Daniel L. Squadron's Press releases

SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR'S CALL FOR FOOD STAMP ACCESS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

In his State of the State address, the Governor laid out a vision to build on the progress of the past year and continue to move New York forward. Two priorities in particular that he laid out - an end to the practice of fingerprinting food stamp recipients and reforming our campaign finance system - are ready for immediate passage.

January 4, 2012
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Squadron, Millman, Levin Statement on Pier 5 'Bubble'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, and Council Member Stephen Levin released the following statement regarding an indoor recreational facility on Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park:

In August, Senator Squadron and Assembly Member Millman, with the support of Council Member Levin, reached an agreement with the City to complete Brooklyn Bridge Park, including a number of amenities for the community.

December 29, 2011
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SQUADRON: DOE HEEDS OUR CALLS, PROPOSES P.S 8 EXPANSION TO INCLUDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the NYC Department of Education's proposal to expand P.S. 8 Robert Fulton to include a middle school:

Last night, DOE answered the calls of the community and formally proposed the expansion of P.S. 8 to include a middle school. 

For months, I've worked with parents, P.S. 8 faculty, DOE, Assemblymember Millman and Councilmember Levin to make this proposal a reality. 

Providing our community with a high quality middle school is critical to continuing the success of P.S. 8. I urge quick approval of this proposal to get the middle school up and running by next school year and ensure that our kids get the the quality education they deserve. 

December 23, 2011
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SQUADRON REPORT PROMPTS DOT ACTION ON PONDING IN CHINATOWN

DOT Responds to Community, Agrees to Resurface Roads, Undertake Pothole Blitz, Meet with Chinatown Business and Community Leaders

Squadron Report Detailed Road-Curb Ponding’s Negative Impact on Chinatown’s Quality of Life and Economy

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the New York City Department of Transportation responded to his calls and will begin to repair problematic road-curb ponding conditions in Chinatown that harm the neighborhood’s economy and quality of life. 

Ponding – water that accumulates along the sides of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – has been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. In addition to repairing a number of Chinatown Streets, DOT will undertake a ‘pothole blitz’ in the coming months. Senator Squadron will also host a meeting with Chinatown business and community leaders, DOT, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Sanitation on how to best prevent and address the problem moving forward.  

December 22, 2011
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MARKOWITZ, SQUADRON, COMMUNITY RALLY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS AT 370 JAY ST WITH NYU-POLY PROPOSAL STILL ON TABLE

Markowitz, Squadron: City Should Take This 'Two-for-One' Opportunity, Bring Game-Changing Center for Urban Science & Progress to Downtown Brooklyn

 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Brooklyn elected officials and community and business leaders to rally in support of New York University’s and the Polytechnic Institute’s proposal for an applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street.

Putting the long-empty former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street to use would be a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn -- creating a hub for science and technology that connects the budding tech community in DUMBO and the surrounding neighborhoods with NYU-Poly’s proposed Center for Urban Science and Progress, as well as City Tech and Poly’s existing campuses. Elected officials and the community have long called for 370 Jay Street to be put to productive use, and pursuing this proposal would be a major step forward in the continued resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn.

 

December 21, 2011
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SENATOR SQUADRON CONGRATULATES CORNELL & TECHNION, CONTINUES PUSH FOR NYU-POLY 370 JAY PROPOSAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement congratulating Cornell University and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology on the selection of their Applied Sciences NYC proposal, and reiterating his call on the City to also select New York University's and the Polytechnic Institute's proposal for a campus at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn:

"Since November I have been urging the City to choose NYU-Poly's proposal for an Applied Sciences Center at 370 Jay Street, as one of multiple proposals that is selected.  Today, the Mayor announced a worthy first recipient in the Cornell -Technion proposal and made clear that the competition is not over.  NYU's 370 Jay proposal would be a worthy additional selection -- and a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn.  My colleagues and I are continuing to work with the City, the MTA, and the community to make it a reality."

