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South Brooklyn Post: Pool, Tennis, Ice Skating!

By Lisa Collins

There’s been a lot of politicking and community-activist action going on concerning the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tuesday a major deal was struck in Albany that may prevent the construction of large luxury condo buildings around the park, something many community activists, and state Sen. Daniel Squadron, of Carroll Gardens, were against. Cobble Hill Association President Roy Sloane argued time and again the condos would effectively privatize the parks, restrict access to them, and limit the amount of recreational facilities for the public, due to lost space.

August 9, 2011
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Brooklyn Eagle: Cheers! Plans Pave Way to Pay for Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Dennis Holt

BROOKLYN — A symbolic fat lady sang this week in Brooklyn Bridge Park, probably from the observation hill at Pier 1.

The heart of the refrain was quite clear. The city will honor its promise to spend $55 million to build recreational amenities on Pier 2 and the John Street portion of the park. In effect, anchors away!

Other parts of the song involved news about a swimming pool for the next five summers, an ice and roller skating rink at the end of Pier 5, and there was a chorus about agreeing to revenue plans to pay for park operations.

August 9, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Senator Squadron Encourages Passage of Domestic Violence Bill

By Georgia Kral

State Senator Daniel Squadron cited statistics released today - that show a more than 12 percent increase in domestic violence cases in New York City - in his call for action on a recently introduced domestic violence bill.

"Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action," he said.

The bill, introduced by Squadron in the State Senate in June, would strengthen the current domestic violence laws by establishing "aggravated domestic violence" as a felony crime for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.

"Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Squadron.

August 9, 2011
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Daily News: Brooklyn's Bridge Park will see fewer luxury condos and more community amenities after Albany deal

By Mark Morales

A complex deal that could wipe out the construction of two high-priced condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park was signed yesterday.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights) spearheaded a deal that could cut the number of luxury condos planned for the gleaming waterfront park down to none while also getting parkgoers a skating rink, a swimming pool and other perks.

"We found a path to address long-standing community concerns about housing on site, complete the park and increase the amenities," said Squadron.

August 4, 2011
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New York Observer: God Willing, Brooklyn Bridge Park Will Have Less Condos

By Matt Chaban

If they can reach a compromise on Capital Hill, why not on the Brooklyn waterfront?

After years of bickering over Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Bloomberg administration has finally struck a deal with two local pols who opposed plans to erect condos along the park to help pay for its maintenance. Instead of the two new condo towers, along with the hulking One Brooklyn Bridge Park, they have settled on one shorter tower, though maybe still a second one, along with a handful of additional funding mechanisms to make up the difference.

August 4, 2011
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New York Times: Housing Deal Ensures Park in Brooklyn Will Expand

 

By LISA W. FODERARO

After months of uncertainty over the fate of the popular Brooklyn Bridge Park, city and state officials plan to sign an agreement on Tuesday that would allow limited private housing to be built there, to help pay an expected annual operating cost of $16 million.

The agreement ensures that the park, which now measures 20 acres, will be completed, eventually expanding to 85 acres on five disused piers along the East River.

August 4, 2011
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Senator Squadron Discusses Ugliest Subway Stations Report, MTA Funding with PIX11's Greg Mocker

Senator Squadron joined PIX11 News' Greg Mocker to discuss Greg's Ugliest Subway Stations Report and the need for sustainable MTA funding that doesn't put the burden on the backs of riders. 

Click here to view the video on PIX11's site.

July 29, 2011
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Letter to the Editor: Hydrofracking Should Concern All New Yorkers

In a letter to the Downtown Express, Senator Squadron argues that the benefits of hydrofracking don't come close to outweighing the costs and the risks, so New York must implement a state-wide ban.

July 14, 2011
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Downtown Express: Trial points to need for new policies

With the culmination of the Deutsche Bank trial last week, in which all three defendants were found “not guilty,” there is a movement to reopen the case so that a tragedy such as the one that, in 2007, took the lives of NYC firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, will never happen again.

Last summer the New York State legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron and supported by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, that established a task force to address the problems that may have led to the incident. When the fire broke out, firefighters did not have architectural plans for the building and essentially went into the blaze blindfolded. Once inside, they confronted a nightmarish labyrinth of sealed plywood hatches and thick plastic sheeting.

In Squadron’s own words, “In any privately-owned or city-owned building, firefighters and first responders can be sure that if the rules were followed, everything will be consistent. In state-and public-authority owned buildings, they can’t be sure of that.”

July 14, 2011
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The Broadsheet Daily: SAGE Advice: Find a Way to Serve

"I don't know what your destiny will be," Albert Schweitzer once told a group of students, "but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Seemingly guided by these sentiments, three Downtown high school students have been recognized by State Senator Daniel Squadron and were awarded the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards. Elementary, middle and high schools across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn nominated students for the SAGE Award. Students are selected for showing a deep commitment to public service beyond the classroom.

