Daniel L. Squadron's Press releases

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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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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