Issues: Constituents Corner

NY Daily News: Tenants' association president shows moxie, helps evacuate East Side complex in face of storm

By Juan Gonzalez

As Hurricane Irene was storming up the coast toward New York on Thursday night, Aixa Torres, 59, of the Smith Houses on the lower East Side, got a shocking phone call from a housing authority manager in Manhattan.

"Aixa, we're going to have to evacuate everybody in your buildings," the manager told her.

This was hours before Mayor Bloomberg had issued an evacuation order.

The manager was alerting Torres because she is president of the Smith Houses tenants association and the agency needed her help.

More than 4,300 residents live in Smith Houses, a complex of 12 high-rise buildings along the East River.

Having lived in that project since she was 6, Torres knows most residents by name.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Storm spares Downtown; volunteer spirit emerges

Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Margaret Chin and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver went door-to-door to shelters and residents’ homes, alerting them of the evacuation order, encouraging them to leave and arranging transportation for them. Downtown Alliance rerouted its Downtown Connection buses to shuttle people to and from the schools. Other residents stayed in hotels...

Improvements need to be made, Sen. Squadron echoed, so that evacuations are more streamlined in the event of another emergency — particularly in overcoming language and transportation barriers.

“The mayor and local volunteers who took a leadership role deserve great credit for being repsonsive and aggressive in the hours leading up to the storm,” said Squadron. “But we also saw the plan has weaknesses that must be addressed in case we ever have an issue like this again.”

September 27, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Free Events List for October 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

October 2011

Please note: This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events.

 

Saturday 10/1/11

9:00 AM Central Park, North Meadow Recreation Center (mid-Park at 97th St.) 212-348-4867

Fitness: Health and Race Walking

10:00 AM- 5:00 PM Carl Schurz Park, East End Ave & 86th Street, 212-459-4455

Arts: 39th Annual Gracie Square Art Show

11:00 AM Central Park, Vanderbilt Gate (105th Street and Fifth Avenue, 212-860-1370

Tour: Conservatory Garden Tour

11:00 AM Health Advocates for Older Adults, 404 East 87th St, 212-980-1700

Exercise: Chair Yoga

September 27, 2011
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NY1 Inside City Hall: Elected Leaders Discuss The Challenges Caused By Hurricane Irene

NY1 VIDEO: State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and Congressman Michael Grimm, whose district includes part of Brooklyn and all of Staten Island, talked with Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis about how residents in their areas dealt with the storm.

Click here to watch video.

September 27, 2011
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Capital: What All The Fuss Over Brooklyn Bridge Park Is Actually About

By Nancy Scola

Earlier this month, the mayor agreed to a deal with two state legislators that is supposed to resolve one of the most contentious issues surrounding the long-awaited, painstakingly planned Brooklyn Bridge Park: The development of luxury condos inside the park, which the mayor wants in order to guarantee a source of recurring revenue to pay for the park’s maintenance in the future, and which the two lawmakers (and a vocal coalition of park activists) oppose.

September 27, 2011
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CNN: Evacuation time running out in mid-Atlantic states, New England

State Sen. Daniel Squadron said that while the "city has been aggressive and responsive last night and today," he was concerned that several thousand of the residents may have to ride the storm out. The ordered shutdown of elevators in the buildings, which are up to 10 to 13 floors tall, was making the evacuation more difficult.

September 27, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Elected Officials Discuss Forsyth Vendor Concerns with City

By Ed Litvak

A follow-up on the continuing tensions between the Forsyth Street produce vendors and the NYPD. Last month, the vendors and the Urban Justice Center staged a protest under the Manhattan Bridge, complaining that the police and other city agencies were going on a ticket-writing frenzy in an effort to scare them away.

Yesterday, representatives of many of those agencies, as well as State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and staff from the offices of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Borough President Scott Stringer got together to discuss the situation.

September 27, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Biaystoker Nursing Home Controversy: Elected Officials Appeal to State Health Commissioner

By Ed Litvak

New information this afternoon concerning the closure of the Bialystoker Nursing Home on East Broadway.  First, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Senator Daniel Squadron have sent a letter to the state health commissioner.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: D.O.T. tour bus plan set for 9/11 Memorial opening

“The question to monitor is whether we’ve gone far enough,” echoed State Senator Daniel Squadron, a strong advocate for minimizing the number of tour buses that frequent Lower Manhattan.

Squadron is pushing for other transportation measures to be implemented, such as a dispatch system that would inform bus companies of area parking availability ahead of time, so that bus drivers would be ensured a spot before coming into the neighborhood. The Senator would also like to see a “satellite” parking system in place that would direct the buses to Harrison, New Jersey and other dedicated parking spaces outside of Lower Manhattan after dropping off passengers at the memorial. The hope, he said, is that out-of-towners would patronize Downtown businesses and visit other attractions in the area besides the memorial before heading home.

