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21 Apr
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Next City Q&A: New York Senator Liz Krueger, Airbnb’s Doubter-in-Chief

Last week, Liz spoke with Next City’s Nancy Scola for an in-depth interview on Airbnb, New York’s short-term rental laws, and the fight to protect residential housing. Read the full interview at Next City.

In 2010, Krueger successfully championed the Illegal Hotel Law, state legislation that streamlined and strengthened enforcement against sub-30-day residential rentals in New York City. As the bill went into effect, Airbnb was completing its first big funding round, worth more than $100 million. In recent months Senator Krueger and Airbnb have been at odds. The state’s attorney general has been targeting “hosts” who illegally rent out whole apartments, but it is Krueger who has positioned herself as Airbnb’s leading skeptic in high-stakes New York. She has accused the company of inducing an unknowing public into breaking the law, last week slamming the company for blithely facilitating “floating brothels.”

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14 Apr
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Liz’s Statement on the Use of Airbnb for Floating Brothels

Liz issued the following statement in reaction to today’s front-page New York Post story on the use of Airbnb to facilitate floating brothels:

“When residential housing ceases to be residential — via online businesses, like Airbnb, turning residential apartments into illegal, unregulated hotel rooms — all kinds of undesirable and illegal activity can be brought into a residential building. Prostitution wasn’t really at the top of our minds when we passed the 2010 law helping NYC enforce against illegal short-term rentals, but in hindsight it seems kind of obvious.

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11 Apr
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DNA Info: Locals Demand Protections for 57th Street on Rizzoli Bookstore’s Last Day

Sen. Krueger Speaks at Rally Outside Rizzoli Bookstore

Sen. Krueger Speaks at Rally Outside Rizzoli Bookstore

After the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to designate the exterior or interior of the Rizzoli Bookstore, the store has finally been forced to close and make way for new development, resulting in the probable loss of another important cultural and historic resource on West 57th Street.

DNA Info‘s Mathew Katz reported on a rally held by Community Board 5 outside the bookstore, which Sen. Krueger attended.

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08 Apr
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: April 2014

Liz’s Community Bulletin for April is available here! Download it as a PDF, or view it below!

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18 Mar
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The New York Times: “Playing a Game of Legislative Fantasy”

Liz was quoted in Michael Powell’s New York Times column assessing the Senate’s “one-house” budget.

Powell writes:

None of this fun is remotely real. The governor and the Legislature are weeks away from a final budget. Most senators had not even seen the underlying budget documents when they voted at 3 a.m. (It’s a reliable rule of thumb that early-morning votes bear a close relationship to hallucinogenic results.) State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat, played spoilsport.

“At best, this is a shopping list with no budgetary legitimacy,” she wrote in her official statement. “More realistically, it is a classic Albany scam designed to make everyone think they should be happy, without answering any of the important questions, like ‘How will we pay for this?’ ” I called her the next day.

“There was Monopoly money available for anything and everything you could imagine,” she noted with the bemused tone of a liberal Democrat who keeps finding herself dressed in conservative sack cloth in Albany. “No one even pretends the numbers add up.”

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14 Mar
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Ms. Magazine: New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions

Ms. Magazine writes of Liz’s “Boss Bill”:

The “Boss Bill” would close a loophole in New York’s current workplace anti-discrimination laws to ensure women are not discriminated against for their personal reproductive health choices and to protect their privacy. Krueger and Jaffee drafted it in response to the over 100 federal lawsuits by employers trying to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles.

Read more at the Ms. Magazine web site!

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11 Mar
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: March 2014

Liz’s Community Bulletin for March is available here! Download it as a PDF, or view it below!

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10 Feb
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Editorial Boards Cheer Liz’s Bill to Preserve Home Rule on Casino Siting

Since Liz and her colleague Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk introduced their bill to protect communities’ home-rule rights and prevent casinos from being forced on towns that don’t want them, mutliple editorial boards from around the state — and representing a diverse range of viewpoints — have weighed in, cheering the bill.

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10 Feb
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: February 2014

Liz’s Community Bulletin for February is available here! Download it as a PDF.

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03 Feb
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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s Health Insurance Enrollment Day

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is holding a Health Insurance Enrollment Day on Thursday, February 6, from 12 noon to 7 pm!

Meet one-on-one with an application counselor to determine your eligibility for Medicaid, Child Health Plus or financial subsidies. Enroll in health insurance through the online marketplace — NewYorkStateofHealth.ny.gov

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