Blog

22 Feb
0

Liz Joins Capital Tonight to Explain Anti-Lulu Position

By Liz Benjamin

The latest push for reform in Albany dates back to 2004 when the Brennan Center released a report deeming New York’s legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation. Since then, there have been countless calls for change – from ethics reform, to redistricting reform, to campaign finance reform. Friday, Democratic State Senator Liz Krueger weighed in, calling for the elimination of stipends known as lulus, bonuses state lawmakers get for chairing committees and leadership posts.

Read More
22 Feb
0

Liz’s Free Events List: March 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26: March 2011

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

Tuesday 3/1/11

12:00 PM NYPL for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza :Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium ( 212) 642-0142

Music: Dixieland Jazz

12:00 PM Central Park, Outside the Dairy Gift Shop, mid-Park at 65th Street, 212-794-4064

Walking Tour: Views from the Past Tour

3:00 PM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 316 East 88th St. 212-980-1700

Exercise: Tai Chi

6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave., 1-212-340-0833

Books & Poetry: Susan Jacoby “Never Say Die: The Myth & Marketing of the New Old Age”

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble Union Square 33 East 17th St. 212-253-810

Books & Poetry: Anthony Bourdain “ Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef”

Click Here Free Events List – March 2011

Read More
18 Feb
0

N.Y. Politicians’ Loyalty Should Not be For Sale: Lulus Corrupt the Democratic Process, so Ban Them

The following is an op-ed penned by Senator Krueger and published in the New York Daily News:

There are plenty of things we need to change about the New York State Legislature, from the way we finance our campaigns to how we draw legislative districts to the rules that govern the Senate. It’s no wonder that New Yorkers are disgusted with the current state of our government.

But there’s one practice that’s so routine it’s often overlooked on the reform wish list: the way rank-and-file members appear to sell their power, i.e. their votes, to party leadership. This is done through “lulus,” the pet name for the large stipends doled out to those who are given leadership positions…

Full Article

Read More
16 Feb
0

Liz Discusses the Budget & Child Care With NY Times

Fears About How the City’s Budget Will Affect Child Care

On Thursday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will unveil New York City’s preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. On Wednesday, if you listen very closely, you can hear people throughout the city holding their breath, bracing for deep cuts.

One very nervous group represents advocates and others who work in the child care industry serving poor and low-income women.

With the city budget ax expected to fall on a variety of programs, advocates and child care providers say information that has dribbled out of City Hall makes them fearful that as many as 16,000 of the 100,000 city-subsidized slots could disappear.

“Sixteen thousand people; in the rest of the state of New York, they call that ‘a city,’ ” said State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat who represents Manhattan. “We have the State the City and the federal government all potentially cutting various funding streams at the same time.”…

…“You really can’t get a job or look for a job if you’ve got a kid under 5 years old at home alone, because then you’ve broken the law,” Ms. Krueger said. “All the research for decades says that if you want to support women who are looking for work or trying to keep these jobs, the government needs to be there to help with the child care.”

Full Article

Read More
16 Feb
0

Liz Crusades For Choice

By Liz Benjamin

Sen. Liz Krueger has written to House Speaker John Boehner to express dismay over the GOP push to eliminate federal funding for reproductive health providers such as Planned Parenthood, (which has come under particular scrutiny of late), calling the effort “ideological” and “backwards.”

Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, had 22 colleagues sign on to the letter, warning what’s going on in Congress is a harbinger of what’s to come at the state level.

“We must unite and speak up now to show that this blatant disregard for women’s health should not be accepted on the Federal level and will not be accepted in New York,” Krueger said.

“We are suddenly finding ourselves fighting for the same rights we fought to secure 30 years ago. Not all women may remember the time when there was no coverage for reproductive health. But let me assure you, it’s not a time we want to revisit.”

“We can no longer assume that what we’ve come to take as basic rights will be protected by others. As mothers, grandmothers, husbands and fathers we must come together to show that we will not move back in time and forfeit our rights.”

This is the first is a series of steps Krueger plans to take in the near future to organize pro-choice lawmakers against the movement to reduce access to abortion services – particularly at taxpayer expense.

On Saturday, Feb. 26, the senator will join Planned Parenthood, Family Planning Advocates and other advocacy groups and elected officials at Foley Square for a “Stand Up For Women’s Health Rally.”

Full Article

Read More
15 Feb
0

Liz Explains Her Legislation on Campaign Funds Usage & Lobbyist Contribution Disclosure

On Monday, Senator Krueger joined her colleagues in the Democratic Conference in urging the Republican Majority to keep their promise and take action on comprehensive ethics, campaign finance and independent redistricting reform. In doing so, Senator Krueger called specific attention to her legislation (S.3053 / Krueger) that would set specific requirements for reporting lobbyist donations and for the ways in which campaign funds can be used.

