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SQUADRON ON REDISTRICTING: HOW CAN NEW YORKERS TRUST THIS DEAL?

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Senate votes to approve redistricted lines and a constitutional amendment:

Make no mistake, for New Yorkers, these redistricting bills are more of the same old Albany.  They mean politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents have less ability to choose their representatives -- not just for ten years but permanently.

March 15, 2012
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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO, ADVOCATES RALLY FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END FOOD STAMP FINGER IMAGING

Squadron Legislation to Come to Senate Committee Vote on Tuesday as Governor, Electeds Continue Fight to End Practice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined advocates and elected officials to rally in support of passage of Senator Squadron's legislation to end the practice of finger imaging food stamp recipients, ahead of a committee vote on Tuesday.

New York City and the state of Arizona remain the only two places in the United States that use finger imaging to determine eligibility for food stamp assistance. Senator Squadron’s legislation (S740/A5303), sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Keith Wright, would end the counterproductive practice that has cost New York taxpayer dollars and deterred eligible families from accessing the federally-funded food stamp program.  An Empire Justice Center analysis found that, between January 2009 and July 2010, 5,958 households were denied or cut off from food stamp benefits because they did not comply with finger imaging requirements.

March 11, 2012
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SQUADRON TO BRING TOGETHER CITY AGENCIES, CHINATOWN BUSINESSES ON PONDING

NEW YORK – Tomorrow, State Senator Daniel Squadron will bring together the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Sanitation with Chinatown business owners and community leaders to discuss how best to prevent and  address road-curb ponding, after Senator Squadron’s report on the issue prompted DOT action.

March 8, 2012
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SQUADRON: SENATE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE CORPORATIONS OVER PEOPLE IN POLITICS

In Wake of GOP Committee Vote Against Campaign Finance Reform, Squadron Pushes Bill Forward with Petition for Chamber Consideration

Squadron-Lancman Legislation Would Make NY National Leader in Fight Against Citizens United

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman pushed back against Senate Republican efforts to stall their campaign finance reform legislation, with Senator Squadron initiating a petition for chamber consideration to move the bill forward. The legislation would make New York a national leader in the fight against the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and give people, rather than corporations, a stronger voice in the political process.

The "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S101/A696A) would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them.

This afternoon, the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee voted to prevent the legislation from moving out of committee. Senator Squadron has now begun circulating a petition for chamber consideration of the bill, which would bring the bill to the Senate floor if 38 signatures are collected from Senators.  

“As we look on in horror at the impact of Citizens United, New York has an opportunity to actually do something about it. Yet today, the Senate Republicans chose corporate interests over the interests of real people,” said Senator Squadron. “Make no mistake: unlimited corporate contributions are a threat to our democratic process. By reining in unchecked political influence and bringing desperately-needed transparency to the process, our bill would be a key step toward countering the flood of corporate influence that washes away the voice of regular people. I urge my colleagues to stand up for people over corporations in our politics and join the effort to move this bill to the floor."  

March 5, 2012
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Empowering People Over Corporations

In 2010, the Supreme Court gave birth to today's now-infamous Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate political spending. The damage is clear: Super PACs have already spent over $68 million this election cycle, creating a flood of unaccountable corporate dollars that wash out the voice of real people.

Make no mistake: these unlimited corporate contributions are a threat to our democratic process. We must empower people - rather than corporations - in our politics.

March 2, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SWIMMING POOL AT BBP THIS SUMMER

Squadron, Colleagues Secured Pool As Part of Agreement to Complete Park, Reduce Housing

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's board of directors' approval of the design and installation of a pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Millman, supported by Councilmembers Levin and Lander, secured the pool for at least five summers as part of their August 2011 agreement to move the park forward and reduce housing. 

"We were so pleased to secure this pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park - and this summer, families can dive right in! Brooklyn Bridge Park has already made waves, and this pool is certain to make a splash," said Senator Squadron. "A pool and other active recreation are critical to the long-term success of Brooklyn Bridge Park for the next five summers and beyond. I look forward to working with BBPC and my colleagues to make this and other active recreation permanent parts of the park."

