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SQUADRON, PARKS, COMMUNITY GROUPS OPEN PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK FOR INTERIM USE

LES Waterfront Alliance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CB3, Squadron, Parks Kick Off Paths to Pier 42 Installation with Waterfront Community Day

Squadron, Schumer Secured Funds for Redevelopment of Pier; New Park Will Create Continuous Green Ribbon Around Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William Castro, the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Community Board 3 opened part of the new waterfront park at Pier 42 on the Lower East Side for interim recreational use with a Waterfront Community Day and the launch of Paths to Pier 42, a series of art, educational, and design installations along the East River waterfront throughout the summer of 2013.

Today's opening makes a section of the pier accessible to the public, as planning for the redevelopment of the pier into a full waterfront park proceeds. The public, for the first time, is now able to visit Pier 42, with the northern section between the greenway and the waterfront open for interim use. The space has been partially resurfaced and picnic tables have been installed for public use so that visitors can take advantage of the East River waterfront.

May 6, 2013
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SQUADRON, COLLEAGUES URGE MTA TO RESCHEDULE L TRAIN SHUTDOWNS DURING KEY WEEKENDS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilman Stephen Levin urged the MTA to reschedule planned shutdowns of the L train on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) and during the Northside Festival (June 15-17), key weekends for local small businesses.

May 2, 2013
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON URGES SENATE ACTION ON TRANSGENDER EQUALITY BILL AS ASSEMBLY PASSES FOR SIXTH TIME

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the sixth time, with hundreds of activists in the Capitol lobbying for the bill as part of Equality & Justice Day:

"Today the Assembly passed GENDA for the sixth time. Yet Senate Republicans continue to block a vote on this critical bill.

April 30, 2013
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Senate Housing Committee Passes Squadron Bill to Make Mitchell-Lama Housing More Accessible

ALBANY -- Today, the NY State Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development passed Senator Daniel Squadron's bill to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families.

Current law stipulates that families with two or more dependents -- whose joint annual net income exceeds 100% but is below 125% of average median income (AMI) -- are eligible for Mitchell-Lama housing if they pay a rental surcharge. But by making this allowance available only to families with dependents, many families are excluded simply because they don’t have children. 

April 29, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO SUNY'S WITHDRAWAL OF LICH CLOSURE PLAN

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and its surrounding communities, released the following statement upon the State University of New York's decision to withdraw its closure plan for LICH. Instead of pursuing the closure plan, SUNY will work on securing a sustainability plan without an active closure plan on the table -- creating the possibility of collaborative process:

It's good news that SUNY is withdrawing its closure plan for LICH. Now there's a real opportunity for a collaborative process that engages the community and local leaders on LICH's future.

We've been making our voices heard loud and clear: LICH is vital to Brooklyn. And it's clear we're being heard.

April 26, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 26

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 26th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Kenneth Wang

April 24, 2013
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SQUADRON SLAMS SENATE REPUBLICANS FOR BLOCKING BILL TO MAKE NY NATIONAL LEADER IN FIGHT AGAINST CITIZENS UNITED

Squadron: In Aftermath of Scandals, Senate Should Be Ashamed To Block Campaign Finance Reform & Choose Corporate Special Interests Over People

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron slammed Senate Republicans for blocking his campaign finance reform legislation that would make New York a national leader in the fight against the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and give people, rather than corporations, a stronger voice in the political process.

The "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S177) would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them.

April 22, 2013
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Riders Alliance, Senator Squadron, and Senator Dilan Urge MTA to Increase G Train Service to Keep Up with New Ridership Growth

New Numbers Show G Train Ridership Grew More Than Any Other Subway Line in 2012

Call for MTA to Consider New Data as Part of Full Line Review of G Train

BROOKLYN, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan and members of the Riders Alliance called on the MTA today to increase G train service in light of new ridership data that showed G train service increasing by a higher percentage than any other train in the last year.  G train service grew by 4.2% on an average weekday in 2012, according to new ridership data released by the MTA, carrying an average of 2,000 more riders each weekday than in 2011. 

April 10, 2013
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Our Work Continues

As Albany wraps up this year's budget, I wanted to share a few updates:

March 28, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO STRENGTHEN HAYLEY & DIEGO'S LAW AND CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

Council Resolution Supports Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the Senate Transportation Committee today passed his legislation (S3644) to provide law enforcement with better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill, also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, would strengthen “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which Squadron and Kavanagh introduced and passed after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.

March 19, 2013
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SQUADRON: LICH HEARING IN WESTCHESTER A 'SLAP IN THE FACE'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, responded to SUNY's plan to hold a Board of Trustees hearing and vote on the future of LICH in Westchester on Tuesday. The hearing was also announced too late for many impacted individuals to sign up to testify. Yesterday, a judge ruled that SUNY had violated the Open Meetings Law in its previous vote on LICH.

