Daniel L. Squadron's News items

Seniors thank Squadron and Chin

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 51 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 4 - 11, 2011

Caring Community I.P.N. honored NY State Sen. Daniel Squadron and NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin on Fri. April 29. They joined with seniors at a breakfast and were thanked for fighting to restore vital money in the state budget that will maintain services at the senior center.

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May 6, 2011
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Senate Dems to Hold Interactive Ethics Forum

WXXI

Karen DeWitt (2011-05-03)

May 6, 2011
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Senate Dems plan first 'interactive' ethics forum

Associated Press

MAY 3, 2011, 8:49 A.M. ET

ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers long fed up with the behavior of politicians in Albany are expected to get a chance to tweet their opinions on a myriad of bills aimed at cleaning up state government.

New York's Senate Democrats plan what they claim will be the first ethics discussion in Albany in which New Yorkers will be able to comment through the Internet. Wednesday's forum will use a technology that will likely include Twitter to allow New Yorkers statewide to comment on the Democrats' proposals.

The bills include creating a nonpartisan commission to redraw election district lines, stripping convicted elected officials of their pensions, and restricting the use of campaign funds.

May 5, 2011
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Flap over funding plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park: city board nixes tax plan

NY Daily News

BY Erin Durkin DAILY NEWS WRITER

Thursday, April 28th 2011, 4:00 AM

Local officials are pushing the city to find a solution to the controversy over housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Condo foes thought tax revenues from waterfront properties the Jehovah's Witnesses expect to sell was their best bet to pay for the park without building more housing towers - but the city-controlled park board quietly ordered consultants to nix it.

Now politicians are ramping up the pressure to revive the idea before a final report comes out next month.

April 28, 2011
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Stain Remover: For the third time in 25 years, Albany attempts to get ethics reform right

NY Capitol News

Andrew J. Hawkins April 25, 2011

After months of bitter dispute, the Cuomo administration and legislative leaders finally reached a deal to strengthen the state’s ethics code. The agreement, which would require more comprehensive financial disclosure statements and ban pay-for-play, was announced just as polling showed the public’s confidence in state government at an all-time low.

“I think we have the seeds of a solution,” the Senate Republican leader told a reporter.

The governor agreed, but with some caveats.

April 26, 2011
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Pols: Stop tour bus invasion

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 49 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | April 20 - 26, 2011

By Aline Reynolds

Residents near Ground Zero fear the worst as they anticipate heightened congestion when the National September 11th Memorial and Museum opens in September.

Approximately 1,500 people an hour are expected to visit the memorial, 20 percent of whom are likely to arrive at the site by tour bus, according to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

April 21, 2011
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At Long Last, Victory For Red Hook And Columbia Street Waterfront Communities. Agreement To Bring Shore Power To Red Hook Cruise Terminal Reached

Pardon Me For Asking: News from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and Beyond

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

By Katia Kelly

Good news! The New York Times just reported that a multi-agency agreement has been reached, which would supply cruise ships with shore power from specially built electrical port outlets at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.

Currently, the ships dock for hours and sometimes days, continually burning diesel fuel to provide electricity onboard.

April 18, 2011
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Officials Hold Summit on WTC Memorial Tour Bus Problem

The Tribeca Tib

By Jessica Terrell

POSTED Apr. 15, 2011

With the opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial less than five months away, city and state officials said on Friday that they are

making progress on a plan for coping with the expected influx of tour buses into Lower Manhattan. But nothing has been finalized and only one deadline for a decision is certain: “Sept. 11,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.

April 18, 2011
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Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Plug In on Shore

NY Times

City Room Blog

April 13, 2011, 10:49 am

By LIZ ROBBINS

Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times The Queen Mary 2, docked at Red Hook in 2009, before the plug.

The mighty Queen Mary 2 will no longer be belching diesel fumes over Red Hook when it docks at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal next year. Instead, the cruise ship will shut its engines and plug into a giant electrical outlet built especially for the port.

April 13, 2011
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Tougher regulations for discount charter buses

Leguislative Gazette by Simon Garron-Caine April 11, 2011 In the face of two recent tragedies, the Assembly passed a bill April 4 that would create a regulatory system for intercity buses operating out of New York City. "As last month's tragic crash in the Bronx made clear, it is past time to impose reasonable regulations on the discount bus industry. Today's unregulated environment is like the wild west, and that doesn't work for bus companies, passengers or the community," said Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, who sponsors the bill (S.2977/A.4578). The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, whose district serves as one of New York City's discount bus hubs.

April 12, 2011
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Sen. Squadron delivers the news

Downtown Express

By Aline Reynolds

Volume 20, Number 47 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | April 6 - April 12, 2011

Downtown senior centers have reason to celebrate, thanks to the restoration of $25.2 million in Title XX funds included in the recently passed state budget.

State Senator Daniel Squadron appeared at the BRC Senior Center in Chinatown on Thursday, March 31 to deliver the good news.

“State funding has been saved for the months and years to come,” Squadron announced joyously to a host of seniors gathered in the center’s cafeteria.

At the same time, the Senator stressed, the victory hasn’t yet been fully achieved. It’s up to the city’s Department for the Aging to decide which senior centers will remain open.

April 11, 2011
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Bill seeks to keep buses in check

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 46

March 30 - April 5, 2011

By Aline Reynolds

Two fatal bus crashes prompted the City to get behind a New York State law requiring permits of intercity buses for passenger drop-offs and pick-ups in Chinatown and citywide.

The intercity bus bill, introduced in the State Senate and Assembly last month, would improve safety for passengers and lessen noise, pollution and congestion in Chinatown, according to N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron.

April 5, 2011
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Foes say ‘No Housing’ committee report is lowballing them

The Brooklyn Paper

By Laura Gottesdiener

March 25, 2011

Show us the money!

Community members and elected officials are furious that a report studying ways to fund Brooklyn Bridge Park’s massive maintenance budget may be leaving good cash on the table.

A consultant hired to search for revenue to maintain the park without building residences within its waterfront footprint released a draft report last month that predicted non-housing options could generate $2.5 million to $7 million — not even half of the ballooning $16-million maintenance budget.

March 25, 2011
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