Daniel L. Squadron's Blog entries

Our Work Continues

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

March 28, 2013

Urgent Action on Vital Gun Regulations

Some important news: a special legislative session I called for in October to immediately pass vital gun measures into law now may be happening. 

A package of common sense measures -- including my bill to crack down on assault weapons, as well as critical background checks and limits on guns sales, and the vital crime-solving tool of microstamping -- would create the basic protections we need to truly save lives. In fact, my assault weapons bill would ban the military-style weapon used in last week's Newtown tragedy.

December 20, 2012

Post-Sandy Pop Up Assistance Sites

Was your home or business impacted by Sandy?

Join us for Post-Sandy Pop Up Assistance Sites. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be on site to answer questions and help residents and businesses apply for disaster assistance. Additional locations and dates will continually be added to this page

November 11, 2012

Post-Sandy Volunteer Opportunities

As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there are many opportunities to volunteer or donate around New York City.

If you would like to volunteer in-district, please email me at squadronvolunteer@gmail.com.

NYC Service is offering a number of opportunities to volunteer and donate. Please email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address, and borough, or visit www.nycservice.org.

Register with New York Cares to volunteer with its disaster response efforts here.

November 5, 2012

Sandy's Aftermath Resource Page: What to Expect

Please note that information on this page will be continually updated.

I hope that you and your family are safe in the aftermath of the storm.

It's going to be days and weeks until things are back to normal in parts of our city. In the meantime, it's important to stay safe and make sure you're prepared for the possibility of extended power outages, vastly reduced transit services, and overtaxed city services. 

EPA Sandy Gowanus Cleanup.pdf

North Brooklyn Sandy Small Biz Workshop.pdf

Business Recovery Info SBS.pdf

NYC Bar Sandy Helping Handbook.pdf

November 4, 2012

Preparing for Severe Weather: Mandatory Zone A Evacuation

Many 25th Senate District residents live within Hurricane Evacuation Zone A and are therefore part of a MANDATORY EVACUATION by 7PM TODAY. Click here to find out whether your home or business is in Evacuation Zone A. If you have trouble with that link, please use this map. Even if you do not live in Zone A, please read through this email as it includes important information.

If you live in Zone A:

October 28, 2012


On October 24th, Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried -- the sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) -- hosted a public forum on their pending legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identiy and break down barriers to equality. Full video is available at this link.

The forum brough together transgender New Yorkers and their families, law enforcement, advocates, and public officials from around the state to testify on the obstacles to equality faced by many transgender individuals, and the potential impact of GENDA. The following is a collection of testimony and resources provided by the forum's participating individuals and organizations.

October 23, 2012
October 19, 2012

Senator Squadron Releases 2012-2013 Parent Resource Guide

I'm proud to release my fourth annual Parent Resource Guide. The guide provides parents and educators with a comprehensive listing of educational and government resources, civic and community services, health care resources, cultural and recreational programs, and preschool, day care and summer camp programs.

I'll be distributing guides at schools throughout the 25th Senate District this week. You can download a copy of the Parent Resource Guide below, or contact my office to receive a hard copy.

Squadron Parent Resource Guide 2012-13.pdf

September 6, 2012

Our Work's Not Done

Last week, the 2012 legislative session came to an end in Albany, with hundreds of bills (though fewer than in previous years) passing in the last days.

Despite being a member of the Democratic minority in the all-too-partisan State Senate, I was proud to make a number of key priorities a reality:

June 25, 2012

An L of an Improvement!

Great news for transit riders: the MTA heeded our call and will increase L train service beginning this Sunday!

It's no surprise that many of you have reached out to me about overcrowded, infrequent and delayed L trains. That's why, last year, I asked the MTA to do a full-line review -- and, with that review, urged the agency to increase the number of L trains it runs on weekends and weekdays.

Now, beginning this Sunday, we'll see 7 additional L trains each Sunday, 16 each weekday, and 11 each Saturday. Riders tired of the crushing crowds and overflowing trains will now have an L trip a lot less likely to feel like hell!

June 8, 2012

Senator Squadron's Remarks at the Fourth Annual 25th Senate District Community Convention


Thank you for being here today.  I’m really glad so many were willing to brave the rain.  And I’m glad you were able to join the Community Convention without missing out on a beautiful day around the district.  A day like today, this is the perfect place to be.


And it’s going to be a great event.  That would not have happened without the help of some generous volunteers and community members.  Thank you!


