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05 Jul
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Environmental Advocates Recognizes Senator Liz Krueger

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.

Read more about the state Legislature’s environmental record.

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05 Jul
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Liz Speaks Out Against Gas Drilling In Marcellus Shale

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.

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05 Jul
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Just A Few Words of Thanks

Dear Friend,

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.

Liz

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04 Jul
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Senator Liz Krueger Honors The Ronald McDonald House Angel on A Leash Program and Declares October 2nd, 2010 as NYS Dog Therapy Day

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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04 Jul
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Elected Officials Join People With HIV/AIDS In Opposing Governor’s Veto Of 30% Rent Cap Affordable Housing Bill

CONTACT: Sean Barry -(646) 373-3344, barry@nycahn.org

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:

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03 Jul
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Liz Calls for Gov. Paterson to Sign Hydrofracking Moratorium Legislation

Yesterday, just 24 hours after it was sent to the Governor for his signature, Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign the Hydrofracking Moratorium Bill previously passed by the State Senate and recently passed by the Assembly (S8129-B / A11443-B).

Dear Governor Paterson:

I am writing to urge you to sign S.8129-B / A.11443-B, legislation that will place a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale until May 15, 2011. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I support this moratorium so that we may have more time to properly vet a controversial process that has been connected to disastrous effects in other States.


This legislation will not end the debate regarding the viability of gas drilling by means of hydraulic fracturing, however it will provide all parties more time to review important information that has yet to be released. Currently the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency are conducting a comprehensive study that will not only shed light on the closely guarded process but may also propel Federal legislation on the matter. The natural gas in question is not in jeopardy of being lost while the moratorium is in place, therefore it is in New York’s best interest to exercise patience and prevent hasty decisions that could lead to devastating effects that impact us all.


I have attached materials from the Environmental Advocates of New York and Riverkeeper in support of this legislation, and respectfully request you to sign S.8129-B / A.11443-B. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding this legislation.

Sincerely,
Liz Krueger
State Senator

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03 Jul
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Health Care Proxy & Living Will Information

Living Wills and the appointment of a person who can function as your health care proxy are important decisions we all should make related to how we wish to be treated as our life ends. These decisions are not just considerations for the frail and elderly, but choices to be made when we are alert and willing to evaluate our views on end- of- life care. Discussions with close family and friends is a good way to have opinions known, but will have greater relevance if they are also supported by a living will and a health care proxy.

In February of 2010 the New York State Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) that created a legal mechanism for the appointment of a health care surrogate to make health care decisions for individuals who become incapacitated. Giving patients a voice through family members and loved ones eliminates unneeded suffering and beyond the human costs it will reduce the tremendous financial costs associated with care neither the patient nor family may support.

The attached document explains the Health Care Proxy and Living Will, and presents you with examples of each. You can use these forms and keep them accessible with other important papers. You may also want to share them with your doctor and family.

Health Care Proxy & Living Will Document.

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03 Jul
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Instant Runoff Voting Coming to New York?

New York City’s system of expensive and time-consuming primary runoffs may be on its way out.

As part of an electoral legislation package, the State Senate Monday passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger, that would set up a three-year trial requiring instant runoff voting in city and county races throughout the state. Instant runoff elections tend to be popular with good government groups, as they prevent candidates from winning with a small portion of the vote, and would cut down on the cost of a second runoff election.

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12 Apr
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Liz Discusses the Budget on WPIX

Listen to Liz Krueger explain the 2010 New York State Budget.

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