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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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09 Mar
0

Liz Explains Redistricting Fight

By Nick Reisman

The floor fight over redistricting of legislative boundaries in the state Senate late Tuesday afternoon spilled into the evening hours, as Democrats sought to have a public hearing on the topic, but were rebuffed by Republicans.

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08 Mar
0

Liz & State Colleagues Form Pro-Choice Caucus

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.”

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03 Mar
0

Liz Joins 19 Senate Colleagues in Calling For Surcharge on Upper-Income Earners

By Chris Smith

Open letters from lower-ranking politicians to chief executives are usually the tamest forms of political action: a nice gesture, quickly forgotten. But Governor Andrew Cuomo has managed to put some electricity back into the ritual.

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03 Mar
0

Message from Liz on City Council’s Vote to End Deceptive Advertising at Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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.

Read More About this Bill Here & Here.

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28 Feb
0

Liz Nominates Elsbeth Reimann For OTTY Award

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.

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28 Feb
0

Liz Speaks Out For Women’s Health

This Saturday, the 26th, Senator Krueger joined thousands of people at the Stand Up For Women’s Health Rally, a rally in support of Planned Parenthood. Below is what she had to say.

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25 Feb
0

Liz Discusses How Nonprofits Can Work With Government

Earlier this month, Senator Krueger joined Assemblymember Deborah Glick and City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer on a panel to discuss how arts nonprofits can more effectively get their voices heard by government officials. Below is a video of the event.

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25 Feb
0

City’s Rent Regulation Battle is Brewing

By Bobby Cuza

Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken a firm stance he will not raise taxes this year. But if the city’s rent regulations are allowed to lapse this summer, that, say many Democratic lawmakers, will be equivalent to a tax on the working class.

Watch NY1 Coverage of Rally HERE.

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24 Feb
0

Liz Joins Other Elected Officials & Advocates at Rent Regulation Rally

(New York, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect over 1 million units of affordable housing in New York City dangerously close to expiring, Senator Liz Krueger and Senate Democrats were joined by City elected officials and advocates to call for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.

Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) said, “For the sake of all New York City residents we must extend and enhance rent regulation, and protect affordable housing.  Anyone who believes that the expiration of this legislation will not affect them is sorely mistaken. Without rent regulation our teachers, waiters, young entrepreneurs and blue collar workers will all be priced out of New York City, losses that would cripple our city.  Let us not forget that what makes New York the best city in the world are the diverse cultural fabrics that make-up our neighborhoods.  By not extending and enhancing our rent regulation laws we would lose so much more than affordable housing.  We would forever lose the New York City we know and love.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ka7proBUs

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