Issues: Constituents Corner

Statement from Senator Squadron on Republican Proposed District Lines

 

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the proposed district lines just released by the Senate Republicans:

Even though the worst of the Republican political shenanigans aren't impacting the district I represent as they are some of my colleagues' districts, the conclusion is undeniable: partisan redistricting is a poisonous process.  

Before the 2010 election, every member of the Senate majority pledged to create an independent redistricting process. Now they are breaking the pledge they made to the people and putting politics before their promise. It's no surprise that these politically motivated maps represent the same arrogance as their broken pledge: politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents lose the power to choose their representatives.

As the Governor has said, any lines drawn in this process must not stand. Voters must make their voices heard now so that their votes can make a difference in November.

January 26, 2012
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SQUADRON APPLAUDS LMDC APPROVAL OF FUNDS FOR EAST RIVER WATERFRONT

LMDC Formally Approves $14 Million Secured by Squadron and Schumer for Pier 42 Redevelopment and Completion of East River Waterfront Park

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron applauded the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's vote to approve $14 million in funding to redevelop Pier 42 and complete the East River waterfront park, as well as $1.9 million for planning of the East River Greenway. In November, Senator Squadron and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that they had secured the funds.

January 26, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 24

Senator Ranzenhofers asks for feedback from constituents on the Governor's budget proposal, discusses State funding for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and talks about one his bills which recently passed the State Senate.

January 25, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG SUPPORT FOR NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP FUNDING

Senator Squadron Has Long Championed Funding for NFP, But Critical Program Faces $5 Million Shortfall

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's support for $5 million in state funding for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in testimony at today's Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Budget. 

January 24, 2012
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SQUADRON, LENTOL, LEVIN: DOT HEEDS OUR CALL, WILL INSTALL TRAFFIC SIGNALS ALONG KENT AVE

Electeds, Community Urged DOT to Study Traffic, Safety Along Kent and Take Action

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, and City Councilmember Stephen Levin announced that the Department of Transportation heeded their calls and will install traffic signals along Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to address long-standing safety concerns on the developing thoroughfare.

With residential and recreational development transforming North Brooklyn, the legislators and the community have long urged the City to study traffic and take steps to protect pedestrians and all users. 

January 24, 2012
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Community Victorious Over Strip Club

An editorial by Queens Tribune talks about the State Liquor Authority's denial of the Gypsy Rose strip club's liquor license application, which was a favorable result for Long Island City community members. According to Senator Gianaris, the type of person and business that adult establishments tend to attract are not welcome in Long Island City.

The community spoke and its voice was heard by the State Liquor Authority, who denied the 21 Group Inc.’s application for a liquor license for the Gypsy Rose establishment in Long Island City during a hearing Jan. 18 in Manhattan.

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January 23, 2012
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Squadron, Meng to City: Make Lunar New Year a School Holiday

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Chinatown) and Assemblymember Grace Meng (D-Flushing) are reiterating their call on the City to make the Asian Lunar New Year a school holiday. 

January 22, 2012
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Just say no to gerrymandering

An editorial written by the Queens Chronicle highlights a 2012 New York Redistricting Project where students were able to propose ideas for state Senate maps and express their opinions on how political lines should be drawn in order to meet the needs of groups with similar interests. Senator Gianaris believes that this demonstrates how excellent redistricting proposals can be made in a short period of time.

And the winner is ... districts that are not gerrymandered.

January 20, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 19

Senator Ranzenhofer talks about personal income tax cuts, Medicaid reform, Property Tax cap, and Pension reform.

January 20, 2012
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Politics don't always add up

An editorial written by Times Union investigates the matter of Senate Republicans' wanting to add a 63rd Senate seat, despite the fact that New York is losing two seats in Congress. Senator Gianaris and Senate Deomcrats are opposed to the addition of a 63rd seat on the grounds that the Senate Republican ploy is unconstitutional.

New York is losing two seats in Congress, so how in the world can it add another state senator?

Under the current and much-maligned redistricting process, the Republicans who control the state's upper chamber hold the pens in the once-a-decade exercise that draws district lines. Late Friday, they released an analysis explaining why they will draw 63 Senate districts, adding a member to the chamber.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Valesky Named Member of Senate Select Committee on Libraries

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was named to a newly-created bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

“Libraries are an integral resource in our communities, providing access to books, technology and education to people of all ages,” Senator Valesky said. “I am pleased to serve on this committee, to focus on the specific needs of libraries in Central New York and across the state.”

