Daniel L. Squadron's News items

Bigger, Better Ethics Bill?

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Feature article in The Daily Politics

Good government advocates today decried the lack of action on ethics reform on the extraordinary session agenda, but also sounded a hopeful note that behind-the-scenes negotiations are underway to strengthen a bill passed by the Assembly earlier this year.

November 17, 2009
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Community Roundtable with Senator Squadron

Feature article in the Cobble Hill Association

The Cobble Hill Association Kicks off its Community Roundtable Series with State Senator Daniel Squadron

7:30 PM on Monday, November 23rd@ Christ Church, at the corner of Clinton and Kane Streets

November 17, 2009
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver vows to protect funding for public housing

By Frank Lombardi

Feature issue in The Daily News

Despite the worst state fiscal crisis since the mid-1970s, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has vowed to safeguard state funding for the troubled New York City Housing Authority.

November 16, 2009
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Silver and Others Seek Millions for NYCHA

By Azi Paybarah

Feature article in The  New York Observer

Public housing advocates and elected officials rallied on the City Hall steps for more than a half hour this morning, demanding the city and state give more money to the New York City Housing Authority.

November 12, 2009
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Public housing tenants demand repairs, full funding

By Lesley Sussman

Feature article in The Villager

Hundreds of residents who live in public housing throughout the city were expected to converge at City Hall on Thursday morning Nov. 12, along with politicians and organizers, to demand that Governor Paterson include ample funding for the New York City Housing Authority in the budget due for release in December.

November 11, 2009
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Concord Village meeting draws official response

By: Stephen Witt

Feature article in the Courier Life Publications

Crime is down in the area and the High Street subway station is manned every day on every tour of duty, transit officials and cops told a packed town hall meeting of Concord Village residents recently.

November 11, 2009
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Improvements in store for Brooklyn Bridge ramp

By Gary BuisoFeature article in the Booklyn Heights Courier

By year’s end, roadway relief is in store for stressed-out travellers navigating across the Brooklyn Bridge, officials announced this week.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to help facilitate low-tech changes to the southbound FDR Drive onto the Brooklyn Bridge, a nettlesome intersection that has long befuddled backed-up commuters.

November 9, 2009
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Squadron Details Plans For B’klyn Bridge Park

By Harold Egeln

Feature article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – Sitting down at the Eagle’s office within blocks of the growing Brooklyn Bridge Park, state Sen. Daniel Squadron stated in detail his vision of the park and, in doing so, hoped to dispel any misconceptions about his support.

 

November 9, 2009
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State promises to fix FDR Drive-Brooklyn Bridge ramp

By Gersh Kuntzman

Feature article in the Brooklyn Paper The worst thing about living in Brooklyn — the debilitating traffic congestion on the Brooklyn Bridge’s entrance ramp from the FDR Drive — is about to get just a little bit better.

November 4, 2009
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Filling ethics law gap

By  James M. Odato

Feature article in the Times Union

ALBANY -- Sen. John Flanagan operates ASJ Consulting, but don't expect the Long Island lawyer to discuss the business.

He won't return phone calls inquiring about ethics disclosure requirements.

Like former Sen. Joseph L. Bruno, who claims he disclosed what he believed was necessary on state ethics forms, Flanagan, R-East Northport, is among 10 state lawmakers whose households benefit from consulting income.

November 4, 2009
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Bruno Trial Recalls Ethics Bill Albany Shot Down in September

By Elizabeth Dwoskin

Featrue article in The Village Voice

Legislators have been quick to condemn wrongdoing in the run-up to the trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who was indicted on corruption charges in January. But let's not forget that earlier this fall, Senate Republicans unanimously shot down a bill that would have gone a long way towards stopping corrupt politicians from committing the sorts of crimes of which Bruno is accused.

November 3, 2009
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Closing the Bruno gap

By Casey Seiler

Feature article in the Times Union

State Sen. Daniel Squadron says the ethics package introduced by Democrats will close the “Bruno gap” in the state’s disclosure laws. This is the same package that failed to pass in September due to (pick one) Democratic partisan game-playing/Republican intransigence/both.

November 3, 2009
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Squadron Resumes Push for Ethics Bill

Feature article in The Lo-Down

 

We just received a news release from State Senator Daniel Squadron's office detailing "how the ethics reform package he sponsors with Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson would help prevent the kind of alleged ethical misconduct for which former Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno is on trial."

Among the provisions highlighted:

November 3, 2009
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The Fog of Ethics in Albany

Feature article in the New York Times

Extortion, bribery, racketeering — those are just some of the crimes that have sent members of the New York State Legislature to jail in the last five years. The good news is that the authorities caught up with them. The bad news is how easily and how long they were able to exploit the system, and New York’s long-suffering citizens, before they were caught.

October 27, 2009
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Gov asks mayor & Thompson for B.P.C. help

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in the Downtown Express

Desperate to fill the $3 billion hole in the state’s budget this year, Gov. David Paterson is making another grab for the Battery Park City Authority’s money.

Paterson wants to take $300 million from the authority, which would be an unprecedented use of the authority’s funds. Paterson tried and failed to do something similar earlier this year, and his current proposal is also far from a done deal.

October 23, 2009
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Help is on the way for F train

By Gary Buiso

Feature article in Brooklyn Heights CourierA ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves.

October 15, 2009
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October 12, 2009
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F line finally on track for fixes, says NYC Transit; construction, new subway cars coming to line

By Pete DonohueFeature article in The Daily News

Relief for riders on the F line - one of the longest and most delay prone - is on the way as transit officials are targeting it for a fix, officials said yesterday.

NYC Transit is adding new subway cars on the line, which should reduce breakdowns and improve on-time performance, officials said.

October 10, 2009
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On the F Train, the M.T.A. Confirms What Riders Know

By Michael M. Grynbaum

Feature article in The Cityroom Blog

The F train is slow, prone to delays, frustrating for riders and generally an overstuffed, oft-diverted mess.

October 9, 2009
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Bring Back F Express? Not So Fast

Feature Article in the Cityroom Blog

By Michael M. Grynbaum

“F train express.”

To the long-suffering straphangers on the city’s worst performing subway line, it’s an oxymoron. To Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, it’s a crowd-pleasing campaign pledge.

But can it become a reality?

October 8, 2009
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