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14 Jun
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In Reversal, 3 Democratic Senators Will Back Gay Marriage

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL BARBARO

Updated, 3:45 p.m. | ALBANY — Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate on Monday announced that they now support the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, marking a potential turning point for the long-debated measure.

Within an hour of the announcement by the three Democrats, a Republican senator said that he, too, is open to supporting same-sex marriage.

“If the bill comes to the floor the way that I would like to see it, I will support it,” Senator James S. Alesi, a Monroe County Republican, said before going into a meeting with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Mr. Alesi did not elaborate.

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13 Jun
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Liz Sits Down With NY1 to Discuss the Current Status of Rent Regulation

Senator Liz Krueger sat down with Erin Billups of NY1 to discuss the current battle over the renewal of Rent Regulation laws in New York City. The difference, Sen. Krueger says, between now and then, “We have Governor Andrew Cuomo siding with tenants, that’s the difference today.”

Watch the full piece here.

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07 Jun
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Liz Discusses the 2011-2012 Budget & Other Current Topics

This past Sunday, Senator Liz Krueger joined Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark on Beyond The Pale and had a frank discussion regarding the 2011-2012 State Budget.  Also discussed, were current topics such as rent regulation and marriage equality.

Listen to Senator Krueger’s interview on Beyond The Pale here.

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06 Jun
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Message From Liz on The Proposed Marine Transfer Station at East 91st

I was deeply disappointed that the New York City Department of Sanitation has revised its Capital Budget request to include funding for the proposed Marine Transfer Station at East 91st Street. I submitted testimony last month to the City Council strongly urging them to reject this capital funding request for the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station.

A Marine Transfer Station located at 91st Street will have very serious deleterious effects on area parks, traffic, odor, noise, air quality and public health. The residential neighborhood that surrounds the proposed site includes numerous public parks and a major recreational facility, as well as one of Manhattan’s largest public housing complexes. The site is just 100 feet from the closest residence, and less than 280 feet from the Stanley Isaacs/Holmes Houses New York City Housing Authority complex which is home to more than 2,200 residents. More than 1,400 children live within 5 blocks of the site. According to census data from 2000, 13,500 people live within a quarter mile radius of the proposed site, including 1,850 children, 1,622 senior citizens and more than 1,500 people living below the poverty line. For comparison purposes—the next most populated community in which the City proposes to locate a Marine Transfer Station, Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn, has less than 1/3 the number of people (4,300 people) living within a quarter of a mile radius of that site. Additionally, and disturbingly, 91st Street is the only proposed Marine Transfer Station site not separated from nearby residences by a commercial buffer zone.

The proposed 91st Street site is also surrounded by three city parks—Asphalt Green to the west, Carl Schurz Park to the south and Bobby Wagner Walk to the north. Before the former 91st Street Marine Transfer Station was closed in 1999 (which was less than half the size of the one currently proposed), the trucks would line-up all the way to 86th Street and beyond, and the surrounding neighborhood suffered greatly from odors, vermin and other pollutants. There is no question 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. I will continue to work with our local Councilmembers, other elected officials and community advocates to fight this ill advised and dangerous plan.

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06 Jun
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Liz’s Community Bulletin: June 2011

As the end of session approaches, movement toward resolution on key issues facing our state remains excruciatingly slow. Last month I talked about two of those issues – rent law renewal and marriage equality – and I will devote this message to yet another outstanding issue – ethics reform. Since the beginning of session, Governor Cuomo has been trumpeting this issue, and as more of my colleagues – and former colleagues – are indicted, convicted or sentenced, the need for stronger laws only grows clearer.

That said, I don’t believe that better laws in and of themselves will ensure an end to malfeasance on the part of public officials. While most elected officials are driven by their commitment to public service, there always seems to be a few individuals who view, and take, their position in office as an opportunity for personal enrichment. But with stronger ethics laws we can make it easier to identify potential conflicts of interest and provide adequate enforcement mechanisms to discourage bad behavior, while also punishing those who continue to abuse their power.

Senator Krueger’s Complete Community Bulletin: June 2011

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27 May
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Liz Joins Democratic Colleagues in Senate & Assembly, Speaker Quinn & Housing Advocates at Rent Regulation Forum

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.

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25 May
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Liz Raises For ‘No Bad Apples’ (PAC)

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.

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25 May
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Not in New York! Bipartisan Pro Choice Caucus Fights Attacks Against PP & Other Reproductive Health Providers

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.

Full BPCLC Statement

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19 May
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Looking for Good-Government Candidates

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)

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18 May
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Caucus to Protect Women’s ‘Hard-Fought’ Rights

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.

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