Two days ago, the Senate passed a constitutional amendment to create a commission process for redistricting after the next census. Because I am committed to real reform, I voted no.
The process this amendment would create is actually a step even further in the wrong direction. The editorial board of the Times Union, Albany’s daily newspaper, has done a great job explaining why — and has called for citizens to vote against the amendment, when it goes on the 2014 ballot for approval. To learn more about this important issue, and why I voted no, please read the editorial from today’s paper after the jump.
Liz sponsored a resolution commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, but it was blocked from consideration by the leaders of the Republican-dominated majority in the Senate. The Assembly passed a similar resolution without incident.
The third breakfast in Senator Krueger’s Roundtable Series for Boomers and Seniors this year will feature speakers on “What to Do With All That Stuff,” the issues surrounding home clutter and hoarding prevention for the elderly, as part of this year’s Roundtable Series focus on “The Challenges of Longevity.”
Two days ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and reform advocate Bill Samuels announced a new campaign finance reform proposal: a grand bargain that can accomplish Governor Cuomo’s previously-stated goal of a true “fair elections” matching-funds system, without running afoul of some legislators’ objections to taxpayer funding of elections.
In a press conference at the state capitol, Krueger and Samuels challenged Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature to implement full campaign finance reform, including a small-donation matching-funds system, by taking advantage of the high-profile push for controlled legalization of casino gaming in New York State.
Sen. Krueger sent the following letter to CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht, regarding a segment promoting and inaccurately characterizing the “AirBnB” online service. AirBnB and similar websites enable the illegal hotel industry, which puts tourists and neighborhood residents alike at risk, and removes affordable apartments from a housing market that is already stretched too thin.
Liz sent the following letter to Mayor Bloomberg regarding the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station and how new, post-Sandy riverfront flooding concerns could impact planning around the MTS.
The new concerns raised by Sandy and increasing frequency of extreme weather and flooding make it a necessity for stakeholders on every side of the MTS debate to reevaluate plans for this facility, given the MTS site’s location on the East River waterfront. Sen. Krueger has consistently opposed the mayor’s plan to create this new waste transfer facility in the middle of a densely populated residential neighborhood, but in the wake of the “superstorm,” officials and planners on all sides of this debate should reevaluate plans to take into account the new flooding concerns.
Liz sent the following letter to the New York City Department of Finance, which recently gave a presentation for the community on tax assessments for real estate in the Upper East Side affected by the 2nd Avenue Subway project. The letter asks a detailed series of questions about the assessment process, in an attempt to investigate possible solutions to the inappropriate assessments faced by residents affected by the project.