Squadron released the following statement:

"It's absurd that SUNY is responding to its unlawful lack of transparency with a shocking lack of transparency. 

March 15, 2013
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SQUADRON, SCHUMER, PARKS ANNOUNCE PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK TO OPEN FOR INTERIM USE MAY 4

Squadron, Schumer Secured Funds for Redevelopment of Pier; New Park Will Create Continuous Green Ribbon Around Lower Manhattan

CB3, LES Waterfront Alliance, Hester Street Collaborative, LMCC, Squadron, Parks Plan Recreation, Community Day on Pier 42

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation announced that a section of the new waterfront park at Pier 42 on the Lower East Side will open to the public for interim recreational use on May 4, 2013, as the planning for the redevelopment of the pier into a full park proceeds.

In November 2011, a year after launching their effort to obtain funds from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the project, Senator Squadron and Senator Schumer announced that they secured funding for the redevelopment of Pier 42, which currently houses an abandoned warehouse and a parking lot. This will create a continuous green ribbon around Lower Manhattan, connecting the East and West Sides and providing the Lower East Side and Chinatown communities with much-needed open space.

February 26, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN: MTA TO CONDUCT FULL LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Squadron, Dilan, Riders Urged Agency to Review G Train Last Month

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full Line Review of the G train at the Senators' urging. The review will be completed by the end of June 2013.

In a letter to the MTA sent on January 27th, Senators Dilan and Squadron urged the agency to conduct a Full Line Review of the G line’s performance – as the MTA has done with the F and the L lines in the past at Senator Squadron's urging. On the same day, Senators Dilan and Squadron and the Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders in Williamsburg. 

February 22, 2013
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RSVP: Senator Squadron's Fifth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention - Sunday, April 28, 2013

Please join me on Sunday, April 28th for my Fifth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention!

I hope you'll come out and make your voice heard on all of the legislative and community priorities that shape our district and our state.

Last year, hundreds of community members attended and offered valuable input on everything from school overcrowding and park planning to ethics reform and tenant rights. The great ideas discussed in our small group sessions were critical in shaping my work at home and in Albany over the last year.

I'm also excited to announce that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will join us as our keynote speaker.

Fifth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention

Sunday, April 28, 2013

2:00PM to 5:00PM

February 22, 2013
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SQUADRON APPLAUDS EXPANSION OF NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP AS PART OF PRESIDENT'S PRE-K PLAN

Senator Urges Inclusion of NFP in State Budget, Approval of Medicaid Funding to Ensure Universal Accessibility for Eligible NY Families

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed President Obama's plan to expand early childhood education, including by growing federal support for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP).

Senator Squadron, the former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, has long championed the expansion of NFP, a proven program that matches low-income first-time mothers with registered nurses for home visits throughout pregnancy until the child is two-years-old. 

February 14, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG'S SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA REFORM, URGES ALBANY TO PASS LEGISLATION NOW

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation (S3105) to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, welcomed Mayor Bloomberg's support for the bill and the change to NYC policy announced in today's State of the City. Squadron released the following statement:

"Legislation I carry would reform the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute and the inconsistent way it's enforced. 

February 14, 2013
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SQUADRON APPLAUDS JENNY RIVERA'S CONFIRMATION TO NY COURT OF APPEALS

"Professor Rivera will not only make a highly qualified jurist -- she is an inspiration for New Yorkers on the Lower East Side and throughout New York. 

"Growing up in Baruch Houses, she went on to lead a career that has been dedicated to achieving true equality, justice, and opportunity for all New Yorkers. From her years focusing on civil rights law and litigation, to her ongoing commitment to her community through her work on the Grand Street Settlement board -- and her other accomplishments that are simply too numerous to list -- Professor Rivera is an example for all of us.

"I hope that kids on the Lower East Side were watching today as we confirmed Professor Rivera. She proves that, while it's not easy, wherever you start out it is possible to rise to the state's highest court -- or to any place you dream."

February 11, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO LICH VOTE: 'OUR FIGHT ISN'T OVER'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the SUNY Board of Trustees vote to authorize Downstate's president to propose a plan to the New York State Department of Health that could close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and sell off the hospital for real estate development:

"Our fight isn't over. 

February 8, 2013
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIFIES ON LICH: "IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE COMMUNITY FEELS LOOTED"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities, testified at the State University of New York's public board meeting on Downstate Medical Center and LICH.

February 7, 2013
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SQUADRON URGES IMMEDIATE SENATE PASSAGE OF NYC HURRICANE SANDY ASSESSMENT RELIEF ACT

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act, is urging the Senate to immediately pass the legislation, which would provide vital property tax relief to New Yorkers whose homes or businesses were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 

February 5, 2013
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