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20 Jan
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Senator Krueger Urges Governor To Create Centralized Vaccine Appointment System

New York – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger released a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging him to create a statewide, functional, centralized vaccine appointment system. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF here, and can be viewed below.

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15 Jan
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COVID-19 and the Vaccines

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Dr. Torian Easterling, First Deputy Commissioner, and Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

View the full event by clicking here.

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07 Jan
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Senators Call For President Trump To Be Held Accountable Following Violent Insurrection In US Capitol

Albany – Today New York State Senator Liz Krueger and 39 other senators released a letter to Congressional leaders and Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen, calling for President Trump to be held accountable for inciting the violent insurrection against the US government that occurred yesterday in Washington, D.C. The letter from the senators can be downloaded from this page or viewed by clicking here, and is reprinted below.

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January 7th, 2021

Hon. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, United States Senate
Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, United States House of Representatives
Hon. Charles E. Schumer, Minority Leader, United States Senate
Hon. Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives
United States Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and Leader McCarthy:

As you know, yesterday, Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and his co-conspirators, directly incited and encouraged an armed and violent insurrection against the government of the United States, with the express purpose of preventing the peaceful transfer of power and overturning the results of a free and fair election.

In the months leading up to yesterday’s events, the President, members of his administration, and numerous elected members of his party, intentionally spread false and inflammatory claims regarding the legitimacy of the election, and both implicitly and explicitly promised violent or armed opposition to prevent the election from being certified and the President-Elect from taking office.

Yesterday, following the President’s incitement, a mob attacked and violently forced entry into the United States Capitol Building, endangering the lives of Capitol Police, Members of Congress, and building staff, and causing a delay in the certification of the results of the recent presidential election.

In the course of their attack, the insurrectionists trespassed on and destroyed Federal property, including flagrantly looting the Capitol, and openly bragged about their exploits on social media. The attackers carried white supremacist symbols including the flag known as the “Confederate battle flag,” as well as anti-Semitic and fascist symbols including swastikas. At the same time as many were carrying these symbols of the enemies of the United States, some of the attackers were observed removing the flag of the United States, throwing it to the ground, and replacing it with a flag bearing the name of President Donald J. Trump.

Respectfully, we draw your attention to 18 U.S. Code § 2383, which states: “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

In addition, we draw your attention to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

In light of yesterday’s appalling events, we, the undersigned members of the New York State Senate, call on the United States Congress to hold President Donald J. Trump accountable for inciting an insurrection against the government of the United States, using all avenues available, up to and including impeachment and immediate removal from office.

In addition, we call on Congress to hold accountable any members of Congress who may have incited, encouraged, assisted, or offered aid and comfort to insurrectionists, using all avenues available, up to and including expulsion of members.

We further call on the United States Department of Justice to thoroughly, transparently, and impartially investigate the incidents of Wednesday, January 6th, and bring to justice anyone and everyone involved, including the President of the United States and his co-conspirators.

As elected representatives of the people of the State of New York, we stand by the two hundred forty-four year old democratic and pluralistic promise of the United States of America. We will not allow it to be destroyed by the divisive and hateful actions of an aspiring petty tyrant and his followers.

Sincerely,

Liz Krueger
Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Joseph Addabo, Jr.
Brian Benjamin
Allessandra Biaggi
Jabari Brisport
John Brooks
Samra Brouk
Leroy Comrie
Jeremy Cooney
James Gaughran
Michael Gianaris
Andrew Gounardes
Peter Harckham
Michelle Hinchey
Brad Hoylman
Robert Jackson
Todd Kaminsky
Anna Kaplan
Timothy M. Kennedy
John Liu
John Mannion
Rachel May
Shelley Mayer
Roxanne Persaud
Jessica Ramos
Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
Gustavo Rivera
Julia Salazar
James Sanders
Diane Savino
Luis Sepulveda
Jose Serrano
James Skoufis
Toby Ann Stavisky
Kevin Thomas
Jamaal Bailey
Zellnor Myrie
Kevin Parker
Neil D. Breslin

cc:
Acting United States Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen
New York State Congressional Delegation

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03 Dec
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COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Wednesday, December 3rd, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Steven N. Moskowitz, MSW Director, Bureau of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the State Office Of Mental Health, Douglass Ruderman, Director, Project Hope at the State Office of Mental Health, and Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Director of The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

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01 Dec
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The State of the Pandemic

A Virtual Town Hall on The State of the Pandemic: Preventive Strategies to Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 and Flatten the Second Curve. Recorded on Monday, November 23rd, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Disease Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Ted Long, MD, MHS, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Care, and Executive Director Test and Trace Corps at New York City Health + Hospitals.
Watch full video of the event by clicking here.

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13 Nov
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Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, November 12th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger and Eric Hausman from the Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP).

