CITES CONTINUED NEED IN LOWER MANHATTAN: SUGGESTS ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS AT TWEED
NEW YORK -- Following the Community Education Council District 2 resolution opposing the Department of Education's revised zoning proposal, State Senator Daniel Squadron reiterated his concerns with the District 2 plan and called on the DOE to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning.
SENATORS LAUNCHED EFFORT TO COMPLETE PARK ALMOST ONE-YEAR AGO TODAY
In November of Last year, Schumer and Squadron Began Major Push for LMDC to Invest Portion of Remaining Federal Dollars to Complete East River Waterfront Park and Create ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan
Approvals in Place to Jump-Start First Phase of Project; Abandoned Shed on Pier 42 Would be Removed to Create Public Space
Schumer, Squadron: This is the Final Link Connecting East Side and West Side Parks That Will Unleash Untold Potential for Lower Manhattan
Campus at 370 Jay Street Would Utilize Long-Empty Keystone Property, Allow Multiple Applied Sciences Proposals To Be Selected
BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the City to move forward with an Applied Sciences in NYC proposal submitted by New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. The application proposes a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
In a letter to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel that is also copied to senior officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Senator Squadron writes that “pursuing 370 Jay Street would be a major step forward in the resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn, an area that has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, but in which a full renaissance is stymied by 370 Jay’s current abandonment and disrepair…. NYU’s application presents a long-awaited opportunity.”
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that New Amsterdam Market President Robert LaValva has been appointed to the New York State Council on Food Policy. Senator Squadron asked the Senate Minority Leader to officially recommend Mr. LaValva to the Governor for the appointment.
Mr. LaValva founded the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan, creating a flourishing center for sustainable regional and seasonal food that is open to all New Yorkers. The Market and Mr. LaValva have led efforts to redevelop the East River Market District and the South Street Seaport, helping to revive Lower Manhattan’s economy.
“We agree that Zuccotti Park must be open and accessible to everyone – OWS, the public, law enforcement and first responders – and that it is critical to protect the health and safety of protesters and the community.
“We have also been urging the City to have a zero tolerance policy on noise and sanitation violations, and to make the results of its enforcement public.
“But we must balance the core First Amendment rights of protesters and the other legitimate issues that have been raised.
“The City’s actions to shut down OWS last night raise a number of serious civil liberties questions that must be answered. Moving forward, how will the City respect the protesters’ rights to speech and assembly? Why was press access limited, and why were some reporters’ credentials confiscated? How will reported incidents of excessive force used by the police be addressed?
NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.
Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.
“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.
In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin responded to the steps being taken by both the City and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to ameliorate the serious quality-of-life and safety issues near the demonstrations and, in particular, today’s announcement that OWS has secured off-site 24-hour access bathrooms.
They issued the following joint statement:
“We are pleased that, on the heels of the City responding to our calls to remove excessive barricades, there has been significant progress on one of the other pressing quality-of-life issues: improved bathroom access.
“OWS states that it has secured access to a loading dock area connected to 52 Broadway and has obtained three portable bathrooms to install there, with a trained security guard 24-hours-a-day. We appreciate their attention to this issue.
“We reiterate our call on the City to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to public urination and other such behavior, and to enforce laws prohibiting excessive noise.
“The fact that both the City and OWS are making progress in addressing serious quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for solving these and other emerging concerns. We strongly encourage the parties to continue to communicate and we ask that the park remain open and accessible for emergency personnel.
“As we have said before, these concerns must be solved but cannot be used as a pretext for the violation of First Amendment rights.”
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the City removed barricades around Wall and Broad Streets at the urging of Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler, Speaker Silver, Borough President Stringer, and Council Member Chin:
Last week, along with my colleagues, I set up a walk-through with Deputy Mayor Wolfson to show the City firsthand the community's concerns regarding barricades. The City deserves credit for heeding our call and removing the barricades around Wall and Broad Streets.
In a community that has done so much to rebuild and grow, the barricades had a high quality of life cost for residents and businesses. Now, the stakeholders must continue to work to address the other quality of life concerns.
Senator, Assemblymember Call on State to Pass Legislation, Give Communities Choice
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Joan Millman heralded City Council committee passage of a 'home rule message' to allow New York State to move forward with legislation that authorizes residential parking permits in the city.
Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Millman sponsor the legislation, which would address increasingly prohibitive parking for residents while easing traffic congestion, pedestrian hazards, and air and noise pollution, and protecting small businesses.
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the NYC Department of Education announced plans to add additional seats to the future school at Peck Slip:
Today's Schools Capital Plan includes an important victory for Lower Manhattan: DoE has heeded our call to add 180 new seats to the future school at Peck Slip, bringing the total to 656. DoE deserves credit for being responsive to the needs of our growing, vibrant community.
As DoE continues to look at zoning in Lower Manhattan, a larger Peck Slip school should provide new flexibility and options -- moving us toward a conclusion that works better for all schools, current and future. I look forward to continuing to work with DoE, Speaker Silver, Councilmember Chin, and the community to prevent overcrowding, and ensure an overall schools plan that best serves kids.