September 27, 2011
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New York Times The Local East Village Blog: Squadron and Chin Decry Danger On Delancey

By Stephen Rex Brown

State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin urged the Department of Transportation to improve safety on Delancey Street today in the wake of last week’s deadly accident that killed a 52-year-old cyclist. As the Lo-Down reports, the thoroughfare had a reputation for danger prior to the most recent tragedy. Earlier this month, The Local reported that a significant number of the city’s dangerous intersections are on the Lower East Side — of those, most are on Delancey Street.

September 27, 2011
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Gothamist: State, City Pols Urge DOT To Improve Safety Along Delancey Street

By Christopher Robbins

In the wake of last week's fatal cycling accident on Delancey Street, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Council member Margaret Chin released a statement today urging the the DOT to address the safety nightmare for pedestrians and cyclists that Delancey has become. "Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more pedestrian safety improvements now," Squadron says. Noting that the perilous conditions on Delancey cannot remain so, Chin calls the number of accidents along the thoroughfare "unacceptable."

September 27, 2011
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DNAinfo: Delancey Street Deaths Spur Call for Pedestrian Safety Measures

By Patrick Hedlund

LOWER EAST SIDE — A pair of Lower East Side politicians urged the city to make immediate safety improvements along Delancey Street following a spate of deadly crashes on the high-traffic strip.

Their call to action comes after a cyclist was struck and killed on the busy thoroughfare, near Chrystie Street, last week. It was the second car-related death on the stretch in the past few months.

State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Margaret Chin wrote a joint letter to the Department of Transportation asking the agency to expedite safety improvements, including installing pedestrian countdown clocks along the length of Delancey Street.

September 27, 2011
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Senator Squadron Releases Report: 'Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown"

72% of Respondents in Chinatown Say Ponding Negatively Impacts Their Experience; Two Out of Five Less Likely to Visit Because of Ponding

Squadron Calls for Community-Agency Collaboration to Prioritize Repairs, New 311 Protocol to Ensure Reporting

CHINATOWN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community leaders and elected officials to release a new report on road-curb ponding and its detrimental effect on Chinatown’s quality of life and local economy.

Complaints about ponding – water that accumulates along the side of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – have been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. This summer, Senator Squadron's office documented the frequency and location of ponding in the neighborhood and surveyed hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors on its impact.  

September 23, 2011
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Redistricting Advocate Discussion The Best Way To Redraw State Lines

Senator Gianaris was on NY1 with Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis and executive director of Common Cause New York, Susan Lerner, to discuss redistricting and the need for an independent redistricting commission.

See the full video interview here.

September 22, 2011
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Residents Make Last Stand at Final Public Forum on East River Greenway

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — The final public forum to debate the proposed East River Greenway project drew a hefty crowd of more than 300 people on Tuesday night with residents still divided over the best fate for the project.

Most of those present testified in favor of the deal, which could bring to life a project that has been decades in the making: filling in the gaping hole in the East River esplanade from East 38th to 60th streets.

September 21, 2011
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Monthly Column: Unemployment surcharge hurts future job growth

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

Last Friday, the Buffalo News reported that the Buffalo-Niagara region gained 5,500 private-sector jobs over the past twelve months. 

In July, M&T Bank announced an investment of $51.2 million over five years in a data center in Amherst, along with the creation of 124 jobs.

A few weeks ago, UnitedHealth Group announced it will hire 75 more workers, after creating 125 positions earlier this year, at its facility in Tonawanda.

September 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Friends of Port Rowing

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Mansion Village Club of Sands Point on Sunday to support the Friends of Port Rowing for the launch of the fall season. Friend of Port Rowing was established in 2010 in Port Washington to support rowing in the surrounding waters.

Friends of Port Rowing supports the sport of rowing through teamwork and competitive spirit. With 125 members who are in seventh to 12th grade, Port Rowing has certainly found its niche in the community by giving those who are interested in the sport an opportunity to continue to participate in it.

September 20, 2011
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Senator Krueger Encourages You to Get Involved in Redistricting Process

The State’s Task Force charged with developing a redistricting plan for the State’s Congressional, Senate and Assembly district lines will be holding a hearing in Manhattan this Wednesday, the 21st.

Senator Krueger encourages you to attend this meeting and submit a comment. Involvement is needed to best ensure our democratic process is not tainted by politically-driven gerrymandering.

Click HERE for information on this week’s hearing and how to submit testimony.

September 19, 2011
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