By Megan Finnegan
State Senator Liz Krueger already has a strong opinion about the Indian Point nuclear facility, but she wants to know what her fellow New Yorkers think. This week, the senator opened an online survey to find out where city residents stand on the controversial power plant that provides vital electricity to New York, but also has the potential to imperil millions of people in the event of a meltdown.
After the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan created a duel crisis of humanitarian problems and nuclear danger, local residents were freshly reminded of Indian Point, which lies 26 miles from the city. The plant is operated by a company called Entergy Corporation, and has been identified as a potential hazard for the greater New York area if a meltdown happened.
By David King
In 2008, companies with a stake in natural gas drilling in New York spent a little less than $400,000 on lobbying. In 2009, that number tripled, with groups like the Independent Oil and Gas Association and Chesapeake Energy spending over $1,200,000. Lobbying dollars from the same sources only increased in 2010, hitting nearly $1,600,000.
What sparked that rise? Although most groups and companies spending that kind of money on lobbying have a myriad of issues before the state legislature, this spending spiked as the debate about the safety of hydraulic fracturing grew increasingly heated.
Following mounting concerns over the health and safety threats posed by Indian Point nuclear facility, Senator Liz Krueger has launched an online survey to gather public input on the future of the facility. The survey, “Where Do You Stand On Indian Point?” asks participants to indicate whether or not they believe Indian Point should remain open or be closed.
Senator Krueger wants to hear your opinion, please take a moment to fill out the survey here!
By Tom Casey
On the day of a large rally outside the Capitol, Senate Democrats introduced the first significant legislation against hydraulic fracturing since the 2010 moratorium imposed by former Gov. David Paterson and the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Sens. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, and Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens, introduced a package of bills April 11 that includes three bills for tighter regulations and transparency for oil and gas drilling and a bill by Avella to ban hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, in New York state.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Jonathan Bing announced today that the MTA, pending their board’s approval, will restore weekend service to the M50 bus line that runs from Turtle Bay to the West Side.
“Turtle Bay became an island within an island without service,” said Maloney of the cut the MTA enacted last summer. “The new plan will shorten the M50’s route, allowing weekend service to resume, without any additional cost to taxpayers.”
By Joseph Spector
ALBANY — Republicans regained the majority in the state Senate this year as well as a few more state-funded cars for their members, a review of state records show.The pool of vehicles hasn’t increased, but who has them has changed, and some GOP members got an upgrade, including Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, and Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton.
By Karen DeWitt
Senate Democrats, including Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan, are calling for public hearings next month on several ethics reform proposals that they say need to be passed this session.
Krueger said the hearings would include constitutional authorities and other expert witnesses to discuss proposed bills requiring broader financial disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income, lawyer legislators to release the names of clients who do business with the state and those taking away pensions from lawmakers who are convicted of public corruption.
Many of these reform items, Krueger said, are the same things Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wants included in an ethics reform package that he will negotiate with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
“It fits in perfectly,” Krueger said.
On Thursday, May 5th, Senator Liz Krueger will join Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Councilmember Rosie Memdez in hosting a free screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, GASLAND.
The screening will be held at 7pm at Mason Hall, and will be followed by a Q&A with GASLAND filmmaker Josh Fox.