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Senator Squadron Hails EPA Listing Gowanus as Superfund Site

State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement today regarding the EPA decision to include the Gowanus Canal on its Superfund National Priorities List:

“The Environmental Protection Agency made the right decision today by listing the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site, a designation I have advocated for since May.

March 2, 2010

Statement from State Senator Daniel Squadron on Senate passage of S6430-A (Squadron)/A9487-B (Lopez), which allows the New York City Housing Authority to access federal aid for 21 State- and City-built developments that have gone unfunded:

"This bill will allow New York City's public housing authority to bring in more than $75 million a year in federal aid — a massive investment to address its operating deficit and dramatically improve housing for more than 400,000 tenants.  Every single NYCHA resident will benefit from filling the funding gap left by the State and City, which will help us fix broken elevators, avoid heat outages, and address the basic maintenance problems that public housing tenants contend with every day.

February 24, 2010

Albany must act to protect the city’s public housing

By Daniel Squadron

It is no secret that the New York City Housing Authority is underfunded — residents suffer the consequences every day when they contend with broken elevators, heat outages and unsecured front doors.

February 24, 2010

Please Join me for a SOUND Housing Campaign Meeting

Dear Neighbor, Please join members of the SOUND Housing Campaign for a community discussion about the plan to federalize the City- and State-built NYCHA developments. Local elected officials will discuss the proposal, answer questions and talk about how tenants can help ensure that new funds are available to fix elevators, prevent heat outages and improve basic maintenance of NYCHA buildings. When:  Thursday February 25th 2010 Time:   6:30 PM Where: Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt St.


February 22, 2010

New law closes 'Bruno gap'

ALBANY -- A state law signed Friday bars state officials from using public property or employees for private business or any other non-governmental purpose for which they get money.

  The measure signed by Gov. David Paterson bars legislators, officers and employees from taking "unwarranted privileges" with state goods and services and makes that felony fraud when it's ongoing with a value of at least $1,000.

It was effective immediately. Paterson had said it would "close a small but dangerous hole in our ethics laws."

February 16, 2010

Senator Squadron Applauds Governor for Signing “Bruno Gap” Bill Into Law, Pushes for Immediate Progress on Comprehensive Reform

Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Governor Paterson’s signing of S6439 (Squadron)/A9559 (Silver), the “Bruno Gap” bill:

“In Albany, the struggle for reform is slow, and true steps forward are rare.  That's why I am pleased that today Governor Paterson signed into law the bill I wrote with Speaker Sheldon Silver to close the "Bruno Gap" in state ethics law, making it illegal for a public officer to use government resources for outside, for-profit business.

February 12, 2010

Lower Manhattan Residents Sound Off On Noisy Bar Scene

"I can't even let my child walk home alone at night and I've lived there for 30 years,” testified one Lower East Side resident.

The "I was here first" sentiment was echoed repeatedly by people living near a bar or nightclub who are at their wit's end. People at the town hall meeting vented and hoped for a resolution.

They had the attention of the State Liquor Authority chairman and Lower Manhattan elected officials.

February 5, 2010

States Taking the Lead Addressing Concussions

As dozens of state lawmakers consider legislation to improve awareness and treatment of concussions in youth sports, the movement is resembling a music style or weather pattern: what started in the Pacific Northwest is wafting across the United States.

January 30, 2010

Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on Alternate Locations for 9/11 Terrorism Trials

Immediately after the announcement of the proposal to hold trials for accused 9/11 terrorists in Lower Manhattan, I pushed for a public discussion with NYPD of whether the community could bear the measures needed to secure Lower Manhattan and Chinatown. Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD deserve credit for facilitating that discussion. While civilian federal court is the correct venue for terrorist trials, the current proposal shows that holding these trials at 500 Pearl Street would have devastating consequences for our community.