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16 Oct
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Senator Krueger’s Virtual Senior Resource Fair

This year’s Senior Resource Fair went virtual, with presentations about resources you can access online about arts and culture, exercise and meditation, and job search for people over 50. Click on the links below for full video of the events.

ARTS AND CULTURE
Tuesday, October 13th from 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Join us at the theater, at a lecture, and a concert, look at art in the museum, and attend class at the University.

Presentations by:

– Carnegie Hall
– DOROT- University Without Walls, On Site and special programs
– The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
– Theatre Development Fund
– The Streicker Center at Temple Emanu-El

 

EXERCISE AND MEDITATION
Wednesday, October 14th from 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Put on some comfortable clothes to exercise and meditate, and find out about programs designed to keep us healthy and to reduce stress

Presentations by:

– Asphalt Green
– Lenox Hill Neighborhood House – learn about the Simonson Technique, an organic approach to movement
– Health Advocates for Older People – learn about how to exercise with arthritis

 

JOB HUNTING
Thursday, October 15th 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Finding a job is never easy, and it’s even harder for individuals over 50, especially during the time of COVID.  We are continuing our partnership with the Business Center at the New York Public Library to help you hone your job search skills. Topics include establishing the right mindset for the job search, creating an effective resume, and refining your interviewing skills.

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18 Sep
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Making Your Vote Count

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, September 17th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause New York, Susie Gomes, Co-Chair, Voter Services Committee, League of Women Voters New York City (LWVNYC), and Laura Quigg, Volunteer and Co-Chair, Voter Services Committee, LWVNYC. Including a special guest appearance by Senator Chuck Schumer.

Watch full video of the event by clicking here.

Links mentioned in the Town Hall:

– 2020 Census: https://2020census.gov/en.html

– Amend your Census response: https://my.lwv.org/sites/default/files/leagues/city-new-york/fillingoutcensusformincorporatingsecondhomes.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1ENjEPo-O574Qg3zvo8m31qPyaq8U2f9hwENxjyaig32m3sUjE4os7iWE

– Sign up link for the poll workers: https://www.elections.ny.gov/BecomePollworker.html

– Absentee ballots application: nycabsentee.com

– Volunteer with Election protection: https://protectthevote.net/

– League of Women Voters NYC: https://my.lwv.org/new-york/city-new-york-

– Postcarding effort through League of Women Voters – the contacts for that are below: Susie Gomes: voter.registration@lwvnyc.org Gerry Russo: voter.services@lwvnyc.org

– BOE home page: https://vote.nyc/

– Find out if you are registered: https://www.nycvotersearch.com/

– Absentee ballot application: https://nycabsentee.com/

– Poll site locator: https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/

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11 Sep
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Statement From Midtown Elected Officials On Decision By City Hall To Displace Residents Of Harmonia Homeless Shelter

New York City – State Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, and City Council Member Keith Powers released the following statement today in response to the decision by City Hall and the Department of Homeless Services to displace the residents of the Harmonia shelter on 31st Street to accommodate homeless individuals currently sheltered in the Lucerne Hotel on 79th Street:

“Every community in New York City must be part of the fight against homelessness. We proudly support housing the homeless in our communities, and we will welcome these new constituents. However, we are deeply disturbed that the Mayor is caving to political pressure to move homeless New Yorkers out of temporary pandemic shelter at the Lucerne Hotel in a way that will displace one hundred fifty adult families sheltered at the Harmonia, none of whom deserve to get caught up in this politicized process.

“The Harmonia is a uniquely specialized facility serving a vulnerable population that includes many people with disabilities, including physical and mental health challenges. The service provider at the Harmonia, Services for the Underserved, spent many months renovating the building and hiring staff to meet the specific needs of their residents, and have built a program that is a model for the City.

“We have always stood up for our homeless neighbors and have welcomed shelters into our communities. The residents of the Harmonia are our constituents for as long as they are living there, and we cannot accept them being scattered to the four winds with barely any notice, losing the connections, relationships, and services they have come to rely on at the Harmonia.

“The Harmonia has been part of this community for more than two years, and has been excellently run and embraced by the neighborhood. Now the provider, the residents, and the surrounding community have been blindsided by the decision to evict these families with only a few days’ notice, which may also result in dozens of dedicated staff members losing their jobs. There is absolutely no guarantee that residents will be placed in locations that provide comparable services, and there has been no outreach from DHS to individual residents to assess their needs.

“We stand ready to welcome homeless individuals into our communities and find them a high-quality shelter that does not disadvantage fellow New Yorkers who are just as vulnerable.”

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24 Aug
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New Guidance on Age Discrimination in the Workplace

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, August 20th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR), and Bianca Victoria Scott, Policy Counsel at NYCCHR.

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

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