Issues: New York City

SPEAKER SILVER, SENATOR SQUADRON CELEBRATE NEW LAW PUSHING LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY

NEW YORK – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated a new law that will require the city to consider closing schools on Lunar New Year. The legislation (A.7756 Kim/Silver/S.6688 Golden/Squadron) was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Cuomo.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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SIMON, SQUADRON, STRINGER ANNOUNCE BILL FOR GREATER COMMUNITY VOICE AND THOROUGH HEALTH CARE ASSESSMENT IN PROPOSED HOSPITAL CLOSURES

Would Require Improved State Process in Wake of LICH Closure

Simon-Squadron Bill Based on Longstanding Stringer Proposal

BROOKLYN – Today, elected officials, patients, community members, and healthcare workers  announced the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act, which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospitals are threatened.

December 16, 2014
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SQUADRON, DOT COMMISSIONER TROTTENBERG, ELECTED OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR DELANCEY AND PITT

Squadron: Changes Spurred by Constituent and Community, with Support from CB3 and 7th Precinct

Safety Measures Include New Pedestrian Island, Stop Signs, Crosswalks, And High-Visibility Markings

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senator Squadron and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Councilmember Margaret Chin, CB3 Transportation and Public Safety Chair Karen Blatt, the 7th Precinct, and members of the Lower East Side community announced the completion of pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt Streets.

December 12, 2014
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SQUADRON, AT NYU, URGES STATE TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL, NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PROGRAM

"Universal" Nurse-Family Partnership Would be Offered to All Eligible Low-Income Moms; Make NYS National Leader

NEW YORK— Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, together with NYU’s College of Nursing and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, called on New York State to implement universal Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), a nationally-proven, evidence-based program that links first-time low-income mothers with a nurse home visitor from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. Squadron bolstered his case with a panel of experts who discussed the merits of both expanding NFP, which has nearly 40 years of evidence behind it, as well as funding NFP, in part, with “Pay for Success” programs. 

December 2, 2014
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BP ADAMS, STATE SENATOR SQUADRON, & ASSEMBLYMEMBER LENTOL TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES OF TRESPASSING HIGH-PROFILE STRUCTURES

State Legislation Would Increase Penalties for Trespassing on Bridges, Tunnels, Other Critical Infrastructure

BROOKLYN – In response to the third trespassing incident on the Brooklyn Bridge in four months, today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Joseph Lentol announced state legislation that would raise the penalties for trespassing on critical infrastructure. This comes two days following the third security breach of the Brooklyn Bridge since July, this time by a 23-year-old French tourist. This legislation would fill a gap in current state law, as well as complement a proposal introduced earlier this year by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer that would make it a federal crime to trespass on critical infrastructure with the intent to commit a crime.

November 18, 2014
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Elected Officials Announce MTA Response to Bus Concerns in West Village

Electeds: Agency Agrees To Assess M5 & M21 To Improve Service

Agency Responding To Summer Town Hall And Local Push

MANHATTAN – State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, State Senator Hoylman, Assemblymember Glick, and Councilmembers Johnson and Chin today announced the MTA’s response to concerns raised at a Town Hall on Buses, Subways, and Transit held this summer. The MTA agreed to assess and improve the M5 and the M21 which are particularly important to residents in Greenwich Village and SoHo. The elected officials sent a letter to New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco, attached, thanking him for the MTA’s participation in the Town Hall and commitment to assessing the lines for improved service.

October 31, 2014
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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 4, 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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