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Patch: Resource Page For LGBT Couples Launched

Newly married and looking for info on tax issues, travel and finances? Well then, one Brooklyn lawmaker has the website for you.

By McCarton Ackerman 

If you missed state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s symposium on Tuesday on the remaining challenges for married LGBT New Yorkers, you’re in luck.

Squadron, D-Brooklyn, has launched a resource page for LGBT couples that addresses issues including social security, health benefits, tax returns, and interstate travel and relocation.

“New York took a historic step forward with marriage equality, but LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after saying, ‘I do,’" said Squadron in a statement. “LGBT couples must have the right tools in hand as they plan for their futures. And there are ongoing challenges to equality, dignity and recognition for all New Yorkers, including for transgender individuals and couples.” 

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Gay City News: Squadron forum tackles post-marriage gay agenda

By Duncan Osborne

At the close of a town hall meeting on the political future of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the wake of same-sex marriage’s enactment in New York, Ross Levi, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the statewide gay lobby, threw cold water on any impulse to declare victory and shut down the movement.

“We can’t pop the champagne and say, ‘We’re done,’” Levi told the crowd of roughly 100 who turned out for the August 16 forum “After ‘I Do’: What’s Next for LGBT New Yorkers?” at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Levi was one of four speakers on a panel moderated by State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Democrat who represents much of Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The forum was sponsored by Squadron and endorsed by roughly 20 state and federal elected officials from New York.

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Associated Press: New board to oversee creation of WTC arts center

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.

"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.

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Daily Kos: Senator Gillibrand: “They Will Fail.”

New York's Junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, made an appearance at an LGBT symposium held in New York City on the future of marriage equality in New York State (video and summary here). An attendee asked her about the right-wing's attempts to walk back LGBT progress made of late. Specifically mentioned was Representative and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's promise to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a signature achievement for Gillibrand in her first term in the Senate.

The Senator's answer left no ambiguity on her perspective. It was concise, resolute, and the picture of "no nonsense." It was a mere four words in it's entirety:

“No. They will fail.”

As the applause and laughter dies down, my own state Senator, Daniel Squadron, himself a great ally on LGBT rights and host of the evening, said, "Let that be a lesson to us all on brevity and effectiveness."

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The Advocate: Gillibrand's Blunt Response on GOP's Plans: "They Will Fail"

By Lucas Grindley

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows how which applause line works with an LGBT audience. 

During a forum on LGBT rights in New York, a member of the audience asked about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's desire to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" and amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

“I heard she wants to turn the clock back, bring back 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'” a voice can be heard asking in video of the event. “There’s a push among the Republican Party to have a national act against marriage equity. Is it a possibility?”

“No, they will fail,” was the U.S. senator's brusque response. Then Gillibrand gathered her papers in a stack and tapped them on the podium as if ending a newscast as the audience cheered loudly.

“What a great answer,” the moderator, state senator Daniel Squadron, can be heard saying over a microphone.

The forum was held on Tuesday and was titled “After 'I Do': What's News for LGBT New Yorkers?” Watch complete video of the event below, with Gillibrand taking the podium about 28 minutes into the first recording.

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Carroll Gardens Patch: Hamilton Pedestrian Bridge Closure Prompts Call for Increased Safety

By Georgia Kral

Earlier this summer, the State Department of Transportation closed the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which links Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, for repairs. The DOT alerted residents, elected officials and community leaders only days before the closure.

According to Craig Hammerman, District Manager of Community Board 6, the short notice was only one aggravating aspect of the way the state handled the bridge closing. Hammerman said the community had long offered solutions to problems with the pedestrian bridge, and had received little if any response.

“We were completely caught off guard by this sudden news from your department,” he wrote in a letter to State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “It is frustrating to think that the State of New York will be investing hundreds of thousands if not millions of scarce tax-payer dollars into a band-aid approach to improve the condition of this pedestrian bridge, while associated problems that have vexed this community for too long continue to go unaddressed.”

Issues include safety, the bridge has long been considered a "convenient way for perpetrators while in the commission of crimes to evade capture, according to Hammerman, and basic maintenance.

Hammerman’s letter, along with feedback from the community, prompted State Senator Daniel Squadron to host a meeting with the interested parties, from the DOT to community leaders including Maria Pagano of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association.

At the meeting, the DOT agreed to work with the community on making sure people who use the bridge on a daily basis, including school children who attend the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the Brooklyn New School on Henry Street, are aware of safe detours.

"The Hamilton Ave Bridge construction raised legitimate concerns about safety -- for the community at large and for students as they travel to and from school," said Squadron.

A flyer is being created by the DOT that will be distributed to the local schools.

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Brooklyn Eagle: Bridge Park To Build Indoor Soccer Field

By Dennis Holt

BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has announced that it has submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an operator to construct, operate and maintain a seasonal indoor recreation structure on Pier 5.

The inclusion of such a facility was agreed to by the park’s board of directors on Aug. 2. The idea of such an addition was encouraged by several groups, area residents and officials, including state Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan Millman.

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Delancey Street Safety Working Group Formed After Preliminary Stakeholders Meeting

Squadron, Chin, Velazquez, Silver, Stringer Bring Together Agencies, Community Board, Advocates to Address ‘Deadliest' Street in NY

NEW YORK – Yesterday, a group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates convened at State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office and agreed to form a Delancey Street Safety Working Group to address what has been called the “deadliest" street in New York.  Senator Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together Delancey Street stakeholders to work out safety improvements along the corridor.

A spate of accidents has plagued Delancey Street, spurring calls for action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and all types of users. This month, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks at intersections along Delancey as a first step to increase safety measures.

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DNAinfo: Delancey Street Deaths Spur Call for Pedestrian Safety Measures

By Patrick Hedlund

LOWER EAST SIDE — A pair of Lower East Side politicians urged the city to make immediate safety improvements along Delancey Street following a spate of deadly crashes on the high-traffic strip.

Their call to action comes after a cyclist was struck and killed on the busy thoroughfare, near Chrystie Street, last week. It was the second car-related death on the stretch in the past few months.

State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Margaret Chin wrote a joint letter to the Department of Transportation asking the agency to expedite safety improvements, including installing pedestrian countdown clocks along the length of Delancey Street.

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