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Democrats Press Cuomo on Rent Regulations

March 16, 2011, 2:25 pm

New York Times City Room Blog

By Nicholas Confessore

9:00p.m Updated ALBANY — A coalition comprising nearly every Democratic state lawmaker from New York City urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a letter, posted below, on Wednesday to press for extending and tightening the state’s rent regulation laws as part of the budget deal he is negotiating with the Legislature.

“If the state does not act, millions of working- and middle-class New Yorkers will be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” warned the lawmakers, about 90 of whom signed the letter to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. “We ask that you act boldly on tenants’ behalf by requiring these reforms to be a part of any budget agreement.”

March 16, 2011
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'Chopping' out the noise

The New York Post

By Heather Haddon

Last Updated: 12:42 PM, March 6, 2011

Posted: 2:03 AM, March 6, 2011

Meet the pilot police.

Aviation authorities have quietly started cracking down on hell-raising helicopters breaking new city flight restrictions for sightseeing aircraft, The Post has learned.

The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, the chopper hub owned by the city Economic Development Corp., began scanning radar systems last month to kill the buzz from pilots incessantly circling over residential areas in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

March 6, 2011
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Cradle to Career: A social services agenda for a new New York

New York State’s fiscal crisis is taking a toll on all New Yorkers, but especially the low-income citizens and those who are considered hardest to employ. Given our limited resources, it is critical to support proven, cost-effective programs that will nurture children, help them transition from school to college, onto adulthood, and help them find successful careers.

With a total investment of $76 million, the Cradle to Career initiative outlined below has the potential to do just that.

File: 
Cradle to Career Proposal FINAL.pdf

February 23, 2011
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Foes decry Park ‘tax’ scheme, push for revenue from Witness buildings

By Laura Gottesdiener

The Brooklyn Paper

 Brooklyn Bridge Park could raise one-quarter of its massive maintenance budget through a new tax on local businesses and residents — but that idea is dead in the water, say critics, who think there are better ways to raise the money.

A consultant hired last year to search for revenue to maintain the park without building residences within its waterfront footprint released a draft report on Tuesday that predicted that $1 million to $4 million towards the park’s $16-million maintenance budget could come from a new tax on residents and business owners within a quarter-mile of the park.

February 23, 2011
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Condo foes eye ways to fund Brooklyn waterfront park without towers

NY Daily News

BY Erin Durkin DAILY NEWS WRITER

February 23, 2011
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Squadron Weighs In On Rules

Capital Tonight

By Liz Benjamin

As the Senate Republicans prepare to take another crack at reforming the rules governing how the chamber is run, Sen. Dan Squadron sent a memo earlier today to his colleagues urging them to maintain the changes made following the ’09 coup and suggesting some additional changes.

Some of the Brooklyn Democrat’s proposals – equal division of all office resources, for example – are highly unlikely to fly with the newly-re-empowered Senate GOP.

Others, like reform of the member item process, have a better shot – if for no other reason than it’s unclear whether there will even BE member items this year, thanks to the $10 billion budget deficit. How hard could it be to overhaul the rules on something you’re not even going to get?

January 11, 2011
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Session Begins, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Say: Keep Your Promise: Pass the Pledge

Senate Reformers Urge New Yorkers to Join the Call for Immediate

Action on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge

January 10, 2011
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Brooklyn Bridge Park applies for permit to open up its own floating pool a la Floating Pool Lady

BY Erin Durkin and Jake Pearson

Brooklyn Bridge Park could finally get its own floating pool.

Park officials want to build a new floating pool, like the wildly popular barge-borne one that docked in the Brooklyn Heights harbor four summers ago, and last week took the first step by applying for a permit with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

"It was popular. It drew visitors from all over Brooklyn, the city, and 12 foreign countries," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights).

"Having recreation that makes this park the citywide star that it can be is very important, and having a floating pool in the harbor would help the park reach its potential."

January 5, 2011
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B'klyn moves to clean up pollution from Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 12

Picture 12,000 cars idling on a block — and you’ll have some idea what it’s like near the Brooklyn waterfront when a single cruise ship is in port, experts say.

So local lawmakers and activist gathered today in Red Hook to call on the city, state and Carnival Cruise lines to finally cut a deal to bring clear-air "shore power technology" to the Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal on Pier 12.

"It’s time to stop choking Brooklyn," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn).

"Cruise ships idling at port force Brooklynites to breathe in dirty, dangerous diesel fumes. Putting an end to it is long overdue."

January 4, 2011
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Cruise ships docked at Red Hook terminal are 'choking Brooklyn,' community leaders say

BY Erin Durkin

Cruise ships docked in Brooklyn are spewing tons of noxious fumes into the air, and a fix is bogged down in two years of bureaucratic nonsense, officials and community leaders complained Monday.

"We can smell that diesel wafting over the neighborhood," state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) said. "It's time for the cruise ship terminal to stop choking Brooklyn."

Cruise ships that dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook have to run on diesel because there's no way for them to plug into the electric grid.

January 4, 2011
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Sign our petition to stop rental car companies from discriminating against New Yorkers!

Did you know that some car rental companies charge Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx residents an extra fee just for living in these boroughs—even if they are renting the car somewhere else?

Charging New Yorkers a hidden fee based purely on their place of residence is unfair discrimination.  Senator Squadron worked with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh to launch a petition drive calling on Dollar and Thrifty rental car companies to drop this discriminatory fee. 

Please click here to sign our petition. 

December 7, 2010
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SCHUMER, SQUADRON CALL FOR DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO BE USED TO COMPLETE EAST RIVER WATERFRONT AND DEVELOPMENT OF RIBBON PARK

Schumer, Squadron and Lower Manhattan Community Want to See ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan Development Corp to Meet on Monday to Begin Considering Where to Invest Remaining Dollars; Schumer, Squadron and Dozens of Community Leaders to Urge Funding of Lower Manhattan Ribbon Park Project, Including Development of Pier 42

November 21, 2010
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Broken escalator at Brooklyn Heights subway station riles riders

BY Erin Durkin The escalator at a Brooklyn Heights subway station has been broken for more than two months, leaving riders - particularly the elderly - struggling with steep stairs. The down escalator at the High St. A/C station broke down Sept. 9 - and residents say the MTA has failed to fix it despite repeated promises. They say the up escalator frequently stops working, too. "It is difficult," said Adams St. resident Ursula Hahn, who counted the 60 steps it takes to get to the station entrance. "I'm 72 and I can still do it, but it's not easy, especially if I have to carry a load."

November 19, 2010
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Car rental companies gouging outer boros: pols

By SALLY GOLDENBERG Claiming geographic discrimination, three lawmakers want to put the brakes on car rental companies that charge higher rates to residents living in certain boroughs. A survey of 11 car companies that do business in the five boroughs found two – Thrifty and Dollar, which are owned by the same parent company – charge Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx residents an additional fee based on their residence. Brooklynites pay an additional $55 daily to rent from either of those companies, Bronx residents pay $53 per day and Queens dwellers are charged $11 each day, according to a survey from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, state Sen. Daniel Squadron

November 18, 2010
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BP Stringer, Senator Squadron & Assemblymember Kavanagh Issue Holiday Warning, Expose Hidden "Borough Fees" Charged By Rental Car Companies Across New York City

Survey finds residents in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx

pay added fees under Dollar-Thrifty corporate policy

November 17, 2010
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