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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAJOR NEW GUN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS PROVISIONS

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the passage of new gun regulations tonight. The package includes the major provisions from Squadron's bill to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban, including a single-feature model that defines an assault weapon as having one dangerous feature (rather than two), the requirement that any existing weapons are registered with the state, and the ability to specify which weapons are not legal, for the first time.

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Squadron Urges GENDA Passage Following Tragic Death of Islan Nettles

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement in response to the tragic death of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman who was assaulted in Harlem last weekend and succumbed to her injuries yesterday:

"The death of Islan Nettles -- a transgender woman who was the victim of a possible hate crime -- is horrifying and tragic.

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SENATOR SQUADRON URGES CITY NOT TO EVICT SANDY VICTIMS

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the City to cease its plans to evict roughly 350 Sandy victims who were displaced by the storm and have been living in hotels.

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SQUADRON WELCOMES GOVERNOR'S APPROVAL OF LEGISLATION TO MAKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MORE ACCESSIBLE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that Governor Cuomo has signed Squadron's legislation to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families.Squadron released the following statement:

"Now, thanks to our legislation, more families will have the chance to make a life here, no matter what their family looks like. This is a big win for New Yorkers, especially as our city faces an affordability crisis."The Mitchell-Lama program was created to ensure that more New Yorkers have access to middle class and affordable housing -- so that fewer New Yorkers, including cops, teachers, and firefighters, are not driven out."Thank you to the Governor for signing our bill into law. And I am grateful to Speaker Silver and Assemblywoman Millman for their vital leadership, and to Cadman Towers tenant leader Toba Potosky, who came to me with this idea and helped make it a reality."

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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance:

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Squadron Hosts Town Hall Meetings, Bringing Together Constituents for Participatory Governing

Update: Read Senator Squadron's Community Update below.

NEW YORK -- At this critical time of transition in New York City, State Senator Daniel Squadron will host his annual town hall meetings to bring together constituents from around the district for an evening of participatory governing, this Monday, November 18th at 6:00PM in Lower Manhattan and 7:30PM in Brooklyn.

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SQUADRON, MOSLEY ANNOUNCE RETAIL ANTI-PROFILING ACT

Legislation Would Open Black Box of NYPD Policing at Private Businesses, Including Use of Racial Profiling

Squadron-Mosley Bill Would Also End MOU Requiring NYCHA to Pay $74 Million a Year for "Additional Police Services"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Walter Mosley announced the Retail Anti-Profiling Act, which would require transparency on additional policing provided to private businesses by the New York City Police Department -- such as the NYPD's role in potential racial profiling at Barneys and Macy's -- and end the 1994 MOU under which the New York City Housing Authority is charged for "additional police services."

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SQUADRON, NYCHA ANNOUNCE INITIATIVE TO CLOSE SNAP GAP

Squadron Urged SNAP Be Included With NYCHA Application; Site Now Allows Public Housing Applicants to Jointly Apply for Food Stamps

NEW YORK --  Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea announced that public housing applicants will now be able to concurrently apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the program formerly known as food stamps), in an effort to increase food stamp access for New Yorkers who qualify.

As of 2010, over two million individuals in New York City qualified for SNAP. However, nearly a quarter of those who qualify for SNAP don’t take advantage of the program.

Squadron has been working with NYCHA to integrate the SNAP application into its housing application process, as many applicants are dual-eligible. Now, when New Yorkers fill out a public housing application, they will be prompted to also apply for SNAP benefits. The integrated applications are now live on the NYCHA website at www.nyc.gov/nycha.

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Squadron Statement on Kidnapping and Death of Menachem Stark

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement tonight:

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