Read More
14 Feb
0

Liz Given Award From Breastfeeding Alliance

Last week, Senator Liz Krueger received a Certificate of Appreciation from the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Committee.

Read More
14 Feb
0

State Senate Democrats Push for a Debate on Ethics Package

By Meghan Keneally

State Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive ethics package today and called on it to pass quickly in order to reinsure voters that an election season promise is being honored.

Minority leader John Sampson said that the Democrats’ six-part bill that will cover a variety of ethically-dubious areas including client disclosure requirements, proper use of campaign funds, the need to eliminate the existing ‘pay to play’ attitude, and the creation of an independent redistricting commission…

…Sen. Liz Krueger’s bill would insure that public officials and candidates only use campaign contributions for the campaign, citing college tuition fees, foreign trips and swimming pool maintenance fees (taking a jab at former Republican State Sen. Joe Bruno) as examples of misuse. Her bill would also stipulate that all funds have to be either returned or given to other causes within four years of an official leaving office. She said that political donations, charitable giving, or prorated return to the donors would all qualify as proper ways to get rid of the money in a campaign fund…

Full Article

Read More
14 Feb
0

Liz’s Helps Crack Down on Identity Theft With Passage of New Legislation

(Albany, NY) – Last week, the Senate passed Legislation introduced by Senator Krueger, which will help crack down on illegal activity linked to identity theft. Under the new law, if a crime is committed in connection with identity theft, the courts will have the jurisdiction to hear the crimes together.  The bill passed the Senate with overwhelming support and is now being sent to the Assembly where it is sponsored by Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Codes Committee.

A likely example in which this law would be applied is if someone were to break into a house, steals a credit card from within the house and then goes on a shopping spree throughout the State.  Currently, if these separate infractions are within different jurisdictions then they would require different trials in separate courts, however this Legislation consolidates the process and allows the charges to be heard in one court.  Other examples of charges that would be interrelated to identity theft are larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal solicitation and schemes to defraud and forgery.

“This is a perfect example of logical Legislation. It will allow for the prosecution of several related cases based on one set of facts which will promote efficiency, without sacrificing fairness to the defendant,” Senator Krueger said.

The new system will allow for multiple convictions before the same court, which will allow courts to be fully aware of all related infractions when determining sentencing.  This coordination will also better serve the economy of resources for the parties and courts involved.

As of 2007, New York ranked ninth in the nation in identity thefts, according to the Bureau of Justice, with over 16,000 people falling victim to the crime.

“Identity theft has become a tremendous problem, not only here in New York but all around the world. It’s not just a matter of theft.  It’s also a crime that emotionally violates someone’s sense of control over their own life.  By streamlining the prosecution of those individuals who steal the identity and security of others, I hope we will move one step closer toward ending the spread of this despicable crime.”

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

Read More
03 Feb
0

Liz on the “Bike Wars” of the East Side

Bike Wars

By Allen Houston
Simmering Bike Resentment

East Siders may have grown used to delivery guys on bicycles hopping sidewalks and dangerously whizzing in and out of pedestrians as they rush to drop off Chinese food or pizza. But they seem to have finally reached a breaking point. The debate over whether to restrict bicyclists may not only be about these riders and alleged misdemeanors; rather, it could be part of a growing hostility toward the increasingly bike-friendly city that New York is becoming…

Delivery Drivers Drive Anger, Pols Respond

East Side Council Member Jessica Lappin and State Senator Liz Krueger said the issue of delivery drivers is one of the top constituent concerns in their districts.

Lappin introduced a bill in January 2006 that called for business owners to be fined for reckless driving instead of delivery drivers, because drivers weren’t paying the fines and the tickets weren’t detouring local business owner’s behavior.

“This issue is consistently one of the biggest quality of life issues on the Upper East Side,” she said.

Krueger and Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh recently reintroduced a bill in the State Senate that passed last session before faltering in the assembly that would require business owners and drivers to share responsibility for reckless riding.

“The system that we have isn’t working,” Krueger said. “I believe this law would have a significant impact on all delivery drivers and the businesses that they work for.”

Krueger also believes that electric bikes need to be regulated.

“They are an evolving technology,” she said. “When you electrify a bike it acts differently. They put pedestrians and other bike riders in danger because they go three times the speed.”

As to the animosity between pedestrians and bike riders, she chalks that up to fitting a huge number of people “on the head of a pin.”

“You name a topic of importance in Manhattan and at its heart it’s an issue of land use,” Krueger said. “We have an incredibly dense population who live on top of each other and uses the sidewalks and roads. How that space is used is always going to engender heated discussion.”

Full Article

Read More
Sign up for LizList