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29 Jul
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Health Alert: High Levels Of West Nile Virus Activity in NYC

The New York City Health Department has recently released information that they have detected West Nile Virus in several areas of New York City. The number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus is unusually high at this point in the season.

“This summer it is especially important to take simple personal steps to reduce exposure to mosquitoes, especially for persons 50 years or older. The best way to reduce risk is to wear repellent outdoors in the evening, when mosquitoes are most active,” advised Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner.

Some people experience only mild flu-like symptoms after contracting West Nile Virus, but the infection can cause meningitis or encephalitis, which can result in potentially fatal inflammation of the brain or spinal cord.

West Nile Virus is spread to mosquitoes, so to reduce the threat of exposure take the following steps:

– Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

– Make sure windows have screens.

If you think you have symptoms of West Nile Virus, see your doctor right away. The most common symptoms are headache, fever and extreme fatigue. For more information about West Nile Virus, and how to avoid it, visit the Health Department website at www.nyc.gov/health or call 311.

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28 Jul
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Liz Keeps Gus the Polar Bear Happy By Keeping Parks Open

Liz Krueger speaks on the Senate’s approval of legislation that clears the way for the reopening of New York State Parks.

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27 Jul
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Message from Liz: Celebrating 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy: women’s suffrage — the right to VOTE!

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who came before us and fought for this most fundamental right.  The sad reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still denied the right to vote and to squander this right and responsibility is not only an affront to them but also to those who fought so hard to ensure we have these freedoms today.

Therefore, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage there’s clearly one thing to do: recommit yourselves to supporting the democratic process — vote and teach your children the lessons of our history and the importance of civic participation.

-Liz

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27 Jul
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Information on New Voting Systems

This year New York State will introduce a new voting system in which voters will mark their choices on a paper ballot using a pen or ballot marking device, and will insert their marked ballot into a scanner. To ensure that voters have an opportunity to learn how to vote using a paper ballot, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will be holding demonstrations to teach voters the new voting system. Below you can find the dates & locations of demonstrations given in the 26th District, or to find out more information please visit: http://www.votethenewwayny.com/en/default.aspx

Date: 29 Aug, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Organization: Big Apple Performing Arts
Location: Broadway, 47th to 57th Street, New York, NY 10036, Space #17 between 56th and 57th St.

Date: 31 Aug, 2010
Time: 1:15 PM
Organization: The Carter Burden Luncheon Club and Senior Program
Location: 351 East 74th street (between 1st and 2nd) New York, NY 10021

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27 Jul
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Liz Krueger’s Tips on Making 3-1-1 Work for YOU!

“311” is a free service available via phone (3-1-1) and the internet (www.nyc.gov/apps/311/) that offers access to government services. Through 3-1-1 you can obtain information, report a problem and request services.  To best utilize these services and ensure your requests and/or concerns are addressed, Senator Krueger suggests the following steps:

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27 Jul
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Liz Krueger’s Tips on Making 3-1-1 Work for YOU!

“311” is a free service available via phone (3-1-1) and the internet (www.nyc.gov/apps/311/) that offers access to government services. Through 3-1-1 you can obtain information, report a problem and request services.  To best utilize these services and ensure your requests and/or concerns are addressed, Senator Krueger suggests the following steps:

Before You Call 3-1-1:

1.) Compile a list of details supporting your claim. Your report should be as specific as possible and should include: dates, times, locations and names (if possible).  For example, if you believe your building is running an “illegal hotel,” then you should have the address, apartment number(s) in question and the dates/times you have seen people coming in/out.

2.) Know what you’re going to say before you call. Before you call, make an outline of what you want to say.  This will help ensure you do not leave out any details or stray off message.  A clear, concise complaint has the greatest chance of being addressed quickly.

3.) Use a “buzz word” to describe your problem. For example, if apartments are being rented out for 30 days or less, it is considered an “illegal hotel.”  Or, if you are concerned  about your building’s improper trash disposal then refer to it as a trash problem and/or a rodent problem.

While on the phone with 3-1-1, get certain information:

1.) The Service Request Number for the report you’ve just made. Each report is given a Service Request Number which will allow you to track the status of the report in the future.

2.) The agency your report is being sent to. It will make it much easier to follow up with your claim if you know which agency is working on it.

3.) The name of the 3-1-1 representative you speak to and the date/time you called.

After you have filed your report:

1.) Check the status of your report by using your Service Request Number. You can do this over the phone or via the website.

2.) If your claim is not being addressed, contact Senator Krueger’s office for further assistance. If you have not received any status updates within a reasonable timeframe, we can follow up on your claim. However, in order to do so we will need your Service Request Number. To contact a member of Senator Krueger’s staff, please call: (212) 490-9535.

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26 Jul
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Victory! Governor Paterson Signs Illegal Hotels Bill

Governor Paterson Friday signed into law a measure giving the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels.

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26 Jul
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Liz Krueger Leads Rally to Urge Gov. to Sign Illegal Hotels Bill

Lawmakers and tenants groups will urge Gov. David Paterson to sign the illegal hotel bill the Legislature passed.

With a Saturday deadline looming for him to veto or sign the bill into law, Paterson’s spokesperson said he is reviewing the legislation.

The bill’s authors, State Sen. Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, on the West Side, are holding a rally with tenants at City Hall July 21.

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25 Jul
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Liz Joins City Council Members in Sponsoring Town Hall to Discuss Natural Gas Drilling

On Tuesday, August 24th, Senator Liz Krueger joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Brad Lander and several other New York City Council members in sponsoring a town hall to discuss natural gas drilling in New York State. At this public event members of the community had the opportunity to go on the record to express support or opposition to drilling in New York State.

Currently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting an official study examining the potential health and environment impacts of hydraulic drilling.  However, while the EPA is holding hearings elsewhere in the State,  none have been proposed for New York City. Through this hearing, Liz and member of the City Council sought to give New Yorkers the voice they deserve.  Several hundred residents came to speak and/or listen to testimony.

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25 Jul
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Senator Liz Krueger Hosts 4th Annual Senior Resource Fair

Senator Liz Krueger hosted her Fourth Annual Senior Resource Fair earlier this month. The fair is a free event that brings together seniors from across the city with representatives from a variety of government and non-profit agencies specializing in everything from health services to housing assistance to at-home care. Joining with Senator Krueger and New York City residents were Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and representatives from the Office of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Senior Resource Fair Materials
Senior Resource Guide
Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely
Bed Bug Fact Sheet

Watch video from the event:

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