Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, August 9th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, August 16th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Monday, August 27th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Friday, August 31st, 2012
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):
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: