Issues: New York City

SQUADRON CALLS FOR ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS TO SEVEN INTERSECTIONS IN CHINATOWN

Squadron's Letter to DOT Asks for Improvements to Pedestrian Ramps and Crosswalk Markings, Removal of Obstructions

Over 90 Intersections Surveyed to Assess Needs

MANHATTAN – State Senator Daniel Squadron today sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation calling for repairs at several intersections, which were identified based on a survey of over 90 intersections carried out by Senator Squadron’s office over the summer. The repairs requested will improve accessibility for the elderly and the disabled. The full letter, which also requests a status update and a timetable for repairs, is below.

October 17, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON CONDITIONS AT RIKERS ISLAND

Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Emblematic of Extensive Problems at Nation’s Largest Jail

NEW YORK—Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony at the City Council’s hearing on adolescent treatment at Rikers Island, convened by Fire and Criminal Justice Services Chair Elizabeth Crowley. Conditions at Rikers have been the subject of numerous reports recently, including an October 6 article in the New Yorker that profiled the case of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Rikers. Squadron’s testimony is below.

October 8, 2014
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SQUADRON: MAYOR’S COMMUNITY PARKS INITIATIVE ADDRESSES MOST GLARING INEQUITIES IN PARKS AROUND NYC

Senator Highlights the Impact of Having all Stakeholders Invested in Parks Equity

NEW YORK—Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at Bowne Playground in Flushing, Queens to announce the Mayor’s new Community Parks Initiative. Squadron said:

October 7, 2014
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SQUADRON SLAMS JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT JAILS INNOCENT NEW YORKERS FOR YEARS AT A TIME

Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Requires System Review and Broad Reform

Squadron: Jailing Innocent New Yorkers for Years is Unjust and Un-American

NEW YORK— In response to an October 6 article in the New Yorker, State Senator Daniel Squadron, ranker on the Senate Codes Committee, issued the following statement: 

"Kalief Browder was accused of stealing a backpack in May 2010. Browder asserted his innocence and refused to plea to a lesser charge. He was held in pre-trial detention at Rikers Island for three years before prosecutors ultimately moved to dismiss his case. Any system that jails the innocent for years at a time is both unjust and un-American. Kalief Browder spent three years locked up at Rikers because the system failed him. Broad reforms to the entire system are clearly necessary, and I intend to undertake a thorough review to identify changes that can address these crucial issues. The system must work better for everyone."

October 6, 2014
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SAFETY MEASURES AT TWO BUSY INTERSECTIONS

Implementation Comes After Requests By Senator Squadron And Community Groups

BROOKLYN – At the request of State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) is currently being implemented by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This follows the successful change of the three phase signal, earlier in the summer, at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets to benefit pedestrians. Requested by Senator Squadron, the Cobble Hill Association, and Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6, this signal is in the vicinity of several schools, including the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and the Brooklyn Preschool of Science.  

October 2, 2014
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RIDERS ALLIANCE, SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTED OFFICIALS RALLY TO KEEP FREE TRANSFER FOR G, J AND M TRAIN RIDERS

Free Transfer, Set to Expire Next Week, Could Make Commuting Cheaper and Faster for Thousands of Riders

 

BROOKLYN, NY—This morning, the grassroots organization Riders Alliance, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Senator Martin Dilan, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez rallied in front of the Broadway G train station to ask the MTA to make permanent a well-received free transfer between the G train at the Broadway station and the J and M trains at Lorimer.

 

August 27, 2014
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MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT OF INTERCITY BUS REGULATIONS

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer released the following statement regarding the enforcement of intercity bus regulations:

August 15, 2014
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SPEAKER SILVER AND SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF LAW TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING IN NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

Governor Cuomo Signs Law Requiring New York City School Construction Authority To Account for Population Growth in Planning New Schools

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that legislation they sponsored to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law requires the city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to collect population data and use this information in connection with the authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan (A.10108 / S.07873). It requires the SCA and the New York City schools chancellor to account for how future population growth might affect continued overcrowding.

August 11, 2014
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Senator Serrano Joins the 40th Precinct for National Night Out 2014

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined the 40th Precinct and the neighboring community at St. Mary's Park in honor of the 2014 National Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is an annual event created to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support and participation in anti-crime programs and to strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. 

August 5, 2014
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MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S INVESTIGATION INTO LANDLORD STEVE CROMAN

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin released the following statement regarding landlord Steve Croman:

August 1, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014
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ELECTEDS SHARE OPTIONS AS G-TRAIN SHUTDOWN BEGINS

Electeds: India Street Ferry Finally Back in Service; Check-in on Impacts in Ten Days

BROOKLYN -- The G-train shutdown, which begins tonight at 10:30pm, will leave Greenpointers and northern Brooklynites without a vital transportation lifeline for 5-weeks. These repairs will address Sandy-related damage to the subway tunnels between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City. Fortunately, through the advocacy of Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, Assemblymember Lentol, and Congresswoman Maloney, the MTA will provide the following accommodations, in addition to a free shuttle bus between the affected stations:

July 28, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON PIER 6 HOUSING LAWSUIT

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement on the Pier 6 housing lawsuit: 

July 18, 2014
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Children and seniors rally on the steps of City Hall in an attempt to save their Williamsburg community center

Developer Harry Einhorn paid $4.5 million to buy the building that houses the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, and offered a lease that they can't afford to pay.BY Marco Poggio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Children and seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to ask the city to buy their Williamsburg community center so they won’t be put out on the street.

July 16, 2014
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MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT OF INTERCITY BUS REGULATIONS IN CHINATOWN

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer released the following statement regarding the enforcement of intercity bus regulations in Chinatown:

July 14, 2014
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SQUADRON, LEVIN STATEMENT ON ONGOING CLOSURE OF INDIA STREET PIER

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilmember Steve Levin released the following statement regarding the ongoing closure of the India Street pier:

July 11, 2014
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Sanders Thanks NYC Council for $253,000 Rochdale Village NORC Funding Restoration

Late yesterday, the New York City Council adopted a $75 billion dollar city budget for fiscal year 2015. Included within the new budget is a $253,000 appropriation to fund the Rochdale Village Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).

Rochdale Village's NORC was scheduled to close next month after its application for a renewal of funding was declined by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) due to projected budget constraints.

Upon learning of the NORC’s impending discontinuation, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) immediately convened a meeting between him, his aides and DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado, to urge the program's funding be renewed.

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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State Senator Jeff Klein passes legislation to reduce New York City speed limit

ALBANY, NY – New York City's speed limit will lower to 25 miles per hour in an effort to prevent fatalities, thanks to legislation sponsored by state Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx / Westchester), passed the State Senate 58-2 on Thursday night.

June 20, 2014
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