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 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.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, February 14th, 2013
NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation (S3105) to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, welcomed Mayor Bloomberg's support for the bill and the change to NYC policy announced in today's State of the City. Squadron released the following statement:
"Legislation I carry would reform the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute and the inconsistent way it's enforced.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Council Resolution Supports Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation
NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the Senate Transportation Committee today passed his legislation (S3644) to provide law enforcement with better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill, also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, would strengthen “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which Squadron and Kavanagh introduced and passed after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
New York, NY – New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron released the following statement today about a reported anti-gay attack on Broadway between Prince and Houston Streets early Tuesday morning.
“Words cannot express our shock and outrage over this latest apparent incident of hate violence directed at the LGBT community -- which occurred shortly after over a thousand New Yorkers marched to mourn the murder of Mark Carson and demand an end to anti-LGBT violence. We are grateful to the NYPD for swiftly apprehending two suspects, who we are confident will be subject to the full weight of the criminal justice system.
This sort of hate and violence has no place here in New York City, or anywhere. As we head into Pride Month, the LGBT community must stay vigilant, and all New Yorkers must speak out forcefully against bias attacks of any kind to make certain that these kinds of crimes get the attention and universal condemnation they deserve.”
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Strengthens Hayley & Diego's Law, Gives Law Enforcement Better Tools to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists, Drivers
ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the full State Senate has passed his legislation to provide law enforcement with better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists.
The bill, also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, would strengthen “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which Squadron and Kavanagh introduced and passed after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3. The children were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, June 13th, 2013
New Data Finds NY Leads the Nation in Marijuana Arrests
Across State, Black New Yorkers 4.5 Times More Likely to Be Arrested as White New Yorkers; Disparity is 9-to-1 in Brooklyn and Manhattan
ALBANY -- With new data highlighting dramatic racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests around New York, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Karim Camara, members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, the Drug Policy Alliance, the New York Civil Liberties Union, VOCAL-NY, and community members made an end-of-session push for Senate passage of legislation to bring consistency and fairness to marijuana arrests.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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."
Posted by Eric Mayo on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Emblematic of Extensive Problems at Nation’s Largest Jail
NEW YORK—Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony at the City Council’s hearing on adolescent treatment at Rikers Island, convened by Fire and Criminal Justice Services Chair Elizabeth Crowley. Conditions at Rikers have been the subject of numerous reports recently, including an October 6 article in the New Yorker that profiled the case of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Rikers. Squadron’s testimony is below.