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New York Observer: God Willing, Brooklyn Bridge Park Will Have Less Condos

By Matt Chaban

If they can reach a compromise on Capital Hill, why not on the Brooklyn waterfront?

After years of bickering over Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Bloomberg administration has finally struck a deal with two local pols who opposed plans to erect condos along the park to help pay for its maintenance. Instead of the two new condo towers, along with the hulking One Brooklyn Bridge Park, they have settled on one shorter tower, though maybe still a second one, along with a handful of additional funding mechanisms to make up the difference.

August 4, 2011
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Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Squadron & Assembly Member Millman Announce Agreement on Next Phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Memorandum of Understanding Enables Construction of 85-Acre Waterfront Park to Move Forward, Finds Common Ground to Reduce Housing and Utilize Alternatives

August 4, 2011
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New York Times: Housing Deal Ensures Park in Brooklyn Will Expand

 

By LISA W. FODERARO

After months of uncertainty over the fate of the popular Brooklyn Bridge Park, city and state officials plan to sign an agreement on Tuesday that would allow limited private housing to be built there, to help pay an expected annual operating cost of $16 million.

The agreement ensures that the park, which now measures 20 acres, will be completed, eventually expanding to 85 acres on five disused piers along the East River.

August 4, 2011
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Senator Squadron Discusses Ugliest Subway Stations Report, MTA Funding with PIX11's Greg Mocker

Senator Squadron joined PIX11 News' Greg Mocker to discuss Greg's Ugliest Subway Stations Report and the need for sustainable MTA funding that doesn't put the burden on the backs of riders. 

Click here to view the video on PIX11's site.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces Major Progress on Old Fulton Street

Squadron Partners with 84th Precinct to End Scourge of Idling, Illegally Stopped Tour Buses

Works With MTA to Approve Rerouting of B25 Bus at Today’s Board Meeting; Allows Redesign to Move Forward

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced two dramatic steps forward on Old Fulton Street that will improve quality of life and create a more pedestrian, resident, and business-friendly environment:

July 28, 2011
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Advisory: Senator Squadron, Colleagues to Host "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?"

 

Forum Will Bring Together Public Officials, Experts, Advocates to Address Obstacles Still Facing Married LGBT New Yorkers 

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymembers Deborah J. Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Joseph R. Lentol and Joan Millman, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, and Rosie Mendez, and the Senate sponsor of marriage equality State Senator Tom Duane will host a public forum on the challenges that remain for married LGBT New Yorkers following this year’s historic passage of marriage equality.

July 26, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: 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, interstate travel and relocation, adoption, social security, and health benefits. Join Senator Squadron and colleagues for a panel discussion with experts and advocates on the obstacles and opportunities for LGBT New Yorkers after ‘I Do.’

August 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Letter to the Editor: Hydrofracking Should Concern All New Yorkers

In a letter to the Downtown Express, Senator Squadron argues that the benefits of hydrofracking don't come close to outweighing the costs and the risks, so New York must implement a state-wide ban.

July 14, 2011
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Downtown Express: Trial points to need for new policies

With the culmination of the Deutsche Bank trial last week, in which all three defendants were found “not guilty,” there is a movement to reopen the case so that a tragedy such as the one that, in 2007, took the lives of NYC firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, will never happen again.

Last summer the New York State legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron and supported by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, that established a task force to address the problems that may have led to the incident. When the fire broke out, firefighters did not have architectural plans for the building and essentially went into the blaze blindfolded. Once inside, they confronted a nightmarish labyrinth of sealed plywood hatches and thick plastic sheeting.

In Squadron’s own words, “In any privately-owned or city-owned building, firefighters and first responders can be sure that if the rules were followed, everything will be consistent. In state-and public-authority owned buildings, they can’t be sure of that.”

