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Downtown Express: Trial points to need for new policies

With the culmination of the Deutsche Bank trial last week, in which all three defendants were found “not guilty,” there is a movement to reopen the case so that a tragedy such as the one that, in 2007, took the lives of NYC firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, will never happen again.

Last summer the New York State legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron and supported by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, that established a task force to address the problems that may have led to the incident. When the fire broke out, firefighters did not have architectural plans for the building and essentially went into the blaze blindfolded. Once inside, they confronted a nightmarish labyrinth of sealed plywood hatches and thick plastic sheeting.

In Squadron’s own words, “In any privately-owned or city-owned building, firefighters and first responders can be sure that if the rules were followed, everything will be consistent. In state-and public-authority owned buildings, they can’t be sure of that.”

July 14, 2011

The Broadsheet Daily: SAGE Advice: Find a Way to Serve

"I don't know what your destiny will be," Albert Schweitzer once told a group of students, "but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Seemingly guided by these sentiments, three Downtown high school students have been recognized by State Senator Daniel Squadron and were awarded the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards. Elementary, middle and high schools across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn nominated students for the SAGE Award. Students are selected for showing a deep commitment to public service beyond the classroom.

July 13, 2011

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

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

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

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

DNAinfo: Push to Close Building Safety Loophole After Deutsche Bank Acquittals

State Sen. Daniel Squadron sponsored legislation last year that created a state-city panel to address the loophole. Squadron expects the panel to begin meeting later this year and issue recommendations that would go to the legislature for approval next spring.

July 8, 2011

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

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

The Broadsheet Daily: Rental Health Guidelines

Lower Manhattan Is Affected More Than Most Communities by Stabilization Increases

June 29, 2011

Senator Squadron Statement on Marriage Equality

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Senate's passage of marriage equality:

Tonight, we made history.

With one small bill, we've changed the lives of countless New Yorkers.

As legislators, it's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something with as personal and immediate an impact on our constituents as marriage equality.

June 24, 2011

Squadron Provision to Close Renovation Loophole Part of Extension of Rent Regulations

Bill Prevents Landlords from Using Individual Apartment Improvement Increases to Jack Up Prices, Remove Apartments from Rent Stabilization

ALBANY – Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that the Senate passed his provision to protect tenants by closing the Individual Apartment Improvement loophole as part of the extension of rent regulations. The IAI provision would prevent landlords from sharply increasing rent due to renovations in an attempt to remove the unit from the rent stabilization program.

June 24, 2011

Senator Squadron Statement on Passage of Extension & Expansion of Rent Regulations


ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Senate's passage of an extension and expansion of rent regulations tonight:

The Senate just voted to extend the law that provides rent regulations for millions of New Yorkers and, in some key ways, to expand the law.

I have spent the legislative session fighting for the extension and expansion of these laws. Critical issues I have pushed include ending vacancy decontrol, closing the preferential rent loophole, preventing landlords from using renovations to vastly increase the rent on regulated apartments, and ensuring greater enforcement of tenant protections.

June 24, 2011

Senator Squadron Announces 2011 SAGE Awards for Graduating Students


Service and Government Engagement Awards Recognize Young New Yorkers' Public Service, Community Engagement

NEW YORK --  Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a deep commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.

June 21, 2011

Squadron Bill to Bring Benefit Corps to New York Unanimously Passes Senate


Senator Squadron: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York

Bill Would Make New York Largest State With B-Corps, Creating 'Silicon Valley' of Mission-Driven Companies

June 20, 2011

Wall Street Journal: Brooklyn Park Extends Money Hunt

By Joseph De Avila

A fight over proposed housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park and how to pay for park operations reached a new stage on Tuesday.

The partially built 85-acre park was originally to be funded by adding around 700 units of housing in the park. But locals balked, saying that housing would detract from the park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., the nonprofit overseeing the park, appointed a committee to find alternatives to pay for the park's estimated $16 million in yearly operating costs.

On Tuesday, that committee voted in favor of recommending several revenue options that would fall short of the money needed to pay for the park's annual costs.

June 17, 2011

Sen. Squadron Talks Ethics Bill with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin

Senator Dan Squadron had been pushing for several of the reforms included in the ethics bill passed by the Senate and Assembly this week.

June 17, 2011