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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

Notice of Public Hearing: Ending the Perfect Storm: Finding Solutions and Identifying Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problem



SUBJECT:  Ending the Perfect Storm:  Finding Solutions and Identifying Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problem

PURPOSE:  Update on various government agencies’ plan to (1)  address the lack of funding in New York’s Section 8 Program and (2) assist families who hold terminated vouchers.

April 13, 2010

Statement Regarding Deadly Crash in the Lower East Side, April 12th 2010

“Today’s deadly crash at Essex and Delancey Streets is a tragedy, but not unexpected.  According to the NYS Department of Transportation, there have been more than 80 crashes at this exact location over a 10-year period.  A 2006 report by the Manhattan Borough President’s Office found this intersection to be the most congested in theborough.  That’s why we have called on the New York City Department of Transportation to implement red light cameras and other pedestrian safety measures at ‘danger spot’ intersections throughout the city, including at Essex and Delancey.&nbsp

April 12, 2010

Report from Senator Squadron's Community Convention

On Sunday, State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his second annual 25th District Community Convention, bringing together more than 300 community members to discuss legislative and community priorities.

April 12, 2010

Manhattan and Brooklyn Elected Officials Call on City to Address Increased Helicopter Traffic Over Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights

Uptick in Noise, Traffic After 30th Street Heliport’s Termination of Tourist Flights

Officials Call for Three Steps to ImproveSafety and Quality of Life

April 12, 2010

Squadron presents Girls Club with big check for big project

A gaggle of Lower Eastside Girls Club members came to the club’s headquarters on Wednesday last week to receive an oversized check for $250,000 from state Senator Daniel Squadron, who helped secure the New York State grant for the club’s new center under construction on Avenue D.

The girls were also celebrating the 11th birthday of their sister club member Imani Quardier, who shared a giant cupcake with her friends and neighborhood visitors to the club’s office on First St. near First Ave.

April 8, 2010

200 teens rally at City Hall against 35,000 job cut to Summer Youth Employment Program

With thousands of summer jobs in jeopardy, more than 200 city teens rallied in City Hall Park Thursday against funding cuts to the popular Summer Youth Employment Program.

Nachaell Gonzalez, 16, of the Bronx who has worked at a family center for the past three years, called the program critical for local youth.

"Without it kids would be on the street, standing on the corner, doing I don't know what instead of earning money," she said.

April 6, 2010
March 29, 2010