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SQUADRON, GOOD GOV'T GROUPS URGE SENATE MAJORITY TO GIVE "LLC LOOPHOLE" BILL FULL SENATE VOTE

Good Government Groups Deliver Thousands of Signatures to Close Loophole

Push For New Leader to Adhere to Senate Rules

May 28, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SECURITY UPGRADE TO BARUCH ADDITION

Squadron Details Over $240K In State Funding He Secured For Improvements

Squadron Engages NYCHA Residents in Security Discussion

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron engaged Baruch Addition residents today at a meeting to discuss the implementation of over $240,000 in State funding that he allocated for security improvements. The event also included NYCHA City Capital Projects Director Kate Seely-Kirk, and was co-hosted by the Baruch Addition Resident Association, New York City Housing Authority and Grand Street Settlement.

May 21, 2015
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Lt. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291

The American Legion, Lt. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 was established in 1944 in memory of Lieutenant Benjamin Ralph Kimlau. Lt. Kimlau served as an Air Force bomber pilot during World War II. He was killed in action during an air battle over the New Guinea Islands in March 1944. 

May 20, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON MACY'S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS OVER EAST RIVER

 Squadron, de Blasio Pushed For Years For More New Yorkers to Have Access To July 4th Celebration

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding today's announcement that this year's Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will take place over the East River:

May 20, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON HONORS KIMLAU CHINESE MEMORIAL POST 1291 AS "VETERANS OF DISTINCTION"

Squadron: For 70 years, Kimlau Has Set An Example of Patriotism and Community Engagement

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron selected Chinatown's American Legion, Lt. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291, as "Veterans of Distinction” in New York. Squadron honored the Post on Tuesday at the annual Senate celebration that recognizes outstanding veterans throughout the state.

May 19, 2015
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Aixa Torres

Aixa Torres was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, to Domingo Arturo Torres and America Figueras. She moved with her parents and sisters to New York City in 1955, where she attended public schools. Ms. Torres graduated from the City University of New York and Lincoln University.

Among her many achievements, Ms. Torres was instrumental in working with Senator Squadron and his colleagues to push the New York City Housing Authority to fully repair old, faulty gas pipes at Smith Houses that sometimes forced residents to go without cooking gas for weeks or months at a time. Under this leadership and partnership, Smith Houses residents can reliably use their ovens and stoves without having to worry about looming gas outages.

May 13, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON HONORS FDNY WITH SENATE RESOLUTION CELEBRATING 150TH ANNIVERSARY

Squadron: FDNY Represents The Best Of New York

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron honored the New York City Fire Department today with a Senate resolution celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Senator Squadron’s resolution unanimously passed the New York State Senate.

May 12, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON URGES CORPS CMTE TO VOTE ON "LLC LOOPHOLE" BILL AS REQUIRED BY SENATE RULES

After Forced Vote Last Month, Corporations Cmte Must Consider Bill to Close Loophole

LLCs Currently Treated as People -- Not Corporations -- Allowing Unlimited, Anonymous dollars to Flood Process

ALBANY - State Senator Daniel Squadron today urged the Senate Majority to honor Senate rules by voting on his bill to close the LLC loophole in the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. He sent a letter to Committee Chair Michael Ranzenhofer, reiterating that the bill is required to be considered in the Corporations Committee within two meetings of its referral by the Elections Committee.

May 11, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON HONORS AIXA TORRES AS "WOMAN OF DISTINCTION"

Squadron: Torres' Contributions to Lower East Side Continue to Have Huge Impact

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron selected Aixa Torres as one of New York’s “Women of Distinction,” honoring her Tuesday at the annual Senate celebration that recognizes outstanding women throughout the state.

