New York State’s fiscal crisis is taking a toll on all New Yorkers, but especially the low-income citizens and those who are considered hardest to employ. Given our limited resources, it is critical to support proven, cost-effective programs that will nurture children, help them transition from school to college, onto adulthood, and help them find successful careers.
With a total investment of $76 million, the Cradle to Career initiative outlined below has the potential to do just that.
Last year, Senator Squadron urged the MTA to address the F train’s service problems. He worked with the MTA and released a 25-page report detailing the problems on the F line and made recommendations. Senator Squadron asked for a follow-up report, and the MTA provided this report, attached here.
This report is the result of a hearing the Committee conducted on September 18, 2009 on retail diversity and neighborhood health. It analyzes several of the major problems local retail merchants face, such as adverse tax policy and high commercial rent. Furthermore, it explores the problems and benefits associated with “big box” retailers in New York communities and the effects they have on local retailers.
My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th Senate District in the New York State Senate. My district includes Greenpoint,Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights,Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus in Brooklyn, and the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village in Manhattan. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today.