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Metro: MTA to add more weekend L trains

By Alison Bowen

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.

October 7, 2011
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Our Town Downtown: The Prevalence - and Frustrations - of Ponding

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.

October 7, 2011
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Daily News: MTA finally moving from derelict headquarters in Brooklyn, promise to sell or rent building

By Erin Durkin

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.

October 7, 2011
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Downtown Express: Stopping puddles before they become ponds

By Aline Reynolds

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.”

October 7, 2011
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Senator Squadron Testimony Regarding Intercity Buses: New York City Council Committee on Transportation

October 6, 2011 

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. 

October 7, 2011
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Pols Call for Total Ban on Tourist Helicopters from Manhattan Air Corridors

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.

October 5, 2011
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Squadron: MTA Agrees to Improve L Train Weekend Service

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.

October 3, 2011
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CBS New York: Sen. Daniel Squadron Wants Crackdown On Chinatown Curbside Street Ponding

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.

September 27, 2011
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NY Post: Smelly Puddles Keeping People Away from Chinatown

By Colin Mixson, New York Post

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.

September 27, 2011
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WNYC: Standing Water in Chinatown Threatens Economy, Officials Claim

By Brian Zumhagen, WNYC

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.

September 27, 2011
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DNAinfo: Chinatown's Stinky Street Puddles a Drain on Community, Pols Say

By Patrick Hedlund

CHINATOWN — Chinatown’s pervasive street puddles pose health and quality-of-life problems in the bustling neighborhood and need to be addressed more effectively by the city, a group of local officials said Friday.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron called on the Department of Transportation to fix the fetid pools, which don’t regularly drain, giving Chinatown a reputation for uncleanliness and driving away business, he said.

Squadron released a report Friday on the “ponding” problem — water pooling in the streets, near the curb — citing a whopping 93 separate puddles he found during the first two weeks of August throughout the neighborhood that didn’t drain a full two days after rainfall.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Gouverneur celebrated 126th anniversary

Gouverneur Healthcare Services celebrated its 126th anniversary and honored Healthfirst President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Wang, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association President Jack Eng and State Senator Daniel Squadron for “their public service and ability to develop innovative programs to meet constituent needs.” The 12th annual gala was held at Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown on Wed., Sept. 14.

“Healthfirst’s mission is to ensure the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction to the individuals and families in the communities we serve, and to do so in a way that respects their cultural origins and needs,” said Wang in a written statement. “It is my honor and privilege to be recognized by Gouverneur Healthcare Services, our essential and respected partner, at this annual gala.”

“It’s wonderful to celebrate Gouverneur’s 126 years of serving New York — and I’m honored to be recognized as we continue to work together to meet the needs of this community,” said Squadron.

September 27, 2011
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Village Voice: State Senator Daniel Squadron Joins Supporters of St. Mark's Bookshop

The beloved St. Mark's Bookshop, still in the throes of their rent battle with the Cooper Union, has found another high-profile advocate in State Senator Daniel Squadron. Squadron is the second public official, after Borough President Scott Stringer, to write to Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha in support of the store. Here's an excerpt from that letter:

I write to add my concern to that of other elected officials and members of the community who call upon Cooper Union, as landlord of St. Mark's Bookshop, to consider reducing the rent of the bookstore. In this difficult economy St. Mark's Bookshop is struggling to pay the rent that Cooper Union is currently charging, and a significant rent decrease would help preserve this indispensable neighborhood institution.

September 27, 2011
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PolitickerNY: Squadron Joins Fight to Save St. Mark’s Books

The fight to save 35-year old East Village institution St. Marks Bookshop has been getting a lot of attention recently, including a big write-up in the New York Times and a MoveOn.org petition that has 30,000 signatures.

And now Brooklyn/Manhattan State Senator Daniel Squadron is getting in on the act, sending a letter to Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharucha and calling on him to reduce the bookstore’s rent.

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September 27, 2011
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StreetsBlog: Lower East Side Electeds Come Together for Safer Delancey Street

Elected officials on the Lower East Side, however, aren’t standing for the deadly status quo [on Delancey Street]. On Monday, State Senator Daniel Squadron convened the first meeting of a new working group meant to improve safety in the area.

“For too long, Delancey has been the scene of far too many tragedies,” said Squadron in a statement. “Our working group is a much-needed step toward ending the cycle of danger. I’m confident that, together, we can find the short-term and long-term solutions to ensure a safe Delancey Street for all types of users.”

September 27, 2011
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The Villager: Working group working on safety solutions for dangerous Delancey

A group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates joined up in state Senator Daniel Squadron’s office to form the Delancey St. Safety Working Group in response to a number of accidents that, according to them, have made Delancey the “deadliest” street in New York.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Delightful opening for new Spruce St. School

“The school is just another reminder of how great Lower Manhattan is doing,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron, “and that we need to stay ahead as our community grows.”

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: Planting trees of remembrance here and in D.C.

By John Bayles

The life of a tree tends to be longer than a human’s. Perhaps that is why ceremonial tree plantings are common when it comes to commemorating the lives lost.

On Monday, Community Board 1 hosted a tree-planting ceremony in Battery Park, where a pin oak tree was planted near Castle Clinton. It is the first of numerous trees that will line a bike path connecting the city’s west and east sides. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Councilmember Margaret Chin, NYS Sen. Daniel Squadron and C.B. l Chair Julie Menin all got their hands dirty as they put shovels in the ground.

September 27, 2011
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NY1: I Remember: State Senator Daniel Squadron Recalls 9/11 Attacks

NY1 VIDEO: As part of NY1's coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, State Senator Daniel Squadron discusses his memories of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Click here to watch video.

September 27, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Grants Go to Paul Taylor, Gulick Park, Allen Street

While the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., is winding down, it still has some money left to award.  Local elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and State senator Daniel Squadron, have urged the LMDC to use some of the money to refurbish Pier 42, at the end of Montgomery Street.  While the city has plans to build a park and recreational area on the pier, there’s no money budgeted for the project.

Today, Squadron praised the LMDC for awarding the community grants. But, in a statement, he added, he would continue to “fight for the redevelopment funds necessary to compete the East River Waterfront park, including the redevelopment of Pier 42.”

September 27, 2011
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