Issues: New York City

BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

June 16, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

June 13, 2014
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Senator Sanders and Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report and Push for Local Minimum Wage Option

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) joined his fellow Senate Democratic Conference members at a press conference to announce the release of a detailed report describing the economic benefits New York State would receive from an increase to the minimum wage. Senator Sanders also called for the adoption of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 3, 2014
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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Bill Right Up Governor Cuomo’s Alley

This past weekend, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to support the passage of legislation that would raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $10.10 next year, and provide for annual increases that would be indexed to the rate of inflation.

This past January, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) introduced a bill (S6334) that would achieve those very aims, help to upgrade the standard of living for the state’s working poor, and spur economic growth in every county.

June 3, 2014
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Answers for New Yorkers Concerned or Confused About the Illegal Hotel Law

In recent months, Airbnb and an organization calling itself “Peers” have started a major PR and lobbying campaign to overturn New York’s laws governing short-term rentals. With these businesses and groups circulating misinformation to residents, their own users, and the media, it’s important that we all know what the law is, why it’s important, and what our rights are. Please read on to learn more!

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Q&A on the Illegal Hotel Law for Concerned New Yorkers - Updated May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014
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Senator Dilan's Remark on Local Control of Speed Limits

Support for granting localities the ability to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph has grown well beyond the five boroughs. On the same day Senator Dilan joined Families for Safe Streets to urge support for the City of New York to establish its own limits,  the Senate convened to take up a number of bills before the house, including a bill to allow the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, to set its own speed limits.

May 21, 2014
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SQUADRON STATEMENT ON FAST FOOD WORKERS AND CLERGY PRAY-IN FOR BETTER WAGES

ALBANY—Today, at the McDonald's restaurant in the Empire State Plaza, religious leaders and fast food workers held a pray-in to encourage legislators to increase New York State's minimum wage. Today’s action came as the push intensifies for a meaningful minimum wage that can provide families with increased economic security. Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the Fair Wage Act (S.6455/A.9386), which would require large employers and chain stores to pay employees $15 an hour, released the following statement:

May 20, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, ELECTEDS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.

 

May 16, 2014
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City Speed Limit Legislation Gains Momentum After Families, Advocates and City Officials Unite

Senator Dilan has amended his initial proposal to allow the City of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph, after the families of those lost to reckless driving, advocates and city officials agreed to stand behind a 25 mph proposal. A resolution in the City Council sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield, affirming city-wide support of the agreed upon 25 mph legislation and urging the State Legislature to act on the measure, was approved overwhelmingly.

May 15, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS ANNOUNCE MTA STEPS TO HELP G TRAIN RIDERS DURING SUMMER SHUTDOWN

MTA to Provide Free Transfers Between Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops, among other solutions

BROOKLYN – At the request State Senator Daniel Squadron and local elected officials, the MTA has agreed to a series of solutions to ensure New Yorkers who rely on the G train will not be stranded when the agency closes the line for five weeks this summer to make Sandy-related repairs. The proposed solutions arose from an April town hall that Squadron held in conjunction with area elected officials including Congressmember Velazquez; City Comptroller Stringer; State Senators Dilan, Gianaris, and Montgomery; Assemblymembers Brennan, Davila, Lentol, and Millman; and City Councilmembers Levin, Cornegy, Cumbo, Lander, Reynoso, and Van Bramer, as well as community members and representatives from the MTA, DOT, EDC, and NYPD to address residents’ and businesses’ concerns regarding the shutdown.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Klein Honors NIDC Director of Housing and Community Development & Community Leader, Hazel Miura, at 17th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration

ALBANY, NY – Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Hazel Miura, Director of Housing and Community Development at the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation at the 17th

May 14, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Kim Applaud Passage of School Holiday Bill

Albany, NY—The New York State Senate today passed S.6688, a bill that would allow the New York City Department of Education to close schools on days where a considerable portion of students are likely to be absent because of a cultural or religious holiday.

May 13, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON PIER 6 HOUSING RFP

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement regarding the Administration’s release of an RFP for residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park:

May 13, 2014
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SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate approved a bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver), long championed by Senator Squadron, to allow Lunar New Year to be a school holiday. The bill would  require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in a considerable proportion of students being absent. The State Assembly passed this bill in February.

May 13, 2014
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Transportation Alternatives supports bill to allow illegal immigrants to get driver licenses

As reported by the Daily News: 

Saying it would increase traffic safety, a leading anti-car organization has thrown its support behind a bill to allow illegal immigrants in New York to get driver's licenses.

"Non-citizen drivers with verifiable, reliable forms of identification could then by tested on New York’s rules of the road, and be required to obtain auto insurance coverage, have their car inspected and maintain their vehicle’s registration," the non-profit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives wrote in memo in support of the bill.

Transportation Alternatives estimates that "tens of thousands" of illegal immigrants are driving without licenses on the streets of New York.

"Because these drivers are not subject to the same training and accountability standards as other drivers, they pose a significant public safety threat," the memo says. "Unlicensed drives are dangerous."

The memo cites a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Study that found unlicensed drives five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes and more likely to flee the scene of an accident.

Eleven states in the U.S., including California, Washington, Colorado, Connecticut and Maryland, allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses. 

Peralta called the support from Transportation Alternatives and the Worker Justice Center For New York "significant."

For full article, click here.

May 13, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Vision Zero Bushwick, Monday, May 19th

Senator Dilan, Transportation Alternatives and Community Board 4 are hosting a Community Street Safety Workshop to solicit suggestions and ideas for the implementation of the city-wide Vision Zero traffic safety initiative in Bushwick.

May 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Dilan, Families for Safe Streets Rally in Albany

Continuing efforts to garner support for a measure to allow New York City to establish lower speed limits, Senator Dilan, Senate colleagues, city councilmembers and the families of loved ones lost to reckless driving, gathered in Albany to call for the passage of the legislation.

S.6496-A, sponsored by Senator Dilan in the Senate, and carried by Assembly Member O’Donnell (A.8478A) in the Assembly, would allow the city of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 m.p.h. The proposal is intended to supplement Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

May 8, 2014
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SQUADRON PUSHES TO STOP RESELLING OF CHARITY TIXS FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE

State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law.

May 7, 2014
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SQUADRON PUSHES TO STOP RESELLING OF CHARITY TIXS FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE

Squadron: Those who profit from charitable events when NYC is in need, ‘Yeah that's a trifling friend indeed’

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law. Squadron, along with 22 other senators, voted against the bill.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Serrano Meets with "Vision Zero" Advocates & Discusses Legislation that would Reduce Traffic Fatalities

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with representatives from Families for Safe Streets, who traveled to Albany to advocate for better traffic laws, specifically legislation to lower the speed limit in New York City to 20 MPH in order to help reduce traffic fatalities.

May 6, 2014
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