December 19, 2011
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Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver Push for Progress on PAC, Local Reps to Serve on Board

LOWER MANHATTAN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver released the following statement:

“It is imperative that the Lower Manhattan Performing Arts Center be built and that we take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that it becomes a reality.

 

In order for the interests of Lower Manhattan residents to be protected and represented, we ask that local residents be appointed to the board overseeing the PAC.

 

This project was promised to our community and we remain fully committed to seeing that it is built, that it receives the LMDC funding it was promised, and that our Downtown community is represented through every stage of the process.”

 

December 19, 2011
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Senator Squadron: DOE Again Heeds Our Call, Adds More Seats to Peck Slip

 

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the NYC Department of Education announced plans to add additional seats to the future school at Peck Slip. The DOE will add two new classrooms, or 56 new seats, to the school, bringing the total to 712 seats. Last month, the DOE announced the addition of 180 seats:

December 16, 2011
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SQUADRON-SILVER BILL TO BRING BENEFIT CORPORATIONS TO NEW YORK BECOMES LAW

Squadron and Silver: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York, Change the Way New York Does Business

ALBANY – Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s bill to bring benefit corporations to New York was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, changing the way New York does business.

Benefit corporations will create a new industry of corporations with a "double bottom line" of profit and socially-responsible practices – unlocking billions in potential investments in companies that pursue a positive material impact on society and the environment.

"Benefit corporations will mean New York is open for business in an important new way. Benefit corporations will unlock billions of dollars in new investments in New York while empowering companies to do well and do good,” said Senator Squadron. “By offering this opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors, New York will bring new businesses into the state, new investors into the market and a new socially-minded approach for our entrepreneurs. I'd like to thank Speaker Silver for championing this bill in the Assembly, and Governor Cuomo for making benefit corporations law and making New York's economy stronger, more innovative, and more diverse."

December 13, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Decision to Keep P.S. 137 Open Is Victory and Opportunity

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the Department of Education announced that it will not close P.S. 137 on the Lower East Side. In a November 7 letter to Chancellor Walcott, Senator Squadron urged the DOE to keep the school open:

DOE's decision to keep P.S. 137 open is a victory and an opportunity for the Lower East Side community. Last month, I urged the DOE to work with us to find an alternative to closure in the belief that an alternative would be less disruptive to teachers, parents, and students alike. I look forward to working with the school and the community to make sure P.S. 137 provides Lower East Side kids with the best possible education. 

December 9, 2011
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SQUADRON TO GOVERNOR: INVEST IN BQE REHAB, CITY TECH, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Following Bill's Passage, Squadron Asks Governor to Invest New York Works Infrastructure Fund in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan

Squadron Applauds Passage of Programs He’s Long Championed: Summer Youth Employment, Career Pathways

ALBANY – Following the state legislature’s passage of legislation aimed at creating jobs and growing New York’s economy, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Governor Cuomo to invest part of the New York Works Infrastructure Fund in key projects in the 25th Senate District: the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens-Expressway (BQE), an incentive program for Lower Manhattan businesses to increase energy efficiency, and a new academic center at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

December 8, 2011
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Senator Squadron Testifies Against Illegal Expansion of E. 6th Street Building

 

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony to two Board of Standards and Appeals public hearings regarding 514-516 East 6th Street. The building's owner, Benjamin Shaoul, had previously come under fire for an illegal rooftop addition around the corner and is currently seeking an expansion of the residential building on East 6th Street. Senator Squadron has been working with Council Member Rosie Mendez, residents, and advocates to protect tenants from these illegal additions.

December 6, 2011
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Silver, Squadron, Chin and Stringer thankful that Smith Houses residents will have gas service for holidays

Assembly Member Sheldon Silver, Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin and Borough President Scott Stringer responded to the restoration of gas service tonight at 26 Madison Street at the Alfred E. Smith public housing complex, following a letter they sent last week urging the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to fix the outage.

They issued the following statement:

November 23, 2011
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SQUADRON CALLS ON DOE TO REFORM REZONING PROCESS

CITES CONTINUED NEED IN LOWER MANHATTAN: SUGGESTS ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS AT TWEED

NEW YORK -- Following the Community Education Council District 2 resolution opposing the Department of Education's revised zoning proposal, State Senator Daniel Squadron reiterated his concerns with the District 2 plan and called on the DOE to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning.

