Issues: Constituents Corner

Community Leader Spotlight: Art Robinson, Seneca-Babcock Block Club President

“Don’t ever give up on your neighborhood.”

The word community is defined as a group of people who live in the same area.

Art Robinson believes a community is much more than just an area where you live. For Art, a community is a sense of belonging, a place to be proud of.

Art is the president of the Seneca-Babcock Block Club. He has demonstrated great leadership within the Seneca-Babcock community.

 Taking the reins

Stepping up as the president of the block club 11 years ago, Art believes, “To make a better community, people need to get involved.” Although he felt “drafted” as the block club president, Art said, “I’m glad I did this.”

July 25, 2011
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Athletic Tournament Honors Firefighter

From Newsday

By Aisha Al-Muslim

Aspiring young athletes gave it their all on the court as they shed sweat and tears during a sports tournament Saturday in Elmont dedicated to a late New York City firefighter from the community.

Students from fifth grade through college from Elmont and surrounding communities showed off their athletic skills during the eighth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Dutch Broadway School.

"I call this the largest family reunion of generations of Elmont," said Scott Cushing, tournament committee chairman.

July 19, 2011
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Elmont Shines Again During 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Dutch Broadway School

It was 7 a.m. Saturday at Dutch Broadway School, where over 200 volunteers were putting up banners, assembling tents, setting up hoops and putting the finishing touches on the 2011 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Months of preparation, that began this past February, were being executed by high school and college students with precision and efficiency that local civic leaders marveled at. “This is what Elmont is all about,” said Tournament Sponsor, Senator Jack M. Martins.

July 19, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

July 15, 2011
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Video: Senator Squadron on Fox 5's Good Day New York

Calls To Review Service On F, L Subway Lines: MyFoxNY.com

MYFOXNY.COM - New York State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to review the 'L' and 'F' subway lines -- particularly the increasing problem of overcrowding on the weekends.

Among the reasons for more ridership on the lines includes increased night life in the Williamsburg and Lower East Side neighborhoods as well as flea markets in Brooklyn which are popular on the weekends.

"The MTA is under enormous budget pressures. All I am asking is for a review of weekend subway service. A couple of years ago they did it on the F line. It was great. It was transparent. I'd like to see that here now," Squadron told Good Day New York.

July 13, 2011
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CBS New York: Sen. Squadron Calls For Review Of L And F Subway Line Weekend Service

Following the release of the Times report, State Sen. Daniel Squadron called for a review of weekend service on the F and L lines.

“Today’s report underscores the fact that weekend subway service is simply not keeping up with New York,” said Squadron.

In a letter to New York City Transit President John Prendergast, Squadron requested a full review of the L line’s performance. Squadron wrote a similar letter in 2009 which prompted the MTA to review weekday service on the F train.

Squadron told 1010 WINS, ridership along the L line has increased drastically because of new development projects in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that have brought residents and travelers.

“These neighborhoods are only getting more popular, more people moving in, more reasons to visit them,” Squadron said. “The MTA should be ahead of the curve on addressing this change in ridership instead of falling further behind.”

July 13, 2011
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am New York: More trains needed on F, L lines on weekends, pol says

A Manhattan pol is pushing the MTA to step up service on the L and F lines, especially on weekends.

State Senator Daniel Squadron wants a review of the lines following a report in The New York Times that pointed out that the number of straphangers on weekends has boomed, resulting in long waits and crammed subway cars.

“I’m a big believer in the city that never sleeps,” Squadron (D-Manhattan) told amNewYork. “You can’t have a subway system that’s tied to the 9-5 clock.”

July 13, 2011
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NY Post: MTA has app-etite for new nerd ideas

By Jennifer Fermino

The subway map just doesn't cut it anymore.

Navigating the Big Apple is getting the high-tech treatment, with the MTA calling on geeks to make sense of the city's subways and buses.

Agency officials yesterday -- admitting they're not too tech-savvy -- said they want an untapped corps of armchair techies to create new smartphone apps for their often-confused 8.5 million daily riders.

To get their keyboards fired up, the MTA released a trove of data to help entrants come up with new ideas -- and will offer $15,000 in prizes to creators of the most useful programs.

That info includes previously unreleased diagrams of stations -- so it will be easier to find station agent booths at deserted G-train stops.

July 13, 2011
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DNAinfo: Squadron Calls For Review of F and L Subway Service

By Patrick Hedlund

LOWER EAST SIDE — Where the "F" is the train?

A Lower East Side politician is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to conduct a review of the F and L train lines following reports of sluggish subway service on the weekends.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron has requested a full review of the L line's performance after a New York Times report found that weekend ridership is at historic highs along some lines, despite the slower trains and skipped stops that accompany subway maintenance work on Saturdays and Sundays.

July 13, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Squadron Asks MTA to Study Weekend F Train Service

By Ed Litvak

State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to study passenger needs on the F and L trains, with an eye towards improving weekend service. As the New York Times noted in a story published yesterday, some nightlife-centric neighborhoods have seen a huge increase in weekend ridership, but schedules have not kept pace.

In a letter dated July 1 to MTA President Thomas Prendergast, Squadron asked for a review of both the F on the Lower East Side and the L in Williamsburg. The letter reads, in part:

July 13, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Squadron Calls for Review of L Line, Weekend Subway Service

New Report Underscores Need to Improve F and L Trains to Meet Growing Demand

Squadron: 2009 F Train Review Provides Basis to Address Weekend and L Train Service

July 11, 2011
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Elmont Basketball Tournament Set For Saturday

Final preparations for the annual 3-on-3 Basketball tournament being held at Elmont’s Dutch Broadway School on Saturday, July 16th have kicked into high gear. The site of the tourney is Dutch Broadway School which is located at 1880 Dutch Broadway, Elmont. The raindate for the tournament is Sunday, July 17th. Tournament organizers are very excited over community support and the response of teams entering into the contests. The tournament is played in memory of David Dangerfield a fallen NYC firefighter whose work within the community in sports and education was widely respected.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About Basketball Tournament

Senator Martins spoke about the basketball tournament in Elmont on July 16.

July 11, 2011
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FAMILY SAFETY DAY

Brooklyn Families Safety is Top Priority
Senator Parker helps Central Brooklyn Families Stay Safe
 
Brooklyn, NY-   Join Senator Parker on Family Safety Day, the

July 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Squadron Announces July Mobile District Offices

This month, Senator Squadron will host five Mobile District Offices around the 25th District to bring constituent services to Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn residents and address questions, comments and concerns.

July 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Tenants of 1111 Marcus Avenue for Generous Donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation

On June 1, George Mullen, General Manager, Winthrop Management of 1111 Marcus Avenue, presented a check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Metro New York for $15,000. The money was raised between April 26 and May 26 when 1111 Marcus Avenue participated in their first Jeans for Wishes campaign benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. Jeans for Wishes is a charitable campaign and fundraiser that invites companies, organizations and schools to join together and wear jeans to raise funds to help make wishes come true for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions living in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County. The tenants of 1111 Marcus Avenue who participated in the campaign helped make dreams come true for these children.

July 5, 2011
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DNA Info: 9/11 Memorial Tour Buses Parking Plan Draws Fire

By Julie Shapiro

LOWER MANHATTAN — The city's plan to charge parking fees to limit an expected influx of 9/11 memorial tour buses is drawing criticism from residents who say it is too lenient and tour guides who say it is too expensive.

June 30, 2011
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