Last month Senator Liz Krueger sat down with Sheryl McCarthy on CUNY TV’s One to One to discuss current political topics. At the time, three State Senate races were still undecided, however two have since been called: Senate District 37, was won by incumbent Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer and Senate District 60 was won by Republican challenger Mark Gristanti. At this time, the third race in Senate District 7 is still in the recount process and undecided.
A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.
The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments “from an already tight housing market,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill’s sponsor.
I am happy to report that after I and several Senate colleagues wrote to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation expressing our opposition to plans to construct four 35-foot high tennis bubbles in Central Park between the Reservoir and the North Meadow, the Parks Department withdrew its request for bids on the proposal. A coalition of environmental, preservation, and park advocacy groups had also expressed their opposition to this proposal.
ALBANY, NY (10/05/2010)(readMedia)– In the only scorecard that grades New York State lawmakers according to their votes on bills that could help or harm our air, land and water, today EPL/Environmental Advocates honored Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) as “Legislators of the Year” for 2010. Legislator of the Year honors are awarded to the public figures that have done the most to advance environmentally beneficial policy. EPL also honored Senator Bill Perkins (D-New York) as a driving force behind several environmental successes in the 2010 Legislative Session, most notably requirements to clean up home heating oil that will help millions of New Yorkers breathe easier. Senator Perkins was also instrumental in helping stop plans to expand a garbage incinerator on Long Island and was the co-author of a bill that would prohibit the use of wheel weights containing lead. For details and individual scores, visit www.eplvotersguide.org.
Just before the Senate passed a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, a practice that could lead to the disastrous contamination of the State’s water supply, Senator Liz Krueger spoke on the Senate Floor to explain her support for the moratorium.
I write to thank you for your support in a difficult election season. Thanks to your efforts, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote, and we were able to secure victories in other highly competitive races, both in the Primary and General Elections.
Election Day 2010 can now be divided into three parts: the ones we can celebrate, the painful loses, and the ones we’ll need to celebrate later (after recounts are completed).
In a very tough year for Democrats around the country, we managed to motivate voters all over the City and State. In the Bronx, our hard work helped elect Gustavo Rivera in place of the disgraced Pedro Espada. In Queens, we defeated a 38-year Republican incumbent and will be sending in his stead a great Democrat, Tony Avella, to the State Senate. In Rockland County, David Carlucci’s decisive victory over a well-known Republican sent a clear message that voters demand new ideas. These additions to the State Senate will go a long way to changing the way things operate in Albany.
What these victories definitely have in common is your hard work and your dedication and support for the many asks I made of you. As I have said time and time again, I need more and better colleagues in the State Senate, and you helped get us closer to that goal. Whether it was through phone calls, knocking on doors, standing outside supermarkets and train stations, or financial contributions to myself and other candidates — the message was sent that our belief in democratic principles and ideals stands strong here in New York.
While the finish line has been pushed a bit further down the road for my colleagues in Nassau, Westchester and Buffalo, the entire Senate Democratic conference owes you a tremendous “thank you.”
2011 will be the start of a new and challenging session in Albany. I’m committed to working each day with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to address tough issues, advance our shared priorities and make you proud of your efforts on my behalf.
I would like to express my personal gratitude to you for generously contributing your time, energy, and where possible, financial support. Campaigns such as these could never operate without the enthusiasm and participation of people such as yourself. I am so grateful to everyone who selflessly helped in these efforts to change our State.
Thank you once again and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon.
On Saturday, October 2nd The Ronald McDonald House of New York hosted its third annual blockparty,featuring food, live music, entertainment, safety awareness, health screenings and educational programs, on East 73rd Street between First and York Avenues. In conjunction with the block party, Senator Krueger declared the day as New York State Dog Therapy Day to acknowledge The Ronald McDonald House Angel on A Leash Program.
Angel on A Leash provides therapy dogs for pediatric cancer patients and their families. It also enhances health and quality of life through play and enrichment activities which promote the human-animal bond. Therapy dogs also help boost morale, self-esteem and overall feelings of well-being for those dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Studies have shown that petting a dog releases beneficial hormones into the bloodstream known to be associated with healing and feelings of well-being.
Therefore, therapy dog programs such as Angels On A Leash are deserving of recognition for their contributions to the health and well-being of New Yorkers.
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New York, NY – A powerful coalition of elected officials criticized Governor Paterson’s decision
to veto a bill (A.2565/S.2664) that will lead to more New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS becoming
homeless. The bill, introduced by Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Tom Duane,
would establish an affordable housing protection for clients of the HIV/AIDS Services
Administration (HASA) so that they pay no more than 30% of their disability income towards their
rent. The 30% rent cap is already the standard in other low-income housing programs in New York.
Video of the press conference: