18 Sep

Making Your Vote Count

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, September 17th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause New York, Susie Gomes, Co-Chair, Voter Services Committee, League of Women Voters New York City (LWVNYC), and Laura Quigg, Volunteer and Co-Chair, Voter Services Committee, LWVNYC. Including a special guest appearance by Senator Chuck Schumer.

Watch full video of the event by clicking here.

Links mentioned in the Town Hall:

– 2020 Census:

– Amend your Census response:

– Sign up link for the poll workers:

– Absentee ballots application:

– Volunteer with Election protection:

– League of Women Voters NYC:

– Postcarding effort through League of Women Voters – the contacts for that are below: Susie Gomes: Gerry Russo:

– BOE home page:

– Find out if you are registered:

– Absentee ballot application:

– Poll site locator:

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11 Sep

Statement From Midtown Elected Officials On Decision By City Hall To Displace Residents Of Harmonia Homeless Shelter

New York City – State Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, and City Council Member Keith Powers released the following statement today in response to the decision by City Hall and the Department of Homeless Services to displace the residents of the Harmonia shelter on 31st Street to accommodate homeless individuals currently sheltered in the Lucerne Hotel on 79th Street:

“Every community in New York City must be part of the fight against homelessness. We proudly support housing the homeless in our communities, and we will welcome these new constituents. However, we are deeply disturbed that the Mayor is caving to political pressure to move homeless New Yorkers out of temporary pandemic shelter at the Lucerne Hotel in a way that will displace one hundred fifty adult families sheltered at the Harmonia, none of whom deserve to get caught up in this politicized process.

“The Harmonia is a uniquely specialized facility serving a vulnerable population that includes many people with disabilities, including physical and mental health challenges. The service provider at the Harmonia, Services for the Underserved, spent many months renovating the building and hiring staff to meet the specific needs of their residents, and have built a program that is a model for the City.

“We have always stood up for our homeless neighbors and have welcomed shelters into our communities. The residents of the Harmonia are our constituents for as long as they are living there, and we cannot accept them being scattered to the four winds with barely any notice, losing the connections, relationships, and services they have come to rely on at the Harmonia.

“The Harmonia has been part of this community for more than two years, and has been excellently run and embraced by the neighborhood. Now the provider, the residents, and the surrounding community have been blindsided by the decision to evict these families with only a few days’ notice, which may also result in dozens of dedicated staff members losing their jobs. There is absolutely no guarantee that residents will be placed in locations that provide comparable services, and there has been no outreach from DHS to individual residents to assess their needs.

“We stand ready to welcome homeless individuals into our communities and find them a high-quality shelter that does not disadvantage fellow New Yorkers who are just as vulnerable.”


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24 Aug

New Guidance on Age Discrimination in the Workplace

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, August 20th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR), and Bianca Victoria Scott, Policy Counsel at NYCCHR.

Full video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

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10 Aug

Ageism and Ableism in the Time of COVID

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, August 6th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Ashton Applewhite, internationally recognized ageism expert, and disability rights advocate Peter Slatin, President and Founder of the Slatin Group.

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28 Jul

Navigating the Healthcare System in the Time of COVID-19

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, with Senator Liz Krueger, and Dr. Peter Steel, Director of Clinical Services for the Department of Emergency Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell.
Full video can be viewed by clicking here.

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22 Jul

Senate Passes First-In-The-Nation Bill To Tackle Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Albany – Today, the State Senate passed a bill to tackle counterproductive state fossil fuel subsidies, shining a light on and potentially halting tax breaks, credits, and refunds for the use of dirty fossil fuels. The legislation, S.2649, requires the Governor to submit an annual analysis of all fossil fuel related tax expenditures, including recommendations regarding continuation, modification, or repeal of some of the worst offenses. It also implements a 5-year sunset provision for the expiration of all current and future fossil fuel related tax expenditures. The state-level measure is the first in the country to specifically target fossil fuel tax subsidies and create a regular public review process. The bill is carried in the Assembly by Assemblymember Kevin Cahill.

“In the past few years, New York State has taken unprecedented action to mitigate the effects of climate change, but there are still areas where we are on the wrong track,” said Senator Krueger. “We spend $1.6 billion every year on tax subsidies that support the use of dirty fossil fuels, with barely any information about the effects of this spending. We need a process in place to regularly analyze and review these subsidies, so that we can strengthen those that actually benefit hard-working New Yorkers, and get rid of those that waste taxpayer dollars and make our climate crisis worse. I thank my Senate colleagues for moving this important bill, and I am hopeful the Assembly will take it up as soon as possible.”

“This bill is an important part of understanding the climate crisis. It will add transparency, oversight and meaningful information to the conversations and decisions regarding fossil fuel-related spending in the State,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “We have a duty to inform taxpayers and policymakers of the true extent of these hefty expenditures in order to decide whether fiscal changes need to be made to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents and to protect the environment. As we stand on the precipice of fiscal uncertainty, we need to better understand our revenues, expenses and expenditures. I am proud to stand with Senator Liz Krueger in continuing to move this legislation forward.”

