Daniel L. Squadron's Press releases

Squadron Statement on LICH Court Ruling

Brooklyn -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest's ruling to vacate the 2011 order that approved the State University of New York (SUNY) as the operator of Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"For months, we've fought to keep LICH open for care as SUNY tried to sell it off for parts. 

August 20, 2013
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MTA FULL LINE REVIEWS PIONEERED BY DANIEL SQUADRON NOW HEADED TO CO-OP CITY

Agency Bringing Full Line Review to Co-Op City Buses to Improve Service

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed today's news that the MTA will look at ways to improve bus service to and from Co-Op City with a Full Line Review -- the comprehensive study originally pioneered by Squadron and the MTA in 2009 that has already led to major improvements along the F, L, and G lines. 

July 22, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MTA FUNDING TO IMPROVE G TRAIN

 

Increased Service is Result of Full Line Review Requested by Squadron & Dilan; Riders Will Also See Less Bunching, End of G Train Sprint

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron responded to news that the MTA has found funding to increase service along the G train, as reported this morning. The service increase was recommended in the G Train Full Line Review, conducted by the MTA at the request of Squadron and Senator Martin Dilan, and released last week. 

July 22, 2013
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SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON STATEMENT ON DOH APPROVAL OF LICH CLOSURE PLAN

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital, released the following statement upon the State Department of Health's approval of SUNY's closure plan for LICH:

July 19, 2013
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ELECTEDS: CONTINUOUS CARE IS NEEDED FOR BROOKLYN UNTIL NEW LICH OPERATOR IS FOUND

BROOKLYN – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joan Millman,  Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging the Department of Health to reject The State University of New York’s closure plan for Long Island College Hospital,  immediately stop the closure of all departments, and require SUNY to continue operating the hospital until a new provider is identified.

July 19, 2013
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Statement from State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Council Member Brad Lander and Council Member Stephen Levin

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Council Member Brad Lander and Council Member Stephen Levin, released the following statement upon SUNY's attempt to close Long Island College Hospital this weekend:

July 18, 2013
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SQUADRON/DILAN-REQUESTED FULL LINE REVIEW WILL LEAD TO MAJOR G TRAIN IMPROVEMENTS

Review Conducted for Senators and Advocates Recommends 25% More Evening Rush Trains, Station Improvements to Address Notorious G Train Sprint

Squadron, Dilan, MTA, Riders Alliance Celebrate Big Win for Growing Brooklyn & Queens Neighborhoods

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance announced that the G train Full Line Review requested by Squadron and Dilan earlier this year will lead to major improvements along the line, including recommendations of a 25 percent increase in evening rush trains and new station improvements to end the notorious "G Train Sprint."

July 15, 2013
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SQUADRON AND DE BLASIO MARK FIFTH YEAR WITH NO JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ON EAST RIVER, CALL FOR RETURN TO BROOKLYN-QUEENS WATERFRONT

 

NEW YORK—State Senator Daniel Squadron and  Public Advocate Bill de Blasio today marked the fifth consecutive year in which the July 4th fireworks are being held on the Hudson River, and called for the return of the fireworks display to the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront – in view of the millions of residents who live in Brooklyn, Queens and on the East Side of Manhattan.

July 3, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO MAKE MITCHELL-LAMA HOUSING MORE ACCESSIBLE

Squadron-Silver Legislation Would Give More Middle Income Families Access to Affordable Housing

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron announced that, today, the State Senate passed his legislation to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families. The Assembly passed the legislation earlier this month; it will now be sent to the Governor.

Current law stipulates that families with two or more dependents -- whose joint annual net income exceeds 100% but is below 125% of average median income (AMI) -- are eligible for Mitchell-Lama housing if they pay a rental surcharge. But by making this allowance available only to families with dependents, many families are excluded simply because they don’t have children. 

June 18, 2013
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SQUADRON, CAMARA, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, NYCLU, VOCAL-NY URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF MARIJUANA REFORM

New Data Finds NY Leads the Nation in Marijuana Arrests

Across State, Black New Yorkers 4.5 Times More Likely to Be Arrested as White New Yorkers; Disparity is 9-to-1 in Brooklyn and Manhattan

ALBANY -- With new data highlighting dramatic racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests around New York, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Karim Camara, members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, the Drug Policy Alliance, the New York Civil Liberties Union, VOCAL-NY, and community members made an end-of-session push for Senate passage of legislation to bring consistency and fairness to marijuana arrests.

June 13, 2013
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SQUADRON, PARKS ADVOCATES URGE LARGE CONSERVANCIES TO JOIN NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS ALLIANCE & ENSURE MORE EQUITY ACROSS NYC PARKS

With Pools on Chopping Block, Squadron Calls for Increased Parks Funding

Squadron Also Announces Legislation to Require Participation of Well-Funded Conservancies in Alliance

LOWER EAST SIDE – With pools in low-income neighborhoods on the chopping block this summer, and disparities between parks around the city continuing to grow, State Senator Daniel Squadron and parks advocates are calling on large, well-funded park conservancies to join Squadron's proposed Neighborhood Parks Alliance to ensure more equity across the city's 1,700 parks, and urging an increase in parks funding. Squadron was joined by parks advocates at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

June 2, 2013
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SQUADRON ON POOL CLOSINGS: DECENT PARKS CAN'T BE RESERVED ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN MOST AFFORD THEM

Squadron Proposes Neighborhood Parks Alliance to Ensure More Equity Across NYC's 1700 Parks

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron reacted to the news that four NYC pools -- in East Harlem, Brownsville, Fort Totten, and Staten Island -- are in danger of closing, and that the Parks Department may have to shorten the season for all city pools.