January 19, 2012
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Senators Debate Constitution Over Adding 63rd Senate Seat

Politics on the Hudon posted a video of Senator Michael Gianaris and Senator Martin Malave Dilan discussing redistricting and responding to the Senate Republicans' effort to add a 63rd Senate seat.

Watch the video here

January 18, 2012
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Senate Dems, GOP Spar Over Constitutionality Of 63rd Seat

Capital Tonight reports on Senate Democrats Martin Malave Dilan, Senator Michael Gianaris, and State Senator Liz Krueger speaking out against the Senate Republicans' unconstitutional addition of a 63rd Senate seat.

If one thing is clear, it’s that Senate Democrats and Republicans understand the complexity of the state constitution when it comes to redrawing district lines. Where they diverge is a matter of mathematics.

Last week, The Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment confirmed the district lines to be drawn for the next round of redistricting would include a 63rd seat. Democrats say the move is politically motivated so Republicans can strategically form lines to retain the majority.

January 18, 2012
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Same Republican tricks

The Timesunion.com editorial calls Senate Republicans out for betraying their promise to voters for an independent redistricting process.

Now here’s a map for you, New York. It’s the entire state, 54,556 square miles in all, every one of them ripe for exploitation by state Senate Republicans who will do seemingly anything to maintain their tiny majority.

First they betrayed all those voters to whom they promised, just 14 months ago, that the district boundaries for the 62 Senate seats up for grabs in this fall’s elections would be drawn by an independent commission.

January 18, 2012
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State Senate’s top Republican predicts addition of 1 member

BuffaloNews.com wrote an article about the redistricting process and the Senate Republican's unreasonable effort to maintain their thin majority, which Senator Gianaris believes is despicable.

Despite the state’s anemic population growth, the Senate’s top Republican said his legislative chamber is likely to grow by one senator, to a total of 63, during this year’s redistricting process.

Senate Democrats immediately dismissed the move as an illegal bid by the Republicans merely to maintain their thin majority. Senate Republicans pushed through a similar one-seat increase 10 years ago to help keep control of the Senate.

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January 18, 2012
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Gianaris: Republicans 'decided to play chicken with the governor' on redistricting

Capital NY wrote an editorial that talks about Governor Cuomo's position on independent redistricting. Although Cuomo did not address redistricting in his State of the State speech, Senator Gianaris states that Cuomo didn't have to because he has already been very clear in his support of an independent redistricting process.

Governor Andrew Cuomo didn't talk about redistricting in his State of the State speech Thursday in Albany.

Democratic state senator Michael Gianaris, who has been perhaps the loudest and longest-standing advocate of redistricting reform in the legislature (where it is generally not popular), said Cuomo didn't have to.

January 18, 2012
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Cuomo's State Address May Touch On Budget Gap, Expanded Gambling

This NY1 video includes comments from Senator Gianaris on how Senate Republicans are attempting to submit an unconstitutional plan to add a 63rd Senate seat. 

Watch the video here.

January 18, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Announces Suffern Mobile Office Hours

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced that his office will be holding Mobile Office Hours at the Suffern Library, located at 210 Lafayette Avenue in Suffern (Route 59 becomes Lafayette Avenue) on Saturday, January 21st from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  The event will be located in the Suffern Room downstairs near the children's area and cafe.  The Senator and a staff member will be present to provide direct assistance to any local and statewide issues that are of concern to residents.

For more information, please contact the Senator’s office at (845) 623-3627 or e-mail carlucci@nysenate.gov.

January 18, 2012
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Skelos: 63rd legislative district likely result of redistricting

NCPR's Karen DeWitt speaks to Senator Michael Gianaris about redistricting and the unconstitutional attempt by Senate Republicans to keep in control of the chamber. 

Listen to the audio here.

January 18, 2012
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Call them on it, Mr. Cuomo

Timesunion.com wrote an editorial that exposes the Senate Republicans broken promise on independent redistricting and urges Governor Cuomo to take action.

When state Senate Republicans were asking voters in 2010 to restore their majority, they unanimously and unambiguously promised to support creating an independent body to draw new legislative district lines. Even the most casual observer of state government might have rightly asked, “What’s the catch?”

It turns out the catch was as obvious, not to mention cynical, as any escape clause one could imagine: They lied.

Read the full article here.

January 18, 2012
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