Issues: Constituents Corner

Carroll Gardens Patch: Hamilton Pedestrian Bridge Closure Prompts Call for Increased Safety

By Georgia Kral

Earlier this summer, the State Department of Transportation closed the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which links Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, for repairs. The DOT alerted residents, elected officials and community leaders only days before the closure.

According to Craig Hammerman, District Manager of Community Board 6, the short notice was only one aggravating aspect of the way the state handled the bridge closing. Hammerman said the community had long offered solutions to problems with the pedestrian bridge, and had received little if any response.

“We were completely caught off guard by this sudden news from your department,” he wrote in a letter to State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “It is frustrating to think that the State of New York will be investing hundreds of thousands if not millions of scarce tax-payer dollars into a band-aid approach to improve the condition of this pedestrian bridge, while associated problems that have vexed this community for too long continue to go unaddressed.”

Issues include safety, the bridge has long been considered a "convenient way for perpetrators while in the commission of crimes to evade capture, according to Hammerman, and basic maintenance.

Hammerman’s letter, along with feedback from the community, prompted State Senator Daniel Squadron to host a meeting with the interested parties, from the DOT to community leaders including Maria Pagano of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association.

At the meeting, the DOT agreed to work with the community on making sure people who use the bridge on a daily basis, including school children who attend the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the Brooklyn New School on Henry Street, are aware of safe detours.

"The Hamilton Ave Bridge construction raised legitimate concerns about safety -- for the community at large and for students as they travel to and from school," said Squadron.

A flyer is being created by the DOT that will be distributed to the local schools.

September 1, 2011
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The Advocate: Gillibrand's Blunt Response on GOP's Plans: "They Will Fail"

By Lucas Grindley

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows how which applause line works with an LGBT audience. 

During a forum on LGBT rights in New York, a member of the audience asked about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's desire to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" and amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

“I heard she wants to turn the clock back, bring back 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'” a voice can be heard asking in video of the event. “There’s a push among the Republican Party to have a national act against marriage equity. Is it a possibility?”

“No, they will fail,” was the U.S. senator's brusque response. Then Gillibrand gathered her papers in a stack and tapped them on the podium as if ending a newscast as the audience cheered loudly.

“What a great answer,” the moderator, state senator Daniel Squadron, can be heard saying over a microphone.

The forum was held on Tuesday and was titled “After 'I Do': What's News for LGBT New Yorkers?” Watch complete video of the event below, with Gillibrand taking the podium about 28 minutes into the first recording.

September 1, 2011
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Daily Kos: Senator Gillibrand: “They Will Fail.”

New York's Junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, made an appearance at an LGBT symposium held in New York City on the future of marriage equality in New York State (video and summary here). An attendee asked her about the right-wing's attempts to walk back LGBT progress made of late. Specifically mentioned was Representative and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's promise to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a signature achievement for Gillibrand in her first term in the Senate.

The Senator's answer left no ambiguity on her perspective. It was concise, resolute, and the picture of "no nonsense." It was a mere four words in it's entirety:

“No. They will fail.”

As the applause and laughter dies down, my own state Senator, Daniel Squadron, himself a great ally on LGBT rights and host of the evening, said, "Let that be a lesson to us all on brevity and effectiveness."

September 1, 2011
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Associated Press: New board to oversee creation of WTC arts center

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.

"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.

September 1, 2011
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Martins Greets Miss Teen Long Island at Franklin Square Baseball Tournament

State Senator Jack Martins welcomed and congratulated Miss Teen Long Island Sabrina Mastrangelo at the Franklin Square-Elmont PAL Baseball All Star Tournament at Rath Park this past week. Martins, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla greeted the pageant winner at the beginning of the tournament that featured outstanding baseball players associated with the Nassau County Police Athletic League. For Martins, meeting Mastrangelo was a special honor as the teen won the pageant by basing her candidacy on an issue that the Senator has been championing since his election - cyberbullying. Mastrangelo got involved in the cause after seeing a cruel post online about one of her older classmates.

September 1, 2011
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Gay City News: Squadron forum tackles post-marriage gay agenda

By Duncan Osborne

At the close of a town hall meeting on the political future of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the wake of same-sex marriage’s enactment in New York, Ross Levi, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the statewide gay lobby, threw cold water on any impulse to declare victory and shut down the movement.

“We can’t pop the champagne and say, ‘We’re done,’” Levi told the crowd of roughly 100 who turned out for the August 16 forum “After ‘I Do’: What’s Next for LGBT New Yorkers?” at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Levi was one of four speakers on a panel moderated by State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Democrat who represents much of Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The forum was sponsored by Squadron and endorsed by roughly 20 state and federal elected officials from New York.

September 1, 2011
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Patch: Resource Page For LGBT Couples Launched

Newly married and looking for info on tax issues, travel and finances? Well then, one Brooklyn lawmaker has the website for you.

By McCarton Ackerman 

If you missed state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s symposium on Tuesday on the remaining challenges for married LGBT New Yorkers, you’re in luck.

Squadron, D-Brooklyn, has launched a resource page for LGBT couples that addresses issues including social security, health benefits, tax returns, and interstate travel and relocation.

