Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Squadron Statement on Occupy Wall Street & Zuccotti Park

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn) released the following statement early this morning after Brookfield Properties decided to delay its scheduled cleaning of Zuccotti Park:

Brookfield Properties' decision to delay the clean-up of Zuccotti Park creates a window for real dialogue between Occupy Wall Street, the community, Brookfield, and the City. 

Yesterday, I stood with the Borough President, community leaders, and OWS representatives to call for further discussion before proceeding with the clean-up.  

Late into the night, I had a number of conversations with Brookfield Properties CEO Richard Clark and other stakeholders, urging Brookfield to delay the clean-up.  

Late last night, Brookfield Properties made the right decision in postponing its scheduled clean-up of Zuccotti Park. They deserve real credit.

Now, the dialogue must continue. The stakeholders must come together to find a solution that respects the protesters' fundamental rights, while addressing the legitimate quality of life concerns in this growing residential neighborhood.

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Media Contact: Amy Spitalnick / 212.298.5565 

October 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With East Hills Seniors

Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon with the East Hills Seniors at East Hills Village Hall. Senator Martins was invited to speak by the village’s Senior Activities Committee. After giving a short presentation on his first legislative session in Albany, the seniors were ready with their questions and they fired away.

October 13, 2011
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Senator Huntley Fall Newsletter

View the Full Fall Newsletter or click on the PDF link below.

 

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Senator Huntley Fall Newsletter (final).pdf

October 13, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to LeRoy this Friday

Ranzenhofer hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will hold mobile office hours at LeRoy Town Hall, 48 Main Street, this Friday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“Many LeRoy residents wrote letters, sent e-mails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard.  But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents.  That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to LeRoy on Friday morning,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 11, 2011
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Huffington Post Op-Ed: Beyond the Occupation

By State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman

Much has been made of the lack of specific demands of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.   But the themes underlying the protests are clear: accountability on Wall Street for the financial crisis that tanked the global economy; shared sacrifice as we pull ourselves out of an economic mess that the middle class and working poor didn't create; and a political system controlled by people, not corporations.

October 7, 2011
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Brooklyn Paper Op-Ed: First of all, the 370 Jay St. thing is big news

By Daniel Squadron

We’ve undergone a dramatic transformation in Downtown in recent years, revitalized by an ever-growing stream of businesses, residents, and visitors.

But one piece of the puzzle has been missing, as the former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay St. has stood nearly abandoned for years.

October 7, 2011
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NY1: State Senator Daniel Squadron Calls For Reduction In Manhattan Air Traffic Following Helicopter Crash

While there's constant chopper activity at the heliport, some politicians are renewing their call to regulate helicopter traffic, suggesting tourist flights stop altogether.

"It's very clear: A trip originating and ending in Manhattan, that's not essential, that's a tour, and it's just too crowded. Manhattan is the most crowded island in the country and to have this volume of air traffic doesn't make sense," said Manhattan and Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron.

Squadron said that all that's needed to make that happen is for the city's Economic Development Corporation, which owns the heliport, to agree to stop those flights.

October 7, 2011
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Our Town Downtown: MTA AGREES TO SQUADRON’S PUSH FOR BETTER WEEKEND SERVICE ON THE L

Riders of the L train, the popular, often crowded gray line that ferries New Yorkers to and from Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, should expect to have better service by mid-2012, says State Sen. Daniel Squadron. In July, Squadron requested a review of the L line and weekend F and L train service, according to a release distributed by the senator’s office.

October 7, 2011
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DNAinfo/Huffington Post: MTA Looks to Increase L Train Service as Ridership Rises

By Patrick Hedlund

MANHATTAN -- The MTA is looking at increasing rush-hour and weekend service along the crowded L train following inquiries by a local politician into sluggish service on the 14th Street subway line.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced Monday that straphangers could see an increase in the frequency of trains starting in mid-2012, after he requested an analysis of the L and F lines this summer.

October 7, 2011
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NY Times: Soon, L Will Mean Less Crowded, Subway Officials Say

The good news for riders is that the sardinelike conditions may soon be coming to an end: subway officials have pledged to run more L trains on the weekends, starting in the summer of 2012, according to State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, a Democrat representing parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan whose office requested the study.

October 7, 2011
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NBC New York: Extra L Train Service to Ease Crowded Brooklyn Rides

State Senator Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn, who helped push for new trains, said, "The MTA has been responsive to our call to actually take a soup-to-nut look at the L line, and actually fix it to meet ridership. That's a good sign for the MTA."

