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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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Brooklyn Eagle: Bridge Park To Build Indoor Soccer Field

By Dennis Holt

BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has announced that it has submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an operator to construct, operate and maintain a seasonal indoor recreation structure on Pier 5.

The inclusion of such a facility was agreed to by the park’s board of directors on Aug. 2. The idea of such an addition was encouraged by several groups, area residents and officials, including state Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan Millman.

September 1, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Hamilton Pedestrian Bridge Closure Prompts Call for Increased Safety

By Georgia Kral

Earlier this summer, the State Department of Transportation closed the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which links Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, for repairs. The DOT alerted residents, elected officials and community leaders only days before the closure.

According to Craig Hammerman, District Manager of Community Board 6, the short notice was only one aggravating aspect of the way the state handled the bridge closing. Hammerman said the community had long offered solutions to problems with the pedestrian bridge, and had received little if any response.

“We were completely caught off guard by this sudden news from your department,” he wrote in a letter to State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “It is frustrating to think that the State of New York will be investing hundreds of thousands if not millions of scarce tax-payer dollars into a band-aid approach to improve the condition of this pedestrian bridge, while associated problems that have vexed this community for too long continue to go unaddressed.”

Issues include safety, the bridge has long been considered a "convenient way for perpetrators while in the commission of crimes to evade capture, according to Hammerman, and basic maintenance.

Hammerman’s letter, along with feedback from the community, prompted State Senator Daniel Squadron to host a meeting with the interested parties, from the DOT to community leaders including Maria Pagano of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association.

At the meeting, the DOT agreed to work with the community on making sure people who use the bridge on a daily basis, including school children who attend the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the Brooklyn New School on Henry Street, are aware of safe detours.

"The Hamilton Ave Bridge construction raised legitimate concerns about safety -- for the community at large and for students as they travel to and from school," said Squadron.

A flyer is being created by the DOT that will be distributed to the local schools.

September 1, 2011
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DNA Info: Shows Like 'Pan Am' Give Lift to City Economy

By Della Hasselle

MANHATTAN - The television industry in New York has reached an all-time high and is becoming a an entertainment force to rival Hollywood, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials announced Monday.

September 1, 2011
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Patch: "Pan Am" Takes Flight at Steiner Studios

By Paul Leonard

Brooklyn, it seems, is more than ready for its close-up.

With city centers of film production humming, Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined other elected officials on a tour Monday morning of the Brooklyn set of the ABC period drama, "Pan Am"—one of a record 23 primetime TV series filmed across the five boroughs this pilot season. 

September 1, 2011
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The Advocate: Gillibrand's Blunt Response on GOP's Plans: "They Will Fail"

By Lucas Grindley

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows how which applause line works with an LGBT audience. 

During a forum on LGBT rights in New York, a member of the audience asked about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's desire to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" and amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

“I heard she wants to turn the clock back, bring back 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'” a voice can be heard asking in video of the event. “There’s a push among the Republican Party to have a national act against marriage equity. Is it a possibility?”

“No, they will fail,” was the U.S. senator's brusque response. Then Gillibrand gathered her papers in a stack and tapped them on the podium as if ending a newscast as the audience cheered loudly.

“What a great answer,” the moderator, state senator Daniel Squadron, can be heard saying over a microphone.

The forum was held on Tuesday and was titled “After 'I Do': What's News for LGBT New Yorkers?” Watch complete video of the event below, with Gillibrand taking the podium about 28 minutes into the first recording.

September 1, 2011
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Daily Kos: Senator Gillibrand: “They Will Fail.”

New York's Junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, made an appearance at an LGBT symposium held in New York City on the future of marriage equality in New York State (video and summary here). An attendee asked her about the right-wing's attempts to walk back LGBT progress made of late. Specifically mentioned was Representative and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's promise to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a signature achievement for Gillibrand in her first term in the Senate.

The Senator's answer left no ambiguity on her perspective. It was concise, resolute, and the picture of "no nonsense." It was a mere four words in it's entirety:

“No. They will fail.”

As the applause and laughter dies down, my own state Senator, Daniel Squadron, himself a great ally on LGBT rights and host of the evening, said, "Let that be a lesson to us all on brevity and effectiveness."

September 1, 2011
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Associated Press: New board to oversee creation of WTC arts center

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.

"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.

September 1, 2011
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September 1, 2011
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Gay City News: Squadron forum tackles post-marriage gay agenda

By Duncan Osborne

At the close of a town hall meeting on the political future of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the wake of same-sex marriage’s enactment in New York, Ross Levi, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the statewide gay lobby, threw cold water on any impulse to declare victory and shut down the movement.

“We can’t pop the champagne and say, ‘We’re done,’” Levi told the crowd of roughly 100 who turned out for the August 16 forum “After ‘I Do’: What’s Next for LGBT New Yorkers?” at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Levi was one of four speakers on a panel moderated by State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Democrat who represents much of Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The forum was sponsored by Squadron and endorsed by roughly 20 state and federal elected officials from New York.

