Daniel L. Squadron's Press releases

SENATOR SQUADRON, BP STRINGER, ASSEMBLYMAN KAVANAGH RELEASE REPORT REVEALING NYCHA TENANTS’ CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY IN NYC PUBLIC HOUSING

Only 44% of Lower East Side tenants report having lobby doors with working locks, and less than 50% say they live in buildings with working intercom systems

While $42 million for security cameras remains unspent, 80% of residents in buildings without cameras say they would feel safer with the surveillance technology

September 21, 2012, New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh today released a report, “Protecting NYCHA Communities,” that surveyed tenants’ concerns about public safety in ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments on the Lower East Side. The results show that residents often fear for their safety and that housing developments lack basic protections, including functional locks for buildings, reliable intercom systems and regular security patrols.  

September 21, 2012
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SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED, FIREFIGHTERS URGE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire; Now as Council Holds Hearing, Recommendations Must be Acted On

Squadron, Gottfried: Every Day We Don't Act Means Another Day Lives May Be at Risk

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and firefighters urged immediate action to close major gaps in the fire and safety codes at hundreds of State-owned buildings around New York City, today outside the scene of the tragic Deutsche Bank fire. 

September 19, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FREE FLU SHOT CLINICS IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced his annual free flu shot clinics around the 25th Senate District. The clinics, sponsored by Senator Squadron and provided by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, will take place in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the next few weeks:

September 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, LANDER TO FACE OFF IN EPIC BURGER SHOWDOWN

Local Teens Join as Sous Chefs This Sunday at Carroll Gardens Greenmarket

CARROLL GARDENS -- This Sunday at 11:30am, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Brad Lander will face off in a showdown of epic proportions: who makes the better burger?

September 12, 2012
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Senator Squadron Responds to Shootings in Brooklyn, New Jersey

Squadron Bill Would Ban Additional Assault Weapons In NY State

NEW YORK -- Today, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to two shootings in the tri-state area -- one near Prospect Park, Brooklyn that killed a 28-year-old mother, and another in Old Bridge, NJ, involving automatic weapons, that left three dead (including the shooter):

August 31, 2012
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SQUADRON CALLS ON POLS TO DISCLOSE WHETHER ALEC WRITES THEIR BILLS

As GOP Convenes in Tampa, Squadron Petition Urges State Legislators and Candidates to Take Pledge to Disclose Involvement of ALEC

Squadron: Undisclosed Lobbying By Any Other Name Still Stinks

NEW YORK – As Republican state legislators descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention, State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging legislators to pledge to disclose whether the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helps shape the bills they introduce.

ALEC's activities seem to qualify as lobbying, but it is not registered as a lobby in New York and many other states, and doesn't file the required disclosures. Squadron’s petition urges state legislators and candidates for state legislature around the country to pledge to do the disclosing for ALEC and make clear whether the group is involved with the drafting of their bills. 

The petition and related pledge are available here.

August 28, 2012
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SQUADRON URGES QUICK CITY, STATE ACTION TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN & CYCLIST SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TRAGEDY

NEW YORK -- After yet another fatal accident this morning in the West Village, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement urging quick city and state action to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety:

This morning's tragedy is yet another horrific reminder that there is more to be done to protect pedestrians and cyclists. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.

There are a number of major gaps in pedestrian and cyclist safety -- and now is the time for the city and state to quickly move to fill them.

August 27, 2012
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Senator Squadron, Assembly Speaker Silver, DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Council Member Chin Applaud Signing of Intercity Bus Permit Bill into Law

Governor Cuomo Signs Silver-Squadron Bill Authorizing the City to Create the First-ever Permit System For Intercity Buses, Designating Bus Stops and Increasing Oversight of the Industry

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Council Member Margaret Chin today applauded Governor Cuomo for signing into law the Silver-Squadron bill creating the first-ever permit system for intercity buses.

August 17, 2012
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STATE SENATOR SQUADRON, BOROUGH PRESIDENT STRINGER, ELECTEDS FILE AMICUS BRIEFS ON IPN CASE, URGING APPEAL OF DECISION THAT MAY JEOPARDIZE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NYC TENANTS

Independence Plaza North was deregulated in 2004 while management company continued to receive tax abatements requiring rent stabilization

August 16, New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer filed amicus briefs today with the New York State Court of Appeals in support of Independence North Tenants and affordable housing, jointly with Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, State Senator Tom Duane, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Brain Kavanagh, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick and Manhattan Community Board 1. Standing with longtime tenants of IPN, Stringer and Squadron joined Community Board 1 members to announce their decision to file amicus briefs asking the Court of Appeals to review a decision that threatens to end rent stabilization for Independence Plaza North tenants and risks displacing tens of thousands of other tenants throughout the city.  

August 16, 2012
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BROOKLYN DELEGATION: STATE MUST ACT NOW TO SAVE SERVICES, MED EDUCATION AT DOWNSTATE

Electeds Urge Comprehensive Plan to Save Hospital and Medical School

BROOKLYN – Today, a coalition of Brooklyn elected officials sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging immediate action to save critical services and medical training at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) and its affiliates.

Downstate faces a major operating deficit, and a significant restructuring is necessary for the institution’s survival. Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital has already laid off 150 employees; over 400 more Downstate employees will receive contract-mandated notice of future layoffs this month, with over a thousand layoffs expected in the next year. This will lead to a massive cut in services and the ability to train medical professionals in Brooklyn.

