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Silver and Squadron shoot for revamp of Gulick Park

Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather Friday morning, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and state Senator Daniel Squadron shot some hoops on the Lower East Side while announcing their hopes to redo a rundown park.

March 24, 2010

Senate Social Services Committee Includes Core Values in Budget Resolution

Programs Will Help New Yorkers During Economic Crisis

Investments in Job Creation, Family Health, and Homeless Prevention

March 23, 2010

Community Convention

Please join State Senator Daniel Squadron at the:


Sunday, April 112:00 to 5:00 p.m.Borough of Manhattan Community College199 Chambers Street (just west of Greenwich)

RSVP to Rosemarie Diaz at 212-298-5565 or rdiaz@senate.state.ny.us.

March 22, 2010

City takes control of Brooklyn Bridge Park

After months of negotiations, the state on Wednesday handed the reins of Brooklyn Bridge Park over to the city, while remaining to ride shotgun.

The deal came with two major caveats - an agreement that the Bloomberg Administration contributes $55 million to finish the $350 million park in the next fiscal year, and the city will explore other options for funding the parks mandate to be self-sustaining.

March 12, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Promises Made, Promises Kept

Squadron-Millman-Mayor MOU Fulfills

Senator Squadron’s 2008 Campaign Pledge


March 10, 2010

Senator Squadron, Borough President Stringer, Other Electeds and Parents Announce 3-Point Plan to Prevent School Overcrowding

New Legislation Would Help Communities Prevent

Crises Like Lower Manhattan Space Crunch

March 9, 2010

Governor Signs Squadron-Silver Ethics Bill

Governor David A. Paterson overcame his initial objections and signed into law the "Bruno Gap" bill. We were proud that both authors of the legislation, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron, represent our district.

March 8, 2010

Squadron/Schimminger 500-Foot Law Reform Bill Passes Senate

Bill Will Require SLA Consideration of

Applicants’ History with Community


For First Time Ever, Specific and Consistent Standards

of “Public Interest” Must be Applied

March 8, 2010

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