Letter to MTA Highlights Ideas To Protect North Brooklyn Small Businesses Following Meeting on Shutdowns’ Impact
Electeds: Commerce Along L Depends on Weekend Visitors
BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, and Councilmember Stephen Levin sent a letter (attached below) to the MTA urging action to mitigate the impact of weekend L train shutdowns on Williamsburg and Greenpoint small businesses.
Yesterday, Senator Squadron, his colleagues and the Northside Merchants Association hosted a meeting with over 30 North Brooklyn businesses who underscored the damaging impact of weekend L train shutdowns on their businesses and brainstormed suggestions that would protect their businesses while allowing necessary work along the line to continue.
Squadron, Kavanagh Testify on New Legislation to Crack Down on Careless Driving
State Legislators Praise Chairs Vacca and Vallone for Leadership on Road Safety
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh testified at the New York City Council joint hearing on Transportation and Public Safety, where their new legislation to crack down on careless driving garnered committee support. The hearing examined the New York Police Department's response and enforcement of traffic laws relating to cars, bikes, and trucks.
Governor’s Budget Proposal Repeals CoBIS, Leaving Gap in Crime Detection
ALBANY – Today, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, along with advocates and law enforcement joined Senators and Assemblymembers at the State Capitol to urge the State Senate to include microstamping in its budget proposal. Microstamping, which connects shell casings from crime scenes to the first purchaser of a weapon, would provide law enforcement with a critical tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping has passed the Assembly several times, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to approve it.
New Bill Gives Law Enforcement Tools to Better Enforce Law and Hold Careless Drivers Accountable
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced new legislation to give law enforcement better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill strengthens “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.
Silver-Squadron Bill Allowing Businesses to Pursue Socially Responsible Practices as well as Profit Became Law Today
Businesses Line Up to Become First Benefit Corps in the State
NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Secretary of State Cesar Perales today welcomed New York's first benefit corporations, as legislation allowing businesses to pursue socially responsible practices as well as profit went into effect. Secretary Perales accepted the paperwork to register the businesses as New York’s first benefit corporations.
The Squadron-Silver legislation (S79-A/A4692-A), signed into law in December, makes New York the seventh state in the country to allow benefit corps, which are companies that have a “double bottom line” of profit and socially or environmentally responsible practices.
BROOKLYN -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon a vote to approve the expansion of P.S. 8 to include a middle school:
Tonight's vote to approve the new P.S. 8 middle school is great news for Brooklyn! By heeding our calls and formalizing the new middle school, DOE is helping to ensure the continued success of P.S. 8 and creating better options for all District 13 students. Now we must work to get the new P.S. 8 middle school ready to go for next school year and continue to work for more options for District 13 students.
NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron heralded a proposal for a middle income family child care program, included in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City address today.
Currently, middle class families have an extremely difficult time providing their infant and toddler children with high-quality care, unable to afford high-quality programs but not qualifying for free child care programs. Middle class families have enormous financial burden during the years before school starts and while their children are in college. That is why Senator Squadron proposed spreading those costs out over time to make child care more affordable for more middle class families.
Delancey Street Working Group Leads to Quick DOT Action to Improve Dangerous Corridor
Electeds: Plan Moves Delancey In Right Direction; Work and Community Engagement Must Continue
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and Councilmember Rosie Mendez welcomed the Department of Transportation’s new safety plan for Delancey Street, while urging continuation of the Delancey Street Working Group to improve the corridor.
“By answering our calls and providing the community with a high-quality middle school, DOE will help ensure the continued success of P.S. 8 and improve options for all District 13 students,” said Senator Squadron. “I urge quick approval of this plan so that the middle school can be up and running by next school year and more District 13 kids can get the excellent education they deserve. I’m confident that, working together, we can achieve a co-location that works for all of the schools at the Westinghouse campus.”
Schaberger Killed Responding to Domestic Violence Call; Perpetrator Had 12 Year History of Offenses
Squadron-Golden-Rosenthal Legislation, Dedicated to Schaberger, Would Make Repeat Domestic Violence Offenses a Felony
ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron honored fallen New York Police Department Officer Alain Schaberger with a resolution on the Senate floor during yesterday's legislative session. Senator Squadron was joined by Officer Schaberger's parents, Paul and May Schaberger.
MTA Chair Singles Out Williamsburg L Stop - Which Will See Additional Trains This Year - As Key Example
BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota's comments on the need to expand the city's subway stations, made at a joint budget hearing in Albany. Chairman Lhota highlighted increasingly-residential Williamsburg and its L train station as particularly overcrowded.
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the proposed district lines just released by the Senate Republicans:
Even though the worst of the Republican political shenanigans aren't impacting the district I represent as they are some of my colleagues' districts, the conclusion is undeniable: partisan redistricting is a poisonous process.
Before the 2010 election, every member of the Senate majority pledged to create an independent redistricting process. Now they are breaking the pledge they made to the people and putting politics before their promise. It's no surprise that these politically motivated maps represent the same arrogance as their broken pledge: politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents lose the power to choose their representatives.
As the Governor has said, any lines drawn in this process must not stand. Voters must make their voices heard now so that their votes can make a difference in November.
Senator Squadron Has Long Championed Funding for NFP, But Critical Program Faces $5 Million Shortfall
ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's support for $5 million in state funding for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in testimony at today's Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Budget.
Electeds, Community Urged DOT to Study Traffic, Safety Along Kent and Take Action
BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, and City Councilmember Stephen Levin announced that the Department of Transportation heeded their calls and will install traffic signals along Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to address long-standing safety concerns on the developing thoroughfare.
With residential and recreational development transforming North Brooklyn, the legislators and the community have long urged the City to study traffic and take steps to protect pedestrians and all users.
NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Landmarks Preservation Commission's unanimous vote to approve the East 10th Street Historic District, which came hours after the Department of Buildings approved a rooftop addition at 315 East 10th Street:
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted the attached testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in support of the East 10th Street Historic District designation.
"The block between Avenues A and B demonstrates the four-story scale that has been a trademark of the Lower East Side and East Village for over 100 years – and it would be a shame to jeopardize that history and architecture by not providing historic designation," said Senator Squadron.
STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON’S TESTIMONY REGARDING THE EAST 10TH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATION
Senator Squadron Raised Nearly-Abandoned MTA Building at New Chair’s Confirmation, Urged Agency to Move Forward with NYU-Poly Applied Sciences Proposal
“For years, Downtown Brooklyn’s extraordinary potential has been limited by the nearly-abandoned former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street,” said Senator Squadron. “Chairman Lhota’s comments today were a welcome sign of the MTA’s commitment to putting 370 Jay to use. Now, the City and the MTA must work to make NYU-Poly’s proposal a reality – which would bring jobs to Brooklyn, fuel New York’s growing tech sector, and move forward Downtown Brooklyn’s continued revival.”
Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Ban Use of Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics In Animals Sold As Food
FDA Took Step in Right Direction By Restricting One Class of Antibiotics, Now NY Must Act
NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh are urging immediate passage of their bill to ban the use of antibiotics in animals sold for food in New York, as well as stronger federal regulations, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will restrict the use of a type of antibiotic used in livestock that may contribute to high drug resistance in humans.
The routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals meant for human consumption poses an unacceptable risk to public health, creating treatment-resistant bacterial infections. For years, the FDA dragged its feet on the issue. That is why Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh introduced legislation (S80 [Squadron] / A05582 [Kavanagh]) that would make New York a leader on food safety and prohibit the use of antibiotics in all farm animals sold for food in New York, except for the treatment of sick animals.