Issues: Constituents Corner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Squadron: MTA Agrees to Improve L Train Weekend Service

MTA Heeds Squadron’s Call to Review L Line and Improve Weekend Service

MTA Plans to Add Additional Trains By Mid-2012

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA has heeded his call and plans to improve weekend service on the L train.  Riders can expect to see more frequent trains beginning in mid-2012.

In July, Senator Squadron requested a review of the L line and of weekend F and L train service, similar to the 2009 F train review the MTA undertook at his request. The 2009 review was the first of its kind, resulting in more on-time trains and newer, cleaner subways.

October 3, 2011

Senator Martins Joins With Village of Floral Park in Remembering 9/11

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Village of Floral Park on Saturday, October 1 to pay tribute to the Floral Park residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The ceremony marked an historic moment in the Village of Floral since a monument was unveiled, featuring a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The monument is located in front of Floral Park Village Hall.

The September 11th Families Association began taking requests from organizations interested in obtaining steel artifacts from the World Trade Center. Floral Park Firefighters Eric O’Connor and Mike Saville submitted a letter requesting an artifact. The Floral Park Fire Department was later notified that the village had been awarded a beam.

October 3, 2011
September 29, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Click here to read more.

September 27, 2011

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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