Daniel L. Squadron's Press releases

SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIFIES ON LICH: "IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE COMMUNITY FEELS LOOTED"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities, testified at the State University of New York's public board meeting on Downstate Medical Center and LICH.

February 7, 2013
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SQUADRON URGES IMMEDIATE SENATE PASSAGE OF NYC HURRICANE SANDY ASSESSMENT RELIEF ACT

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act, is urging the Senate to immediately pass the legislation, which would provide vital property tax relief to New Yorkers whose homes or businesses were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 

February 5, 2013
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SQUADRON, STAVISKY, KIM, MENG URGE LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

State Legislation Would Create Holiday in Cities With Large Asian American Populations

FLUSHING -- Today, at a press conference outside P.S. 20 in Flushing, State Senators Daniel Squadron (D-Chinatown) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) urged the City to make the Asian Lunar New Year a school holiday so that New York City's growing number of Asian American students can celebrate with their families without missing class. 

January 31, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN CALL FOR FULL-LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Following Riders Alliance Activism, Elected Officials Ask MTA to Consider Riders’ Requests and Service Issues

Electeds, Riders, Advocates Rally for a Better G Train in Williamsburg

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to undertake a Full-Line Review of the G train as the Senators and Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders this afternoon in Williamsburg.

January 27, 2013
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAJOR NEW GUN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS PROVISIONS

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the passage of new gun regulations tonight. The package includes the major provisions from Squadron's bill to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban, including a single-feature model that defines an assault weapon as having one dangerous feature (rather than two), the requirement that any existing weapons are registered with the state, and the ability to specify which weapons are not legal, for the first time.

Squadron released the following statement: 

January 14, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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Senator Squadron Statement on Shooting Death of 16-Year-Old Boy on Lower East Side

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the shooting death of 16-year-old Raphael Ward on the Lower East Side last night:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Raphael Ward. No parent should ever have to face the unspeakable tragedy of losing a child.

We must continue to work together as a community to fight the scourge of gun violence and make our homes and our streets safer for our families. From stronger gun laws to improved safety at NYCHA developments, we are reminded far too often that the time to act is now.

Ward lived in Baruch Houses and the shooting took place on Columbia Street, both in Senator Squadron's district.

January 5, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN RESALE OF CHARITY TICKETS FOR PROFIT, AHEAD OF 12-12-12 SANDY RELIEF CONCERT

Squadron Legislation Would Protect Consumers, Make Illegal Reselling Charity Event Tickets For More Than Face Value

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would ban the reselling of charity event tickets for more than their face value, ahead of the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert tonight at Madison Square Garden.

There have been a number of complaints from event organizers and potential concertgoers regarding tickets being resold on secondary sites for many times their face value. Money generated by ticket sales from these events is meant to go to the designated charity and to defray the costs of the shows, not to those who can resell the tickets to the highest bidder. Ticket sales for tonight's event are meant to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy relief efforts.

December 12, 2012
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Squadron, Silver, Glick, Kavanagh, Stringer, Chin, Mendez Urge City to Make Disaster Food Aid More Accessible

Electeds Urge Expanded Eligible Zip Codes, Additional Application Center in Lower Manhattan, Extended Deadline for D-SNAP Program

Letter Comes Alongside Push By Nadler and Federal Legislators

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar urging the City to make the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) more accessible to more New Yorkers in need. The letter comes alongside a similar push from federal elected officials, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

December 12, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON HOSTS NEW YORK AFTER SANDY RESOURCE FAIR AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Event Brings Together Agencies, Utilities, Organizations With Residents & Businesses In Need to Create One-Stop Post-Sandy Shop

Conversation on Long-Term Recovery & Preparations Gives New Yorkers a Chance to Make Their Voices Heard as City, State, Federal Governments Plan Next Steps

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted New York After Sandy, a resource fair and community conversation for NYC residents and businesses yesterday in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing together hundreds of New Yorkers. 

The one-stop shop connected residents and business owners in need with government agencies, utility companies, social and legal service organizations, volunteer groups, and other organizations that provided help ahead of disaster assistance deadlines. A full list of participating organizations is included below.

