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28 Oct
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Support Grows in Fight Against Overcrowded Schools in Kips Bay

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — A group of parents and teachers from P.S. 116 who are leading a charge to ease  overcrowding in their school can now count among their supporters the Coalition of East Side Elected Officials and the members of Community Board 5’s education committee.

The group’s plan, which also gained unanimous support from Community Board 6 two weeks ago, calls for the Department of Education to make early use of a new school planned for East 35th Street and First Avenue. Construction on the soon-to-be P.S. 281 isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2013.

The process is known as “incubation,” and it would entail starting two classes of kindergarten students at P.S. 281 prior to its official opening. The plan is designed to ease overcrowding at P.S. 116 and to start building the new school’s community.

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28 Oct
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Liz Joins Other East Side Elected Officials in Letter to DOE Regarding PS 116

Dear Chancellor Walcott:

We write to encourage the Department of Education to take steps to address long- standing overcrowding at PS 116 by immediately zoning and incubating the new school, PS/IS 281, which is opening at First Avenue and 35th Street in September 2013.

As you know, PS 116 has been beset by capacity challenges for a number of years now, resulting in frequent kindergarten waitlists, the loss of Gifted & Talented and pre-kindergarten programs, and class sizes above contractual limits.  Indeed, the DOE recognized the severity of PS 116’s capacity issues this year, capping the school’s kindergarten enrollment (albeit above the limit of 25 students per classroom).

Full Letter

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27 Oct
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Helpful Link on New Ballot Marking Device

The AutoMark is a ballot marking device designed to provide privacy and accessibility to voters who are blind, vision-impaired, or have a disability or condition that would make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot. In addition, it provides language assistance to voters who are more comfortable speaking an alternative language or who have reading difficulties. The AutoMark ballot marking device is also equipped for Sip-N-Puff and paddle devices to assist voters with hand dexterity challenges.

Click here for more info.

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27 Oct
0

Senate Dems To Congress: Protect Food Stamps

By Ken Lovett

The federal food stamp program alone pumps more than $5.3 billion a year into the state, the letter says.

“While the Farm Bill is not up for reauthorization until 2012, we are concerned this critical program may be fast forwarded within the Super Committee deficit process,” the lawmakers wrote.

“The Farm Bill needs major reform to better help end hunger through strengthening the SNAP Food Stamps, promoting a health diet, and supporting family farms and a local food economy.”

The group says it is “particularly disturbed” by recommendations from the American Farm Bureau Federation that nutrition programs should bear 30% of any deficit cuts made in the Agriculture Committee’s jurisdiction.

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26 Oct
0

Liz Discusses Bipartisan Pro Choice Caucus’s Stance on Health Exchanges

The Bi-Partisan Pro-Choice Caucus wants to make sure women still have quick access to family planning and other services once the Affordable Healthcare Act is fully in place. As caucus founder Senator Liz Krueger explains, their concerns is connected to the state-level health insurance exchanges.

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26 Oct
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Liz & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

Full Article & Copy of Letter

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25 Oct
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: October 2011

Click here for Senator Liz Krueger’s Community Bulletin for October 2011

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20 Oct
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Liz Joins Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in Fight Against Sexual Assault

Senator Liz Krueger recently collaborated  with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on “Making Our Communities Safer,” a guide to help prevent sexual assault and harassment in our communities.  While we cannot predict these random acts of violence, we can help prevent them by being prepared.

View Making Our Communities Safer.

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07 Oct
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NYC Land Deal With UN Would Close Waterfront Gap, Mayor Says

By Henry Goldman and Katie Spencer

New York City moved a step closer to completing an 18-year-old plan for a waterfront esplanade around Manhattan after the United Nations Development Corp. agreed to pay $73 million for land to build offices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The transaction would provide cash to fill a one-mile gap between East 38th and 60th Streets, allowing runners, bicyclists and walkers to use a waterside pathway from the Hudson River in Washington Heights south to the Battery, and then north along the East River past Wall Street to 125th Street. Currently cyclists and pedestrians have to leave the path and use First Avenue and other streets on that midtown stretch.

Under the memorandum of understanding, reached after months of negotiation, the United Nations Development Corp., a public- benefit corporation separate from the UN, would pay $73 million to a specially created entity, the Eastside Greenway and Park Fund. It would receive part of Robert Moses Playground, just south of UN headquarters, where the world body has sought land to build an office tower.

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07 Oct
0

Statement from Liz, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh & Councilmember Dan Garodnick on Signing of MOU

Statement of Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Council Member Dan Garodnick on the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to Create an East River Greenway

As representatives on the East Side of Manhattan in the State Legislature and the City Council, we are pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with the City of New York, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Majority Leader that has the potential to transform our community’s waterfront and parkland.

Full Statement

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