November 21, 2011
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Schumer, Squadron Announce Funding Secured for Pier 42 Redevelopment, Completion of East River Waterfront Park

SENATORS LAUNCHED EFFORT TO COMPLETE PARK ALMOST ONE-YEAR AGO TODAY

In November of Last year, Schumer and Squadron Began Major Push for LMDC to Invest Portion of Remaining Federal Dollars to Complete East River Waterfront Park and Create ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan

Approvals in Place to Jump-Start First Phase of Project; Abandoned Shed on Pier 42 Would be Removed to Create Public Space

Schumer, Squadron: This is the Final Link Connecting East Side and West Side Parks That Will Unleash Untold Potential for Lower Manhattan

November 18, 2011
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Squadron Urges City to Award NYU/Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

Campus at 370 Jay Street Would Utilize Long-Empty Keystone Property, Allow Multiple Applied Sciences Proposals To Be Selected

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the City to move forward with an Applied Sciences in NYC proposal submitted by New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  The application proposes a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

In a letter to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel that is also copied to senior officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Senator Squadron writes that “pursuing 370 Jay Street would be a major step forward in the resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn, an area that has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, but in which a full renaissance is stymied by 370 Jay’s current abandonment and disrepair…. NYU’s application presents a long-awaited opportunity.”

November 17, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces Robert LaValva’s Appointment to NYS Council on Food Policy

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that New Amsterdam Market President Robert LaValva has been appointed to the New York State Council on Food Policy. Senator Squadron asked the Senate Minority Leader to officially recommend Mr. LaValva to the Governor for the appointment.

Mr. LaValva founded the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan, creating a flourishing center for sustainable regional and seasonal food that is open to all New Yorkers. The Market and Mr. LaValva have led efforts to redevelop the East River Market District and the South Street Seaport, helping to revive Lower Manhattan’s economy.

November 17, 2011
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Nadler and Squadron Respond to City’s Action on Occupy Wall Street

“We agree that Zuccotti Park must be open and accessible to everyone – OWS, the public, law enforcement and first responders – and that it is critical to protect the health and safety of protesters and the community.

“We have also been urging the City to have a zero tolerance policy on noise and sanitation violations, and to make the results of its enforcement public.

“But we must balance the core First Amendment rights of protesters and the other legitimate issues that have been raised.

“The City’s actions to shut down OWS last night raise a number of serious civil liberties questions that must be answered.  Moving forward, how will the City respect the protesters’ rights to speech and assembly?  Why was press access limited, and why were some reporters’ credentials confiscated?  How will reported incidents of excessive force used by the police be addressed?

November 15, 2011
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Squadron Calls on Dept. of Ed: Improve District 2 Rezoning Plan

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.

Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.

“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.

In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.  

November 7, 2011
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Statement on Efforts to Solve Downtown Quality-of-Life Issues

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin responded to the steps being taken by both the City and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to ameliorate the serious quality-of-life and safety issues near the demonstrations and, in particular, today’s announcement that OWS has secured off-site 24-hour access bathrooms. 

They issued the following joint statement:

“We are pleased that, on the heels of the City responding to our calls to remove excessive barricades, there has been significant progress on one of the other pressing quality-of-life issues: improved bathroom access.  

“OWS states that it has secured access to a loading dock area connected to 52 Broadway and has obtained three portable bathrooms to install there, with a trained security guard 24-hours-a-day.  We appreciate their attention to this issue.

“We reiterate our call on the City to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to public urination and other such behavior, and to enforce laws prohibiting excessive noise.

“The fact that both the City and OWS are making progress in addressing serious quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for solving these and other emerging concerns.  We strongly encourage the parties to continue to communicate and we ask that the park remain open and accessible for emergency personnel.  

“As we have said before, these concerns must be solved but cannot be used as a pretext for the violation of First Amendment rights.”

November 4, 2011
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