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Downtown Express: Storm spares Downtown; volunteer spirit emerges

Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Margaret Chin and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver went door-to-door to shelters and residents’ homes, alerting them of the evacuation order, encouraging them to leave and arranging transportation for them. Downtown Alliance rerouted its Downtown Connection buses to shuttle people to and from the schools. Other residents stayed in hotels...

Improvements need to be made, Sen. Squadron echoed, so that evacuations are more streamlined in the event of another emergency — particularly in overcoming language and transportation barriers.

“The mayor and local volunteers who took a leadership role deserve great credit for being repsonsive and aggressive in the hours leading up to the storm,” said Squadron. “But we also saw the plan has weaknesses that must be addressed in case we ever have an issue like this again.”

September 27, 2011
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NY1 Inside City Hall: Elected Leaders Discuss The Challenges Caused By Hurricane Irene

NY1 VIDEO: State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and Congressman Michael Grimm, whose district includes part of Brooklyn and all of Staten Island, talked with Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis about how residents in their areas dealt with the storm.

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September 27, 2011
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Capital: What All The Fuss Over Brooklyn Bridge Park Is Actually About

By Nancy Scola

Earlier this month, the mayor agreed to a deal with two state legislators that is supposed to resolve one of the most contentious issues surrounding the long-awaited, painstakingly planned Brooklyn Bridge Park: The development of luxury condos inside the park, which the mayor wants in order to guarantee a source of recurring revenue to pay for the park’s maintenance in the future, and which the two lawmakers (and a vocal coalition of park activists) oppose.

September 27, 2011
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CNN: Evacuation time running out in mid-Atlantic states, New England

State Sen. Daniel Squadron said that while the "city has been aggressive and responsive last night and today," he was concerned that several thousand of the residents may have to ride the storm out. The ordered shutdown of elevators in the buildings, which are up to 10 to 13 floors tall, was making the evacuation more difficult.

September 27, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Elected Officials Discuss Forsyth Vendor Concerns with City

By Ed Litvak

A follow-up on the continuing tensions between the Forsyth Street produce vendors and the NYPD. Last month, the vendors and the Urban Justice Center staged a protest under the Manhattan Bridge, complaining that the police and other city agencies were going on a ticket-writing frenzy in an effort to scare them away.

Yesterday, representatives of many of those agencies, as well as State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and staff from the offices of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Borough President Scott Stringer got together to discuss the situation.

September 27, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Biaystoker Nursing Home Controversy: Elected Officials Appeal to State Health Commissioner

By Ed Litvak

New information this afternoon concerning the closure of the Bialystoker Nursing Home on East Broadway.  First, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Senator Daniel Squadron have sent a letter to the state health commissioner.

September 27, 2011
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Downtown Express: D.O.T. tour bus plan set for 9/11 Memorial opening

“The question to monitor is whether we’ve gone far enough,” echoed State Senator Daniel Squadron, a strong advocate for minimizing the number of tour buses that frequent Lower Manhattan.

Squadron is pushing for other transportation measures to be implemented, such as a dispatch system that would inform bus companies of area parking availability ahead of time, so that bus drivers would be ensured a spot before coming into the neighborhood. The Senator would also like to see a “satellite” parking system in place that would direct the buses to Harrison, New Jersey and other dedicated parking spaces outside of Lower Manhattan after dropping off passengers at the memorial. The hope, he said, is that out-of-towners would patronize Downtown businesses and visit other attractions in the area besides the memorial before heading home.

September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
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New York Times The Local East Village Blog: Squadron and Chin Decry Danger On Delancey

By Stephen Rex Brown

State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin urged the Department of Transportation to improve safety on Delancey Street today in the wake of last week’s deadly accident that killed a 52-year-old cyclist. As the Lo-Down reports, the thoroughfare had a reputation for danger prior to the most recent tragedy. Earlier this month, The Local reported that a significant number of the city’s dangerous intersections are on the Lower East Side — of those, most are on Delancey Street.

September 27, 2011
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Gothamist: State, City Pols Urge DOT To Improve Safety Along Delancey Street

By Christopher Robbins

In the wake of last week's fatal cycling accident on Delancey Street, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Council member Margaret Chin released a statement today urging the the DOT to address the safety nightmare for pedestrians and cyclists that Delancey has become. "Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more pedestrian safety improvements now," Squadron says. Noting that the perilous conditions on Delancey cannot remain so, Chin calls the number of accidents along the thoroughfare "unacceptable."

September 27, 2011
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DNAinfo: Delancey Street Deaths Spur Call for Pedestrian Safety Measures

By Patrick Hedlund

LOWER EAST SIDE — A pair of Lower East Side politicians urged the city to make immediate safety improvements along Delancey Street following a spate of deadly crashes on the high-traffic strip.

