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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

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

Finally, a Passing Grade for the F Train


Last year, New York City Transit released a report that admitted what many riders already knew: The F train, the ugly duckling of the subway system, was a mess.

Slow as a snail, prone to delays, and overburdened by a ridership that grew by double digits in the last decade, the much-maligned F was in dire need of a spruce-up, transit officials concluded.

November 15, 2010

F Train Follow-Up Report

Last year, Senator Squadron urged the MTA to address the F train’s service problems.  He worked with the MTA and released a 25-page report detailing the problems on the F line and made recommendations.  Senator Squadron asked for a follow-up report, and the MTA provided this report, attached here.

F Review Follow Up - October 2010 - FINAL.pdf

November 15, 2010

Believe it or not, progress in Albany

BY Daniel Squadron

I know that many people will be surprised to read about Albany in the “Progress Report.”

And I understand why.  In my two years representing Lower Manhattan in the State Senate, there have been some real disappointments: the Senate “coup,” the worst budget crisis since World War II, and the ongoing need to pass ethics reform, marriage equality, tenant protections and more.

But even through these challenges, we have been able to plant the seeds of reform.  It is a story of progress made, with much still left to do.

November 8, 2010

Here it is: Our annual ‘free flu shot’ story!

By Gersh Kuntzman

It’s time to get your flu shot — after all, state Sen. Daniel Squadron has gotten his.

The Brooklyn Heights Democrat will co-sponsor another round of gratis vaccinations next Monday, Nov. 18, at Long Islannd College Hospital.

Yes, needles are involved, but Squadron says the moment of pain is worth it.

“I promise it doesn’t hurt at all,” the freshman fibbed. “Everyone should get a flu shot, especially senior citizens and people with pre-existing health concerns.”

Ever the influenza enforcer, Squadron recently headed to the Eileen Dugan Senior Center in Carroll Gardens to oversee an earlier round of injections, smiling as Carol Rembert screamed as she got jabbed by Nurse Judy Farrell.

November 8, 2010

“Hayley and Diego’s Law” to Crack Down on Careless Driving Goes Into Effect Today

Law Named for Children Killed in Chinatown Van Crash

Careless Drivers Will Now Face Jail Time for Injuring Pedestrians

October 14, 2010

Kavanagh and Squadron Usher Hayley and Diego’s Law Into Effect

By Noah Kazis

“Careless driving is unacceptable.” That’s the message that State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh delivered today as they announced that Hayley and Diego’s Law, which they sponsored and ushered through the legislature, is now in effect.

“You can suffer serious consequences,” Kavanagh warned drivers. “That has not been true up to today.”

“Careless driving is not just something to fix next time,” said Squadron.

October 14, 2010

Don’t wait — vaccinate!

Senator Squadron and Visiting Nurse Services of New York co-sponsored free flu shots at several senior centers across the city. Nurses provided over 200 flu shots at each location.  Here, Senator Squadron dropped by the Eileen Dugan Senior Center in Carroll Gardens, where Judy Farrell from Visiting Nurse Service of New York injected Carol Rembert of Williamsburg.

Click here to see this feature on the Villager...

October 14, 2010

New signs ease waiting worries

BY Aline Reynolds

Riders of the Downtown Connection, the free shuttle-service connecting Battery Park City and the South Street Seaport, will no longer have to loiter at bus stops, wondering when the next bus will come.

The Downtown Alliance, the operator of the free shuttle, has installed energy-efficient signs at seven of the shuttle’s 37 stops in Lower Manhattan. The signs use Global Positioning Satellite technology to monitor the arrival and departure of the shuttles. They are intended to help riders better time their trips around Lower Manhattan.

September 29, 2010

Law May Help Close Troublesome Bars

By Suzanne Rozdeba

State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, with constituents this summer, co-sponsored a recently enacted law that can help close troublesome nightspots.

There’s a new weapon to close down noisy and violent bars. At Tuesday’s Community Council meeting, Daniel L. Squadron, a Democratic state senator for the 25th District, which includes the East Village, discussed a new law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson just last month, designed to fight the very problems making life miserable for many locals. But for it to work, neighbors have to voice their complaints.

September 29, 2010

Downtown Alliance, Senator Squadron Introduce New LED Signs Providing Arrival and Departure Times of Free Buses in Lower Manhattan

New York, NY–No more guessing games or neck-craning.

Riders of the Downtown Connection—the Alliance for Downtown New York’s free bus service in Lower Manhattan—will now know exactly when the next bus will arrive. The Business Improvement District has installed seven LED signs, which list the next two arrivals, along the 37-stop route.

The NextBus program uses Global Positioning System tracking satellites to provide accurate vehicle arrival/departure information and real-time data to passengers waiting at selected Downtown Connection stops.

September 23, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Small Business Forum: Surviving the Economic Downturn

Manhattan Community Board Three

Small Business Forum: Surviving the Economic Downturn

September 16, Thursday, 8 AM – 10 AM

Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (6th St. & 3rd Avenue)

● Learn about new and existing government programs, free business consulting and legal services, and financing for new and existing small business

● Opportunity for small business owners to discuss the challenges of surviving in this economy (high rents, lack of financing, property taxes, leases, etc.)

● Opportunity to speak directly to government agencies

September 16, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Senator Squadron Offers Parent Resource Guide

Compilation of Information About Government and Community Services, Educational and Cultural Programs

September 8, 2010

NY Legislators Want Chickens Vaccinated

By the Associated Press

Two New York State legislators want to require farmers in the state to vaccinate hens against salmonella, which sickened thousands of Americans and triggered the largest egg recall in U.S. history.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh announced their proposal Sunday in front of a Lower East Side supermarket in the wake of a nationwide recall of more than a half billion eggs. None of the recalled eggs came from New York.

August 31, 2010

New York pols push for bills requiring salmonella vaccination for hens after egg recall

By Erin Durkin

Two state pols will introduce bills requiring farmers to vaccinate hens against salmonella, they announced Sunday.

The move comes as thousands of people around the country got sick from salmonella this month, leading to a recall of half a billion eggs from Iowa farms.

The federal Food and Drug Administration responded with new egg safety rules, but they didn't require hens to get salmonella shots.

"Requiring salmonella vaccination should be a no-brainer, and if the FDA is unwilling to take the lead, we should start here in New York," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn), who himself had a brush with salmonella in college.

August 31, 2010

3-Legged Dog theater group staves off eviction; Sen. Squadron helps Lower Manhattan media and theater group reach accord with landlord

The 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group has a new spring in its step after reaching a deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the landlord for the group's 80 Greenwich St. headquarters, that cancels pending eviction proceedings.

Under the terms of the agreement by October, 3-Legged Dog will pay rent arrears accumulated since June, and will pay previous arrears, starting next February, over the coming three years. The accord also calls for the MTA to forego payments of more than $50,000 in back rent, due to construction costs that 3-Legged Dog incurred modernizing the space, which is part of the structure that houses the Battery Parking Garage.

August 31, 2010