February 29, 2012
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SQUADRON, HSS SECURE CLOTHING DONATIONS FOR LES FIRE VICTIMS

Family Still In Need of Donations

NEW YORK -- Yesterday evening, State Senator Daniel Squadron's office and Henry Street Settlement presented the victims of last week's fire at 388 Pearl Street with a donation of three large bags of clothing. Senator Squadron's office worked with Henry Street Settlement and the Smith Houses Tenant Association to secure the clothing donation and ensure that it got to the victims of the fire.

February 29, 2012
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS TO CITY: WHY WERE NYPD PUBLIC HOUSING OFFICERS REDEPLOYED TO OWS, OTHER NON-NYCHA OPERATIONS?

Electeds: NYCHA Pays Over $70 Million to NYPD For Dedicated Officers, Should Be Compensated When Officers Taken Away

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron and his East Village colleagues in government have asked the City to provide clarity on the dedicated New York Police Department officers that are assigned to public housing developments but have recently been redeployed to other unrelated operations, such as Occupy Wall Street.

In 1994, the New York City Housing Authority and the City reached a memorandum of understanding that requires NYCHA to pay the NYPD for ongoing law enforcement services for NYCHA residents through "Police Service Areas" (PSAs). Currently, NYCHA pays over $70 million a year to the NYPD for these “special police services,” making it the only residential landlord in the City that is required to pay for police protection.

However, both NYCHA and PSA officers report that the dedicated officers have been regularly redeployed to non-NYCHA operations, taking critical protection away from public housing developments that need it most.

February 27, 2012
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SQUADRON, MENG REITERATE CALL: ALLOW STUDENTS TO CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH THEIR FAMILIES

Legislators Urge Mayor to Swap Former Brooklyn-Queens Day Professional Development Day for One on Lunar New Year

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Grace Meng reiterated their call for a New York City public school holiday or professional development day on the Asian Lunar New Year, urging Mayor Bloomberg to swap the professional development day on what was formerly Brooklyn-Queens Day for one on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

February 22, 2012
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SQUADRON AND AVELLA APPLAUD TWC-MSG RESOLUTION, WARN OF FUTURE BLACKOUTS UNLESS IMMEDIATE ACTION IS TAKEN TO FORCE ARBITRATION

NEW YORK -- Today, Senators Tony Avella and Daniel Squadron cautiously applauded Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks for finally coming to a resolution that would end the months long blackout of MSG programming for Time Warner Cable subscribers, while warning that similar cable channel  versus provider battles will continue to occur in the future unless action is taken to force arbitration to resolve disputes. 

Avella and Squadron called for immediate passage of Avella’s legislation (S.6230), co-sponsored by Squadron, in the State Senate that would require all cable providers to negotiate fairly and, if necessary, submit to binding arbitration through the Public Service Commission to determine the terms and conditions under which independent cable channels will be carried by cable providers.

Senator Daniel Squadron, who co-sponsors S.6230, said, "As Linsanity has taken hold in the City, I'm glad that the insanity between Time Warner and MSG has come to an end.  Now, we need to pass this bill and prevent future impasses that benefit companies at the cost of fans.  Jeremy Lin is a once in a lifetime story. Let's ensure these cable standoffs are too."  

February 17, 2012
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SQUADRON, COLLEAGUES URGE MTA ACTION ON L TRAIN SHUTDOWNS

Letter to MTA Highlights Ideas To Protect North Brooklyn Small Businesses Following Meeting on Shutdowns’ Impact

Electeds: Commerce Along L Depends on Weekend Visitors

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, and Councilmember Stephen Levin sent a letter (attached below) to the MTA urging action to mitigate the impact of weekend L train shutdowns on Williamsburg and Greenpoint small businesses.

Yesterday, Senator Squadron, his colleagues and the Northside Merchants Association hosted a meeting with over 30 North Brooklyn businesses who underscored the damaging impact of weekend L train shutdowns on their businesses and brainstormed suggestions that would protect their businesses while allowing necessary work along the line to continue.

