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30 Jun
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Goodman vs. Krueger: When Giants Did Battle

By Christopher Moore

The phone rang. State Senator Roy Goodman wanted to talk on this day in the fall of 2000 about what he had recently done, in specific terms, for his district. I was surprised, given that an hour or so ago he had come to our conference table to tackle the same topic.

Evidently he felt he had not been specific enough about bread-and-butter district issues. He was impressive in his doggedness, his eagerness to share what had been crossed off his legislative to-do list.

The call made sense. Goodman was in the midst of a tough, final re-election race. The opponent: Liz Krueger, a community activist with unanticipated pizzazz as a candidate. She had a richly varied background, including work with the Community Food Resource Center. Some thought her resumé was less impressive than that of Goodman, a former mayoral candidate and GOP stalwart for generations on the East Side. Others found impressive a woman who had been doing something about feeding the hungry.

That was the thing about this contest: how hard it was to pick a favorite. They were both compelling characters that had given much to the city. That’s why so many of us, sitting on the sidelines of this grand debate, had mixed emotions in those days. We hated to see either candidate lose. This was the opposite of most elections, when voters carefully calibrate the lesser of two evils.

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28 Jun
0

Liz Explains Her Vote on Issues Ranging From Rent Regulation to Property Tax Cap to Mandate Relief

Last Friday, the New York State Senate voted on a package of bills that included issues ranging from rent regulation renewal to a property tax cap (for areas outside of NYC) to mandate relief. While Senator Krueger ultimately voted in favor of the bill, she had – and continues to have – many concerns about the legislation. She detailed some of my concerns while explaining my vote on the floor.

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27 Jun
0

Statement from Liz on Passage of Marriage Equality & Rent Regulation Laws

This past Friday, the 24th, four days after the legislative calendar was scheduled to end, the New York Legislature wrapped up the 2011 legislative session in the late hours of the evening. After days of keeping constituents, and other legislators alike, waiting and guessing on several key issues, the Republican Majority in the Senate finally brought the final bills to the floor, allowing us to pass critical legislation that, among other things, renews and strengthens the rent regulation laws and grants same sex couples the right to marry.

MARRIAGE:  Eleanor Roosevelt was quoted saying “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Since joining the legislature in 2002 I have co-sponsored legislation that would provide marriage equality for same sex couples. For me, this has always been a matter of basic human rights and I have always felt that until we passed a law allowing for same sex marriage, we were legally permitting prejudice in New York.  So it was with great pride and a heart full of happiness, that I joined 32 other Senate colleagues to vote for the legal recognition of same sex marriage in New York.  With this historic vote, New York has become the sixth, and largest, State to legally recognize same sex marriage.

I applaud the tireless effort of the countless advocates who fought with their heart and soul to see this measure passed, without their effort this monumental achievement would not have been reached. I will never forget the moment the final vote was tallied and I will always be proud to have been a part of this movement that was rooted in love, respect for family and a longing for equality.

RENT:   When voting to renew and strengthen rent regulation laws for another four years, we took an important first step in reversing a damaging 18 year trend that has increasingly led to the destabilization of more than 300,000 homes. Now, I will not pretend this legislation accomplished all that we wanted.  In fact, it merely scratches the surface of the improvements we wished to enact.  The unfortunate reality is that we were up against a Republican majority in the Senate, who had deep ties to the real estate industry, and we had to fight tooth and nail for these basic improvements.

Full Statement from Sen Krueger

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24 Jun
0

Liz & Senate Democrats Rip GOP on Gay Marriage, Other Unresolved Issues

Several Senate Democrats just spoke with reporters to complain about the lack of progress in the Senate. The Republican conference in the chamber, which has 32 members, was scheduled to meet privately at 9:30 and open session at 10 a.m. The Democrats—Sens. Liz Krueger of Manhattan, Michael Gianaris of Queens and Adriano Espaillat of the Bronx—held their news conference at 10:30 a.m. Session still has not started. There are 30 Democrats in the Senate.

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Watch Sen Krueger Speaking to Reporters Here

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23 Jun
0

Liz Looks to Lady Gaga on Same Sex Marriage

By David King

Senate Democrats have a hot new Twitter hash tag:  “#letusVote” to prod Senate Republicans to bring same-sex marriage legislation to the floor for a vote. Sen. Liz Krueger is credited with creating the tag and she has been trying to get prominent same-sex marriage proponents to use it. “@ladygaga #NYSenate needs your help!” Krueger tweeted. “Can you & ur Little Monsters pls help us trend #letusVOTE We want to vote for #samesexmarriage in NY” Lady Gaga has yet to pick up the tag says,” Krueger spokeswoman Katie Kincaid,” but we’re working on it and in one day this # has picked up some serious steam, so we’ll keep on working at it.”A number of other Democratic senators and activists have picked up the call. Gaga has been calling legislators and lobbying them to bring marriage to a vote.

