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29 Mar
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Senate Democrats Blast Surprise Rules Changes As “Dangerous”

By Laura Nahmias

Alas, the brief harmony that descended on Albany following Sunday afternoon’s budget agreement was to be short-lived.

Hours after the joint conference committee hearing put a cap on the budget agreement, Senate Republicans sprang a surprise rules change on their Democratic colleagues by giving themselves more representation on two vital committees: Rules and Finance.

The changes, which were approved late Monday night with all Republican members and three Independent Democratic Conference members voting “yes,” would give the majority the ability to move bills from the Finance Committee to the Senate floor without having to go through the Rules Committee first. The changes would also allow a committee to sub in members an hour prior to meetings if any member were absent that day.

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28 Mar
0

Liz’s Free Events List: April 2011

Please note:  This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events.

Friday 4/1/11

11:00 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Bridge

2:00 PM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 341 East 87th St, 212 980-1700

Activity: Ballroom Dancing

Saturday 4/2/11

10:15 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 404 East 87th St, 212-980-1700

Seminar: Bone Weakness

April 2011 Free Events List

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28 Mar
0

Liz Pens Huffington Post Article: “Don’t Play Politics With Homeless Families”

By Senator Liz Krueger

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors — from cities big and small — who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

Often, they are right. My colleagues and I have fought hard to restore cuts to schools, healthcare and services for the disabled, the elderly and other vulnerable groups…

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28 Mar
0

Liz Joins Capital Tonight to Discuss the Status of Rent Regulation in the Budget

Liz Krueger is the new ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. She joined Liz Benjamin to discuss the progress being made toward reaching a budget deal – possibly ahead of schedule and how rent control could cause Democrats to vote against any budget, if the issue is not included.

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24 Mar
0

Statement From Liz on Joe Strasburg’s Comments Praising Pedro Espada

Statement in Response to Rent Stabilization Association’s President, Joe Strasburg, Calling Pedro Espada the “guy who saved this industry”

“I can’t help but wonder what kind of trade association chooses a man currently under Federal indictment for embezzling millions of dollars as their beacon of leadership?  If I were a member of the RSA, I would be mortified by the notion that a criminal is given such reverence for the past successes of my trade organization.

“In 1997 and 2003 Joe Bruno, Dean Skelos and the Republican Majority were able to weaken rent regulation laws that affect millions of people, outside of their own districts, because they didn’t have a strong Democratic Governor standing up for the best interests of New York’s middle class citizens. Well, now the RSA has the right to be worried.  They picked their leadership to be Pedro Espada, and we picked Andrew Cuomo.  I’ll stand with my strong Democratic Governor; they can stand with Pedro.”

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24 Mar
0

Statement From Liz Calling on Closure of Indian Point

“In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, we must heed the warning of these catastrophic events and close the Indian Point nuclear facility. While I applaud the quick and decisive action taken by Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy to address concerns over Indian Point with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), I’m afraid that any action short of closing this facility is simply not enough…”

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24 Mar
0

Liz Speaks on Why Rent Regulation Needs To Be In the Budget

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23 Mar
0

Liz and Senate and Assembly Democrats Join with Housing Advocates to Call for Saving and Strengthening of Rent Regulations in the State Budget

For Immediate Release |  March 23 , 2011

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined Senate and Assembly Democrats and housing advocates to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to include tenant protections in this year’s State Budget.

Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee said, “In order to ensure that the millions of hardworking low- and middle-income New Yorkers living in rent regulated units are able to remain in their homes, we must extend rent regulation laws and close the loopholes that have plagued the rent regulation system for far too long.  The expiration of these laws would deliver a double blow to our poorest seniors and the disabled because without rent regulation, there is no SCRIE or DRIE program.  Governor Cuomo has argued against tax increases in his budget, but failing to fix the rent laws translates to the biggest tax increase of all on those least able to pay. There is no greater tax than putting renters in a position of not being able to afford to stay in their homes because of the  government’s failure to act.  We cannot allow the final negotiation of rent regulation to come down to the wire, there is simply too much at stake. We must deal with it now and the budget process is the best way to do that.”

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Contact: Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

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21 Mar
0

Democrats Press Cuomo on Rent Regulations

By Nicholas Confessore

A coalition comprising nearly every Democratic state lawmaker from New York City urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a letter, posted below, on Wednesday to press for extending and tightening the state’s rent regulation laws as part of the budget deal he is negotiating with the Legislature.

“If the state does not act, millions of working- and middle-class New Yorkers will be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” warned the lawmakers, about 90 of whom signed the letter to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. “We ask that you act boldly on tenants’ behalf by requiring these reforms to be a part of any budget agreement.”

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21 Mar
0

Keep the Change

One state senator wants to stop giving legislators lulus

by Jason Chura

With the recent Federal corruption charges leveled against Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland, renewed calls for ethics reform are sure to come.

Sen. Liz Krueger was a bit ahead of the game. In an opinion piece that originally appeared in the New York Daily News on Feb. 18, Krueger called for an end to a common practice in state government: what she terms the “buying and selling of legislator’s loyalty” through stipends attached to appointed positions, or “lulus.”

A “lulu” is bonus compensation dispensed at the whim of party leadership for serving as the chair or ranker (ranking member of the minority) on a special legislative committee. Stipends range from $9,000 to more than $30,000 depending on the significance of the committee and the position held. Though some senators hold multiple committee chair positions, only the highest stipend is paid out. The base salary for a New York state senator or assemblyman is $79,500.

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