Daniel L. Squadron's News items

Here it is: Our annual ‘free flu shot’ story!

By Gersh Kuntzman

It’s time to get your flu shot — after all, state Sen. Daniel Squadron has gotten his.

The Brooklyn Heights Democrat will co-sponsor another round of gratis vaccinations next Monday, Nov. 18, at Long Islannd College Hospital.

Yes, needles are involved, but Squadron says the moment of pain is worth it.

“I promise it doesn’t hurt at all,” the freshman fibbed. “Everyone should get a flu shot, especially senior citizens and people with pre-existing health concerns.”

Ever the influenza enforcer, Squadron recently headed to the Eileen Dugan Senior Center in Carroll Gardens to oversee an earlier round of injections, smiling as Carol Rembert screamed as she got jabbed by Nurse Judy Farrell.

November 8, 2010
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Kavanagh and Squadron Usher Hayley and Diego’s Law Into Effect

By Noah Kazis

“Careless driving is unacceptable.” That’s the message that State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh delivered today as they announced that Hayley and Diego’s Law, which they sponsored and ushered through the legislature, is now in effect.

“You can suffer serious consequences,” Kavanagh warned drivers. “That has not been true up to today.”

“Careless driving is not just something to fix next time,” said Squadron.

October 14, 2010
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New signs ease waiting worries

BY Aline Reynolds

Riders of the Downtown Connection, the free shuttle-service connecting Battery Park City and the South Street Seaport, will no longer have to loiter at bus stops, wondering when the next bus will come.

The Downtown Alliance, the operator of the free shuttle, has installed energy-efficient signs at seven of the shuttle’s 37 stops in Lower Manhattan. The signs use Global Positioning Satellite technology to monitor the arrival and departure of the shuttles. They are intended to help riders better time their trips around Lower Manhattan.

September 29, 2010
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Law May Help Close Troublesome Bars

By Suzanne Rozdeba

State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, with constituents this summer, co-sponsored a recently enacted law that can help close troublesome nightspots.

There’s a new weapon to close down noisy and violent bars. At Tuesday’s Community Council meeting, Daniel L. Squadron, a Democratic state senator for the 25th District, which includes the East Village, discussed a new law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson just last month, designed to fight the very problems making life miserable for many locals. But for it to work, neighbors have to voice their complaints.

September 29, 2010
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NY Legislators Want Chickens Vaccinated

By the Associated Press

Two New York State legislators want to require farmers in the state to vaccinate hens against salmonella, which sickened thousands of Americans and triggered the largest egg recall in U.S. history.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh announced their proposal Sunday in front of a Lower East Side supermarket in the wake of a nationwide recall of more than a half billion eggs. None of the recalled eggs came from New York.

August 31, 2010
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New York pols push for bills requiring salmonella vaccination for hens after egg recall

By Erin Durkin

Two state pols will introduce bills requiring farmers to vaccinate hens against salmonella, they announced Sunday.

The move comes as thousands of people around the country got sick from salmonella this month, leading to a recall of half a billion eggs from Iowa farms.

The federal Food and Drug Administration responded with new egg safety rules, but they didn't require hens to get salmonella shots.

"Requiring salmonella vaccination should be a no-brainer, and if the FDA is unwilling to take the lead, we should start here in New York," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn), who himself had a brush with salmonella in college.

August 31, 2010
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3-Legged Dog theater group staves off eviction; Sen. Squadron helps Lower Manhattan media and theater group reach accord with landlord

The 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group has a new spring in its step after reaching a deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the landlord for the group's 80 Greenwich St. headquarters, that cancels pending eviction proceedings.

Under the terms of the agreement by October, 3-Legged Dog will pay rent arrears accumulated since June, and will pay previous arrears, starting next February, over the coming three years. The accord also calls for the MTA to forego payments of more than $50,000 in back rent, due to construction costs that 3-Legged Dog incurred modernizing the space, which is part of the structure that houses the Battery Parking Garage.

August 31, 2010
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David Paterson Signs Safe Driving Law Stemming from Deaths of Two Kids from Chinatown

By Patrick Hedlund

MANHATTAN — New legislation that creates "real penalties" for careless drivers was signed into law by Gov. David Paterson on Friday.

The “Hayley and Diego Law” is named for pre-schoolers Hayley Ng and Diego Martinez, who were killed last year on East Broadway near Chatham Square by a delivery van that was left in reverse and backed up onto the curb.

The new law will punish drivers whose failure to exercise caution behind the wheel results in injury or death to pedestrians or bicyclists. Penalties under the new legislation include 15 days in jail or a $750 fine for a first offense, and a misdemeanor charge for a second offense.