Their call to action comes after a cyclist was struck and killed on the busy thoroughfare, near Chrystie Street, last week. It was the second car-related death on the stretch in the past few months.

State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Margaret Chin wrote a joint letter to the Department of Transportation asking the agency to expedite safety improvements, including installing pedestrian countdown clocks along the length of Delancey Street.

September 27, 2011
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Senator Squadron Reacts to MTA Announcement on 370 Jay Street

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement on the MTA's announcement that it plans to make use of 370 Jay Street:

Today, the MTA signaled its intention to make use of 370 Jay Street.

For years, my colleagues and I have called on the MTA to make use of the nearly abandoned building, which has remained a blight on Downtown Brooklyn as the neighborhood continues to grow. By looking for a developer and pursuing office use, the MTA will generate much-needed revenue and bolster Downtown Brooklyn's economy. 

Taking 370 Jay Street out of mothballs and into use will mean dramatic progress in a keystone location for Downtown Brooklyn.

I urge the city and the MTA to quickly issue an RFP in the coming weeks. This will ensure that 370 Jay becomes an asset to the community, rather than a liability.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Squadron Releases Report: 'Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown"

72% of Respondents in Chinatown Say Ponding Negatively Impacts Their Experience; Two Out of Five Less Likely to Visit Because of Ponding

Squadron Calls for Community-Agency Collaboration to Prioritize Repairs, New 311 Protocol to Ensure Reporting

CHINATOWN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community leaders and elected officials to release a new report on road-curb ponding and its detrimental effect on Chinatown’s quality of life and local economy.

Complaints about ponding – water that accumulates along the side of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – have been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. This summer, Senator Squadron's office documented the frequency and location of ponding in the neighborhood and surveyed hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors on its impact.  

September 23, 2011
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Senator Squadron Discusses Ethics Reform, Marriage Equality on Capital Tonight

Senator Squadron joined Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight to discuss "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers," a forum he hosted on remaining challenges for the LGBT community. He also discussed Albany ethics reform, which was recently signed into law.

September 13, 2011
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Squadron HPD Testimony: Make Mitchell-Lama Housing Accessible to More New Yorkers

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted the below testimony to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's hearing on proposed changes to the Mitchell-Lama housing program.

Legislation proposed by Senator Squadron in the Senate (S524) and Speaker Silver and Assembly Member Millman in the Assembly (A6262) would bring much-needed reform to the program -- making it accessible to more middle class New Yorkers and ensuring the financial viability of Mitchell-Lama housing. 

September 13, 2011
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September 13, 2011
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Delancey Street Safety Working Group Formed After Preliminary Stakeholders Meeting

Squadron, Chin, Velazquez, Silver, Stringer Bring Together Agencies, Community Board, Advocates to Address ‘Deadliest' Street in NY

NEW YORK – Yesterday, a group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates convened at State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office and agreed to form a Delancey Street Safety Working Group to address what has been called the “deadliest" street in New York.  Senator Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together Delancey Street stakeholders to work out safety improvements along the corridor.

A spate of accidents has plagued Delancey Street, spurring calls for action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and all types of users. This month, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks at intersections along Delancey as a first step to increase safety measures.

September 13, 2011
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Senator Squadron Releases 2011-2012 Parent Resource Guide

I'm pleased to provide parents and educators with my 2011-2012 Parent Resource Guide, a comprehensive listing of educational and government resources, civic and community services, health care resources, cultural and recreational programs, and preschool, day care and summer camp programs.

I'll be greeting parents and students and distributing guides at schools throughout the 25th Senate District this week. You can download a copy of the Parent Resource Guide below, or contact my office to receive a hard copy.

File: 
Senator Squadron 2011-2012 Parent Resource Guide.pdf

September 7, 2011
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Downtown Non-Profits to Receive $17 Million in LMDC Funding

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon today's announcement that a number of downtown non-profits will receive $17 million in LMDC Community and Cultural Enhancement Funding:

Our downtown community and cultural organizations are critical to Lower Manhattan’s continued rebuilding. I'm so pleased that these non-profits, including a number I supported, were recognized for their outstanding work serving and revitalizing Lower Manhattan. Their contributions are as integral as the headline projects that are reviving and transforming our community. This funding will allow that work to continue for years to come.

 

I will also continue to work with Senator Schumer and the community boards to fight for the redevelopment funds necessary to compete the East River Waterfront park, including the redevelopment of Pier 42. This funding is critical to the continued revitalization of Lower Manhattan, providing more open, green space to the Lower East Side and Chinatown, bringing new life to New York’s harbor, and creating a unified Harbor Park – a central park for the center of New York City.

September 7, 2011
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