NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn) released the following statement early this morning after Brookfield Properties decided to delay its scheduled cleaning of Zuccotti Park:
Brookfield Properties' decision to delay the clean-up of Zuccotti Park creates a window for real dialogue between Occupy Wall Street, the community, Brookfield, and the City.
Yesterday, I stood with the Borough President, community leaders, and OWS representatives to call for further discussion before proceeding with the clean-up.
Late into the night, I had a number of conversations with Brookfield Properties CEO Richard Clark and other stakeholders, urging Brookfield to delay the clean-up.
Late last night, Brookfield Properties made the right decision in postponing its scheduled clean-up of Zuccotti Park. They deserve real credit.
Now, the dialogue must continue. The stakeholders must come together to find a solution that respects the protesters' fundamental rights, while addressing the legitimate quality of life concerns in this growing residential neighborhood.
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By State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Much has been made of the lack of specific demands of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. But the themes underlying the protests are clear: accountability on Wall Street for the financial crisis that tanked the global economy; shared sacrifice as we pull ourselves out of an economic mess that the middle class and working poor didn't create; and a political system controlled by people, not corporations.
While there's constant chopper activity at the heliport, some politicians are renewing their call to regulate helicopter traffic, suggesting tourist flights stop altogether.
"It's very clear: A trip originating and ending in Manhattan, that's not essential, that's a tour, and it's just too crowded. Manhattan is the most crowded island in the country and to have this volume of air traffic doesn't make sense," said Manhattan and Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron.
Squadron said that all that's needed to make that happen is for the city's Economic Development Corporation, which owns the heliport, to agree to stop those flights.
Riders of the L train, the popular, often crowded gray line that ferries New Yorkers to and from Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, should expect to have better service by mid-2012, says State Sen. Daniel Squadron. In July, Squadron requested a review of the L line and weekend F and L train service, according to a release distributed by the senator’s office.
The good news for riders is that the sardinelike conditions may soon be coming to an end: subway officials have pledged to run more L trains on the weekends, starting in the summer of 2012, according to State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, a Democrat representing parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan whose office requested the study.
State Senator Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn, who helped push for new trains, said, "The MTA has been responsive to our call to actually take a soup-to-nut look at the L line, and actually fix it to meet ridership. That's a good sign for the MTA."
Riders on the L train may not have to battle — as much — for elbow room next year.
State senator Daniel Squadron announced yesterday that the MTA will improve service on the crowded line. The MTA will add one more train on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. beginning in December, according to the transit authority.
The MTA also promised to begin adding more L trains on the weekends starting in mid-2012, probably sometime next summer.
“Improving weekend L service is a step toward a subway system that keeps up with its riders,” said Squadron, who did a study of the line.
While water collecting on the streets and curbs of an urban thoroughfare after a rainfall might seem like a minor issue to most, this type of water accumulation, or “ponding,” has reached a serious level in Chinatown. A report compiled by State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s office released last week identified 93 unique ponds that weren’t fully drained within 48 hours of a rainfall in the neighborhood. One-block stretches of five streets in particular—Bayard, Mulberry, Mott, Baxter and Elizabeth Streets, all in the heart of Chinatown—accounted for roughly half of all instances, 47 of the 93 ponds.
The MTA has finally moved to get rid of its derelict former headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.
The agency announced plans this week to sell off or rent the hulking, mostly vacant building at 370 Jay St. - after years of complaints from local officials that it's an eyesore.
"It's a game-changer for downtown Brooklyn," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn), who has urged the MTA to do something with the 14-story structure atop the Jay St. subway station which he said has been a "blight" on the neighborhood for too long.
This year’s heavy rains have led to considerable flooding throughout the Tri-state area and have exacerbated the longstanding problem of “ponding” in Chinatown. The rains also caused State Senator Daniel Squadron to commission a report identifying close to 100 Chinatown “ponds,” or standing bodies of storm-water run-off, that hadn’t drained within 48 hours of the initial rainfall.
Squadron’s team conducted a survey this summer after receiving numerous complaints from community members about the dirty, road-damaging puddles. Water accumulation leads to cracks, potholes and depressions in the streets’ concrete and asphalt that can spread throughout blocks if left unattended, according to the Senator’s report.“The point is real and serious: ponding is the beginning of serious road conditions,” said Squadron at a Sept. 23 press conference at Columbus Park. “In and of itself, it’s a hazard and a blight to the community, and we should do something about it.”
My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th District in the New York State Senate. My district includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus. Thank you for the opportunity to testify at this hearing.
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Gale Brewer – longtime advocates for safety in New York’s local airspace – asserted the need for a complete ban on all tourist helicopters from Manhattan’s dangerous air corridors, including the city’s rivers and harbors. After yesterday’s tragedy involving a private sightseeing helicopter, which follows years of other preventable accidents and tragedies, the elected officials demanded an immediate overhaul of the city’s failed helicopter policy. For years, advocates and officials have worked to abate the serious and detrimental effects helicopters pose to the quality of life for New York residents, businesses, and visitors.
MTA Heeds Squadron’s Call to Review L Line and Improve Weekend Service
MTA Plans to Add Additional Trains By Mid-2012
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA has heeded his call and plans to improve weekend service on the L train. Riders can expect to see more frequent trains beginning in mid-2012.
In July, Senator Squadron requested a review of the L line and of weekend F and L train service, similar to the 2009 F train review the MTA undertook at his request. The 2009 review was the first of its kind, resulting in more on-time trains and newer, cleaner subways.
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - You’ve probably stepped in a curbside street pond, but didn’t know it had a name.
Either way, New York Sate Sen. Daniel Squadron wants the city to fix them in Chinatown.
“You have an area in the road that fills with water and that standing water stays and stays. It seeps down into road bed. It creates potholes. It creates worse road conditions. It stinks,” said Squadron on Friday.
Squadron says it’s a cost for residents, businesses and tourists.
Chinatown is drowning -- in stinky puddles of standing water.
Community leaders used yesterday’s torrential downpour to declare war on the dirty pools that accumulate and don’t drain.
They said they’re unsightly, unhealthy and make people less willing to eat and shop in Chinatown -- where the problem is more pronounced than elsewhere.
“It is a hazard and a blight on the community,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan).
He released the results of a survey conducted by his staff showing that two out of five people are less likely to visit the area because of the smelly water. It also found that 72 percent of 347 people surveyed said the pools leave them with a negative impression.
Standing water at curbsides is harming the quality of life and economy of Chinatown, community leaders claimed Friday.
State Senator Daniel Squadron released a study that says the neighborhood is particularly susceptible to "ponding" — when puddles fail to drain within 48 hours after rain. His office found nearly 100 such puddles during one of the driest Julys on record.