Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
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.
Join Senator Squadron, his colleagues, and representatives from government agencies, utility companies, and others who can help you with disaster assistance and address your questions. We'll also discuss opportunities to help out in Sandy's aftermath, and how New York can recover and prepare for future emergencies.
Please RSVP below and contact Senator Squadron's office at 212-298-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Friday, October 5th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Monday, December 10th, 2012
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Saturday, January 5th, 2013
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
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.
East River Ferry service has proven to be a viable and popular form of year-round transit for NYC commuters, a highlight for visitors, and a key element in the revitalization of our city's waterfront.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) just released a request for proposals for an East River Ferry operator -- and we're asking the City to make sure a year-round stop at Atlantic Avenue/Pier 6, on the southern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a permanent part of any plan. This expanded service would serve residents, local businesses, and our city alike.
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
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.