Issues: Constituents Corner

O'Mara, Palmesano will hold community meeting in Wayland later today

Wayland, N.Y., Wednesday, September 28--New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today in Wayland (Steuben County) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Wayland Town Hall (110 North Main Street).

September 28, 2011
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CBS New York: Sen. Daniel Squadron Wants Crackdown On Chinatown Curbside Street Ponding

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - You’ve probably stepped in a curbside street pond, but didn’t know it had a name.

Either way, New York Sate Sen. Daniel Squadron wants the city to fix them in Chinatown.

“You have an area in the road that fills with water and that standing water stays and stays. It seeps down into road bed. It creates potholes. It creates worse road conditions. It stinks,” said Squadron on Friday.

Squadron says it’s a cost for residents, businesses and tourists.

September 27, 2011
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NY Post: Smelly Puddles Keeping People Away from Chinatown

By Colin Mixson, New York Post

Chinatown is drowning -- in stinky puddles of standing water.

Community leaders used yesterday’s torrential downpour to declare war on the dirty pools that accumulate and don’t drain.

They said they’re unsightly, unhealthy and make people less willing to eat and shop in Chinatown -- where the problem is more pronounced than elsewhere.

“It is a hazard and a blight on the community,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan).

He released the results of a survey conducted by his staff showing that two out of five people are less likely to visit the area because of the smelly water. It also found that 72 percent of 347 people surveyed said the pools leave them with a negative impression.

September 27, 2011
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WNYC: Standing Water in Chinatown Threatens Economy, Officials Claim

By Brian Zumhagen, WNYC

Standing water at curbsides is harming the quality of life and economy of Chinatown, community leaders claimed Friday.

State Senator Daniel Squadron released a study that says the neighborhood is particularly susceptible to "ponding" — when puddles fail to drain within 48 hours after rain. His office found nearly 100 such puddles during one of the driest Julys on record.

September 27, 2011
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DNAinfo: Chinatown's Stinky Street Puddles a Drain on Community, Pols Say

By Patrick Hedlund

CHINATOWN — Chinatown’s pervasive street puddles pose health and quality-of-life problems in the bustling neighborhood and need to be addressed more effectively by the city, a group of local officials said Friday.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron called on the Department of Transportation to fix the fetid pools, which don’t regularly drain, giving Chinatown a reputation for uncleanliness and driving away business, he said.

Squadron released a report Friday on the “ponding” problem — water pooling in the streets, near the curb — citing a whopping 93 separate puddles he found during the first two weeks of August throughout the neighborhood that didn’t drain a full two days after rainfall.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Gouverneur celebrated 126th anniversary

Gouverneur Healthcare Services celebrated its 126th anniversary and honored Healthfirst President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Wang, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association President Jack Eng and State Senator Daniel Squadron for “their public service and ability to develop innovative programs to meet constituent needs.” The 12th annual gala was held at Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown on Wed., Sept. 14.

“Healthfirst’s mission is to ensure the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction to the individuals and families in the communities we serve, and to do so in a way that respects their cultural origins and needs,” said Wang in a written statement. “It is my honor and privilege to be recognized by Gouverneur Healthcare Services, our essential and respected partner, at this annual gala.”

“It’s wonderful to celebrate Gouverneur’s 126 years of serving New York — and I’m honored to be recognized as we continue to work together to meet the needs of this community,” said Squadron.

September 27, 2011
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Village Voice: State Senator Daniel Squadron Joins Supporters of St. Mark's Bookshop

The beloved St. Mark's Bookshop, still in the throes of their rent battle with the Cooper Union, has found another high-profile advocate in State Senator Daniel Squadron. Squadron is the second public official, after Borough President Scott Stringer, to write to Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha in support of the store. Here's an excerpt from that letter:

I write to add my concern to that of other elected officials and members of the community who call upon Cooper Union, as landlord of St. Mark's Bookshop, to consider reducing the rent of the bookstore. In this difficult economy St. Mark's Bookshop is struggling to pay the rent that Cooper Union is currently charging, and a significant rent decrease would help preserve this indispensable neighborhood institution.

September 27, 2011
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PolitickerNY: Squadron Joins Fight to Save St. Mark’s Books

The fight to save 35-year old East Village institution St. Marks Bookshop has been getting a lot of attention recently, including a big write-up in the New York Times and a MoveOn.org petition that has 30,000 signatures.

And now Brooklyn/Manhattan State Senator Daniel Squadron is getting in on the act, sending a letter to Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharucha and calling on him to reduce the bookstore’s rent.