Of course, whatever the weather is outside, your presence here today, when there is so much to do and life is so busy, is a big deal.  And not just because it’s Earth Day.


April 22, 2012

Empowering People Over Corporations

In 2010, the Supreme Court gave birth to today's now-infamous Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate political spending. The damage is clear: Super PACs have already spent over $68 million this election cycle, creating a flood of unaccountable corporate dollars that wash out the voice of real people.

Make no mistake: these unlimited corporate contributions are a threat to our democratic process. We must empower people - rather than corporations - in our politics.

March 2, 2012

Join Senator Squadron for a Public Meeting: What's Next in Albany and in Our Community?

Join Senator Squadron for a community discussion on what's next in Albany and in our community. Senator Squadron will report on the progress made on issues raised at the 25th Senate District community convention in March, and take input and questions on a variety of other topics.

Please RSVP for one of the following discussions to Jordan Levine at 212-298-5565 or jlevine@nysenate.gov.

Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus and Columbia WaterfrontTuesday, November 1st / 6:30pm to 8:00pmDodge YMCA225 Atlantic Ave (between Boerum and Court Streets) - Classroom A, Second Floor


Lower Manhattan, TriBeCa, Battery Park City, Financial District, Little Italy, SoHoMonday, November 7th / 7:30pm to 9:00pmSouthbridge Houses Community Room90 Beekman Street (at Pearl Street)


Lower East Side, Chinatown, East VillageTuesday, November 15th / 6:30pm to 8:00pmBRC Senior Services Center30 Delancey Street (between Chrystie & Forsyth Streets)

Squadron Community Meetings Fall 2011.pdf

October 31, 2011

Free Flu Shots!

Senator Squadron is proud to sponsor Free Flu Shot Clinics for Seniors in the 25th Senate District

Co-sponsored by Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Henry Street Settlement, Eileen Dugan Senior Center, Grand Street Settlement, SUNY Downstate Medical Center University Hospital of Brooklyn at LICH, and The YMCA

Wednesday, October 12, 201110:00AM to 1:00PMHenry Street Settlement - Good Companions Senior Center334 Madison St, New York, NY 10002 Call 212-477-0455 to sign up 

Squadron Free Flu Shots 2011.pdf

Squadron Free Flu Shots Brooklyn 2011.pdf

October 11, 2011

Senator Squadron Releases 2011-2012 Parent Resource Guide

I'm pleased to provide parents and educators with my 2011-2012 Parent Resource Guide, a comprehensive listing of educational and government resources, civic and community services, health care resources, cultural and recreational programs, and preschool, day care and summer camp programs.

I'll be greeting parents and students and distributing guides at schools throughout the 25th Senate District this week. You can download a copy of the Parent Resource Guide below, or contact my office to receive a hard copy.

Senator Squadron 2011-2012 Parent Resource Guide.pdf

September 7, 2011

Post-Storm Resources

As the city continues to assess the damage and clean up after Hurricane Irene, I wanted to provide residents with a list of useful links and phone numbers:

Con Edison - Report service problems and check service status here or by calling 1-800-75-CONED   

MTA - Check service status of subways, buses, Long Island Railroad, and Metro-North here.

Property Damage -Report property damage here. This allows the city to report damage to FEMA, which uses the infomation to assess whether NYC should receive federal funding.

Homeowner's Insurance -Call the New York State Insurance Department's Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 8PM. 

Report downed trees and wires -Call 311 or click here to report downed trees or branches. Report downed power lines and other issues here.

Volunteer - Volunteer to help with post-storm clean up at NYC Service.

For all other issues, please call 311. As always, if you have a real emergency, please call 911.

August 29, 2011
August 25, 2011

Resource Page: After 'I Do,' What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?

On August 16th, Senator Squadron and his colleagues hosted a symposium titled "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?" Even after the historic marriage equality vote, LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after they’re married -- including DOMA, GENDA, interstate travel and relocation, adoption, social security, and health benefits.  This page features a number of resources from our panelists on remaining post-marriage obstacles, as well as the broader challenges to true equality for all.  Click here (or scroll down) for video of the symposium.

August 16, 2011

Help Senator Squadron Get Rid of Ponding

Ponding is a small body of still water formed by the hollowing or embanking of the streets that can cause unpleasant smells, adversely affect the quality of life of those who live and work nearby, and have negative public health and environmental consequences. Senator Squadron is currently working to alleviate the problem and needs your help. 

Please fill out a survey about how ponding has impacted your quality of life, business, and/or day-to-day experience:



August 4, 2011
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