October 7, 2011
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Metro: MTA to add more weekend L trains

By Alison Bowen

Riders on the L train may not have to battle — as much — for elbow room next year.

State senator Daniel Squadron announced yesterday that the MTA will improve service on the crowded line. The MTA will add one more train on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. beginning in December, according to the transit authority.

The MTA also promised to begin adding more L trains on the weekends starting in mid-2012, probably sometime next summer.

“Improving weekend L service is a step toward a subway system that keeps up with its riders,” said Squadron, who did a study of the line.

October 7, 2011
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Our Town Downtown: The Prevalence - and Frustrations - of Ponding

While water collecting on the streets and curbs of an urban thoroughfare after a rainfall might seem like a minor issue to most, this type of water accumulation, or “ponding,” has reached a serious level in Chinatown. A report compiled by State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s office released last week identified 93 unique ponds that weren’t fully drained within 48 hours of a rainfall in the neighborhood. One-block stretches of five streets in particular—Bayard, Mulberry, Mott, Baxter and Elizabeth Streets, all in the heart of Chinatown—accounted for roughly half of all instances, 47 of the 93 ponds.

October 7, 2011
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Daily News: MTA finally moving from derelict headquarters in Brooklyn, promise to sell or rent building

By Erin Durkin

The MTA has finally moved to get rid of its derelict former headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.

The agency announced plans this week to sell off or rent the hulking, mostly vacant building at 370 Jay St. - after years of complaints from local officials that it's an eyesore.

"It's a game-changer for downtown Brooklyn," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn), who has urged the MTA to do something with the 14-story structure atop the Jay St. subway station which he said has been a "blight" on the neighborhood for too long.

October 7, 2011
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Downtown Express: Stopping puddles before they become ponds

By Aline Reynolds

This year’s heavy rains have led to considerable flooding throughout the Tri-state area and have exacerbated the longstanding problem of “ponding” in Chinatown. The rains also caused State Senator Daniel Squadron to commission a report identifying close to 100 Chinatown “ponds,” or standing bodies of storm-water run-off, that hadn’t drained within 48 hours of the initial rainfall.

Squadron’s team conducted a survey this summer after receiving numerous complaints from community members about the dirty, road-damaging puddles. Water accumulation leads to cracks, potholes and depressions in the streets’ concrete and asphalt that can spread throughout blocks if left unattended, according to the Senator’s report.“The point is real and serious: ponding is the beginning of serious road conditions,” said Squadron at a Sept. 23 press conference at Columbus Park. “In and of itself, it’s a hazard and a blight to the community, and we should do something about it.”

October 7, 2011
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Redistricting raises bias concerns

Albany Times Union wrote about how the Senate GOP is continuing to try to use gerrymandering for their own political advantage. Gerrymandering only serves the GOP's partisan agenda and does not allow voters to be fairly represented.

ALBANY -- When LATFOR, the legislative panel charged with the controversial redistricting process, held its latest hearing Wednesday on Long Island, several witnesses drew attention to the area around Brentwood, which in contrast to wealthier communities in Suffolk County is denser and has a higher proportion of black and Latino residents.

The area is split among four Senate districts -- all occupied by Republicans.

October 6, 2011
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Pols Call for Total Ban on Tourist Helicopters from Manhattan Air Corridors

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Gale Brewer – longtime advocates for safety in New York’s local airspace – asserted the need for a complete ban on all tourist helicopters from Manhattan’s dangerous air corridors, including the city’s rivers and harbors. After yesterday’s tragedy involving a private sightseeing helicopter, which follows years of other preventable accidents and tragedies, the elected officials demanded an immediate overhaul of the city’s failed helicopter policy.  For years, advocates and officials have worked to abate the serious and detrimental effects helicopters pose to the quality of life for New York residents, businesses, and visitors.

October 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Announces Athletic, Health and Fitness Clinic on October 15

Senator Jack M. Martins announced today that he will be hosting his 1st annual “Athletic, Health and Fitness Clinic” at Elmont’s Valencia Gym on Saturday, October 15. The clinic runs from 10am until 4pm and will service people of all ages for free. The program is another community outreach initiative by Senator Martins promoting quality of life issues and health lifestyle choices.

“The clinic is going to have countless classes aimed for high school students, college age, seniors and everyone in between,” said Senator Martins adding, “dietary choices, fitness, healthy lifestyles and workout sessions will be offered. There will also be special athletic boot camps, bodybuilding, fitness training for all ages and much more.”

October 4, 2011
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