NEW YORK -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Council Member Margaret Chin released the following update on the response to community concerns regarding Occupy Wall Street:
We continue to work with the City, OWS, and all stakeholders to respond to community concerns.
Fire hazards like generators and gas affect both the community and the protesters. We are glad that there were no incidents as the FDNY carried out its safety inspection this morning.
NEW YORK -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Council Member Margaret Chin issued the following joint statement upon passage of a Community Board resolution regarding Occupy Wall Street:
The Community Board resolution lays out a clear path to solve the legitimate concerns of residents and businesses while protecting the protesters' First Amendment rights.
As the resolution states, this path must include the enforcement of health and safety laws and noise ordinances without the City or Brookfield resorting to "excessive and unnecessary force."
NEW YORK -- Today, the MTA formally announced plans to improve L train service by mid-2012, following requests by State Senator Daniel Squadron to review and increase service.
"Today's NYC Transit committee meeting makes official the MTA's plans to heed my call and increase L train service beginning in mid-2012," said Senator Squadron. "This L train improvement is an important step toward a subway system that works for its riders every day of the week."
NEW YORK -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released the following statement upon committee passage of a Community Board 1 resolution regarding Occupy Wall Street and quality of life:
Last week, we called on Brookfield to delay its clean-up of the park to allow for dialogue and, ultimately, a long-term solution that works for the community and protects the First Amendment rights of OWS.
Tonight’s Community Board resolution is an attempt to establish a sensible framework that respects the protesters’ fundamental rights while addressing the very real quality of life concerns for residents and businesses around Zuccotti Park. Protecting the needs of Lower Manhattan and the rights of OWS do not need to be mutually exclusive.
We must all work together to make that framework a reality.
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Gale Brewer – longtime advocates for safety in New York’s local airspace – asserted the need for a complete ban on all tourist helicopters from Manhattan’s dangerous air corridors, including the city’s rivers and harbors. After yesterday’s tragedy involving a private sightseeing helicopter, which follows years of other preventable accidents and tragedies, the elected officials demanded an immediate overhaul of the city’s failed helicopter policy. For years, advocates and officials have worked to abate the serious and detrimental effects helicopters pose to the quality of life for New York residents, businesses, and visitors.
MTA Heeds Squadron’s Call to Review L Line and Improve Weekend Service
MTA Plans to Add Additional Trains By Mid-2012
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA has heeded his call and plans to improve weekend service on the L train. Riders can expect to see more frequent trains beginning in mid-2012.
In July, Senator Squadron requested a review of the L line and of weekend F and L train service, similar to the 2009 F train review the MTA undertook at his request. The 2009 review was the first of its kind, resulting in more on-time trains and newer, cleaner subways.
BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement on the MTA's announcement that it plans to make use of 370 Jay Street:
Today, the MTA signaled its intention to make use of 370 Jay Street.
For years, my colleagues and I have called on the MTA to make use of the nearly abandoned building, which has remained a blight on Downtown Brooklyn as the neighborhood continues to grow. By looking for a developer and pursuing office use, the MTA will generate much-needed revenue and bolster Downtown Brooklyn's economy.
Taking 370 Jay Street out of mothballs and into use will mean dramatic progress in a keystone location for Downtown Brooklyn.
I urge the city and the MTA to quickly issue an RFP in the coming weeks. This will ensure that 370 Jay becomes an asset to the community, rather than a liability.
72% of Respondents in Chinatown Say Ponding Negatively Impacts Their Experience; Two Out of Five Less Likely to Visit Because of Ponding
Squadron Calls for Community-Agency Collaboration to Prioritize Repairs, New 311 Protocol to Ensure Reporting
CHINATOWN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community leaders and elected officials to release a new report on road-curb ponding and its detrimental effect on Chinatown’s quality of life and local economy.
Complaints about ponding – water that accumulates along the side of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – have been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. This summer, Senator Squadron's office documented the frequency and location of ponding in the neighborhood and surveyed hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors on its impact.
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted the below testimony to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's hearing on proposed changes to the Mitchell-Lama housing program.
Legislation proposed by Senator Squadron in the Senate (S524) and Speaker Silver and Assembly Member Millman in the Assembly (A6262) would bring much-needed reform to the program -- making it accessible to more middle class New Yorkers and ensuring the financial viability of Mitchell-Lama housing.
Squadron, Chin, Velazquez, Silver, Stringer Bring Together Agencies, Community Board, Advocates to Address ‘Deadliest' Street in NY
NEW YORK – Yesterday, a group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates convened at State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office and agreed to form a Delancey Street Safety Working Group to address what has been called the “deadliest" street in New York. Senator Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together Delancey Street stakeholders to work out safety improvements along the corridor.
A spate of accidents has plagued Delancey Street, spurring calls for action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and all types of users. This month, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks at intersections along Delancey as a first step to increase safety measures.