Senate Republicans spent a good amount of time during their two years in the minority kvetching about the majority’s ability to block any bill they didn’t want to come to a vote and now they are doing the thing they claimed so steadfastly to stand against. Advocates wonder how it is that a deal came together that does not include gay marriage and why when asked Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos continues to claim same-sex marriage was not discussed in meetings.

“The debate over same sex marriage is clearly one which deserves a vote. It would be a huge disservice to all New Yorkers, on both sides of the argument, if we left Albany without voting on the issue. Where’s the democracy in that?” asked Kincaid.

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22 Jun
0

Liz’s Tips on How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient This Summer

New York is already gearing up for a hot summer, leading New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where the temperatures are cooler.  But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Liz Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:  

View Liz’s Energy Efficiency Tip Sheet HERE!

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17 Jun
0

This Monday, Liz Co-Sponsors March & Rally For Fair Rent Hikes

This Monday, the 20th, Senator Liz Krueger will co-sponsor a march & rally for fair rent hikes, along with City Council members Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez, and several other local elected officials.

On the 20th you can MARCH RALLY AND GIVE TESTIMONY at the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) public hearing.  The RGB proposed renewal lease guidelines for rent stabilized apartments to increase rents between 3 – 5.75% for a 1 year lease, 6 to 9% for 2 years, and add a 1% surcharge for buildings with oil heat.

Meet us on the Northeast corner of E. 14th St and 1st Ave and we’ll march to The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th St at 3rd Ave).

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16 Jun
0

Liz Stands With Senate Democratic Colleagues & Advocates to Address Need For Stronger Rent Regulation Laws

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16 Jun
0

Statement From Liz Addressing Temporary Lapse of Rent Regulation Laws

“To every tenant in a rent regulated apartment and to every New Yorker concerned about the protection of affordable housing in our State, I say this: do not panic.  While the rent regulations laws have technically expired, this lapse will surely be short-lived and will likely have no real effect on tenants. In fact, the Commissioner of the HCRC has pointed out that tenants will remain protected until the expiration of their lease.

“I am confident that this will all be settled soon, as Governor Cuomo has once again stated he will ‘not allow the legislature to go out of session and go home until tenants are protected.’  And I do believe that our strong Democratic Governor will follow through on this commitment, which he has expressed both publicly and personally, and will ensure New York’s rent laws are renewed and strengthened.

“My Democratic colleagues and I agree that we must protect tenants, but a straight extension of the current laws is not acceptable. These laws simply do not provide adequate protection for tenants. Over the past 17 years we have lost 300,000 units of affordable housing because of loopholes in the current system, and by Governor Cuomo’s own estimation we are poised to lose another 130,000 units in the near future if these laws continue.

“Therefore, our fight is not simply to extend these laws, but rather to expand and strengthen them.  Republicans would love for rent regulation laws to simply go away, but the reality is that they’d be content with them remaining just as they are now, because they know the laws are easy to circumvent.

“So, to tenants, I say again: do not panic. We will not turn our backs on the 2.5 million residents who rely on rent stabilization laws to keep their homes affordable. And we will not leave Albany until we’ve passed stronger rent regulation laws.”

Statement From Senator Liz Krueger Addressing Temporary Lapse of Rent Regulation Laws

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16 Jun
0

A Step Toward Equal Pay

The following was penned by Senator Liz Krueger and New York Women’s Agenda & Equal Pay Coalition NYC

The United States has always been a beacon of democracy.  And as Americans, we take pride in our basic principles that are rooted in the democratic notions of freedom and equality.  Yes, injustices persist, and we continue to fight and break down barriers that prevent access to basic rights.  But what happens when these problems are kept well hidden and are not as easy to identify or expose?

Today, we would venture to assume that most women, especially those who are relatively new to the work force, presume that their salaries have everything to do with job performance and responsibility, and nothing to do with gender.  However, 48 years after President John F. Kennedy sought to end gender-based pay discrimination and close the wage gap through the Equal Pay Act,  pay inequality rooted in gender bias continues to persist. Today, women earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts, up from 59 cents in 1963, meaning the wage gap has narrowed at a dismal rate of less than a half a cent per year.

Complete Op-Ed

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