August 9, 2012
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SQUADRON URGES CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Following Deutsche Bank Fire, Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Address Discrepancies Between City, State Building Code; New Report Highlights Risk

Squadron: Different Standards Create Risk for First Responders, Public

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging state and city agencies to immediately close major holes in the safety code at hundreds of state-owned buildings throughout the city, after a task force created by Squadron-Gottfried legislation underscored the risk facing New York's first responders and the public.

July 30, 2012
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SQUADRON: END NYCHA REQUIREMENT TO PAY FOR POLICE

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony to this evening's hearing on the 2013 Draft Annual Plan for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), arguing that the agency's financial challenges can be helped by ending its unique burden in which NYCHA is the only residential landlord in the City that is required to pay for police protection. 

July 25, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES MAJOR TRANSIT RESTORATIONS IN BROOKLYN, MANHATTAN

Squadron, Stakeholders, MTA to Design New Brooklyn Tech Triangle Bus Route, New Williamsburg Waterfront Route, Both to Begin in 2013

Squadron: Restorations Also Include B39 Service Over Williamsburg Bridge, Permanent G Train Extension, M9 Extension to Battery Park City

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA will make major bus and train service expansions and restorations in and between Brooklyn and Manhattan, including a brand new Brooklyn Tech Triangle bus route for which Sen. Squadron and stakeholders will lead the planning effort. The MTA will also establish a new bus route along the Williamsburg waterfront, which will be designed in consultation with community stakeholders and begin in mid-2013. Senator Squadron, his colleagues, and the community have been working with the MTA to advocate for these new routes, and for the restoration of services that were cut in 2010.

July 19, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES GOVERNOR'S SIGNING OF CRAFT BREWERY BILL

"From the good jobs they create to the great beer they produce, New York's brewers are key to New York's economy. 

"By reinstating the beer production credit, we're serving New York's brewers, consumers, and economy alike: allowing our small businesses to keep growing, while keeping their brews affordable. 

"That's more jobs and better options at the tap -- something we should all toast to! 

July 18, 2012
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STATEMENT BY RPP SPONSOR SQUADRON ON DOT'S REJECTION OF PARKING PERMIT PILOT PROGRAM

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of legislation that would bring residential parking permits (RPP) to New York City communities that want the program, released the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation's rejection of an RPP pilot program in the neighborhoods surrounding the Barclays Center and Yankee Stadium:

"A permit system is long overdue in neighborhoods where residents spend hours circling for parking near their homes -- especially on the overcrowded streets surrounding New York City's stadiums and major business districts. That's why DOT's rejection of piloting RPP is particularly troubling. 

"I urge my colleagues in the legislature to quickly pass my bill to bring permits to neighborhoods that want it. Our legislation empowers communities while protecting small businesses, reducing congestion, and helping fund our subways and buses. It’s a win for our neighborhoods, a win for quality of life, and a win for a changing New York."

July 14, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK OPEN NEW POP-UP POOL AT PIER 2

State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) today to open the Pop-Up Pool, a new five-year temporary pool that is situated off of the park greenway near Pier 2. 

"Last summer we secured a pool as part of our agreement to move Brooklyn Bridge Park forward. And this summer, families can dive right in!" said Senator Daniel Squadron. "The pool is already making a big splash with Brooklyn families. I was proud to help fund the pool, beach, and concessions, and I'll continue to work with BBP and my colleagues to make the pool and other active recreation permanent fixtures at the park. Thank you to BBP, the Conservancy, Assemblymember Millman, Councilmembers Levin and Lander, Borough President Markowitz, and all who helped make today possible." 

July 6, 2012
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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO CALL ON MACY'S TO RETURN JULY 4TH FIREWORKS TO BROOKLYN-QUEENS WATERFRONT

Officials to meet with Macy’s, urge NYers to sign petition for East River fireworks display

Support the effort at www.advocate.nyc.gov/fireworks

NEW YORK – At a press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and State Senator Daniel Squadron called on Macy’s to return its July 4th fireworks display to the East River. This is the fourth consecutive year that Macy’s will hold its fireworks on the Hudson, out of view for the millions of residents who live in Brooklyn, Queens and on the East Side. The officials announced upcoming talks with Macy’s where they will press for returning fireworks to the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. 

June 28, 2012
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SQUADRON, VELAZQUEZ, MILLMAN, MARKOWITZ, LANDER WELCOME IMMEDIATE PCB REMOVAL AT P.S. 146, M.S. 448

Electeds Urge DOE to Undertake Similar Additional Inspections at Other Potentially Contaminated Schools

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilmember Brad Lander welcomed the NYC Department of Education's decision to immediately remove lighting fixtures contaminated with PCBs at P.S. 146 Brooklyn New School and M.S. 448 Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies, after parents and the elected officials urged city action.

June 18, 2012
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SQUADRON, MEMBERS OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON ALEC'S ROLE IN LEGISLATURE

ALEC's Activities May Constitute Lobbying Under NY Law -- Receives Corporate Funding, Claims Credit for 39 NYS Bills

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee (IGO), and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference convened a public forum on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities in the New York State Legislature.

June 13, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CREATE FIRST-EVER INTERCITY BUS PERMITTING SYSTEM, CREATING MUCH-NEEDED OVERSIGHT

Passage Follows Agreement Between Squadron, Silver, City on Legislation, Which Will Designate Stops and Bring Order to Chinatown and City

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed Senate passage of his legislation to create the first-ever permit system for intercity buses, giving the city the power to regulate the industry and designate pick-up and drop-off locations. Senator Squadron released the following statement:

"With Senate passage of intercity bus permit legislation, we've taken a big step toward protecting communities and passengers alike as the low-cost bus industry continues to grow. 

June 12, 2012
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