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12 Mar
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Senator Krueger and Assembly Member O’Donnell Introduce Bill To Regulate Email Deletion By State Officials

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell today introduced a bill to regulate email retention policy for New York State officials and extend existing Freedom of Information Act requirements to the state legislature.  The legislation is based on the Federal “Capstone” email retention policy, which was adopted after extensive study of best practices for handling electronic records.  It would establish strict standards for permanent preservation of the records of policymakers, including statewide public officials, state legislators and senior agency positions, among others, and prohibit deletion of emails from other government officials for at least seven years.
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01 Mar
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: March 2015

Liz’s Community Bulletin is available here! You can download it as a PDF, or view it here.

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20 Feb
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Joint Statement from Senator Krueger and NYC Councilmember Williams on Manhattan Housing Court Ruling Against Airbnb Host

New York – Today, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, and State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), released the following statement afterManhattan Housing Court Judge Jack Stoller ruled against a Manhattan couple who rented out their rent-stabilized apartment on Airbnb for triple the price they paid. (more…)

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10 Feb
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On Passage Of S.2486, Delaying Implementation of I-STOP E-Prescription Mandate

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement today on the passage of S.2486, Senator Kemp Hannon’s bill to delay implementation of the state’s I-STOP electronic prescribing mandate:

“I am pleased that Senator Hannon’s bill has passed in the Senate with bipartisan support. While I believe implementation of the I-STOP e-prescription system is critical to improving efficiency and avoiding further abuses, the failure of the federal government to operationalize the new system must not be allowed to prevent doctors from providing critically needed medications to their patients.  I look forward to swift action by my colleagues in the Assembly, and I urge Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law in order to allow sufficient time for medical practitioners to prepare for these important changes.” (more…)

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09 Feb
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Senator Krueger And Senate Democratic Conference Introduce The “Clean Up Albany” Legislative Package

Albany, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger and the Senate Democratic Conference today unveiled a major legislative package to deal with the ongoing ethics crisis in State Government. This package of groundbreaking bills will cap legislators’ outside incomes, end the LLC loophole, bar elected officials from using campaign funds for criminal defense and personal use, cap contributions to party “soft money” accounts, and end the practice of taxpayer funded reimbursements of legal fees. The Senate Democrats also introduced measures to strip corrupt officials of taxpayer funded pensions and reform how campaigns are funded. Unfortunately, the Senate Majority has consistently blocked all meaningful ethics reforms initiatives.

“There is a corruption crisis in Albany that demands meaningful ethics reforms,” said Senator Krueger. “Individuals should not be able to donate unlimited amounts of soft money to political parties, and candidates should not be able to treat campaign accounts like personal ATMs. The people of New York are calling for these common sense, basic reforms, and all elected officials, regardless of party, should be able to come together to support them.” (more…)

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06 Feb
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: February 2015

Liz’s Community Bulletin is available here! You can download it as a PDF, or view it below. (more…)

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06 Feb
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Statement By Senator Liz Krueger On NYC Mayor’s Office Of Special Enforcement Suit Against Illegal Hotel Operators

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement today in reaction to a lawsuit filed by the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) against the owners of four Manhattan residential buildings accused of operating illegal hotels:

“I applaud yesterday’s action by the OSE to stop the illegal hotels operating out of these four buildings, two of which are in my district.  Illegal hotel activity is a growing problem in New York City, removing thousands of desperately needed affordable units from the market, many of which are subsidized at taxpayer expense. Tenants in these buildings face serious safety and security concerns, as well as harassment and even eviction proceedings by unscrupulous building owners and managers who want to free up more units for this illegal – but lucrative – alternate use. (more…)

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30 Jan
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Times Union: Cuomo Pocket-Vetos Police Discipline Bill

On Friday, the Times Union reported that Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill to make police disciplinary procedures subject to collective bargaining. The article quoted Senator Krueger, who opposed the bill, which would deny municipalities, counties, and the state the flexibility they need to protect the public by acting as they feel is necessary and appropriate in police disciplinary proceedings: (more…)

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23 Jan
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Letter To The Governmental Accountability Standards Board on Tax Abatement Disclosures

Senator Krueger and Senator Perkins sent a letter to the Governmental Accountability Standards Board (GASB) expressing support for the development of requirements for disclosing information about tax abatements offered by state and local government.

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21 Jan
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Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger Before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings “Short Term Rentals — Stimulating the Economy or Destabilizing Neighborhoods?” January 20, 2015

“My name is Liz Krueger and I represent the 28th Senate District, which includes the East Side and Midtown areas of Manhattan.  I want to thank Chairman Jumaane Williams and the members of the City Council Housing and Buildings Committee for providing me with the opportunity to testify today.

I have been working for a decade to understand and address the exponential growth of residential apartments being illegally converted into short-term transient units for visitors, commonly referred to as “illegal hotels.”  After years of collaboration with a large task force of elected officials, neighborhood organizations, housing advocates, and city agencies, Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and I passed legislation in 2010 clarifying ambiguities in city and state laws that made it difficult for city enforcement agencies to take action against illegal hotels.  Following the enactment of the state law, I continued working closely with the task force to support the subsequent introduction and passage in 2012 of Local Law 45, sponsored by then-Councilmember Gale Brewer, to classify illegal hotel violations as “immediately hazardous” and increase the fines the city can impose.”

Read the rest of Liz’s testimony here.

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