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16 Aug
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Closing New York City’s East River Greenway Gap

by Steven Higashide

In recent decades, New York City has done much to open up its waterfront with new parks and piers. A key part of that has been the Hudson River Greenway, a bicycle and pedestrian path along the river that has become a major transportation and recreational asset on Manhattan’s West Side. The East Side equivalent hasn’t been as successful, in part because of long interruptions, including a 22-block gap between 38th and 60th Streets. Recently passed state legislation creates the possibility for a land-swap deal between NYC and the United Nations that would change that.

The deal would involve giving the United Nations part of a playground on First Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets so it can build a new building. NYC would sell two buildings currently occupied by the UN, with the proceeds used to build a riverside esplanade that fills in the Greenway gap, improve other open spaces in the neighborhood, and boost the city’s budget. The deal will happen only if Mayor Bloomberg, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos sign a memorandum of understanding by October 10 which clearly delineates how funding will be spent. (State agreement is required for the city to give up the playground.)

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15 Aug
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Pols, Tenants Say Landlord Creates Unsafe Conditions

By Allen Houston

Local politicians and tenants rallied on Aug. 5 against a landlord they claim has created unsafe living conditions at 350 East 52nd Street.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Sen. Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and building tenants as well as workers from 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents doormen and other building workers.

Landlord William Koeppel was one of a dozen building owners who were unable to work out a new contract with the union last year, so he fired the old building workers and brought in a new staff of temporary workers. Garbage piled up at the building because garbage collectors refused to cross the picket lines, bringing rats to the building, some residents claim. The new doormen have been accused of being less vigilant, harassing renters and, in one case, giving the key to an apartment to a person that they shouldn’t have…

…Krueger first became aware of the situation when complaints started coming in to her district office.

“This isn’t a tenement building. This is a market rate building in a lovely neighborhood and the residents are paying a healthy amount of money to live here. Until this labor dispute erupted they felt pretty happy, but since then they’ve felt continually harassed by the landlord,” she said.

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04 Aug
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Liz Joins Other Local Electeds in Hosting Community Forum to Gather Public Input on East Side Waterfront Plans

State Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and Councilmember Dan will be holding the first of  a series of public forums tonight to gather input on an outline plan that would allow the United Nations to construct a new building on a portion of a public park in exchange for major park and waterfront open space improvements on Manhattan’s East Side.

The goal of the forums is to reach a community-led consensus on the details of what is now only a basic framework, but has the potential to create a much-needed waterfront esplanade and other open space and park improvements for the public.

For more information or to watch video presentations of the forums – including a live stream of tonight’s forum –  visit: www.eastsideopenspace.com.

The three forums will be as follows:
#1: TONIGHT: Thursday, August 4th, 4-7pm, NYU Medical Center (Schwartz Hall F – Ground Floor), 550 First Avenue (enter at First Avenue at 31st Street)

#2: Thursday, September 8th, 4-7pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st Street (between 2nd
and 3rd Avenues)

#3: Tuesday, September 20th, 5-8pm, NYU Langone Medical Center (Smiloh Seminar Room), 550 First Avenue (@ East 30th St)

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01 Aug
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4th Annual “Libations with Liz” Leaves Lasting Impression

By Rachel Wilgoren

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend “Libations with Liz,” an annual fundraiser hosted by Democratic New York State Senator for the 26th District, Liz Krueger.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me, as one of her constituents, to hear her speak and to get to know her a little.

The event’s name “Libations with Liz” says much about Sen. Krueger.  I mean, come on, who else is cool enough to host this event?  She is simply “Liz” to most people, although I will refer to her as Sen. Krueger here.  She is, unquestionably, of the people, rather than above the people.  She has no airs about her, but, rather, is unusually down-to-earth and approachable.  One gentleman I met told me a story about how he had first met Sen. Krueger some 10 years ago when she was petitioning for something outside his children’s elementary school.  A decade later, he is a staunch supporter.

Held in a private room at Opia in the Renaissance Hotel on East 57th Street at Lexington Avenue, the event was refreshingly unpretentious.  In fact, the first thing I noticed upon entering was the diversity of the crowd.  This was not a group of “ladies who lunch.”  On the contrary, I met people representing many different professions (lawyers, doctors and architects) and was especially interested to meet and speak with union workers from the Civil Service Employees Union as well as the Clerical Workers Union at NYU who really felt that Sen. Krueger does an admirable job representing their interests.