New York State spends over $1.6 billion every year on fossil fuel related tax expenditures, distorting the market and subsidizing the use of greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Some of these tax expenditures may serve a compelling public interest. However, a significant proportion of the spending serves to prop-up outdated industries or reward energy inefficiencies leading to a double cost to taxpayers – once for the direct tax expenditure and again for the environmental damage resulting from the continued burning of fossil fuels.

New York State has a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Continuing to subsidize the use of fossil fuels delays the adoption of cleaner alternatives, creates barriers to achieving the State’s climate goals, and wastes precious taxpayer money.

S.2649 would require the State’s annual Tax Expenditure Report to include an enumeration and evaluation of all fossil fuel related tax expenditures, as well as a recommendation by the Governor regarding the continuation, modification or repeal of such expenditures. The Report would be made in consultation with the State’s Energy Planning Board, whose members include representatives of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Public Service Commission, Empire State Development, the Departments of Environmental Conservation, Agriculture and Markets, Health, Labor, and Transportation as well as Legislative appointees and others.

The bill also implements a 5-year sunset provision for all current and future fossil fuel related tax expenditures, providing such expenditures would not otherwise expire at an earlier date. The Legislature may, of course, choose to renew any tax expenditure that benefits the public interest. This will create an evaluation process through which outdated fossil fuel subsidies can be allowed to expire, while those that provide a real benefit to New Yorkers can be retained or improved.

Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy at Environmental Advocates NY, said, “New York’s climate law set the most aggressive emissions reduction goals of any state. Reaching these goals requires a transition off fossil fuels across the board. Understanding how we currently subsidize the use of fossil fuels through tax expenditures is an important step in assessing how the State can cut ties with the very industries responsible for the climate crisis. EANY appreciates Senator Krueger’s continued leadership in fighting climate change and for bringing this issue to the forefront.”

“Despite the monumental climate laws New York State has established over the past few years, fossil fuel interests still have a leg up over renewable energy in the form of existing subsidies, indirect incentives, and preferential rules,” said Roger Downs, Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. “Wiping the slate clean of entitlements that prop up those that continue to despoil the planet is a more than reasonable first step towards climate justice.  We thank Senator Liz Krueger for her unwavering leadership in advancing New York’s climate commitments and crushing the barriers to achieving those goals.”

Rich Schrader, New York Policy Director at NRDC, said“Cutting fiscal ties with powerful polluters is one of the best down payments we can make on New York’s future. In the midst of a climate crisis, the last thing we need to do is continue subsidizing the multibillion-dollar fossil fuel industry. Meeting New York’s nation-leading climate goals requires that we go big on clean energy solutions that create healthier neighborhoods, drive job creation, and drastically reduce air pollution. There’s no doubt about it: this bill is a necessary and sensible next step forward in New York’s fight against the climate crisis.”

Liz Moran, environmental policy director for NYPIRG, said, “The polluters responsible for the climate crisis, who are often the same industries that have harmed water quality, must be on the hook to pay for the costs associated with their recklessness – which is exactly what this important legislation would accomplish. The fossil fuel industry has known since the 1970s of the pollution associated with fossil fuel burning, but to this day have undermined climate science and deceived the public to halt climate action. With New York’s nation-leading climate goals on the books, it is common sense to end tax giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and make polluters pay. NYPIRG urges the bill’s passage in the Assembly and for it to be signed into law.”


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20 Jul

Reopening and Reimagining Public Places

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, July 16th, 2020, with Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Christian Klossner, Executive Director, Office of Special Enforcement, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

View full video of the event by clicking here.

To file a complaint with the State Liquor Authority visit or call 518-474-3114 and Press “2” to speak with an enforcement officer.


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Outdoor Dining Complaint –

Business Reopening Complaint –

Social Distancing and Face Covering Complaint –

Noise from a Store or Business –

Noise from Bar, Club, or Restaurant –

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01 Jul

New York City Reopens, Part 3: Vaccine Confidence/Vaccine Hesitancy

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger and Dr. Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP), a World Health Organization (WHO) Centre of Excellence on addressing Vaccine Hesitancy.

Full video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

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19 Jun

Reforming The Criminal Justice Agenda

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Thursday, June 18th, 2020, with State Senators Liz Krueger, Jamaal Bailey, and Zellnor Myrie, Insha Rahman of the Vera Institute of Justice, and Anthonine Pierre of the Brooklyn Movement Center.

Full video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

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18 Jun

New York City Reopens, Part 2: Test, Trace and Take Care (T3) – Tracking Down the Virus

A Virtual Town Hall recorded on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, with State Senator Liz Krueger, Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Disease Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Ted Long, MD, MHS, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Care, and Executive Director Test and Trace Corps.

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