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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
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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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21 Jul
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Manhattan Electeds Submit Comments on the Penn Station General Project Plan

New York City – Today, Senator Liz Krueger, along with Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Senators Brad Hoylman and Robert Jackson, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, and City Council Member Erik Botcher, submitted testimony to the Empire State Development Board regarding the General Project Plan for the Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Project, also known as the Penn Station Plan. The testimony can be viewed below, and can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

Comments on the Penn Statio… by State Senator Liz Krueger

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20 Jul
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Sen. Krueger Urges Mayor And Speaker To Rethink NYC School Budget Cuts

New York City – In a letter to Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, Sen. Krueger today urged city leaders to rethink the large cuts to school budgets across the city. Full text of the letter can be read below, or downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

 

Letter From Sen. Krueger Re… by State Senator Liz Krueger

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18 Jul
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Daily News Op-Ed: Make the climate polluters pay up

New York – Today, in an op-ed published in the New York Daily News, Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz argue that fossil fuel companies, not taxpayers, should be the ones to pay to clean up the mess they’ve made of our climate.

 

Make the climate polluters pay up

It can be hard to figure out how one individual state can act to address global problems. A case in point: climate change, an existential threat to the future of the planet and all who inhabit it.

Recently, temperatures reached 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the South Asian subcontinent, baking one and a half billion people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in an extreme heatwave that scientists believe was made 30 times more likely to occur by climate change. The sweltering heat killed livestock, crops, wild animals and at least 90 people.

The United States is not immune to searing heat. We have seen similar heat waves take out power grids in Texas as well as in New York. High temperatures out West have fueled unprecedented wildfires and evaporation of often already scarce water supplies, and our western state counterparts are currently experiencing the worst drought in more than a millennium. Closer to home, in New York, prolonged heat has triggered toxic algal blooms that threaten our freshwater supplies and recurring heatwaves have claimed lives — especially in urban areas such as New York City.

Climate change has also fueled an increasing intensity and frequency of storms that have battered New York, causing billions of dollars in damages — amounting to $19 billion from Superstorm Sandy in New York City alone. Since 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that natural disasters have cost New York up to $100 billion in damages and lost economic impact, representing a tenfold increase from previous decades.

Researchers have estimated the potential economic costs of climate change in New York State for key sectors may approach $10 billion each year by the mid-21st century.

Given federal gridlock and intransigence, if not outright antagonism, states like New York have stepped up with aggressive goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The state’s landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 requires that we achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 and rapidly move to transition our electrical grid to fully renewable energy. These are vital goals, but they will come with significant cost.

The questions facing policymakers are not easy. How do we equitably distribute responsibility for the costs of saving our planet’s future? Who should bear the costs of responding to this deadly threat, and how do we ensure that the responsible parties do not pass these costs onto the public in the form of higher prices?

One thing we all know is that fossil fuel companies are significantly responsible for the damage that has been done to our climate and the dangers we face if we do not act quickly. These corporations have known for decades that their product was destroying our climate, and they did everything they could to hide the truth from the public so they could continue to generate billions of dollars in profits at the expense of future generations.

New York has an existing model on how to fund expensive and substantial environmental remediations. Building on the federal Superfund program from 1980, New York’s Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program (known as the State Superfund) offers a well-functioning “polluter pays” model to address environmental hazards.

Under this model, the state identifies contaminated sites, investigates the responsible party, and charges the polluter. Notably, this program does not require that the polluter acted negligently or with intent to damage the environment in order to collect payment — the simple act of creating the mess is sufficient to hold the responsible party to account for their actions.

Working off this State Superfund model, we have introduced new legislation that extends the principle of the “polluter pays” to the damage to our climate caused by greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, the predominant contributor to global climate change.

This first-in-the-nation legislation has the potential to generate tens of billions of dollars that can be used to pay for adaptive infrastructure such as coastal defenses, resilience projects for highways and subways, sewage system retrofits, public school air conditioning, and many more expensive but necessary infrastructure improvements to ensure a livable future for our children and grandchildren.

If we’re successful, this legislation can be a model for other states and nations worldwide on how to pay for the staggering costs of dealing with climate change. Fossil fuel companies make enormous profits from exacerbating climate change, even today as they continue to gouge consumers on gas and home energy prices.

The world knows that it faces a dire threat and staggering costs. It’s time to make those who made the mess pay for the cleanup. Make the climate polluters pay.

Dinowitz represents the North and Northwest Bronx in the state Assembly. Krueger represents Midtown and the East Side of Manhattan in the state Senate.

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11 Jul
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Manhattan Electeds Submit Comments on the Penn Station Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement

New York City – Today, Senator Liz Krueger, along with Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Senators Brad Hoylman and Robert Jackson, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, and City Council Member Erik Botcher, submitted testimony to the Empire State Development Board regarding the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Project, also known as the Penn Station Plan. The testimony can be viewed below, and can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

Testimony regarding the Pen… by State Senator Liz Krueger

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