Daniel L. Squadron's Blog entries

Testimony of Senator Squadron Regarding the Proposed expansion of the SOHO Case Iron District

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today. My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th Senate District in the New York State Senate. My district includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus in Brooklyn, and the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village in Manhattan. As a representative of this district, I enthusiastically support the expansion of the SoHo Cast Iron District.

File: 
SoHo Cast Iron Testimonydocx.pdf

October 27, 2009
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Re-opening the Rector Street Bridge!

I was proud to assist the New York State Department of Transportation in re-opening the Rector Street Bridge on schedule.  I facilitated the acceleration of electrical work by ConEdison, which allowed the enhanced lighting to be in place in time for the October 9 opening of  the bridge.

October 27, 2009
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Protecting Neighborhood Businesses

As chair of the Senate Cities Committee, I hosted a public hearing on retail diversity and neighborhood health on September 19th.  Too often, New York City neighborhoods suffer from a drought of diverse retail or suffer as locally owned businesses are driven out.   My hearing brought together small business owners, government officials, and community members to discuss the problem and identify potential solutions.  The goal is to develop state policies to promote local and diverse retail.  If you have ideas for how to promote retail diversity and neighborhood health

October 26, 2009
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Bringing the SLA to the Community

On October 13, I hosted a discussion on nightlife concerns, bringing together State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman Dennis Rosen, SLA CEO Trina Mead, SLA Deputy Commissioner of Licensing Kerri O’Brien, SLA Deputy CEO for New York City Michael Jones, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, representatives from the offices of Assembly Members Silver, Kavanagh, and Glick, and leaders from district community boards.

October 16, 2009
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Full Line Report on F Train:

This summer, after hearing from so many of you about the poor service you experience every day on the F train, I asked the MTA to do a full line review.

File: 
flinereport.pdf

File: 
F Review - Appendices.pdf

October 14, 2009
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Community Convention Follow-Up Conference Calls

As many of you know, for the past three weeks I have been hosting a series of conference calls that have served as an update on the goals and priorities we outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention I held in March. The fourth and final call will be tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 15, at 5:30. We’ll be discussing:

October 13, 2009
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Launching a Chinese-Language Hotline

Last week I also launched the first-ever 25th Senate District Chinese-language hotline, a service that allows Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking constituents to contact my office directly with their concerns.Constituents can access the hotline by calling 917-254-3138 from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday-Friday.

October 12, 2009
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Parent Resource Guide

My staff and I handed out thousands of the first-ever 25th Senate District Parent Resource Guides on the first day of school last month.  My guide offers parents and educators a comprehensive list of government, civic and educational resources available in the 25th Senate district.  I am happy to offer this to my constituents, and eager for input and feedback on how we can improve future editions. I hope it is helpful, and please contact my office to receive your own copy.

October 9, 2009
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Planning for Responsible Development in Carroll Gardens

As a resident and a representative of Carroll Gardens, I continue to support a comprehensive, contextual rezoning of the entire community, from the Gowanus Canal to the water. 

File: 
Carroll_Gardens_rezoning_CPC_testimony-1.pdf

September 18, 2009
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Visit the 25th Senate District Community Calendar

The 25th Senate District Community Calendar offers a a new venue constituents can visit to find out about events in the district and opportunities to participate in community life.

Click here to read my press release annoucing the community calendar, and click here to visit the calendar

August 4, 2009
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A Letter to My Community Regarding the Proposed Rezoning of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Waterfront Area

June 25, 2009

 

Dear Community Member:

As you may know, I do not just represent this neighborhood in the State Senate; I live here too. As a resident and a representative, I continue to support a comprehensive, contextual rezoning of the entire community, from the Gowanus Canal to the water. A rezoning is a vital component of a broader strategy to preserve the unique nature of the community and protect its character from irresponsible, non-contextual development.

June 25, 2009
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Supporting Lower Manhattan Businesses

I am proud to sponsor an initiative, along with Speaker Sheldon Silver, that will reduce the cost of doing business in Lower Manhattan.  The Commercial Rent Tax Exemption makes certain existing and new commercial leases eligible for reduced rent, and the New York State Sales Tax Exemption helps Lower Manhattan businesses purchase equipment for their offices--but both incentives are about to expire.

June 25, 2009
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Senator Squadron Testimony About Family Income Contribution Requirement, June 24, 2009

TESTIMONY OF STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON BEFORE THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON GENERAL WELFARE REGARDING RES. NO. 2002.

 

June 24, 2009
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Senator Squadron Testimony About the NYCHA Draft Annual Plan, June 23, 2009

TESTIMONY OF STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON REGARDING THE DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN FOR THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, JUNE 23, 2009.

My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th Senate District in the New York State Senate.  My district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus, and the Manhattan neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village.

June 23, 2009
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Honoring Civic-Minded Graduates

I was honored to join hundreds of students and their families for graduations at schools across the district, where I presented the Service And Government Engagement (S.A.G.E.) Award to students who have served their communities and participated in local government.

 

June 19, 2009
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Loft Laws to Protect Tenants

I introduced legislation that will extend loft law protections to tenants who are inhabiting some buildings that are currently zoned for manufacturing uses.  This legislation, sponsored in the Assembly by Assembly Member Vito Lopez, will help thousands of New York City loft tenants, including some Tribeca, SoHo and DUMBO residents, access the protections of the Loft Law.

June 15, 2009
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Celebrating the Launch of the Brooklyn-Governor’s Island Ferry

Brooklyn-Governors Island Ferry

On June 6, I was thrilled to celebrate the launch of free ferry service between Fulton Ferry Landing and Governors Island.  The restoration of ferry service is something I have long pushed for and it is another positive step toward the vision of a Central Harbor Park for the 21st century.  This summer, we will have:

June 7, 2009
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Senate Woman of Distinction Award

The Women of Distinction Award honors an outstanding woman from our community.  I am honored to recognize Mrs. Charlotte Miles’ work and to celebrate her as one of New York’s Women of Distinction.

Charlotte is a true advocate for issues facing the Lower East Side community.  She moved to the Lower East Side when she was two years old and has lived in the community ever since. She has three children and five grandchildren.

June 2, 2009
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Statement from State Senator Daniel Squadron Regarding the Nomination of the Gowanus Canal to the EPA’s National Priorities List

On April 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had nominated the Gowanus Canal for consideration to be added to the National Priorities List (NPL), more commonly known as the Superfund list.  If added to the NPL, the Gowanus would be entered into the EPA's cleanup program, which would include intensive study and analysis of the nature of the hazardous materials and pollutants within the canal, identification of the parties that have been responsible for the pollution, and a supervised cleanup. Though the pressure to immediately announce a position

May 26, 2009
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Senator Squadron’s proposal for a real, world-class Brooklyn Bridge Park

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my vision for a real, world-class Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

File: 
Brooklyn Bridge Park_Presentation.pdf

March 30, 2009
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