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27 Jul
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Residents Dream of Green Future for Derelict Murray Hill Pier

By Mary Johnson

MURRAY HILL — A decaying pier that stretches along the East River betwen 38th and 41st streets could soon be transformed to house a meandering bike path, community gardens, an urban farm, play areas and art.

The proposal was one the ideas that emerged from a day-long brainstorming session hosted by the Municipal Art Society.

The conference, at NYU Langone Medical Center Tuesday, brought together members of Community Board 6, residents, architects and elected officials to discuss hopes for the 34,000-square-foot pier, previously operated by Con Edison…

…“What you’re doing today is exactly the kind of real-life urban planning that translates into a better environment for our future,” said State Senator Liz Krueger in remarks at the beginning of the event. “We have an opportunity to put together very complex pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.”

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26 Jul
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Liz’s District Wide Free Events List: August 2011

Please note: This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events.

Monday 8/1/11

10:30 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, Madison Ave Pres. Church, 921 Madison Ave, 212-980-1700

Exercise: Arthritis Class

12:30 PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 6th Avenue & 42nd Street, 212-768-4242

Music: Piano in the Park: Roy Eaton

12:30 PM Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace, 6th Avenue & 42nd Street, 212-768-4242

Music: Bryant Park Accordion “Dallas Vietty’s Musette Project

Complete August 2011 Free Events List

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22 Jul
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Got Ideas for UN Land Swap and East River Esplanade? Electeds Want to Know

By Amy Zimmer

MANHATTAN — East Side residents have long been complaining about how much less appealing their waterfront is compared to the pristine piers and bike paths on the West Side.

Besides the sinkhole-laden stretch of waterfront along the East River from East 60th to 125th streets, the chunk between East 38th to 59th streets isn’t even open to the public.

That mile-long gap might finally be completed if a complicated deal involving the United Nations building an office tower on parkland works out along with other serious financial, engineering and security issues.

The area’s elected officials — state Sen. Liz Krueger, state Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and City Councilman Dan Garodnick — are calling on residents to provide input in a series of public forums in August and September on the negotiations, which they announced Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a law that would allow the UN to build an office tower on Robert Moses Playground on First Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets in exchange for a major park and improving open space along the East River.

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22 Jul
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Liz & Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus Support Insitute of Medicine Report

For Immediate Release | July 22, 2011
Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

Statement From New York State Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus on Institute of Medicine’s Recommendation to Include Birth Control as Preventative Care

This week a committee of scientists and medical experts appointed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommending that contraceptive and counseling methods to prevent unintended pregnancies be considered preventative health care and thus be provided without costs of any kind to the insured. The NYS Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) firmly supports this stance and applauds the IOM’s recognition of these vital services to women.

Throughout the country, too many women who wish to obtain contraceptive care cannot do so because they cannot afford such services. As a result, one of the undeniable outcomes stemming from the lack of counseling and preventative medications, is that half of the pregnancies in the United States are unintended. While some women chose to carry these pregnancies to term and others decide to abort, the universal reality is that these women are forced to make difficult, and often costly, decisions that could have been averted with proper, yet simple, medical attention.

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18 Jul
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Liz Speaks With Roberto Perez on PEREZ NOTES

Topics & excerpts from the Interview

Indian Point:

“I have long argued that Indian Point should be closed.”

Hydro-Fracking:

“Science has yet to prove you can do this safely without causing enormous damage to water.”

“I have yet to be convinced that there is science showing this can be done safely.It shouldn’t be allowed in NY State until such time.”

“Other parts of the country when they have allowed Hydro-Fracking there has been enormous environmental damage.”

Democratic State Senate:

“I believe we will take back the majority in 2012.”

“I knew Pedro Espada 20 years ago I knew he was bad news.”

“I think history will show that if Pedro Espada hadn’t been the Housing Chair hadn’t pulled off a coup hadn’t ended up with black mailing himself into the majority leader title we would have had a very different story. I started a PAC called NO BAD APPLES.”

Listen to Full Interview HERE

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18 Jul
0

Liz Krueger likes ‘dese apples

By Jimmy Vielkind

Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat from the Upper East Side known for advocating reform a tad more vocally than some of her colleagues, is starting a political action committee to assist like-minded candidates.

She has launched the “No Bad Apples” PAC, which she explained by phone will be a “relatively small but very targeted project” to find candidates and “maybe convince them they want to join me in the state Senate.” Noting she was a reluctant candidate when she first ran for office, Krueger said: “Sometimes the best people don’t even know that they should be candidates for office.”

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Watch Liz on Inside City Hall discussing No Bad Apples

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