July 13, 2011
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Video: Senator Squadron on Fox 5's Good Day New York

Calls To Review Service On F, L Subway Lines: MyFoxNY.com

MYFOXNY.COM - New York State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to review the 'L' and 'F' subway lines -- particularly the increasing problem of overcrowding on the weekends.

Among the reasons for more ridership on the lines includes increased night life in the Williamsburg and Lower East Side neighborhoods as well as flea markets in Brooklyn which are popular on the weekends.

"The MTA is under enormous budget pressures. All I am asking is for a review of weekend subway service. A couple of years ago they did it on the F line. It was great. It was transparent. I'd like to see that here now," Squadron told Good Day New York.

July 13, 2011
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CBS New York: Sen. Squadron Calls For Review Of L And F Subway Line Weekend Service

Following the release of the Times report, State Sen. Daniel Squadron called for a review of weekend service on the F and L lines.

“Today’s report underscores the fact that weekend subway service is simply not keeping up with New York,” said Squadron.

In a letter to New York City Transit President John Prendergast, Squadron requested a full review of the L line’s performance. Squadron wrote a similar letter in 2009 which prompted the MTA to review weekday service on the F train.

Squadron told 1010 WINS, ridership along the L line has increased drastically because of new development projects in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that have brought residents and travelers.

“These neighborhoods are only getting more popular, more people moving in, more reasons to visit them,” Squadron said. “The MTA should be ahead of the curve on addressing this change in ridership instead of falling further behind.”

July 13, 2011
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am New York: More trains needed on F, L lines on weekends, pol says

A Manhattan pol is pushing the MTA to step up service on the L and F lines, especially on weekends.

State Senator Daniel Squadron wants a review of the lines following a report in The New York Times that pointed out that the number of straphangers on weekends has boomed, resulting in long waits and crammed subway cars.

“I’m a big believer in the city that never sleeps,” Squadron (D-Manhattan) told amNewYork. “You can’t have a subway system that’s tied to the 9-5 clock.”

July 13, 2011
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NY Post: MTA has app-etite for new nerd ideas

By Jennifer Fermino

The subway map just doesn't cut it anymore.

Navigating the Big Apple is getting the high-tech treatment, with the MTA calling on geeks to make sense of the city's subways and buses.

Agency officials yesterday -- admitting they're not too tech-savvy -- said they want an untapped corps of armchair techies to create new smartphone apps for their often-confused 8.5 million daily riders.

To get their keyboards fired up, the MTA released a trove of data to help entrants come up with new ideas -- and will offer $15,000 in prizes to creators of the most useful programs.

That info includes previously unreleased diagrams of stations -- so it will be easier to find station agent booths at deserted G-train stops.

July 13, 2011
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DNAinfo: Squadron Calls For Review of F and L Subway Service

By Patrick Hedlund

LOWER EAST SIDE — Where the "F" is the train?

A Lower East Side politician is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to conduct a review of the F and L train lines following reports of sluggish subway service on the weekends.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron has requested a full review of the L line's performance after a New York Times report found that weekend ridership is at historic highs along some lines, despite the slower trains and skipped stops that accompany subway maintenance work on Saturdays and Sundays.

July 13, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Squadron Asks MTA to Study Weekend F Train Service

By Ed Litvak

State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to study passenger needs on the F and L trains, with an eye towards improving weekend service. As the New York Times noted in a story published yesterday, some nightlife-centric neighborhoods have seen a huge increase in weekend ridership, but schedules have not kept pace.

In a letter dated July 1 to MTA President Thomas Prendergast, Squadron asked for a review of both the F on the Lower East Side and the L in Williamsburg. The letter reads, in part:

July 13, 2011
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DNAinfo: Push to Close Building Safety Loophole After Deutsche Bank Acquittals

State Sen. Daniel Squadron sponsored legislation last year that created a state-city panel to address the loophole. Squadron expects the panel to begin meeting later this year and issue recommendations that would go to the legislature for approval next spring.

July 8, 2011
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DNA Info: 9/11 Memorial Tour Buses Parking Plan Draws Fire

By Julie Shapiro

LOWER MANHATTAN — The city's plan to charge parking fees to limit an expected influx of 9/11 memorial tour buses is drawing criticism from residents who say it is too lenient and tour guides who say it is too expensive.

June 30, 2011
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The Broadsheet Daily: Rental Health Guidelines

Lower Manhattan Is Affected More Than Most Communities by Stabilization Increases

June 29, 2011
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