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07 Jan
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Liz Krueger and Bill Samuels: Fund Campaign Reform with Casino Cash

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.

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03 Jan
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Krueger to Empire State Development: End NY Gun Subsidies

Liz sent the following letter to Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams late yesterday, urging ESDC to end the use of taxpayer funds to support producers of dangerous assault weapons.

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21 Dec
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Letter to CBS Regarding AirBnB and the Illegal Hotel Industry

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.

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21 Dec
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Letter to Mayor Bloomberg: Post-Sandy Flooding Concerns and the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station

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.

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21 Dec
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Letter to the Dept. of Finance on Tax Assessments for Residents Affected by the 2nd Avenue Subway Project

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.

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18 Dec
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Statement on Senate Democratic Conference Leadership Vote

Liz issued the following statement Monday evening congratulating the Senate Democratic Conference’s new leader, Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, immediately following the Senate Democratic Conference’s leadership vote.

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14 Dec
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Op-Ed: Senate Has to Deliver What New Yorkers Voted For

In an op-ed for the Albany Times Union this week, Liz explained the current state of the State Senate, the recent history that got us here, and how New Yorkers should judge the Republican-IDC “coalition.” Read on for the full text of the op ed, or read it at the Times Union website.

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08 Dec
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Liz on Northeast Public Radio’s “The Capitol Connection”

The Capitol Connection with Alan ChartockLiz talks with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Alan Chartock about the election, control of the State Senate, Hurricane Sandy relief, and more. Listen to the full 25-minute interview here.

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03 Dec
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Statement on Senate Republicans’ “Coup by Recount” Plan

Senator Krueger released the following statement in response to a New York Post report this morning that Senate Republicans are planning to seize power by preventing duly-elected Democratic senators from being seated in January.

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01 Dec
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Liz’s Free Events List – December 2012

Liz’s free events list for December is available here! Click here to download, or read on to view this month’s list.
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