Newsroom

BP ADAMS, STATE SENATOR SQUADRON, & ASSEMBLYMEMBER LENTOL TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES OF TRESPASSING HIGH-PROFILE STRUCTURES

State Legislation Would Increase Penalties for Trespassing on Bridges, Tunnels, Other Critical Infrastructure

BROOKLYN – In response to the third trespassing incident on the Brooklyn Bridge in four months, today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Joseph Lentol announced state legislation that would raise the penalties for trespassing on critical infrastructure. This comes two days following the third security breach of the Brooklyn Bridge since July, this time by a 23-year-old French tourist. This legislation would fill a gap in current state law, as well as complement a proposal introduced earlier this year by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer that would make it a federal crime to trespass on critical infrastructure with the intent to commit a crime.

November 18, 2014
Read more...

Join Sen Squadron At Two Town Hall Events

Please join me at two important Town Hall Meetings that I'll be hosting on December 2nd and December 11th. Focusing on issues highlighted at our Community Convention back in April, these follow-up meetings will be an opportunity for you to make your voice heard on some of the topics that matter most to you, and work with me to help shape the future of our city and state.

 

November 10, 2014
Read more...

SENATOR SQUADON TESTIFIES BEFORE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION REGARDING COMMUNITY PARKS INITIATIVE

Below please find Senator Squadron's prepared remarks before the New York City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation on November 5th, 2014. 

November 5, 2014
Read more...

Elected Officials Announce MTA Response to Bus Concerns in West Village

Electeds: Agency Agrees To Assess M5 & M21 To Improve Service

Agency Responding To Summer Town Hall And Local Push

MANHATTAN – State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, State Senator Hoylman, Assemblymember Glick, and Councilmembers Johnson and Chin today announced the MTA’s response to concerns raised at a Town Hall on Buses, Subways, and Transit held this summer. The MTA agreed to assess and improve the M5 and the M21 which are particularly important to residents in Greenwich Village and SoHo. The elected officials sent a letter to New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco, attached, thanking him for the MTA’s participation in the Town Hall and commitment to assessing the lines for improved service.

October 31, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, & COMMUNITY BOARD 3 TOUR BUSY NIGHTLIFE NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SLA COMMISSIONER

Squadron, Brewer, Silver, Hoylman, Kavanagh, Glick, Chin, and Mendez Highlight Quality of Life Concerns

Tour Provides Context for Liquor License Applications in The Lower East Side And East Village

MANHATTAN – On Friday night, State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, Assemblymember Kavanagh, Assemblymember Glick and Council Member Mendez, as well as representatives of Assembly Speaker Silver, State Senator Hoylman, and Council Member Chin, in cooperation with the 5th, 7th and 9th Precincts and Manhattan Community Board 3, toured the Lower East Side and East Village with State Liquor Authority Commissioner Kevin Kim to highlight the quality-of-life challenges associated with an over-saturated nightlife scene, and give the Commissioner a better understanding of the neighborhood when making future license application decisions.

October 20, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON CALLS FOR ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS TO SEVEN INTERSECTIONS IN CHINATOWN

Squadron's Letter to DOT Asks for Improvements to Pedestrian Ramps and Crosswalk Markings, Removal of Obstructions

Over 90 Intersections Surveyed to Assess Needs

MANHATTAN – State Senator Daniel Squadron today sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation calling for repairs at several intersections, which were identified based on a survey of over 90 intersections carried out by Senator Squadron’s office over the summer. The repairs requested will improve accessibility for the elderly and the disabled. The full letter, which also requests a status update and a timetable for repairs, is below.

October 17, 2014
Read more...

SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON CONDITIONS AT RIKERS ISLAND

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.

October 8, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON, MILLMAN AND SIMON SPONSOR FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC

Shots Provided At Eileen C. Dugan Sr. Center By Brooklyn Hospital Center

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and Assembly Nominee Jo Anne Simon sponsored a free flu shot clinic from 9am to 11:30am on Tuesday, October 7th.  Shots were provided by the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and the venue was provided by the Eileen C. Dugan Amico Senior Center at 378 Court Street in Carroll Gardens.

October 7, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON SPONSORS FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC ON LOWER EAST SIDE

Shots Provided At Grand Street Settlement By Visiting Nurse Service of NY

LOWER EAST SIDE – State Senator Daniel Squadron sponsored a free flu shot clinic from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, October 7th.  Shots were provided by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and the venue was provided by Grand Street Settlement at 72 Columbia Street on the Lower East Side.