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September 27, 2011
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StreetsBlog: Lower East Side Electeds Come Together for Safer Delancey Street

Elected officials on the Lower East Side, however, aren’t standing for the deadly status quo [on Delancey Street]. On Monday, State Senator Daniel Squadron convened the first meeting of a new working group meant to improve safety in the area.

“For too long, Delancey has been the scene of far too many tragedies,” said Squadron in a statement. “Our working group is a much-needed step toward ending the cycle of danger. I’m confident that, together, we can find the short-term and long-term solutions to ensure a safe Delancey Street for all types of users.”

September 27, 2011
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The Villager: Working group working on safety solutions for dangerous Delancey

A group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates joined up in state Senator Daniel Squadron’s office to form the Delancey St. Safety Working Group in response to a number of accidents that, according to them, have made Delancey the “deadliest” street in New York.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Delightful opening for new Spruce St. School

“The school is just another reminder of how great Lower Manhattan is doing,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron, “and that we need to stay ahead as our community grows.”

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Planting trees of remembrance here and in D.C.

By John Bayles

The life of a tree tends to be longer than a human’s. Perhaps that is why ceremonial tree plantings are common when it comes to commemorating the lives lost.

On Monday, Community Board 1 hosted a tree-planting ceremony in Battery Park, where a pin oak tree was planted near Castle Clinton. It is the first of numerous trees that will line a bike path connecting the city’s west and east sides. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Councilmember Margaret Chin, NYS Sen. Daniel Squadron and C.B. l Chair Julie Menin all got their hands dirty as they put shovels in the ground.

September 27, 2011
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NY1: I Remember: State Senator Daniel Squadron Recalls 9/11 Attacks

NY1 VIDEO: As part of NY1's coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, State Senator Daniel Squadron discusses his memories of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Click here to watch video.

September 27, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Grants Go to Paul Taylor, Gulick Park, Allen Street

While the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., is winding down, it still has some money left to award.  Local elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and State senator Daniel Squadron, have urged the LMDC to use some of the money to refurbish Pier 42, at the end of Montgomery Street.  While the city has plans to build a park and recreational area on the pier, there’s no money budgeted for the project.

Today, Squadron praised the LMDC for awarding the community grants. But, in a statement, he added, he would continue to “fight for the redevelopment funds necessary to compete the East River Waterfront park, including the redevelopment of Pier 42.”

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Torres and Smith Houses honored for evacuation efforts

By Aline Reynolds

As Hurricane Irene approached the Tri-State area last weekend, Tenant Association members at Smith Houses diligently knocked on neighbors’ doors and advised them to leave.

As a result, T.A. President Aixa Torres and an approximately 50-member volunteer group managed to evacuate almost 90 percent of the public housing development’s 1,920 residents — cause for a special honorary ceremony held by local elected officials on Wed., Aug. 31.

The politicians granted the volunteers individual certificates for their good deeds and sang their praises.

“The fact that this wasn’t a tragedy at Smith Houses isn’t only because the weather had turned and it got lucky. This wasn’t a tragedy at Smith Houses because you did the work to ensure it wasn’t a tragedy,” said N.Y.S. Sen. Daniel Squadron. “Congratulations for a job done extraordinarily well.”

September 27, 2011
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NY1: Lower Manhattan Subway Stop Fully Reopened

After 10 years, the Cortlandt Street subway station fully reopened Tuesday and southbound service on the N and R lines in Lower Manhattan has launched again.

The station, which is located across the street from the World Trade Center, was closed for one year after the September 11th attacks and shut again in August 2005 as part of construction of the $1.4 billion Fulton Street Transit hub.

"This week the world's eyes are on Lower Manhattan. We are opening the station within 10 years of the anniversary of the event. We have taken an appropriate moment, nationally and internationally to remember that horrible day," said Manhattan-Brooklyn Senator Daniel Squadron.

September 27, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Clinton Street Safest Alternative to Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

By Georgia Kral

Crossing under the BQE across Hamilton Avenue on Clinton Street is the best way for school children and residents of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens to pass between the two neighborhoods.

The usual (safer) route, the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses over the highway, is closed for repairs. It will not re-open until at least the end of October. 

A recent meeting held by State Senator Daniel Squadron, and attended by community groups and representatives of the 76 Precinct and other elected officials, called on the State DOT to increase safety for residents and children who now have to cross the notoriously dangerous Hamilton Avenue.

September 27, 2011
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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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