December 10, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES APPROVAL OF $13 MILLION IN D-SNAP FOR NYC FAMILIES IMPACTED BY SANDY

Squadron Worked With Advocates, City to Ensure Inclusion of Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a request for $13 million to bring the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to areas of New York City impacted by the storm, including Manhattan, for which Senator Squadron advocated. 

Residents who lived in the 12 targeted areas (listed below) on October 27, 2012 can apply for disaster food assistance from December 12th to December 18th from 8:30AM to 6:00PM at 495 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn. A Staten Island location at New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane, will also be open from December 14th to December 17th.

December 4, 2012
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Squadron Welcomes Announcement of First Class at NYU Applied Sciences Institute Next Fall

Tech Triangle Bus Route to Launch Next Year, Connecting CUSP and Downtown Brooklyn with DUMBO, Navy Yard

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed NYU and NYU-Poly's announcement that the new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) will launch its first programs and host its first class next fall. 

For years, Squadron, along with his colleagues, urged the MTA to make use of its nearly-abandoned former headquarters at 370 Jay Street, which the MTA leased from the City.

Beginning last year, Squadron urged the City to award NYU's proposal for an applied science campus at 370 Jay. In April, the proposal was selected as the second Applied Sciences NYC winner.

November 27, 2012
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Squadron -- Sponsor of Aggravated Domestic Violence Legislation to Strengthen Penalties for Repeat Offenders -- Applauds Governor's Signing of Omnibus Bill

New Law Better Protects Domestic Violence Victims from Repeat Offenders

Squadron Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed Responding to Serial Domestic Abuser

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the Governor’s signing of a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision based on the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed in March 2011 responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12-year history of offenses.

Previously, only those who caused serious physical injury or killed their victims faced felony-level charges. There was no way to better protect domestic violence victims from repeat offenders, who were charged with low-level misdemeanors. Now, two domestic violence offenses in five years will count as a Class E felony crime, helping to protect victims and ensure that repeat offenders no longer cycle through the system.

October 25, 2012
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SQUADRON, COMMUNITY AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES URGE ALBANY SPECIAL SESSION ON GUN VIOLENCE

After Bloodshed Around NYC, Squadron and Advocates Call on Albany to Pass Critical Gun Control Bills, at Site of Recent Shooting

Squadron: Time to Act to Save Lives

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community and elected officials and advocates to urge a special legislative session in Albany to address the crisis of gun violence in New York City and around the state.

October 5, 2012
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SQUADRON EARNS SENATE'S HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL SCORE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron received the New York State Senate's highest environmental score, in a new voter guide released by EPL/Environmental Advocates. 

With a score of 81, Squadron was the Senate's high scorer. EA notes that the Senate's scores were, overall, lower than the Assembly's due to the Senate Republican Majority refusing to bring a number of critical environmental bills to a vote.

October 4, 2012
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Squadron Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of Pvt. Danny Chen

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Pvt. Danny Chen:

"Today we remember and honor the life of Danny Chen. His tragedy and the experience he had serving our country is one that no person should ever have, and my thoughts and prayers remain with his family.

"That is why today, and everyday, we are also reminded that we must do everything in our power to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. If one member of our armed forces is hazing and bullying someone, it sullies the entire armed forces and our values as a nation -- and it simply should not be tolerated.

October 3, 2012
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Squadron Statement on Lower East Side Pathmark's Impending Closure

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the impending closure of the Pathmark supermarket, located on Cherry Street on the Lower East Side:

"I'm deeply concerned about Pathmark's closure and what it means for an already-underserved Lower East Side. 

"Lower East Side residents need access to the full service food retailers, including fresh food, that most other New Yorkers can take for granted. 

October 1, 2012
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SQUADRON, PARKS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK INTERIM USE

Waterfront Community Day To Be Held November 3rd

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 and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro led the first public tour of Pier 42 and announced plans for interim recreational use, as the planning process for the pier's redevelopment into a waterfront park gets underway.

October 1, 2012
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