January 27, 2010

Manhattan Elected Officials Urge U.S. Attorney General to Conduct Comprehensive Evaluation of 9/11 Trial Sites and Request Meeting

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin sent the following letter (also attached), regarding the federal trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other accused terrorists, to United States Attorney General Eric Holder:


January 28, 2010


The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General

January 27, 2010

Tenants Rights Forum

You may be eligible for rent stabilization as a result of recent court decisions regarding buildings that received the J-51 or 421-g tax benefits. Come learn about what that could mean for you from housing experts and your local elected officials.

Time:   Thursday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m.Location:  St. John’s University               101 Murray Street            New York, NY


January 26, 2010

2010 Legislative Grant Application

Please download the application below and return it to my office by February 12, 2010, to apply for a legislative grant.  Full eligibility information and instructions are in the application below.  You can also request an application by calling my office at 212-298-5565 or e-mailing squadron@senate.state.ny.us.

2010 Legislative Grant Application.pdf

January 25, 2010

Ethics reform bill passes in Albany; Paterson vows to veto

ALBANY — State lawmakers passed an ethics reform bill Wednesday that Gov. David Paterson vowed to veto, saying he wants to work with them on a bill “that I will sign.”

Senate Democrats said they would seek an override of a veto.

“The Senate is prepared to override the governor’s veto and deliver the ethics reform we need to give New York the government it deserves,” said Austin Shafran, spokesman for the Senate Majority Conference.

January 22, 2010

Reforming Albany


Last week I announced that the Senate and Assembly had introduced a package of ethics legislation that I pushed forward; today I am very pleased to report that both houses -- the Senate and Assembly -- have passed the package by an overwhelming margin.  I have fought for increased disclosure, enforcement, and independence in Albany since I took office, and by passing this ethics package today, the Senate and Assembly have taken a significant step towards that goal.

January 20, 2010

Senator Squadron Launches Chinatown Trees Initiative

Squadron Joins Community to Bring More Green Space to Chinatown

January 20, 2010

Chinatown Trees Initiative

Dear Friend:

I write to invite you to participate in the Chinatown Trees Initiative, a project I have launched to bring more green space and fresh air to Chinatown. If you would like to participate, please use the attached form to recommend a location or multiple locations where you think Chinatown could use more trees. I will compile your suggestions and forward them to the New York City Parks Department, which will evaluate proposals and determine eligibility.

January 19, 2010

One Star for Ethics Reform

New York legislators proposed an ethics reform package last week that would definitely improve the miserable status quo in Albany. But the plan is not the full-fledged housecleaning necessary for a place that has gone too long without the slightest dusting of reform.

The reforms proposed by Senator John Sampson, the Democratic leader in the State Senate, and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, would inevitably get the best-we-can-do-at-the-moment label. That’s not good enough...

January 19, 2010

Lawmakers Offer Ethics Plan, but Paterson Says It Falls Short

New York’s legislative leaders proposed their own ethics overhaul on Wednesday in an effort to restore public confidence in the wake of recent scandals that have exposed political corruption at the highest levels of power in Albany.

The proposal, which would essentially remake the current system that polices the conduct of public officials, would require elected officials to disclose more about their outside income and face stricter oversight by investigative bodies that will have enhanced powers.

January 15, 2010

After committee ‘musical chairs,’Squadron chairs Social Services

State Senator Daniel Squadron was named chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Services on Wednesday, a sizeable appointment for the freshman senator.

The announcement was part of a Senate shake-up in which Majority Leader John Sampson, a Democrat, made history by appointing two Republicans to chair committees. It was the first time that a majority party in the state Senate has ever given major committee leadership positions to minority-party senators...

January 7, 2010

Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on his Appointment as Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Services

"I am honored to be named Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Services. As I take on this new challenge, I look forward to continuing the vision that Senator Velmanette Montgomery and I have established for the Committee over the past year: offering support to those who need it most, in immediate crisis and through the long term.  In this economy, New Yorkers are struggling more than ever.

January 6, 2010