August 17, 2010
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Squadron’s bill would cork rowdy bars and clubs

By Michael Mandelkern

Downtown bars attract tourists and locals that howl as loud as wolves well past midnight, but the New York State Legislature is trying to help residents near the nightspots get a more peaceful night’s sleep by encouraging bars to keep the “wolves” at bay.

The state Senate passed a bill on June 24 that sets guidelines for the State Liquor Authority to revoke the licenses of routinely raucous bars and clubs.

If Governor David Paterson signs the bill — co-sponsored by state Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Robin Schimminger — into law, the S.L.A. could shut down nightspots if police are called at least six times within two months for excessive noise and disorderly conduct.

July 21, 2010
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New Bill Would Help Freelancers Fight Deadbeat Companies

Freelancers can face difficulties with one of the most rewarding aspects of their work: getting paid. Now new legislation under consideration in Albany would grant independent contractors in New York protections against companies that don’t pay up for completed work.

June 24, 2010
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The New Be Good Business: Albany Gives Birth to New York’s Benefit Corporation

Wednesday, June 16, was a typical day in Albany. After arguing about ancient gladiators, senators approved a bill legalizing mixed martial arts in New York; the comptroller promoted a Web video scolding lawmakers for wasting time on the delayed state budget; and gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino asked supporters to vote on names-Give Me Liberty, Joe Citizen, LiberTea-for his new party.

June 23, 2010
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Squadron Holds Summit Following Fire at Tribeca Telecom Building

A fire last month in a hardware store at 60 Hudson Street reignited concern among some neighbors over the risks posed by 80,000 gallons of diesel fuel stored in the building.

June 11, 2010
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Scalping 2.0: Naming the Ticket’s Master

It used to be so easy for lawmakers to decide what to do about ticket scalping: They either banned it or they didn’t. And if they decided on a ban, most of the enforcement could be done on the street, in front of a theater or sports arena.

June 11, 2010
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New policy doesn't charge homeless with a job to stay in city shelters - it makes them save cash

Homeless people with jobs won't have to pay rent to stay in city shelters under a new deal announced Friday - but they will have to start saving money to get their own apartments.

"Instead of paying us fees for shelter, the money they save will be theirs when they leave the shelter," Mayor Bloomberg said. "We hope the experience will improve their financial literacy and show the value of saving."

The new policy, expected to soon become law in Albany, will require shelter residents with jobs to set aside a portion of their income in interest-bearing accounts.

June 11, 2010
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City Drops Plan to Charge Rent to Shelter Residents

The Bloomberg administration has abandoned a controversial decision to charge rent to working homeless families living at city shelters, officials announced on Friday.

Instead, under a new agreement that could start in September, such families would be required to set aside a part of their monthly earnings in a savings account that they can have access to once they leave the shelter system.

June 11, 2010
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June 1, 2010
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Squadron honors Hughes for community work

BY John Bayles

Catherine McVay Hughes is vice chair of Community Board 1; however she was absent from Tuesday’s full board meeting, and for good reason. She was in Albany, being honored at the recommendation of State Senator Daniel Squadron for her role as a community leader in Lower Manhattan, the senator’s district.

“The idea is really to focus on someone whose community activism has made a significant contribution - politics aside,” said Squadron.

June 1, 2010
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Lower East Side gas leak

About 60 tenants in three Lower East Side New York City Housing Authority projects who have been without gas for their kitchen stoves for several months finally got a hearing on May 5 when state Sen. Daniel Squadron stepped into the picture.

It took four months for gas to be restored to the 17 apartments in the C line of the building at 182 South St. in the Alfred Smith Houses where a leak on a gas coupling in the basement cut off service on Jan. 20. Tenants had to cook on hot plates supplied by NYCHA until May 7 when gas service was restored.

May 17, 2010
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Tell us about the money

So contributions to political campaigns, no matter how large, are ultimately about free speech, right? That, at least, was the reasoning in a groundbreaking Supreme Court decision earlier this year that said there was no real difference between contributions by corporations and those by individuals. Both were found to have a constitutional right to give to the candidates and causes of their choice.

April 21, 2010
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Squadron presents Girls Club with big check for big project

A gaggle of Lower Eastside Girls Club members came to the club’s headquarters on Wednesday last week to receive an oversized check for $250,000 from state Senator Daniel Squadron, who helped secure the New York State grant for the club’s new center under construction on Avenue D.

The girls were also celebrating the 11th birthday of their sister club member Imani Quardier, who shared a giant cupcake with her friends and neighborhood visitors to the club’s office on First St. near First Ave.

April 8, 2010
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