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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.

Full Article

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07 Oct
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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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02 Oct
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NYT Editorial: An Esplanade on the East River

Published: October 2, 2011

There is now a potential solution to both problems. The plan, strongly promoted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would involve an agreement to provide land for a new United Nations tower and generate money for the city to build an esplanade from 38th to 60th streets.

Under the proposal, the city would allow the tower to be built on a portion of a playground on 42nd Street just south of the United Nations campus. In exchange, the city would get at least $65 million. This move would also allow the city to sell two buildings nearby that it currently leases to the United Nations. Sales of those properties could raise up to $200 million to pay for the new esplanade and other city projects, including a new playground at 23rd Street.

There is a hitch, of course. The transfer of the playground land, authorized by state lawmakers, requires state and local politicians to sign a memorandum of understanding with the city by Oct. 10. If they cannot agree, the United Nations could build on its own campus, where it is exempt from city land use laws. The city would also lose financing for its new projects.

In recent weeks, some opponents have stepped up their criticism of the project. Many in the neighborhood are worried that a new building would block their view of the East River. Those objections and political maneuvers should not be allowed to stand in the way of adding much-needed public space along the river.

Full Editorial

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27 Sep
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Liz’s Free Events List for October 2011

Click Here for Senator Liz Krueger’s Free Events List in Senate District 26 for October 2011.

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21 Sep
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Residents Make Last Stand at Final Public Forum on East River Greenway

KIPS BAY — The final public forum to debate the proposed East River Greenway project drew a hefty crowd of more than 300 people on Tuesday night with residents still divided over the best fate for the project.

Most of those present testified in favor of the deal, which could bring to life a project that has been decades in the making: filling in the gaping hole in the East River esplanade from East 38th to 60th streets.

The UN tower would be built as part of a complicated land swap in which the international organization would purchase the western portion of Robert Moses Playground from the city for their new building. It could then move employees from two city-owned buildings across the street, freeing up the city to sell those structures and use part of the proceeds from the sale to fund the East River greenway.

Full Article

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21 Sep
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Liz’s Testimony Before State’s Hearing on Redistricting

Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger before the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) regarding Congressional and Legislative Redistricting.

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19 Sep
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Concerned About the State’s Redistricting Process? Ensure Your Voice Is Heard

The State’s Task Force charged with developing a redistricting plan for the State’s Congressional, Senate and Assembly district lines will be holding a hearing in Manhattan this Wednesday, the 21st.  Senator Liz Krueger encourages you to attend this meeting and submit a comment.  We must all be involved and vocal to ensure our democratic process is not tainted by politically-driven gerrymandering.

Click HERE for information on this week’s hearing and how to submit testimony.

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