This past Tuesday, the 24th, Senator Liz Krueger joined Democratic colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn and housing advocates for an interactive forum highlighting the critical need to extend and strengthen rent regulation laws before time runs out.
By Liz Benjamin
Sen. Liz Krueger is moving ahead with the creation of her NBA, or “No Bad Apples”, PAC, scheduling its first fundraiser and hiring a staffer to run the operation.
The Manhattan Democrat, who has long been an outspoken voice for reform, unveiled her new PAC in a City Room report (second item) last week, saying she hoped to raise $300,000 that will be used to assist candidates who embrace a good government platform.
The idea, according to Krueger, is to recruit “progressive” candidates and improve the Democratic ranks as the party prepares to try to win back the majority from the GOP next year.
Statement From BPCLC Regarding Assemblymember Katz’s Legislative Attack on Planned Parenthood & Other Reproductive Health Care Providers
Last week Assemblymember Steve Katz (R-Yorktown) launched an assault against women’s reproductive health by introducing legislation that would strip State funding from Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York, and any reproductive health care provider that performs abortions. As seen at the Federal level, and now in New York State, women’s reproductive health is facing a resurgence of dangerous attacks through the attempted denial of funding. A woman’s right to choice is no longer something we can take for granted. Here in New York, members of the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) want to make it clear that such threats will not be tolerated in New York.
Throughout New York, over 200,000 individuals rely on Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services ranging from sonograms to cervical screenings to family planning. While Assemblymember Katz has chosen to attack Planned Parenthood on the basis of their abortion services, he has decided to ignore the many other life saving practices that Planned Parenthood offers. Over 70,000 women rely on Planned Parenthood for cervical cancer screenings each year. Evidently, these women were not considered when this legislation was drafted.
By Nick Confessore
In a blunt acknowledgment that State Senate Democrats have been badly damaged by scandals within their own ranks in recent years, Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, will start a new political action committee to recruit Senate candidates dedicated to a broad good-government agenda.
The new group, called NBA PAC — for “No Bad Apples” — will aim to raise $300,000 in advance of the 2012 Democratic primary, organizers said, providing endorsed candidates with strategic advice and introducing them to Democratic donors.
The goal, Ms. Krueger said, was to ensure that as Democrats seek to win control of the Senate next year, the party’s next crop of challengers will align with her and other progressive Democrats, especially on ethics and government reform issues.
“I absolutely believe we need to take back the majority in the State Senate, but with the right kind of Democrats,” Ms. Krueger said. “And I trust myself to find and help and provide encouragement to some of the right kinds of people I would love to see as Democrats in the Senate.”
Full Article (second article)
By Veronica Lewin
A legislative caucus formed earlier this year has legislators from both houses and both sides of the aisle fighting to protect reproductive health rights and helping advocates to educate New Yorkers about them.
“Women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights are not a bipartisan issue. It’s a health care issue,” said Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro. “It’s an issue that government should be working together on to make sure that our children have proper information that they need to keep themselves safe and to keep themselves healthy.”
The Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus, headed by Sen. Liz Krueger, hosted a Reproductive Rights and Health Information Fair and press conference on May 9. The lawmakers argue that providing information on reproductive rights will counter misinformation that circulates.
As members of the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC), our goal is to not only protect women’s reproductive rights already in place in the State of New York, but to also strengthen them. With this objective in mind, the BPCLC vows to join NARAL, and other pro choice groups, in the fight to pass The Reproductive Health Act.
While New York once led the nation in breaking barriers on behalf of women’s reproductive rights, these same laws, which have not been updated in 40 years, are now antiquated and ill serving in modern times. After the nation followed New York in securing a women’s right to choose, and even provided greater protections for these rights, our State failed to match this new standard. Instead, New York settled into complacency and left our laws unchanged. Even now, under New York State law, there are inappropriate limitations placed on a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy in situations that put her health in jeopardy.
“My name is Liz Krueger, and I represent the 26th State Senate district, which includes Manhattan’s Midtown and East Side. I would like to thank the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management for the opportunity to submit testimony regarding capital funding for the proposed East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) in the FY 2012 Executive Budget.
“I am delivering this testimony to address a number of serious concerns I have about New York City’s Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), and to express my strong opposition to the proposed construction and operation of a MTS at East 91st Street Street. For the many reasons outlined in the following testimony, I strongly urge the City Council to consider the extraordinarily negative effects the proposed 91st Street MTS would have on the surrounding community, and to reject capital funding for the 91st Street MTS…
After savoring what seemed like a victory a few weeks ago, some Upper East Siders are now smelling defeat after the mayor restored funding to construct a waste transfer station at East 91st Street.
Last month, the Department of Sanitation announced at a City Council budget hearing that they did not have the funds to complete the station and it would be delayed until 2018. Opponents of the project were jubilant, but their celebration was short-lived. Mayor Bloomberg included funding in his capital budget proposal, and if it gets approved, construction would begin in the very near future.
“I am extremely pleased that Governor Cuomo has made the passage of marriage equality legislation one of his top priorities for this legislative session. With polls now showing a clear majority of New Yorkers supporting marriage equality, I am more and more optimistic that if the Senate Majority allows the bill to come to the floor for a vote, it will have a good chance of passing.
“I strongly support marriage equality as a basic civil rights issue. Under current New York law, lesbian and gay couples are denied the basic protections provided to heterosexual couples. Denying gays and lesbians access to those benefits and protections – as well as the many responsibilities which come with civil marriage – is a violation of the fundamental principle of equal protection under our State constitution.
“Those who argue against marriage equality usually base their arguments either on 1) religious grounds or 2) their belief that marriage should be reserved for relationships centered around procreation and child rearing. The first argument fails to recognize both the separation of church and state and the fact that many denominations do in fact already recognize same sex marriages. And the second argument is just plain silly…
In a year that has seen Women’s Reproductive Rights come under attack at the National and State levels, Senator Liz Krueger and members of the NYS Legislature have mobilized to create a Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC), coordinating their efforts to ensure that such attacks will never gain traction in New York State. In their first public event, a mere two months after forming, the BPCLC joined with pro choice advocates and health providers throughout the State to host the Reproductive Rights and Information Fair, an event highlighting the BPCLC’s desire to shed more light on complex issues surrounding reproductive rights.