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The push to ban choppers in DT

Downtown Express

May 18th, 2011

Downtown elected officials and residents are fighting to ban tourist helicopter flights from taking off from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

Added regulations on the helicopter industry established last year have proven unsuccessful, according to the stakeholders, as Brooklyn residents continue to be disrupted by chopper noise and traffic — in part due to the elimination of tourist flights from the W. 30th Street Heliport in Manhattan.

May 25, 2011
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Creating a sustainable vision for harbor

Downtown Express

May 18th, 2011

BY Marissa Maier | From a sliver of park to large acreage sloping toward the Hudson River, each green space in Lower Manhattan has its own set of challenges and is often funded through a variety of public and private sources. Recognizing a tough economic landscape, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and Community Board 1 Chairperson Julie Menin assembled a group of representatives from 13 park and government organizations on Thursday, May 12, for the first Harbor Task Force meeting.

May 25, 2011
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May 25, 2011
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Pols: Ban all tourist helicopters

May 16, 2011

By Kate Briquelet

The Brooklyn Paper

All tourist helicopter flights must be banned from Brooklyn skies because city officials have failed to stop the window-rocking, sanity-testing chopper noise from bombarding waterfront neighborhoods, locals demanded on Sunday.

“Enough is enough!” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), who was joined by other elected officials and residents on Sunday in demanding an end to the noise. “We need to stop the endless parade of tourist helicopter flights over our neighborhoods.”

May 18, 2011
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Downtown Manhattanites Want Ban On Tourist Helicopter Flights

NY 1

05/16/2011 10:04 AM

By: NY1 News

Residents living within earshot of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport are calling for a ban on tourist helicopter flights.

Tourist helicopter flights were banned last year from the Heliport on West 30th Street.

"When you have this kind of constant nuisance for every neighborhood in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Upper West Side, Downtown, across town, it just doesn't work," said Manhattan-Brooklyn Senator Daniel Squadron.

May 18, 2011
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A Unified Call To Ban Tourist Helicopters Over Brooklyn Waterfront

Carroll Gardens Patch

A rally took place on Sunday

By Georgia Kral | May 16, 2011

Tourist helicopters are a real nuisance to people who live along and enjoy the South Brooklyn waterfront. From Brooklyn Heights to Red Hook, residents are calling for an end to the choppers.

"It’s time to stop the never-ending parade of tourist flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport," said State Senator Daniel Squadron at a rally at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday. "Chopper tours can't come at the expense of our neighborhoods' quality of life."

May 18, 2011
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Ban Noisy Tourist Helicopters Downtown, Pols Say

May 16, 2011 11:31am

Politicians are calling on the city end tourist flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

By Julie Shapiro

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Lower Manhattan could soon get a lot quieter.

Local politicians are calling for the city to ban all tourist helicopters from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, following several noise complaints from Manhattan and Brooklyn residents.

May 18, 2011
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Fred Dicker Live from the State Capitol - Interview with Senator Squadron

By Fred Dicker

Senator Squadron appreared on Fred Dicker's radio show to discuss ethics reform efforts. 

May 18, 2011
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Choppers Plague Red Hook

South Brooklyn Post

By Lisa M. Collins May 9, 2011

It’s illegal for helicopters to fly over land in New York City. But you wouldn’t know that if you lived in Red Hook.

Residents along the waterfront areas of Red Hook have been plagued over the past month with the loud drone of nearly constant helicopter traffic; on nice mornings the choppers, mostly tourist flights leaving from South Street Seaport and flying over Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty, pass overhead as frequently as every five minutes (State Sen. Daniel Squadron has announced a protest rally for Sunday. See details below).

May 18, 2011
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Plaza Opens Near World Trade Center Site

 NY1

Updated 05/12/2011 06:13 PM

By: NY1 News

A new plaza and transportation hub opened today in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.

Called the Peter Minuit Plaza, it expects to welcome more than 150,000 commuters each day. Officials call it the city's first 21st century intermodal transportation hub, as it links the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the M15 bus, and the 1 and R subway lines.

There's also a new taxi stand, bikeway, and pedestrian pathway.

May 18, 2011
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Sen. Daniel Squadron Petitions for Ethics Reform

NY Daily News

Daily Politics

May 11, 2011 12:29 PM

BY Ken Lovett

Sen. Daniel Squadron’s is now petitioning his fellow senators to allow a Senate Democratic ethics reform package to the floor for a vote.

Squadron sent a letter to his fellow senators on both sides of the aisle noting that a petition containing the signatures of 3/5 of the body can guarantee a bill moves to the floor.

The letter mentions how 54 senators during the campaign signed pledges supporting ethics reform, far more than the 38 votes needed for the petition.

May 12, 2011
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Former P.S. 150 student in spotlight

Downtown Express

Article BY John Bayles

May 11, 2011

Downtown Express photo by John Bayles

Brook Peters insists he has not become an overnight celebrity and the most popular eighth grader at his school. That, however, is hard to believe.

In the past month the 14-year-old has been featured on nearly every cable news network, including NY1, PIX11, FOX, NBC, CBS and CNN. He has a full page spread in the current edition of New York Magazine and last Friday he was “Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the media blitz, Peters has somehow managed to increase his math grade from a B average to an A, and study for his Regents Exams.

May 12, 2011
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Senate Dems host ethics forum

Legislative Gazette

May 12, 2011
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Jewish Conservancy Opens Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street

The Lo-Down: News From The Lower East Side

By Ed Litvak on May 9, 2011 9:59 am

This past Friday morning, the LES Jewish Conservancy had lots of help from its friends in celebrating the grand opening of the Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street.  The storefront gives the organization a visible presence in the heart of the Lower East Side — a “brick and mortar” launching pad for neighborhood walking tours and a venue for events and education about the neighborhood’s rich legacy. 

May 12, 2011
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"Senator Squadron Honors 9/11 Teen Filmmaker on Senate Floor"

The Broadsheet Daily

Downtown in the News

photo by Robert Simko

May 12, 2011
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State Senate Democrats urge ethics reform

WNYT.com

Posted at: 05/04/2011 4:51 PM Updated at: 05/04/2011 7:13 PM By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - With less than two months left in this year's scheduled legislative session, Senate Democrats staged a public hearing trying to pressure majority Republicans to move on ethics reform.

"Push to ensure that something happens this year and to ensure that if and when it does, we really know and are able to measure it against what should be happening," said Senator Daniel Squadron (D - New York City).

Democrats are advocating changes in five major areas: an independent commission to police ethics with neither the Governor nor anyone else able to dominate appointments.

May 6, 2011
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In Display of Solidarity, Obama Lays Wreath At Ground Zero

Carroll Gardens Patch

President joins first responders, politicians in silent ceremony in Lower Manhattan

By Paul Leonard, Matthew Hampton, and Georgia Kral | May 5, 2011

President Barack Obama made a visit to the city Thursday afternoon, a gesture of shared mourning and solidarity with New Yorkers whose lives were forever altered on Sept. 11, 2001.

"He's for real," said Peace Pinella, a lifelong resident of Columbia Street. "Of course he should go down there and honor them."

May 6, 2011
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