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Wall Street Journal: Brooklyn Park Extends Money Hunt

By Joseph De Avila

A fight over proposed housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park and how to pay for park operations reached a new stage on Tuesday.

The partially built 85-acre park was originally to be funded by adding around 700 units of housing in the park. But locals balked, saying that housing would detract from the park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., the nonprofit overseeing the park, appointed a committee to find alternatives to pay for the park's estimated $16 million in yearly operating costs.

On Tuesday, that committee voted in favor of recommending several revenue options that would fall short of the money needed to pay for the park's annual costs.

June 17, 2011
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Squadron in Albany Times-Union: N.Y. Needs Gun Microstamping Law

By Jerry Jennings, Daniel Squadron and Brian Kavanagh

In 2009, 481 people in New York were murdered with guns, including seven in Albany. Some 2,797 robberies were committed with firearms around the state, 96 of them right here in Albany.

Law enforcement officials use the tools available to them to solve these crimes. But, unfortunately, not all crimes are solved. In a significant number of these unsolved crimes, shell casings are retrieved, but no gun is left behind.

June 17, 2011
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Legislative Gazette: Legislators Want to Come Down Hard on Serial Domestic Abusers

With the end of the legislative session approaching, Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, are stepping up efforts to pass legislation they introduced in January (S.1510/A.1986) that would toughen domestic violence laws by creating a new felony charge of "aggravated domestic violence" for repeat offenders who might only face a low-level misdemeanor charge under the existing statutes.

June 17, 2011
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Park Slope Patch: Roll Call - Marriage Equality

"It's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something that has as personal and immediate of an impact on our constituents as marriage equality," said Senator Squadron. "Living up to New York's values means providing equal rights for all. That's why I will fight to win over my undecided colleagues and make sure we get this passed this year."

June 17, 2011
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Downtown Express: Pols Seek Ban to Curb Copter Noise

“A solution that doesn’t solve the problem is no solution at all,” said New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, and who was among those who signed the letter to Pinsky. “We’ve worked for a year to solve the problem. For a year after the tourist helicopters left the West Side, we worked closely with the industry and with the City, and they worked closely with us, which I really appreciated. The problem, though, is that you have too great a density of helicopters in too small an area.”

June 17, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Mary Spink Honored as “Woman of Distinction”

By Ed Litvak

We’re a little belated with this one, but better late than never. Recently, community activist Mary Spink was honored as a “Woman of Distinction,” in a state ceremony recognizing outstanding women all over New York.

She received the award in Albany from State Senator Daniel Squadron. City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer were also on hand for the event.

June 9, 2011
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Brooklyn Eagle: Copter Conflict Continues; City Reluctant To Ban

Brooklyn Officials Aren’t Giving Up

By Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

BROOKLYN — Brooklyn officials say they will be soaring ahead in pursuing a complete ban on tourist helicopter flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, regardless of a negative stance from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

June 9, 2011
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Reuters: Manhattan DA, Lawmakers Push for Stricter Abuse Law

By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. threw his support Friday behind a proposal that would create a new felony charge in New York state for repeat domestic abusers.

The legislation, sponsored by state senators Martin Golden and Daniel Squadron and state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, would subject abusers who commit two or more misdemeanor domestic violence crimes within five years to a class E felony charge, the lowest level of felony in New York.

According to the New York Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, 38 percent of domestic violence victims are abused again within six months, Vance said. Last year, police responded to nearly 250,000 domestic violence incidents in the city.

June 7, 2011
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CBS New York: New York Lawmakers Seek To Strengthen Domestic Violence Statute

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Albany is looking to put some teeth into the state’s domestic violence law. Lawmakers want to put repeat offenders behind bars before they cause serious harm to other potential victims.

June 7, 2011
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Bus Crashes Spur More Scrutiny of Interstate Bus Lines

International Business Times

Thursday, June 2, 2011 4:08 PM EDT

By Jeremy B. White

In March, a Chinatown bound bus returning from a casino careened off the road and was shorn in half, killing 15 people. Two days later, a driver and a passenger perished when a bus traveling from New York to Philadelphia hurtled into an embankment off the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. And on Tuesday, a bus owned by Sky Express rolled over in Virginia, killing four people.

June 7, 2011
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June 7, 2011
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Mayor Bloomberg denies tourist helicopter ban over residential areas

NY Daily News

BY Erin Durkin AND Jake Pearson DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Thursday, June 2nd 2011, 4:00 AM

Tourists helicopters won't be grounded despite noise complaints.

The Bloomberg administration Wednesday refused demands from Brooklyn pols to ban noisy helicopter tours over the city.

June 6, 2011
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Saluting the Panda Pawns

Downtown Express

June 1, 2011

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and NYC Council member Margaret Chin visited the Panda Pawns, the city and state elementary school chess champions from P.S. 124, on Tuesday, May 31, to commemorate the team’s accomplishments.

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June 6, 2011
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Condé Nast signs lease at One W.T.C.

Downtown Express

June 1, 2011

BY ALINE REYNOLDS | It’s official: publishing giant Condé Nast will be moving to the World Trade Center.

The company’s chairman, Si Newhouse Jr., signed a 25-year, $2 billion lease with its future landlord, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for one million square feet of office space at 1 W.T.C. last week.

Condé Nast’s more than 3,000 employees will occupy one-third of the skyscraper’s office space starting in 2015, according to Port Authority’s executive director, Chris Ward, who held a press conference on the tower’s 34th floor on Wed., May 25, to announce the news.

June 6, 2011
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