves to fuel another generation of hate and prolong the struggle for lasting peace.

There is a human tragedy unfolding, and we should take the side of humanity. For those of us not directly involved, I believe the best thing to do is ask “how can I help.” Sometimes that help can take the form of just demonstrating solidarity, support, or understanding. Sometimes it can involve donating money, sharing information, or other concrete actions. And while we are turning our minds to our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, we must also contribute to de-escalation and the disempowerment of hate right here at home, both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, as well as all other forms of prejudice and oppression.

Below are some resources that I hope will be helpful.



Liz Krueger

State Senator


Immediate Help for Family Members

From the US Embassy in Israel:

U.S. citizens seeking to be in touch with the U.S. Embassy in Israel, please click this link: or call +1-833-890-9595 and +1-606-641-0131.

For latest security alert, see: Security Alert #5: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem


From the Israeli Consulate General in New York:

The Israeli Consulate General in New York has established a hotline for those trying to connect with family in Israel. The hotline numbers and emails are:

  • 917-756-8387
  • 212-499-5321
  • 347-726-1490
  • 347-673-9774


U.S. State Department Travel Advisory:


Donations and Support

Donations can be made to:

United Hatzalah:


Magen David Adom



Sheba Medical Center!/donation/checkout


UJA Federation of NY


International Committee of the Red Cross


Save the Children


Doctors Without Borders





From J Street:

Ways to Support Those Impacted by the Ongoing Crisis:


Medical Volunteers

Nefesh B’Nefesh, in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Health and the Israeli Medical Association, is creating a database of international physicians willing to volunteer in Israel during this challenging time. Go to for more info.


Israeli Organizations Working for Peace

New Israel Fund:


The Abraham Initiatives:


Standing Together:


Combatants for Peace:

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29 Sep

Senator Krueger’s Town Hall: Financial Road Map Series Part 3

The Power of Investing: Stocks, Bonds and Alternative Assets

Is managing personal your finances complicated? Are you struggling with debt, credit card bills or taxes, or wondering how to invest for the future? If so, don’t miss important conversations on debt, credit scores, income taxes, and the pros and cons of investing in stocks, bonds, and alternative assets. Experts from the nonprofit Financial Planning Association of Metro New York will provide insights on the steps you can take to improve your financial life. Each hour-long session will include a Question-and-Answer section moderated by Senator Krueger.

To view full video of this event, click here.


-Erin Slocum, CFP, President of the Board, The Financial Planners Association of Metro New York

-Edward Hadid, CFP, Board Member, The Financial Planners Association of Metro New York

Presenters PowerPoint: 

-FPA Presentation:

Income Tax Planning: 

-Financial Planners Association of the New York Metro Region:


Find a CFP Professional through FPA Planner Search:

Morningstar for Investment Ratings (A deeper analysis requires a paid subscription):

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27 Sep

Senator Krueger’s Town Hall: Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program

If you-

  • Live in a rent stabilized, rent controlled, or Mitchell-Lama apartment?
  • Are at least 62 years of age?
  • Have an annual household income of $50,000 or less?
  • Pay at least one third of your income on rent?
  • Want to avoid paying future rent increases?

If you answered yes to all these questions, you are likely eligible for the SCRIE program, which helps older adults remain in their homes by freezing their share of the rent. If you do not receive SCRIE, you should attend this virtual town hall to learn whether you are eligible, how you can benefit, the application process, and where you can get help applying.

If you already participate in SCRIE and have any questions or concerns, this is an opportunity to get answers from the experts.

To view full video of the event, click here.


-Kim Lerner, Director, Benefits Outreach Program, LiveOn NY

-Inie Park, Ombudsperson, Office of the Tax Payer Advocate, NYC Department of Finance

Presenters Powerpoints: 

-OTA Presentatoin:

-LiveOn Presentation:

LiveOn NY’s Benefits Outreach Program

-212-398-5045 or Email:

Kim Lerner, Director of LiveOn NY’s Benefit Outreach Program

-Phone: 212-398-6565 ext. 228



-Phone: 212-863-8494



Department of Finance

-Rent Freeze Website:

-In-Person Services: or call 311 and ask to make an appointment with SCRIE/DRIE

-Contacting the SCRIE or DRIE units: and or call 311 and ask for the SCRIE/DRIE unit

-Contacting the SCRIE or DRIE Ombudspersons:

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26 Sep

Senator Krueger’s Town Hall: Financial Road Map Series Part 2

Income Tax Planning: A Brief Overview of How Much Tax you Pay and How to Manage Taxes Effectively

Is managing personal your finances complicated? Are you struggling with debt, credit card bills or taxes, or wondering how to invest for the future? If so, don’t miss important conversations on debt, credit scores, income taxes, and the pros and cons of investing in stocks, bonds, and alternative assets. Experts from the nonprofit Financial Planning Association of Metro New York will provide insights on the steps you can take to improve your financial life. Each hour-long session will include a Question-and-Answer section moderated by Senator Krueger.

To view full video of the event, click here.


-Stephanie Chau, CPA, CFPⓇ, Advocacy Committee Member, Financial Planning Association of Metro New York

-Anja Luesink, MBA, CFPⓇ, RLPⓇ, CeFTⓇ, GFPⓇ, Advocacy Committee Member, Financial Planning Association of Metro New York

Presenter’s PowerPoint: 

FPA Presentation:

Links from the Financial Planners Association of the New York Metro Region:


-Federal Income Tax:

-New York State Income Tax:

Additional Tax Information:  seniors-in-preparing-their-taxes

Financial Roadmap Link:

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19 Sep

Senator Krueger’s Town Hall: Financial Roadmap Series Part 1

A Guide to Eliminating Debt, Understanding Credit, Credit Cards, and Your Credit Score

Is managing your personal finances complicated? Are you struggling with debt, credit card bills or taxes, or wondering how to invest for the future? If so, don’t miss important conversations on debt, credit scores, income taxes, and the pros and cons of investing in stocks, bonds, and alternative assets. Experts from the nonprofit Financial Planning Association of Metro New York will provide insights on the steps you can take to improve your financial life. Each hour-long session will include a Question-and-Answer section moderated by Senator Krueger.

To view full video of the event, click here.



-Anja Luesink, MBA, CFPⓇ, RLPⓇ, CeFTⓇ, GFPⓇ, Advocacy Committee Member, Financial Planning Association of Metro New York

-Stephanie Chau, CPA, CFPⓇ, Advocacy Committee Member, Financial Planning Association of Metro New York


Presenters Powerpoints/Materials:

-FPA Presentation:…

-FPA PB Emergency Budget Worksheet:…

-FPA PB Debt Management Plan:…


Financial Planners Association of the New York Metro Region

-Credit Reports, Identity theft, Financial Education:

-Credit Cards and Credit Scores:

-Savings accounts and Credit cards:

-The NYC Financial Empowerment centers provide free financial counseling:…

-The New Economy Project – Know your rights:

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07 Sep

Senator Krueger Opposes Draft City Regulations Allowing Large Cargo E-Bikes In Bike Lanes

New York – Today, Senator Liz Krueger sent a letter to the NYC Department of Transportation, opposing draft regulations to authorize the use of larger pedal-assist cargo bicycles in dedicated bike lanes. The letter can be viewed below and is available to download as a PDF by clicking here.

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