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27 Jun
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New York Times: Luxe Builders Chase Dreams of Property Tax Exemptions

Liz spoke with New York Times columnist Michael Powell for this piece on abuses in the 421-a tax credit program:

State Senator Liz Krueger watches such unneeded tax subsidies — for energy, insurance, tobacco and luxury development — slip like barges down a darkened canal. She notes that the housing bill “was held hostage so a few well-connected developers could rob taxpayers to the tune of millions.”

Perhaps we should admire the gumption of our developers. They often argue that without tax breaks, the city would be a desert.

But in this case, the property tax exemption arrives as the Extell tower, a dull sheath of blue glass that spirals above the skyline like an exercise in ego architecture, is near completion. Mr. Barnett has been blessed with a retroactive tax break. “A tax incentive given retroactively is the stupidest thing in the world,” notes Senator Krueger, with a tone suggesting that she’s becoming expert in the stupidest things.

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25 Jun
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Liz Condemns 2 A.M. Passage of Special Liquor Law Carve-Out for 583 Park Avenue, Rose Group Catering Hall; Calls for Governor to Veto

Sen. Krueger condemned the Senate’s passage — at 2 a.m. last Saturday — of legislation that would create a special exemption from the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law for the Rose Group’s full-time commercial catering hall at 583 Park Avenue, Manhattan (S. 5823 / A. 7992). Under the provisions of the ABC Law, the catering hall is ineligible for a full liquor license because it is located within 200 feet of an operating house of worship, the Central Presbyterian Church.

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13 Jun
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Liz on Brian Lehrer: End-of-Session, Women’s Equality, and Campaign Finance Reform

Liz called in to the Brian Lehrer show this morning to discuss the end of the legislative session and the high-priority legislation that’s currently blocked by the Republican-IDC “coalition” in the Senate.

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11 Jun
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Liz’s Community Bulletin – June 2013

Liz’s community bulletin for June is available here! You can download it as a PDF, or view it directly from this page.

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11 Jun
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Video: Liz on CUNY-TV’s “One to One”

Liz joined Newsday‘s Sheryl McCarthy to discuss Albany, ethics, and this year’s high-priority legislation on CUNY TV’s “One to One.”

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06 Jun
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Skift: Airbnb Gears Up for Big Legal and Legislative Battles in New York

Liz spoke to travel news source Skift about Airbnb the 2011 law she passed to help the city protect New York residents and tourists from illegal hotel operations.

New York State Senator Liz Krueger, one of the authors and sponsors of the bill that established the current law, told Skift that Camara’s bill, like a handful of others circulating will never pass as currently written and act as conversation starters.
Sen. Krueger has sat down with Airbnb on a number of occasions to discuss changes, but little has come of it. She told Skift, “It’s not a matter of us not being open to changing the law, but the ideas they have for loosening the law wind up making it unenforceable.”
Read more at Skift.com.

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29 May
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Video: Liz’s Marijuana Policy Reform Forum

Earlier this month, Liz hosted a community forum on marijuana policy reform at Baruch College, and announced her plans to introduce legislation this year to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in New York State.

View video of Liz and all four expert panelists who spoke at the forum earlier this month:

The speakers following Sen. Krueger were (in order): Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, Julie Holland, Alfredo Carrasquillo of VOCAL-NY, and Lt. Joanne Noughton, NYPD (Ret.). You can browse the full set of videos on Youtube.

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29 May
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Liz’s Free Events List – June 2013

Liz’s free events list for June is available here! Click here to download the list, or you can view it below. (more…)

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22 May
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Statement on the Illegal Hotel Law, Airbnb, and the Nigel Warren Case

Liz released the following statement in response to recent developments regarding the illegal hotel law and Airbnb. Liz sponsored the 2010 law that enables New York City to take enforcement action against illegal hotel operations and illegal short-term rentals in residential multiple dwellings.

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17 May
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Capital New York: A New (Non-Smoking) Champion for Marijuana Legalization

Sen. Krueger will soon be introducing legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in New York State. Capital New York’s Dana Rubinstein attended Sen. Krueger’s recent forum on marijuana policy reform, and reports on Sen. Krueger’s forthcoming legislation:

“It is my intention as a New York State senator to soon introduce a law that would actually decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York,” said State Senator Liz Krueger, an Upper East Side liberal, on Wednesday night.

The room full of marijuana enthusiasts erupted into applause.

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