Senator Squadron has proposed a Neighborhood Parks Alliance, which would create partnerships between well-funded conservancies and "member parks" in need of money and support. 

May 31, 2013
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON URGES IMMEDIATE SENATE ACTION ON TRANSGENDER EQUALITY BILL FOLLOWING ANTI-LGBT ATTACKS

GENDA Would Expand Hate Crimes Law to Include Crimes Against Transgender New Yorkers, Prohibit Discrimination Based on Gender Expression or Identity

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), is urging immediate Senate passage of his legislation following a spate of anti-LGBT attacks around New York.

GENDA (S195/Squadron - A4226/Gottfried) would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers when it comes to housing, employment, credit, and public accommodations, while expanding New York's hate crimes law to include crimes against transgender individuals. 

Last month, the Assembly passed the legislation for the sixth time. Yet the Senate Republican leadership has continued to block a vote on the bill.

"Now more than ever it's vital that New York sends a strong message that intolerance, discrimination, and hate have no place here or anywhere," said Senator Daniel Squadron. "Yet it's still possible for New Yorkers to be discriminated against because of their gender identity or expression. No one should lose their job, be evicted from their home, or denied basic public accommodations because of how they identify. Countless other states and municipalities have acted, yet New York remains behind. It's time to finally pass GENDA so that New York provides all people with the fairness and dignity they deserve."

May 22, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Strengthens Hayley & Diego's Law, Gives Law Enforcement Better Tools to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists, Drivers

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the full State Senate has passed his legislation to provide law enforcement with better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists. 

The bill, also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, would strengthen “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which Squadron and Kavanagh introduced and passed after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3. The children were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.

May 22, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATORS BRAD HOYLMAN & DANIEL SQUADRON IN RESPONSE TO APPARENT ANTI-LGBT HATE CRIME IN SOHO

New York, NY – New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron released the following statement today about a reported anti-gay attack on Broadway between Prince and Houston Streets early Tuesday morning. 

“Words cannot express our shock and outrage over this latest apparent incident of hate violence directed at the LGBT community -- which occurred shortly after over a thousand New Yorkers marched to mourn the murder of Mark Carson and demand an end to anti-LGBT violence. We are grateful to the NYPD for swiftly apprehending two suspects, who we are confident will be subject to the full weight of the criminal justice system.

This sort of hate and violence has no place here in New York City, or anywhere. As we head into Pride Month, the LGBT community must stay vigilant, and all New Yorkers must speak out forcefully against bias attacks of any kind to make certain that these kinds of crimes get the attention and universal condemnation they deserve.”

May 21, 2013
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NYC DOT COMMISSIONER SADIK-KHAN AND STATE SEN. SQUADRON ANNOUNCE MAJOR EXPANSION OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE ACCESS RAMPS, EASING CONGESTION

Two ramps connecting the bridge and the FDR expanded, easing notorious bottlenecks

Third ramp, from bridge to Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, to expand later this year

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced the expansion of access ramps to and from the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR Drive, which will now accommodate two traffic lanes and simplify traffic patterns, easing notorious traffic bottlenecks for many of the 120,000 vehicles that cross the bridge daily as bridge rehabilitation continues.

May 13, 2013
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SQUADRON, PARKS, COMMUNITY GROUPS OPEN PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK FOR INTERIM USE

LES Waterfront Alliance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CB3, Squadron, Parks Kick Off Paths to Pier 42 Installation with Waterfront Community Day

Squadron, Schumer Secured Funds for Redevelopment of Pier; New Park Will Create Continuous Green Ribbon Around Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William Castro, the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Community Board 3 opened part of the new waterfront park at Pier 42 on the Lower East Side for interim recreational use with a Waterfront Community Day and the launch of Paths to Pier 42, a series of art, educational, and design installations along the East River waterfront throughout the summer of 2013.

Today's opening makes a section of the pier accessible to the public, as planning for the redevelopment of the pier into a full waterfront park proceeds. The public, for the first time, is now able to visit Pier 42, with the northern section between the greenway and the waterfront open for interim use. The space has been partially resurfaced and picnic tables have been installed for public use so that visitors can take advantage of the East River waterfront.

May 6, 2013
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SQUADRON, COLLEAGUES URGE MTA TO RESCHEDULE L TRAIN SHUTDOWNS DURING KEY WEEKENDS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilman Stephen Levin urged the MTA to reschedule planned shutdowns of the L train on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) and during the Northside Festival (June 15-17), key weekends for local small businesses.

May 2, 2013
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