NEW YORK – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated a new law that will require the city to consider closing schools on Lunar New Year. The legislation (A.7756 Kim/Silver/S.6688 Golden/Squadron) was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Cuomo.
Would Require Improved State Process in Wake of LICH Closure
Simon-Squadron Bill Based on Longstanding Stringer Proposal
BROOKLYN – Today, elected officials, patients, community members, and healthcare workers announced the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act, which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospitals are threatened.
Squadron: Changes Spurred by Constituent and Community, with Support from CB3 and 7th Precinct
Safety Measures Include New Pedestrian Island, Stop Signs, Crosswalks, And High-Visibility Markings
MANHATTAN – Today, State Senator Squadron and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Councilmember Margaret Chin, CB3 Transportation and Public Safety Chair Karen Blatt, the 7th Precinct, and members of the Lower East Side community announced the completion of pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt Streets.
"Universal" Nurse-Family Partnership Would be Offered to All Eligible Low-Income Moms; Make NYS National Leader
NEW YORK— Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, together with NYU’s College of Nursing and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, called on New York State to implement universal Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), a nationally-proven, evidence-based program that links first-time low-income mothers with a nurse home visitor from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. Squadron bolstered his case with a panel of experts who discussed the merits of both expanding NFP, which has nearly 40 years of evidence behind it, as well as funding NFP, in part, with “Pay for Success” programs.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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: