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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON MAYOR'S INCLUSION OF LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens to announce the inclusion of Lunar New Year as a school holiday. Squadron released the following statement:

June 23, 2015
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SQUADRON, AUBRY INTRODUCE KALIEF'S LAW TO FIX “SPEEDY TRIAL” RULES IN NYS

Broken System Forces Defendants to Endure Significant Delays Before Trial

Electeds: The Experience of Kalief Browder Must Be A Call To Action

ALBANY — State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry announced legislation (S.5988) to fix New York State's "speedy trial" law following the recent death of Kalief Browder, who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Riker's Island. Kalief's Law closes a legal loophole that forces defendants to endure significant delays before trial, even while in jail, despite the time limits established by law. This change will limit delays by prosecutors and the court, so that defendants are afforded their constitutional right to a speedy trial.

June 17, 2015
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SQUADRON, ROZIC, CHIN ANNOUNCE FCC AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE VERIZON LIFELINE PROGRAM

Elected Officials Continue Push for Access to Multilingual Services and Better Customer Service

 NEW YORK – After urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multilingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and Council Member Margaret Chin announced that the FCC has agreed to change the recertification process, improve the program, and better serve those with limited English proficiency.

June 15, 2015
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SQUADRON, KIM, MENG, CHIN STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL ADDING NYC LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

ALBANY – The New York State Senate unanimously passed S.4648 (Golden, Squadron) on Tuesday night which would establish the Asian Lunar New Year as a school holiday in New York City. Legislation passed last year authorized the New York City Department of Education to consider closure for the holiday. This legislation would require it. State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Queens), U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilmember Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response:

June 10, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL WEAKENING NY SAFE ACT

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding S.5837, legislation that would weaken the NY SAFE Act. He debated the bill on the floor of the Senate today.  

June 8, 2015
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SQUADRON, KIM, MENG, CHIN, ELECTEDS, COMMUNITY URGE MAYOR TO MEET ON ADDING LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY IN 2015-16

40+ Electeds, Advocates Ask For Results of Promised DOE Study

Asian-Americans Comprise 15% of NYC Public School Students, Mayor Pledged Lunar New Year School Holiday

NEW YORK – State Senator Squadron, Assemblymember Kim, Congressmember Meng and Councilmember Chin today urged Mayor de Blasio to add Lunar New Year as a school holiday to the 2015-16 school calendar, with elected officials, community leaders and advocacy groups from across New York City. In a letter from over 40 elected officials and community advocates, the Mayor was asked to meet with the group to discuss the results of a Department of Education (DOE) analysis the Administration promised for completion in May, and ultimately, to keep the pledge he made to include Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The full letter is attached as a PDF.     

June 5, 2015
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO ON "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, sponsors of legislation to close the "LLC loophole" (S.60A/ A.6975B), wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo on this important ethics reform. The full letter is attached as a PDF.  

June 3, 2015
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GENDA SENATE SPONSOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON EIGHTH ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF TRANSGENDER EQUALITY BILL

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the eighth time today:  

June 2, 2015
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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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