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S REFUSAL TO ALLOW VOTE ON HIS MOTION REMOVING SENATOR SKELOS AS LEADER OF THE SENATE

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the Republican Majority's refusal to allow a vote on his motion to remove Senator Skelos as leader of the State Senate in today's legislative session:

May 6, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON CITES JAY-Z, BILLY JOEL ON SENATE FLOOR TO BAN RESALE OF CHARITY TICKETS FOR PROFIT

Squadron Fights Annual Ticket Resale Extender Bill So Resellers Can't Profit from Charity Events

Squadron: "H to the izz-O, T to the icket... Of Ticket Scalping You Wouldn't Believe, How Many Charities Have Been Cheated, Funds Diverted Like Thieves"

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron cited Jay-Z and Billy Joel on the Senate floor in opposition to a bill that would let ticket resellers continue to make a profit on charity events. This annual bill extending ticket resale laws in New York (S.4801) passed the Senate. This follows Senator Squadron's floor speech in 2014 citing Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen opposing this legislation. Squadron has carried legislation for years (S.571) that would prohibit the practice of reselling tickets for more than their face value if the event’s revenue is dedicated to a charity or not-for-profit cause.

Here is the clip of Senator Squadron's speech today on the Senate Floor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPbq8DT3XVA

May 6, 2015
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ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH, SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ADVANCING BILL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – Today, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote to close the "LLC loophole" at a meeting of the Assembly Election Law Committee:

April 29, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE CODES CMTE VOTE ON .50-CALIBER RIFLE BILL

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote on his bill, the “.50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act” (S.2050), at today's Senate Codes Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH STATEMENT ON SENATE ELECTIONS CMTE VOTE TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh released the following statement regarding the vote to close the "LLC loophole" at today's Senate Elections Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF CRITICAL ETHICS REFORM TO CLOSE THE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron Will Today Force A Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

ALBANY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 28, 2015
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON PIER 1 LAWSUIT

BROOKLYN - Today, State Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, and Assemblymember Simon released the following joint statement regarding the lawsuit filed by Save the View Now:

April 23, 2015
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SQUADRON, SIMON BILL TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY INPUT WHEN HOSPITALS ARE THREATENED PASSES CMTE

"LICH Act" Passes in Bipartisan Vote, Moves to Finance Committee

Squadron: No Community Should Experience The Chaos We Did At LICH

ALBANY – Today, the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act -- which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospital closures are threatened -- passed the Senate Health Committee in a bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

April 22, 2015
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ELECTED OFFICIALS SUPPORT "MOVE NY PLAN" TO IMPROVE TRANSIT SERVICE WITH EXPANDED FULL-LINE REVIEWS AND FUNDED CAPITAL PLAN

Elected Members of the A and C Train Working Group Urge Full-Line Reviews Across the System Once Every Five Years

Electeds: Move NY Plan Allows Improvements that "Make A Difference in Commuters' Lives"

NEW YORK – A coalition of State and City elected officials who worked together as part of the A and C Train Working Group wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Heastie, urging support of the Move NY Fair Plan -- to improve transit service with expanded Full-Line Reviews, as well as fund the MTA capital plan. The letter was signed by State Senator Squadron; Assemblymember Mosley; Manhattan Borough President Brewer; State Senators Espaillat and Hoylman; Assemblymembers Gottfried, Rosenthal and Simon; and Councilmembers Chin, Cumbo, Johnson, Levine and Richards. Riders Alliance organized the A and C Train Working Group that led to the ongoing A and C Full-Line Review, and also supports this effort.

April 22, 2015
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ELECTED OFFICIALS URGE FCC AND VERIZON TO BETTER SERVE SENIOR CITIZENS AND PROVIDE MULTI-LINGUAL ACCESS

Hundreds of Seniors Realized Their Discount Benefits Were Stopped Without Notice

Non-English Speakers Struggle to Reapply Due To Language Barrier

NEW YORK – Today, a coalition of city, state and federal elected officials sent a letter to the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multi-lingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes. A letter was also sent to Verizon, requesting a time efficient resolution to these miscommunication issues in order to ensure that the most vulnerable New Yorkers are staying connected through the Lifeline program.

April 17, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH STATEMENT ON BOE'S REFUSAL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE" AT TODAY'S MEETING

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh released the following statement regarding the New York State Board of Elections' refusal to close the "LLC loophole" at today's meeting:

April 16, 2015
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