February 17, 2012
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Williamsburg Small Businesses: Join Sen. Squadron, Northside Merchants & Elected Officials for a Discussion on Recent L Train Shutdowns

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Northside Merchants Association, 

Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Councilmember Steve Levin, District Leader Lincoln Restler, District Leader Linda Minucci & Community Board 1 

invite 

SMALL BUSINESSES OF WILLIAMSBURG 

to discuss 

L Train Shutdowns 

February 16, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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SQUADRON-KAVANAGH BILL GARNERS SUPPORT AT CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON NYPD ACCIDENT RESPONSE

Squadron, Kavanagh Testify on New Legislation to Crack Down on Careless Driving

State Legislators Praise Chairs Vacca and Vallone for Leadership on Road Safety

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh testified at the New York City Council joint hearing on Transportation and Public Safety, where their new legislation to crack down on careless driving garnered committee support. The hearing examined the New York Police Department's response and enforcement of traffic laws relating to cars, bikes, and trucks.

February 15, 2012
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GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS, ADVOCATES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, ELECTEDS URGE SENATE TO INCLUDE MICROSTAMPING IN BUDGET

Governor’s Budget Proposal Repeals CoBIS, Leaving Gap in Crime Detection

ALBANY – Today, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, along with advocates and law enforcement joined Senators and Assemblymembers at the State Capitol to urge the State Senate to include microstamping in its budget proposal. Microstamping, which connects shell casings from crime scenes to the first purchaser of a weapon, would provide law enforcement with a critical tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping has passed the Assembly several times, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to approve it.

February 14, 2012
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH ANNOUNCE NEW LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN HAYLEY AND DIEGO’S LAW AND CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

New Bill Gives Law Enforcement Tools to Better Enforce Law and Hold Careless Drivers Accountable

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced new legislation to give law enforcement better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill strengthens “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which was introduced 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.

February 10, 2012
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Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver, Secretary of State Perales Welcome New York's First Benefit Corporations

Silver-Squadron Bill Allowing Businesses to Pursue Socially Responsible Practices as well as Profit Became Law Today

Businesses Line Up to Become First Benefit Corps in the State

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Secretary of State Cesar Perales today welcomed New York's first benefit corporations, as legislation allowing businesses to pursue socially responsible practices as well as profit went into effect. Secretary Perales accepted the paperwork to register the businesses as New York’s first benefit corporations.

The Squadron-Silver legislation (S79-A/A4692-A), signed into law in December, makes New York the seventh state in the country to allow benefit corps, which are companies that have a “double bottom line” of profit and socially or environmentally responsible practices. 

February 10, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES APPROVAL OF NEW P.S. 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL: GREAT NEWS FOR BROOKLYN

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2012

BROOKLYN -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon a vote to approve the expansion of P.S. 8 to include a middle school:

Tonight's vote to approve the new P.S. 8 middle school is great news for Brooklyn! By heeding our calls and formalizing the new middle school, DOE is helping to ensure the continued success of P.S. 8 and creating better options for all District 13 students. Now we must work to get the new P.S. 8 middle school ready to go for next school year and continue to work for more options for District 13 students.

February 10, 2012
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SQUADRON APPLAUDS INCLUSION OF HIS PROPOSAL FOR MIDDLE CLASS CHILD CARE IN QUINN STATE OF CITY

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron heralded a proposal for a middle income family child care program, included in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City address today.

Currently, middle class families have an extremely difficult time providing their infant and toddler children with high-quality care, unable to afford high-quality programs but not qualifying for free child care programs. Middle class families have enormous financial burden during the years before school starts and while their children are in college. That is why Senator Squadron proposed spreading those costs out over time to make child care more affordable for more middle class families.

February 9, 2012
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ELECTEDS: NEW DELANCEY STREET SAFETY PLAN BIG STEP

 

Delancey Street Working Group Leads to Quick DOT Action to Improve Dangerous Corridor

Electeds: Plan Moves Delancey In Right Direction; Work and Community Engagement Must Continue

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and Councilmember Rosie Mendez welcomed the Department of Transportation’s new safety plan for Delancey Street, while urging continuation of the Delancey Street Working Group to improve the corridor.

February 8, 2012
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SQUADRON URGES APPROVAL OF NEW P.S. 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

“By answering our calls and providing the community with a high-quality middle school, DOE will help ensure the continued success of P.S. 8 and improve options for all District 13 students,” said Senator Squadron. “I urge quick approval of this plan so that the middle school can be up and running by next school year and more District 13 kids can get the excellent education they deserve. I’m confident that, working together, we can achieve a co-location that works for all of the schools at the Westinghouse campus.”

February 6, 2012
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