October 7, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON: MAYOR’S COMMUNITY PARKS INITIATIVE ADDRESSES MOST GLARING INEQUITIES IN PARKS AROUND NYC

Senator Highlights the Impact of Having all Stakeholders Invested in Parks Equity

NEW YORK—Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at Bowne Playground in Flushing, Queens to announce the Mayor’s new Community Parks Initiative. Squadron said:

October 7, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON SLAMS JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT JAILS INNOCENT NEW YORKERS FOR YEARS AT A TIME

Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Requires System Review and Broad Reform

Squadron: Jailing Innocent New Yorkers for Years is Unjust and Un-American

NEW YORK— In response to an October 6 article in the New Yorker, State Senator Daniel Squadron, ranker on the Senate Codes Committee, issued the following statement: 

"Kalief Browder was accused of stealing a backpack in May 2010. Browder asserted his innocence and refused to plea to a lesser charge. He was held in pre-trial detention at Rikers Island for three years before prosecutors ultimately moved to dismiss his case. Any system that jails the innocent for years at a time is both unjust and un-American. Kalief Browder spent three years locked up at Rikers because the system failed him. Broad reforms to the entire system are clearly necessary, and I intend to undertake a thorough review to identify changes that can address these crucial issues. The system must work better for everyone."

October 6, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SAFETY MEASURES AT TWO BUSY INTERSECTIONS

Implementation Comes After Requests By Senator Squadron And Community Groups

BROOKLYN – At the request of State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) is currently being implemented by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This follows the successful change of the three phase signal, earlier in the summer, at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets to benefit pedestrians. Requested by Senator Squadron, the Cobble Hill Association, and Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6, this signal is in the vicinity of several schools, including the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and the Brooklyn Preschool of Science.  

October 2, 2014
Read more...

RIDERS ALLIANCE, SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTED OFFICIALS RALLY TO KEEP FREE TRANSFER FOR G, J AND M TRAIN RIDERS

Free Transfer, Set to Expire Next Week, Could Make Commuting Cheaper and Faster for Thousands of Riders

 

BROOKLYN, NY—This morning, the grassroots organization Riders Alliance, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Senator Martin Dilan, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez rallied in front of the Broadway G train station to ask the MTA to make permanent a well-received free transfer between the G train at the Broadway station and the J and M trains at Lorimer.

 

August 27, 2014
Read more...

SENATORS SQUADRON AND HOYLMAN STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S TRANSGENDER RIGHTS LETTER

NEW YORK – Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda:

August 21, 2014
Read more...

MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT OF INTERCITY BUS REGULATIONS

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer released the following statement regarding the enforcement of intercity bus regulations:

August 15, 2014
Read more...

SPEAKER SILVER AND SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF LAW TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING IN NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

Governor Cuomo Signs Law Requiring New York City School Construction Authority To Account for Population Growth in Planning New Schools

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that legislation they sponsored to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law requires the city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to collect population data and use this information in connection with the authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan (A.10108 / S.07873). It requires the SCA and the New York City schools chancellor to account for how future population growth might affect continued overcrowding.

August 11, 2014
Read more...

MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S INVESTIGATION INTO LANDLORD STEVE CROMAN

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin released the following statement regarding landlord Steve Croman:

August 1, 2014
Read more...

ELECTEDS SHARE OPTIONS AS G-TRAIN SHUTDOWN BEGINS

Electeds: India Street Ferry Finally Back in Service; Check-in on Impacts in Ten Days

BROOKLYN -- The G-train shutdown, which begins tonight at 10:30pm, will leave Greenpointers and northern Brooklynites without a vital transportation lifeline for 5-weeks. These repairs will address Sandy-related damage to the subway tunnels between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City. Fortunately, through the advocacy of Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, Assemblymember Lentol, and Congresswoman Maloney, the MTA will provide the following accommodations, in addition to a free shuttle bus between the affected stations:

July 28, 2014
Read more...

BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON PIER 6 HOUSING LAWSUIT

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement on the Pier 6 housing lawsuit: 

July 18, 2014
Read more...

MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT OF INTERCITY BUS REGULATIONS IN CHINATOWN

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer released the following statement regarding the enforcement of intercity bus regulations in Chinatown:

July 14, 2014
Read more...