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Squadron: Spink's Achievements -- Against All Odds -- Serve to Inspire, Empower Community

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron selected Lower East Side community leader Mary Spink as one of New York’s “Women of Distinction,” honoring her this week at the annual Senate celebration that recognizes outstanding women throughout the state.

As Executive and Development Director of the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association (LESPMH) and a member of Community Board 3, Ms. Spink has worked tirelessly for the Lower East Side community on issues such as housing, drug and crime prevention, and the arts.

May 26, 2011

Cutting the Ribbon on New Tech Opportunities

Carroll Gardens Patch

The Neighborhood Files

The Carroll Gardens Association officially opens its new computer training center.

By Miriam Coleman | May 20, 2011 (Photo by Miriam Coleman)

“Those days are over when you can have a job without a computer,” said Francis Ilonzeh, a fresh graduate of the Carroll Gardens Association’s new Computer Training Center. “That’s why I took the class. I want to catch up.”

May 25, 2011

Making special elections less special

Times Union

Capital Confidential

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm by Jimmy Vielkind

There’s a push in Brooklyn to make special elections less special, changing the process by which candidates are selected to fill electoral vacancies.

There are now four vacancies in the Assembly, and more pending (what with Assemblyman Will Boyland and Sen. Carl Kruger under indictment) that make now the time to do something, according to Lincoln Restler, a Democratic district leader in Brooklyn affiliated with the New Kings Democrats club.

May 25, 2011

9/11 A Decade Later: Lower Manhattan Receives Extensive Tourism Campaign

NY 1

Updated 05/19/2011 07:01 PM

By: Bobby Cuza

Tourism and city officials announced Thursday a major campaign to attract more visitors to Lower Manhattan, in time for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

As global attention is expected to return to the area for the opening of the National September 11th Memorial on September 12, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other Downtown Manhattan officials want to trumpet a story of rebirth and attract more visitors through a new global marketing campaign.

May 25, 2011


For Immediate Release May 20, 2011

Stakeholders Take Next Steps To Prepare for Opening of Memorial 

Elected Officials: With Time Running Out, We Must Minimize Tour Bus Traffic

LOWER MANHATTAN – Yesterday, Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together stakeholders to prepare for the opening of the 9/11 Memorial and ensure that tour bus traffic does not choke Lower Manhattan come September 12th.

May 25, 2011

Pols: Ban all tourist helicopters

May 16, 2011

By Kate Briquelet

The Brooklyn Paper

All tourist helicopter flights must be banned from Brooklyn skies because city officials have failed to stop the window-rocking, sanity-testing chopper noise from bombarding waterfront neighborhoods, locals demanded on Sunday.

“Enough is enough!” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), who was joined by other elected officials and residents on Sunday in demanding an end to the noise. “We need to stop the endless parade of tourist helicopter flights over our neighborhoods.”

May 18, 2011

Downtown Manhattanites Want Ban On Tourist Helicopter Flights

NY 1

05/16/2011 10:04 AM

By: NY1 News

Residents living within earshot of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport are calling for a ban on tourist helicopter flights.

Tourist helicopter flights were banned last year from the Heliport on West 30th Street.

"When you have this kind of constant nuisance for every neighborhood in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Upper West Side, Downtown, across town, it just doesn't work," said Manhattan-Brooklyn Senator Daniel Squadron.

May 18, 2011

A Unified Call To Ban Tourist Helicopters Over Brooklyn Waterfront

Carroll Gardens Patch

A rally took place on Sunday

By Georgia Kral | May 16, 2011

Tourist helicopters are a real nuisance to people who live along and enjoy the South Brooklyn waterfront. From Brooklyn Heights to Red Hook, residents are calling for an end to the choppers.

"It’s time to stop the never-ending parade of tourist flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport," said State Senator Daniel Squadron at a rally at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday. "Chopper tours can't come at the expense of our neighborhoods' quality of life."

May 18, 2011

Ban Noisy Tourist Helicopters Downtown, Pols Say

May 16, 2011 11:31am

Politicians are calling on the city end tourist flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

By Julie Shapiro

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Lower Manhattan could soon get a lot quieter.

Local politicians are calling for the city to ban all tourist helicopters from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, following several noise complaints from Manhattan and Brooklyn residents.

May 18, 2011

Fred Dicker Live from the State Capitol - Interview with Senator Squadron

By Fred Dicker

Senator Squadron appreared on Fred Dicker's radio show to discuss ethics reform efforts. 

May 18, 2011

Choppers Plague Red Hook

South Brooklyn Post

By Lisa M. Collins May 9, 2011

It’s illegal for helicopters to fly over land in New York City. But you wouldn’t know that if you lived in Red Hook.

Residents along the waterfront areas of Red Hook have been plagued over the past month with the loud drone of nearly constant helicopter traffic; on nice mornings the choppers, mostly tourist flights leaving from South Street Seaport and flying over Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty, pass overhead as frequently as every five minutes (State Sen. Daniel Squadron has announced a protest rally for Sunday. See details below).

May 18, 2011

Plaza Opens Near World Trade Center Site


Updated 05/12/2011 06:13 PM

By: NY1 News

A new plaza and transportation hub opened today in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.

Called the Peter Minuit Plaza, it expects to welcome more than 150,000 commuters each day. Officials call it the city's first 21st century intermodal transportation hub, as it links the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the M15 bus, and the 1 and R subway lines.

There's also a new taxi stand, bikeway, and pedestrian pathway.

May 18, 2011

Sen. Daniel Squadron Petitions for Ethics Reform

NY Daily News

Daily Politics

May 11, 2011 12:29 PM

BY Ken Lovett

Sen. Daniel Squadron’s is now petitioning his fellow senators to allow a Senate Democratic ethics reform package to the floor for a vote.

Squadron sent a letter to his fellow senators on both sides of the aisle noting that a petition containing the signatures of 3/5 of the body can guarantee a bill moves to the floor.

The letter mentions how 54 senators during the campaign signed pledges supporting ethics reform, far more than the 38 votes needed for the petition.

May 12, 2011