September 1, 2011
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Patch: Resource Page For LGBT Couples Launched

Newly married and looking for info on tax issues, travel and finances? Well then, one Brooklyn lawmaker has the website for you.

By McCarton Ackerman 

If you missed state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s symposium on Tuesday on the remaining challenges for married LGBT New Yorkers, you’re in luck.

Squadron, D-Brooklyn, has launched a resource page for LGBT couples that addresses issues including social security, health benefits, tax returns, and interstate travel and relocation.

“New York took a historic step forward with marriage equality, but LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after saying, ‘I do,’" said Squadron in a statement. “LGBT couples must have the right tools in hand as they plan for their futures. And there are ongoing challenges to equality, dignity and recognition for all New Yorkers, including for transgender individuals and couples.” 

September 1, 2011
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NY1's Inside City Hall: Elected Leaders Discuss The Challenges Caused By Hurricane Irene

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.

Click here to watch the video on NY1.com.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver, Council Member Chin, NYCHA Chairman Rhea Honor Housing Development for Successful Evacuation

Smith Houses TA President Partnered with NYCHA, Electeds, Volunteers to Evacuate Nearly 90 Percent of Residents Ahead of Storm 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Council Member Margaret Chin joined New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez to honor Alfred E. Smith Houses Tenant Association President Aixa Torres, staff, and local volunteers for their work evacuating nearly 90 percent of the development’s residents ahead of Hurricane Irene -- estimated shortly after the storm to have been the most successful in the city.

August 31, 2011
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Post-Storm Resources

As the city continues to assess the damage and clean up after Hurricane Irene, I wanted to provide residents with a list of useful links and phone numbers:

Con Edison - Report service problems and check service status here or by calling 1-800-75-CONED   

MTA - Check service status of subways, buses, Long Island Railroad, and Metro-North here.

Property Damage -Report property damage here. This allows the city to report damage to FEMA, which uses the infomation to assess whether NYC should receive federal funding.

Homeowner's Insurance -Call the New York State Insurance Department's Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 8PM. 

Report downed trees and wires -Call 311 or click here to report downed trees or branches. Report downed power lines and other issues here.

Volunteer - Volunteer to help with post-storm clean up at NYC Service.

For all other issues, please call 311. As always, if you have a real emergency, please call 911.

August 29, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin Call on DOT to Improve Safety on Delancey Street

New York, NY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Member Margaret Chin called on the Department of Transportation to address the serious safety concerns on the Delancey Street corridor. 

In a letter to DOT (also below), Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin highlighted the fatal accident on Delancey and Chrystie Streets last week as the latest reminder of the need to immediately improve safety conditions on the thoroughfare.

Senator Squadron said, “Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more safety improvements now. Last year’s Department of Transportation improvements were a welcome step – but Delancey remains one of the most dangerous streets in this city.  I will continue to work with the community, DOT, NYPD, and my colleagues in government to make these dangerous intersections -- and all of our streets -- safe for bikers, pedestrians and all types of users”

August 24, 2011
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Resource Page: After 'I Do,' What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?

On August 16th, Senator Squadron and his colleagues hosted a symposium titled "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?" Even after the historic marriage equality vote, LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after they’re married -- including DOMA, GENDA, interstate travel and relocation, adoption, social security, and health benefits.  This page features a number of resources from our panelists on remaining post-marriage obstacles, as well as the broader challenges to true equality for all.  Click here (or scroll down) for video of the symposium.

August 16, 2011
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Brooklyn Paper Op-Ed: Brooklyn Bridge Park deal is a good one for Bklyn

Now Brooklyn Bridge Park will move forward with dramatically reduced housing within its borders, incredible recreation facilities and a sustainable source of funding to ensure its vitality for decades to come.

August 9, 2011
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The Villager: Squadron is ‘weekend warrior’ for better F and L train service

By Aidan Gardiner

To weary straphangers waiting on subway platforms for their ride home on the L or F train at 1 a.m., do not fear: There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, because your champion is back in the fight.

State Senator Daniel Squadron has renewed his call for service improvements on the L and F trains. According to Squadron, train service between Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan has not kept pace with community demands.

August 9, 2011
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Daily News: Let's crack down on repeat domestic violence offenders, Squadron & Golden say

By Kenneth Lovett

Two state senators on Thursday called for stiffer penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.

The calls came after a Daily News report showed that reported domestic violence cases in the city skyrocketed 12.3% last year. Attacks on women "intimate partners" went up even more - 17.3%.

"[The Daily News'] report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan).

Squadron and Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) introduced legislation this year that would create a felony charge of "aggravated" domestic violence for those convicted of attacking their partners or family members two or more times within five years.

August 9, 2011
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