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24 Aug
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Liz Joins Hundreds of East Siders to Protest the Proposed Marine Transfer Station

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24 Aug
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Liz’s Statement Urging the Marine Corps to Deny Permit Needed to Build Proposed Marine Transfer Station

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KRUEGER URGING ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO DENY PERMIT FOR PROPOSED MARINE TRANSFER STATION ON EAST 91ST ST

“From the inception, I have expressed serious concern regarding the plan to build a marine transfer station on East 91st St.  This proposed location must finally be taken off the table, and I hope that the Army Corps of Engineers will help us do just that by denying the permit needed to expand the dock on which the station must be built.

“My long-standing opposition to a marine transfer station at East 91st Street is based on many factors. Individually, any number of the problems with this location provide enough reason to kill this proposal, but collectively they make this decision a no-brainer.

“Putting a marine transfer station within a few block radius of over 13,500 residents, in an area surrounded by three city parks, simply defies common sense.  I have no doubt that the noise, noxious fumes and pollutants from the marine transfer station, as well as the exhaust from the hundreds of trucks that will line up to enter the marine transfer station each day, will dramatically affect the health and safety of the surrounding residents and community facilities…

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19 Aug
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Upper East Siders To Rally (Again) Against 91st Street Trash Station

By Amy Zimmer

MANHATTAN — Upper East Siders will be raising their voices once again against the proposed garbage transfer station on the East River at 91st Street.

East Side elected officials, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney, state Sen. Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Micah Kellner and City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin will lead Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. rally on the corner of 92nd Street and York Avenue.

They’re hoping to remind residents to register their opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before its public comment period for the permit for the Department of Sanitation’s application for the trash facility ends on Aug. 24.

The neighborhood already staged two other protests against the garbage station, which could bring up to 54 garbage trucks an hour barreling through the densely-populated neighborhood and process as much as 4,290 tons of garbage per day.

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18 Aug
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: August 2011

The following is section from this month’s Message from Liz . . .

Once again our leaders in Washington are fighting over cuts to the deficit, while our economy teeters on the brink of a “double dip” recession. At the federal, state, and local  levels, the focus is on cutting programs rather than increasing revenues. But what many of these leaders have chosen to ignore is the fact that this strategy will have radical macro and micro economic and political consequences for decades to come.

Take a look at the chart to the left. Please understand how dire these federal cuts will be on everyone! You might not think you will ever need to collect unemployment…but stop and consider how many people you know who’ve lost their jobs in the last three years. Maybe you don’t think cutting government education aid to poor children will impact you personally. But do you think that our country will somehow gain an economic competitive advantage with even lower educational outcomes? And what about destroying funding for public health (CDC) and health research (NIH)? Are we really trying to say we’ve solved all those issues? Please think about this: instead of creating a fair, progressive tax system in this country, we are trading vital programs away.

Full Community Bulletin: August 2011

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18 Aug
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Ethics Law Just First Step, Reformers Say

By Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo signed into law new ethics oversight legislation, but some say the measure is flawed, and that there is still work to be done to fight corruption in government.

Cuomo signed the ethics law without fanfare or a public ceremony. In a statement, he touted the new stricter requirements for disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income, a 14 member ethics panel empowered to probe charges of corruption, and the elimination of pensions for elected officials in the future who are convicted of a felony. Cuomo called it a “major step forward in restoring the people’s trust in government and changing the way Albany does business”.

Some legislators who have been long time supporters of reform say the new law falls short, though, in a couple of key ways. Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan, says on the positive side, the new law serves as an “instruction manual” for lawmakers seeking guidance on ethical behavior.

“I give the governor kudos for getting us this far,” said Krueger.

But, Senator Krueger says she’s irked that the pension forfeiture only applies to new lawmakers. Current or former elected officials get to keep their pensions, even if they are found guilty of felonies. She says that means, for example, if former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, who faces federal charges that he stole millions of dollars from his Bronx based health care clinics, were convicted, he would still keep his pension.

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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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