ALBANY—Today, at the McDonald's restaurant in the Empire State Plaza, religious leaders and fast food workers held a pray-in to encourage legislators to increase New York State's minimum wage. Today’s action came as the push intensifies for a meaningful minimum wage that can provide families with increased economic security. Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the Fair Wage Act (S.6455/A.9386), which would require large employers and chain stores to pay employees $15 an hour, released the following statement:
Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.
MTA to Provide Free Transfers Between Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops, among other solutions
BROOKLYN – At the request State Senator Daniel Squadron and local elected officials, the MTA has agreed to a series of solutions to ensure New Yorkers who rely on the G train will not be stranded when the agency closes the line for five weeks this summer to make Sandy-related repairs. The proposed solutions arose from an April town hall that Squadron held in conjunction with area elected officials including Congressmember Velazquez; City Comptroller Stringer; State Senators Dilan, Gianaris, and Montgomery; Assemblymembers Brennan, Davila, Lentol, and Millman; and City Councilmembers Levin, Cornegy, Cumbo, Lander, Reynoso, and Van Bramer, as well as community members and representatives from the MTA, DOT, EDC, and NYPD to address residents’ and businesses’ concerns regarding the shutdown.
BROOKLYN -- Today, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement regarding the Administration’s release of an RFP for residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park:
ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate approved a bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver), long championed by Senator Squadron, to allow Lunar New Year to be a school holiday. The bill would require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in a considerable proportion of students being absent. The State Assembly passed this bill in February.
Squadron: Those who profit from charitable events when NYC is in need, ‘Yeah that's a trifling friend indeed’
ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law. Squadron, along with 22 other senators, voted against the bill.
Squadron, U.S. Sen. Schumer, AG Schneiderman, & BP Brewer Highlight Community Engagement
Community Members Participated in Over 15 Discussion Groups on District and State-wide Issues
NEW YORK – Yesterday, State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his sixth annual 26th District Community Convention, bringing together over 350 community members to shape the future of the district and the state.
ALBANY – Today, the Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions blocked passage of Senator Daniel Squadron’s “Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act” (S.177/A.7287), which would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them. The legislation would make New York a national leader in the fight against unchecked corporate political spending.
NEW YORK – Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence released the following joint statement in response to the Senate Majority’s refusal to allow a vote on bill S2028/A3322.
Senator Highlights Parks Conservancies Are Not Independent Non-Profits, Part of Larger System
NEW YORK – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony at the City Council’s hearing on equity in parks funding. Senator Squadron argued that since parks conservancies are not independent non-profits – they are entities that exist as the result of a contractual relationship with the City – the City has a right and the responsibility to set the terms of a relationship around its broader values and needs.
Bill Would Require Large Businesses Who Can Most Afford It To Pay Employees $15/Hour
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Nily Rozic, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, members of New York Communities for Change, the Working Families Party, and Make the Road New York, low wage workers, and elected officials announced the “Fair Wage” Act (S6455) which would require large employers and chain stores to pay their employees a real living wage of $15 an hour indexed to inflation.
Electeds, agencies, and community come together to offer alternatives
BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron was set to be joined by City Comptroller Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Adams, State Senator Dilan, and Assemblymembers Lentol and Davila for a town hall with community members and representatives from the MTA, City DOT, EDC, and the NYPD on solutions to the 5-week suspension of the G train between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City planned for this summer.
The G train is a vital lifeline for residents and businesses throughout Brooklyn and Queens. With the Sandy-related closure of the G train tunnel between the boroughs, the town hall provides an opportunity to raise concerns and suggest solutions to ensure riders are not stranded.
“A closure like this is going to be painful, but we have to make sure the shutdown doesn’t mean stranded businesses and residents,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “By having the city and state come together now, we're letting the community provide solutions so that people have options. I look forward to working with the agencies and my colleagues to make the solutions suggested tonight a reality.”
Senator Pushes Neighborhood Conservancies to “Change The Game” on Parks Funding
NEW YORK CITY – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the City’s Parks budget at the New York City Council’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget hearing. Senator Squadron argued that his proposal to connect well-financed conservancies and parks most in need -- called the Neighborhood Parks Alliance -- would be a “game changer” for the Parks budget overall.
ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that the Senate Education Committee has passed legislation he's long pushed that allows schools to close on Lunar New Year.
Schools in neighborhoods with large Asian American populations, such as Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing in Queens, report large numbers of absences on Lunar New Year. This year, P.S. 130, P.S. 124, and P.S. 2 in Lower Manhattan all reported absence rates of roughly 70 percent.
Approximately one in six New York City public school students are Asian American. Currently, students who celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday receive an “excused” absence, meaning they miss a full day of classes and have the absence marked on their record. This legislation would require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in “a considerable proportion” of students being absent.
Escalator Comes Back Online After 19 Months, Following Push By Electeds & Community
LOWER EAST SIDE -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmember Margaret Chin announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has finally completed repairs to the escalator at the East Broadway F train subway station following an extensive push by the elected officials and the community. The escalator has been out of service since August 2012; it briefly came back online last week but was quickly taken out of service due to electrical issues that agencies say are now resolved.
BROOKLYN -- Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement in response to the settlement agreement reached today regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):
"We've long urged SUNY and the State to agree to a new, more open RFP process for LICH, to make sure our community and all of Brooklyn have the best possible healthcare outcome.
"And, finally, SUNY has come to agreement with the community and healthcare providers on a process that achieves this basic goal, while offering added transparency and community input.
"Now, it's critical that the process moves forward in good faith and in a timely way, with meaningful community participation from the many neighborhoods that LICH serves. We will continue to work with SUNY, the community, and our colleagues to ensure that LICH continues to provide care, and play the role that Brooklyn needs."
Free shuttle bus service begins tomorrow, operating during morning and evening peak hours
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced a temporary shuttle bus service will commence operation tomorrow, February 18, 2014, transporting riders between the India St. / Greenpoint and the N. 6th St. / N. Williamsburg East River Ferry landings during morning and evening rush hours. The free shuttle will facilitate East River Ferry access for riders who use the India St. / Greenpoint landing, which has been out of service since Thursday, February 13.
GREENPOINT -- Following this morning's ferry ramp collapse at the India Street/Greenpoint East River Ferry stop, State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging an investigation and calling for an alternative means of transportation for the already-underserved Greenpoint community. Squadron released the following statement:
Squadron Has Long Advocated to End Agreement, Which Makes NYCHA Only Residential Landlord Required to Pay for Police Protection and Essentially Charges NYCHA Residents Double
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron -- who has long urged the City to end the Memorandum of Understanding between the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the City that requires NYCHA to pay the New York Police Department (NYPD) for ongoing law enforcement services for NYCHA residents through "Police Service Areas" (PSAs) -- welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to end NYCHA's payments to the NYPD.
BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca sent the following letter to State University of New York (SUNY) Chairman Carl McCall regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):