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24 Mar
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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
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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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21 Mar
0

City Hall News Names Liz a “Winner”

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.

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21 Mar
0

Carl Kruger’s “Polar Opposite,” Liz Krueger Takes On A New Role And New Challenges

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.

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15 Mar
0

Liz’s Statement on Out-of-Balance GOP Budget Resolution

For Immediate Release |  March 15, 2011

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

“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.”

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10 Mar
0

Rents Through The Roof?

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.

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