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David Paterson Signs Safe Driving Law Stemming from Deaths of Two Kids from Chinatown

By Patrick Hedlund

MANHATTAN — New legislation that creates "real penalties" for careless drivers was signed into law by Gov. David Paterson on Friday.

The “Hayley and Diego Law” is named for pre-schoolers Hayley Ng and Diego Martinez, who were killed last year on East Broadway near Chatham Square by a delivery van that was left in reverse and backed up onto the curb.

The new law will punish drivers whose failure to exercise caution behind the wheel results in injury or death to pedestrians or bicyclists. Penalties under the new legislation include 15 days in jail or a $750 fine for a first offense, and a misdemeanor charge for a second offense.

August 17, 2010

Squadron/Schimminger Bill to Crack Down on Problem Nightspots Signed by Governor Into Law

New Law Allows SLA to Revoke Licenses After

Police Refer 6 or More Noise or Disorder Incidents in 60 Days

August 17, 2010

Squadron/Kavanagh Bill Increasing Penalties Against Careless Drivers Signed Into Law

“Hayley and Diego Law” to Make Streets Safer for Pedestrians, Bicyclists New Law

Another Step in Comprehensive Plan to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

August 17, 2010

Senator Squadron, Assemblyman Bing, Housing and Disability Advocates Urge Governor to Sign Bill Prohibiting Housing Discrimination Based on Tenant’s Source of Income

New Law Would Make it Easier for New Yorkers with Disabilities to Find Housing

New York, NY—State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing and advocates for affordable housing and New Yorkers with disabilities called on Governor Paterson today to sign their bill S7613/A10689 that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against people who rely on public rental subsidies. The bill would help disabled New Yorkers and people who use Section 8 and Advantage housing vouchers find homes.

August 13, 2010

Statement of State Senator Daniel Squadron regarding the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimous denial of landmark status for 45-47 Park Place

Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decision has affirmed values that define New York: we will not stand for intolerance, or let it stand in the way of building a diverse, vibrant city composed of people from all over the world. Our hallmark is our diversity, and I stand with the people of Lower Manhattan, the members of Community Board 1, and my colleagues in government to say that tolerance, diversity and mutual respect are as vital in the case of Cordoba House today as they have been in 400 years of New York history.

August 3, 2010

Elected Officials, FDNY, Community Leaders, Families of Fallen Firefighters Urge Governor to Sign Legislation to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire

Hundreds of Buildings in City Don't Comply With Building and Fire Codes

Legislation Would Create First-Ever City-State Coordination to Ensure all City Buildings are Safe for First Responders

July 22, 2010

Elected Officials, Advocates, Families of Children Killed by Delivery Van Join to Urge Governor to Sign Bill Increasing Penalties Against Careless Drivers

New York, NY—Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, and Transportation Alternatives stood with May Ng, mother of Hayley Ng and Wana Wu, mother of Diego Martinez, to urge Governor Paterson to sign into law S5292C/A7917D, which increases the penalties for careless drivers who injure pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. The legislation was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed last year in Chinatown when a delivery van that had been left in reverse climbed the curb and hit the children. The driver in question was not charged with any infraction resulting from the children’s death. The Senate and Assembly passed the bill last month.

July 22, 2010

Free Summer Meals for Kids

Dear New Yorker, Did you know that during the summer kids 18 years old and younger can receive a delicious, balanced meal twice a day for free?

From June 29th through August 27th, the City will be offering free meals to children 18 years of age or younger at hundreds of schools, pools, parks, New York City Housing Authority complexes, and other locations around the City. No registration, documentation, or ID is required.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. To find a site near you, call 311.  Or click here for a complete list of sites across the five boroughs.


July 21, 2010

Squadron’s bill would cork rowdy bars and clubs

By Michael Mandelkern

Downtown bars attract tourists and locals that howl as loud as wolves well past midnight, but the New York State Legislature is trying to help residents near the nightspots get a more peaceful night’s sleep by encouraging bars to keep the “wolves” at bay.

The state Senate passed a bill on June 24 that sets guidelines for the State Liquor Authority to revoke the licenses of routinely raucous bars and clubs.

If Governor David Paterson signs the bill — co-sponsored by state Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Robin Schimminger — into law, the S.L.A. could shut down nightspots if police are called at least six times within two months for excessive noise and disorderly conduct.

July 21, 2010

New Bill Would Help Freelancers Fight Deadbeat Companies

Freelancers can face difficulties with one of the most rewarding aspects of their work: getting paid. Now new legislation under consideration in Albany would grant independent contractors in New York protections against companies that don’t pay up for completed work.

June 24, 2010

The New Be Good Business: Albany Gives Birth to New York’s Benefit Corporation

Wednesday, June 16, was a typical day in Albany. After arguing about ancient gladiators, senators approved a bill legalizing mixed martial arts in New York; the comptroller promoted a Web video scolding lawmakers for wasting time on the delayed state budget; and gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino asked supporters to vote on names-Give Me Liberty, Joe Citizen, LiberTea-for his new party.

June 23, 2010

Squadron/Bing Bill Prohibiting Housing Discrimination

Based on Tenant’s Source of Income Passes Senate

Legislation Will Make it Easier for New Yorkers with Disabilities to Find Housing

June 16, 2010

Squadron Holds Summit Following Fire at Tribeca Telecom Building

A fire last month in a hardware store at 60 Hudson Street reignited concern among some neighbors over the risks posed by 80,000 gallons of diesel fuel stored in the building.

June 11, 2010

City Drops Plan to Charge Rent to Shelter Residents

The Bloomberg administration has abandoned a controversial decision to charge rent to working homeless families living at city shelters, officials announced on Friday.

Instead, under a new agreement that could start in September, such families would be required to set aside a part of their monthly earnings in a savings account that they can have access to once they leave the shelter system.

June 11, 2010
June 1, 2010

Senator Squadron Selects Community Leader Catherine McVay Hughes as One of New York’s Women of Distinction

State Senate Honors McVay Hughes for Dedication to Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and Community Concerns

May 26, 2010

Lower East Side gas leak

About 60 tenants in three Lower East Side New York City Housing Authority projects who have been without gas for their kitchen stoves for several months finally got a hearing on May 5 when state Sen. Daniel Squadron stepped into the picture.

It took four months for gas to be restored to the 17 apartments in the C line of the building at 182 South St. in the Alfred Smith Houses where a leak on a gas coupling in the basement cut off service on Jan. 20. Tenants had to cook on hot plates supplied by NYCHA until May 7 when gas service was restored.

May 17, 2010

Tell us about the money

So contributions to political campaigns, no matter how large, are ultimately about free speech, right? That, at least, was the reasoning in a groundbreaking Supreme Court decision earlier this year that said there was no real difference between contributions by corporations and those by individuals. Both were found to have a constitutional right to give to the candidates and causes of their choice.

April 21, 2010

Assembly Member Lancman and Senator Squadron Announce Corporate Political Accountability to Shareholders Act

Legislation in Response to

Citizens United Decision will Stem

Corporate Dollars in Politics


Legislators: Require Corporations

Making Political Expenditures to Obtain Prior Shareholder

Approval and Disclose Business

Rationale Behind Such Expenditures

April 13, 2010