Daniel L. Squadron's Blog entries

Change New York Now!

By Senator Daniel Squadron on 05/09/2011 @ 01:00 PM

May 8, 2011
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Help Renew and Improve Tenant Protections

More than a million New Yorkers depend on rent regulations to keep them in their homes, and New York’s neighborhoods depend on the stability that our affordable housing laws provide. We can’t risk tenant protections by letting them linger until the frenzied end of the legislation session, when they are on the verge of expiration. Join us today to help renew and improve rent regulation.

April 11, 2011
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January 10, 2011
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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
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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
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Community Convention

Please join State Senator Daniel Squadron at the:

SECOND ANNUAL25TH SENATE DISTRICTCOMMUNITY CONVENTION

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
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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.

File: 
NYCHA+Flyer.pdf

February 22, 2010
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Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on Today’s World Trade Center Arbitration Ruling

“While I am still reviewing the details of the decision, it seems this ruling came to the same conclusion the community and I have been advocating: we need an agreement that assures that construction is completed as soon as possible. I urge the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties to spend these forty-five days negotiating around the clock to arrive at an agreement that will allow construction to proceed and conclude. Further fights and delays are unacceptable.”

 

January 26, 2010
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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

File: 
Lower.Manhattan.Tenant.Forum_.421g.pdf

January 26, 2010
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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.

File: 
2010 Legislative Grant Application.pdf

January 25, 2010
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Reforming Albany

Greetings,

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
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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
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Fixing the Budget Crisis

Looking at the hard numbers, we cannot ignore the fact that new York State has a budget crisis.  We have to make some hard choices in the coming months and years.  In November and December, as we worked to pass a Deficit Reduction Plan, I argued strongly that we should make those choices responsibly and strategically – for example, I worked to preserve programs that brought in millions of dollars of federal stimulus funds, I argued against cutting school budgets mid-year because I believed that sudden cuts would undermine kids’ education, and I prioritized spending that would save

December 14, 2009
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Leading the Way on Ethics Reform

You don’t need to be an expert in state government to know that our ethics laws have been in sore need of an overhaul.  That’s why I've worked since the day I took office to craft legislation that will give ethics enforcement real teeth. 

I have worked hand in hand with civic advocates to draft an ethics package that will create more independent oversight of ethics, force legislators to disclose their business dealings with lobbyists, and make more detailed information about legislators’ finances available to the public.

December 10, 2009
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Fighting and Voting for Marriage Equality

The past session in Albany was capped with a grave disappointment for me, as marriage equality was defeated on the floor of the Senate.  I voted, and argued, and fought for passage of the bill.  I am deeply disappointed that we did not win marriage equality this time, but I am committed to winning over my colleagues, bringing the bill back to the floor, and expanding equal rights to all New Yorkers. 

December 7, 2009
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Check out Local Retail this Holiday Season

Support local retailers in the holiday season and beyond!  Check out the "Get Local!" Shopping Guide from the East Village Community Coalition and support our local businesses.

Click Here to view the guide. 

December 7, 2009
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F Train Town Hall

This past summer, I called on the MTA to conduct a full line review of the F Train in response to the many constituent complaints I received regarding ongoing service problems.  In October, the MTA released the findings from this review in a comprehensive report (which you can find on my website at: www.squadron.nysenate.gov).

December 4, 2009
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Town Hall Meeting

Next Monday, I will be hosting a public meeting to give the community an opportunity to hear a presentation from the City of New York about Brooklyn Bridge Park. I believe that this kind of open dialogue is crucial. 

 

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK TOWN HALL MEETINGHosted by State Senator Daniel Squadron

December 4, 2009
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Rallying for Public Housing

On Thursday, November 12th, I released a letter with Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, GOLES and more than 80 elected officials and community organizations, asking Governor Paterson to fully fund NYCHA housing in his budget proposal for next year. More than 80 elected officials and community organizations have joined our SOUND Housing Campaign for full funding for NYCHA.  Would you like to join?  Please contact Rosemarie Diaz in my office at 212-298-5565 or rdiaz@senate.state.ny.us.

December 1, 2009
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