Pols Begin Push to Legalize Marijuana in New York State

Liz Krueger and the other advocates gathered before City Hall. (Photo: Krueger office)
Liz Krueger and the other advocates gathered before City Hall. (Photo: Krueger office)

Riding high on optimism, State Senator Liz Krueger and a bevy of Democratic pols began a public push today to legalize and tax marijuana in New York State.

Ms. Krueger will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot in the State Senate, beginning an uphill battle that could pit her against Republicans, who partially control the Senate chamber, and possibly Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Continue reading “Pols Begin Push to Legalize Marijuana in New York State”

Liz Krueger Says ‘No Truth’ Behind de Blasio Administration Rumors

State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Liz Krueger says she is staying in Albany, despite speculation that she is in line for a plum job in the incoming de Blasio administration.

Asked about the chatter at a press conference today, the Upper East Side pol said she’s not interested and denied that she’d been approached by the mayor-elect’s team. Continue reading “Liz Krueger Says ‘No Truth’ Behind de Blasio Administration Rumors”

Diane Savino Rips Liz Krueger for Fund-Raising From ‘One Percenters’

Diane Savino. (Photo: NYSenate.gov)
Diane Savino. (Photo: NYSenate.gov)

State Senator Diane Savino is not pleased with yesterday’s New York Times column about one of her colleagues in the breakaway Democratic conference–especially a quote in the story from a senator in the rival Democratic group.

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Liz Krueger Endorses Bill de Blasio

Liz Krueger. (Photo: Getty)
Liz Krueger. (Photo: Getty)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign received a boost this morning in the form of State Senator Liz Krueger’s official support.

“I know all of the candidates and I’ve been … listening to their vision for where they want to take the City of New York if they were to win,” she told Politicker, citing affordable housing and education. “I find myself–on topic after topic–being most consistently in agreement with Bill de Blasio.”

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Smith Scandal Highlights Waning Influence of County Political Parties

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Preet Bharara explaining the alleged bribery plot. (Photo: Getty)

“That’s politics in New York,” the New York Post‘s cover blared in stark black-and-white ink this morning. “It’s all about the f–king money.”

The quote, allegedly made from Councilman Dan Halloran to a cooperating witness, was revealed yesterday as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed charges not only against Mr. Halloran, but State Sen. Malcolm Smith and a small slew of other political figures in what Mr. Bharara called “a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself.”

Specifically, Mr. Halloran is accused of “essentially quarterbacking” a scheme to secure Republican establishment support for Mr. Smith’s mayoral bid. Mr. Smith, a Democrat, would need the blessing of three of the five county Republican organizations to run on the GOP line, and he allegedly arranged for cash bribes in his attempt to do so. But, looking more broadly, the strange scandal also shines light on these county organizations and their few remaining powers in city politics.

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Lawmakers Slam NYC’s Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign as ‘Pathologically Mean-Spirited, Fatally Stupid’

(photo: nyc.gov)
(photo: nyc.gov)

Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Human Resources Administration unveiled a new, rather direct ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy featuring children citing blunt statistics about teen parents. “Honestly mom, chances are he won’t stay with you,” a baby in one ad declares, while another reads, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.” The campaign, which is paired with an shame-themed choose-your-own-adventure text experience, understandably gained attention and sparked controversy.

Though City Hall seemed eager to make a splash with the in-your-face ads, other local politicians have condemned the campaign. Continue reading “Lawmakers Slam NYC’s Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign as ‘Pathologically Mean-Spirited, Fatally Stupid’”

Liz Krueger Wants to Take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban Statewide

State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan to ban styrofoam in stores and restaurants citing a lack of biodegradability and high recycling costs that he called “terrible for the environment” and “terrible for taxpayers.” State Senator Liz Krueger responded to the mayor’s speech by jumping on his ban-wagon and taking it one step further–calling on the Legislature to ban styrofoam statewide.

“In his State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he will prioritize banning styrofoam food containers in New York City,” Ms. Krueger said. “This would be a great step forward for our city, both for the environment and public health – but we shouldn’t just stop at the city limits.” Continue reading “Liz Krueger Wants to Take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban Statewide”