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03 Feb
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Liz’s Free Events List: February 2012

Sen. Liz Krueger’s free events list for February is available here!

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03 Feb
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Liz Calls on GOP to Stop Blocking Law on ‘Ghost’ Campaign Funds

Liz released the following statement today, calling on the State Senate’s Republican majority to allow a floor vote on S. 420, a commonsense anti-corruption measure that would fix a gap in New York’s campaign finance law. The bill would enact reasonable rules for the timely disposition of campaign funds, and addresses the problem of former politicians keeping hoards of campaign cash years after their careers are over, creating a situation that invites corruption.

According to the New York Public Interest Research Group, there are at least 43 such ‘ghost committees’ totalling at least $11 million in unspent campaign cash.

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12 Jan
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: January 2012

The January Community Bulletin is available! Click “continue reading” to read this month’s update.

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11 Jan
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NY1: Hydrofracking Opponents Call for a Ban

By Erin Billups
NY1 News

As a public comment period comes to an end, opponents are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact a long-term ban on hydrofracking.

“Make the only decision that the science and the facts lead you to. New York State must not allow hydro-fractured drilling at this point in time,” said Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger.

It’s a fight being waged all across the country. Earlier this week, scientists, doctors and engineers gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to discuss its impact to public health.

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11 Jan
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YNN: Public Comment Period on Hydrofracking Ends

By Nick Reisman
YNN Capital Tonight

The public comment period for proposed regulations for high-volume hydrofracking is now closed. Now a battle over whether the controversial natural gas extraction process should be allowed will intensify.

“We know that we are in danger out of the exact same things happening in New York State if we go forward. The science and facts are clear that we must in this point in history ban hydrofracking,” said Senator Liz Krueger.

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11 Jan
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Politicker: Senate Democrats to Focus on Women’s Rights for 2012 Campaigns

By Colin Campbell
Politicker NY | The New York Observer

The Democrats in the New York State are placing a special emphasis on issues pertaining to women as they attempt to retake the majority, insiders have suggested. “Women’s issues, from reproductive health and rights in the workplace, are something that we’ll be focusing on,” a source familiar with the Senate Democrats’ efforts said. “One thing that’s been made clear is that people who live in Democratic districts that vote for Republican Senators, don’t have a clue how conservative these guys are…on social issues.”

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23 Dec
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Liz Krueger’s Free Events List – January 2012

Liz Krueger’s Free Events List – January 2012

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21 Dec
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Common Cause Helps the Public Get Involved in Redistricting

This week a number of Assembly Democrats got a peek at what their new district lines will look like if the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment has anything to say about it. And LATFOR, with legislative leaders, has for decades had the final word on drawing district lines for the state. The process of redistricting was conducted in secret, lines were drawn to protect incumbents and maintain the senate Republicans’ majority, legislators were consulted on what would be convenient for them. The people were as far away from the process as possible.

Even when their plans were challenged in the court as politically motivated or inherently in violation of the law, LATFOR and the majority leaders came out on top.

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16 Dec
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After Stints in Hospital, a Struggle With Bills

By NICOLE HIGGINS DeSMET

This May, when James Connolly, a slim New York City native with a slight stoop and a shock of white hair, started life anew, he took the downtown E train, carrying bags of his clothes and all the history books he could fit.

He had said goodbye to a five-story walk-up on East 50th Street that put a terrible strain on his heart, to constant worries about how he was going to pay his rent and to notices from his landlord to get out.

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16 Dec
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Albany Tax Deal: A Start, But Far From Done

By Liz Krueger

In another whirlwind session in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed through a new tax plan that will generate $1.5 billion in much needed additional revenue for the state. I supported the plan because that revenue will make it easier to balance the budget without devastating cuts to education, health care and social services, and because it creates a more progressive tax structure than we would have if we did nothing. But there is also plenty to be critical of, both in terms of the minimal progressive reform to our tax structure and the record-breaking 26 minutes the Legislature and public had to review the contents of the package.

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