“New York took a historic step forward with marriage equality, but LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after saying, ‘I do,’" said Squadron in a statement. “LGBT couples must have the right tools in hand as they plan for their futures. And there are ongoing challenges to equality, dignity and recognition for all New Yorkers, including for transgender individuals and couples.” 

September 1, 2011
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NY1's Inside City Hall: Elected Leaders Discuss The Challenges Caused By Hurricane Irene

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 the video on NY1.com.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver, Council Member Chin, NYCHA Chairman Rhea Honor Housing Development for Successful Evacuation

Smith Houses TA President Partnered with NYCHA, Electeds, Volunteers to Evacuate Nearly 90 Percent of Residents Ahead of Storm 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Council Member Margaret Chin joined New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez to honor Alfred E. Smith Houses Tenant Association President Aixa Torres, staff, and local volunteers for their work evacuating nearly 90 percent of the development’s residents ahead of Hurricane Irene -- estimated shortly after the storm to have been the most successful in the city.

August 31, 2011
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September 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator Krueger's Free Events List: September 2011

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 26:

September 2011

Courtesy of State Senator Liz Krueger

 

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

 

Thursday 9/1/11

 

7:30 AM Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace, 6th Avenue & 42nd Street, 212-768-4242

Exercise: Tai Chi

 

12:00 PM Central Park The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues 212-860-1370

Walking Tour: Manhattan Adirondacks Tour

 

File: 
Sen Krueger's Free Events List: Sept 2011

August 30, 2011
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Press Conference: Senator Montgomery to Announce Launch of EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE In Brooklyn

An announcement of the Early College High School Initiative will be made on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (located on Flatbush Avenue Between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).  

September 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Long Island Shows Its Resolve

We’ve had hail the size of baseballs, an earthquake, and now Hurricane Irene. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. Metaphors aside, each incident serves as an intense reminder that preparation is always the best prevention. Along those lines, we’ve heard debate for a number of years as to whether Long Island is prepared for a hurricane. I think this past weekend we demonstrated that we are.

August 30, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Provides Advice to New Yorkers Regarding Hurrican Property Lossess & Insurance Claims - Disaster Hotline Begins Operating Today

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, who oversees the State Insurance Department, said, "We will do everything we can to help people who suffered damage from the storm recover and get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. The purpose of insurance is to help people rebuild and we will be working to see that process does as smoothly as possible."

August 29, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Urges Citizens to Prepare for Hurricane Irene


Asks New Yorkers to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety during heavy storms
 
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is encouraging all citizens to take the appropriate precautionary steps to protect their safety, as well as their families and homes.
 
Senator Oppenheimer advises that, “ Extreme storms present safety risks that can be reduced by taking simple steps to prepare for some of the storm impacts. It is better to anticipate power outages, strong winds, and flooding in advance. I urge everyone to take steps now.”
 

August 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Gloria Ciolli of Roslyn for Establishing Exemplary Business Model

State Senator Jack M. Martins presented an official Senate Resolution recognizing the achievements of Gloria Ciolli of Roslyn for establishing an exemplary business.

Gloria was recently the recipient of the Sally Ann Slacke Memorial Award/Linda Jasper Memorial Award for developing an effective plan to help spark business growth within her company, Mediation & Collaborative Action Group, which she runs with Rita Medaglio-Barrera of Hauppauge.

Mediation & Collaborative Action Group specializes in effectively addressing and resolving family and business conflicts without threat of litigation through methods of mediation and collaboration.

Gloria is a licensed social worker and conflict specialist.

August 25, 2011
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Senator Krueger Address Crowd & Those Testifying at Hydrofracking Hearing

Senator Krueger address the audience and those giving testimony at the hearing, Getting the Facts on Fracking.

August 24, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin Call on DOT to Improve Safety on Delancey Street

New York, NY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Member Margaret Chin called on the Department of Transportation to address the serious safety concerns on the Delancey Street corridor. 

In a letter to DOT (also below), Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin highlighted the fatal accident on Delancey and Chrystie Streets last week as the latest reminder of the need to immediately improve safety conditions on the thoroughfare.

Senator Squadron said, “Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more safety improvements now. Last year’s Department of Transportation improvements were a welcome step – but Delancey remains one of the most dangerous streets in this city.  I will continue to work with the community, DOT, NYPD, and my colleagues in government to make these dangerous intersections -- and all of our streets -- safe for bikers, pedestrians and all types of users”

August 24, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger Urging the Army Corps to Deny Permit For Proposed Marine Transfer Station on East 91st St

For Immediate Release | August 20, 2011

"From the inception, I have expressed serious concern regarding the plan to build a marine transfer station on East 91st St. This proposed location must finally be taken off the table, and I hope that the Army Corps of Engineers will help us do just that by denying the permit needed to expand the dock on which the station must be built.

"My long-standing opposition to a marine transfer station at East 91st Street is based on many factors. Individually, any number of the problems with this location provide enough reason to kill this proposal, but collectively they make this decision a no-brainer.

August 24, 2011
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