Liz Krueger – Krueger is also a Democratic state senator from New York City, but that and six letters—plus an “e” for her—are about all she has in common with the latest indicted legislator. And as of this week, the same job, ever since the Manhattan reformer got Carl Kruger’s forcibly vacated spot as ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee. If the Democrats can take back the Senate, she may find herself sitting in a much comfier seat than the one she has now.
By Jon Lentz
Advocates, good government groups and even Planned Parenthood are cheering Liz Krueger’s replacement of Carl Kruger as ranking member on the Finance Committee, despite a widely held belief that her impact on the budget will be slight at best.
“Senator Krueger has shown herself to be open to new ideas, innovation and reform,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. “I think that the Finance Committee is a place that could use more innovation and an open, creative attitude.”
Sean Barry of VOCAL-NY said that despite having similar names, Krueger is “the polar opposite” of Kruger.
For Immediate Release | March 15, 2011
“My greatest concern is that this resolution will put us an additional billion dollars in debt. The numbers simply do not add up and we cannot rely on a wink and a prayer that this will all work out. Senate Republicans have added a billion dollars in additional expenditures to the Governor’s budget without bringing any significant additional revenue to the table nor including enough alternative cuts.
“My Senate Democratic colleagues and I received a summarized version of this bill a mere four hours before it was voted on, and I think most would agree that the distribution of $133 billion deserves more time and consideration than occurred today. I’m afraid that this bill is filled with empty promises and, worse yet, broken promises.
“As is, this should not and cannot be the budget for the State of New York, and I hope we will all be able to reevaluate the proposals to improve the plan. We want, and New Yorkers need, a fair budget by which the pain is shared by all, with our vital programs protected and State dollars spent more responsibly. Anything short of that is simply unacceptable.”
Thousands of East Siders could see their rent double or triple if rent regulation expires
By Megan Finnegan
New York City already has a notoriously high cost of living, but if current rent-regulation laws expire June 15, tens of thousands of Upper East Siders may face astronomical increases in their rents that could push them to the outer boroughs or even out of the state.
While many tenant advocates say it’s unlikely lawmakers will let this happen, they and other Democrats are pushing for a rent-reform package that will not only renew but also strengthen current laws, and hope that it passes as part of Governor Cuomo’s budget package.
By Liz Benjamin
A group of Democratic Assembly members and senators who feel abortion rights are “under attack” at the federal level are forming a pro-choice legislative caucus to, as they put it, combat an “anti-choice fervor that is becoming all too commonplace across the country.”
I am very proud of the steps the City Council has taken to protect women in the most vulnerable of situations. For too long crisis pregnancy centers have preyed on women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant and uncertain as to where to turn for help. More often than not, these women are unaware of their options and are in desperate need of unbiased information, accurate information and professional medical advice, none of which are offered by the crisis pregnancy centers. By enacting legislation that will force these centers to clarify the services they provide, New York City will put an end to the misleading advertising that lures women to these clinics under false pretenses. Every woman deserves the opportunity to choose what’s best for her life and her body without pressure from outside sources with hidden agendas. I applaud the tireless efforts of Speaker Quinn and Council Member Lappin, whose advocacy on this matter will help New York women when they need it the most.
Earlier last month, Senator Liz Krueger nominated Elsbeth Reimann for an Our Town Thanks You (OTTY) award. Ms. Reimann was honored by Our Town. Below is the article on her service to the community.
Retired, But Not Retiring
Posted by Our Town on February 23, 2011
“I have more than one accent,” says 76-year-old Elsbeth Reimann. “I speak German better than French, but when I speak French I was told I have an American accent.” Born and raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, Reimann had two dreams—to see the world, and to be educated. She achieved both on her own and has also dedicated her life to supporting the social progress of New York City.
Reimann came to New York City in 1968, and put herself through high school equivalency training, followed by college at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She met Assembly Member Pete Grannis in 1975, the year after he was elected, and began volunteering at his office. Ten years later Reimann went on the payroll as Grannis’ community liaison, listening to the concerns of community members and bringing them to his attention. Reimann worked for Grannis until 2007, when she retired, but her work in the community didn’t end there. She maintained her level of involvement with housing issues, and continued to attend community meetings.