July 14, 2011
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The Broadsheet Daily: SAGE Advice: Find a Way to Serve

"I don't know what your destiny will be," Albert Schweitzer once told a group of students, "but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Seemingly guided by these sentiments, three Downtown high school students have been recognized by State Senator Daniel Squadron and were awarded the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards. Elementary, middle and high schools across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn nominated students for the SAGE Award. Students are selected for showing a deep commitment to public service beyond the classroom.

July 13, 2011
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Video: Senator Squadron on Fox 5's Good Day New York

Calls To Review Service On F, L Subway Lines: MyFoxNY.com

MYFOXNY.COM - New York State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to review the 'L' and 'F' subway lines -- particularly the increasing problem of overcrowding on the weekends.

Among the reasons for more ridership on the lines includes increased night life in the Williamsburg and Lower East Side neighborhoods as well as flea markets in Brooklyn which are popular on the weekends.

"The MTA is under enormous budget pressures. All I am asking is for a review of weekend subway service. A couple of years ago they did it on the F line. It was great. It was transparent. I'd like to see that here now," Squadron told Good Day New York.

July 13, 2011
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CBS New York: Sen. Squadron Calls For Review Of L And F Subway Line Weekend Service

Following the release of the Times report, State Sen. Daniel Squadron called for a review of weekend service on the F and L lines.

“Today’s report underscores the fact that weekend subway service is simply not keeping up with New York,” said Squadron.

In a letter to New York City Transit President John Prendergast, Squadron requested a full review of the L line’s performance. Squadron wrote a similar letter in 2009 which prompted the MTA to review weekday service on the F train.

Squadron told 1010 WINS, ridership along the L line has increased drastically because of new development projects in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that have brought residents and travelers.

“These neighborhoods are only getting more popular, more people moving in, more reasons to visit them,” Squadron said. “The MTA should be ahead of the curve on addressing this change in ridership instead of falling further behind.”

July 13, 2011
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am New York: More trains needed on F, L lines on weekends, pol says

A Manhattan pol is pushing the MTA to step up service on the L and F lines, especially on weekends.

State Senator Daniel Squadron wants a review of the lines following a report in The New York Times that pointed out that the number of straphangers on weekends has boomed, resulting in long waits and crammed subway cars.

“I’m a big believer in the city that never sleeps,” Squadron (D-Manhattan) told amNewYork. “You can’t have a subway system that’s tied to the 9-5 clock.”

July 13, 2011
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NY Post: MTA has app-etite for new nerd ideas

By Jennifer Fermino

The subway map just doesn't cut it anymore.

Navigating the Big Apple is getting the high-tech treatment, with the MTA calling on geeks to make sense of the city's subways and buses.

Agency officials yesterday -- admitting they're not too tech-savvy -- said they want an untapped corps of armchair techies to create new smartphone apps for their often-confused 8.5 million daily riders.

To get their keyboards fired up, the MTA released a trove of data to help entrants come up with new ideas -- and will offer $15,000 in prizes to creators of the most useful programs.

That info includes previously unreleased diagrams of stations -- so it will be easier to find station agent booths at deserted G-train stops.

July 13, 2011
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DNAinfo: Squadron Calls For Review of F and L Subway Service

By Patrick Hedlund

LOWER EAST SIDE — Where the "F" is the train?

A Lower East Side politician is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to conduct a review of the F and L train lines following reports of sluggish subway service on the weekends.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron has requested a full review of the L line's performance after a New York Times report found that weekend ridership is at historic highs along some lines, despite the slower trains and skipped stops that accompany subway maintenance work on Saturdays and Sundays.

July 13, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Squadron Asks MTA to Study Weekend F Train Service

By Ed Litvak

State Senator Daniel Squadron is calling on the MTA to study passenger needs on the F and L trains, with an eye towards improving weekend service. As the New York Times noted in a story published yesterday, some nightlife-centric neighborhoods have seen a huge increase in weekend ridership, but schedules have not kept pace.

In a letter dated July 1 to MTA President Thomas Prendergast, Squadron asked for a review of both the F on the Lower East Side and the L in Williamsburg. The letter reads, in part:

July 13, 2011
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Squadron Calls for Review of L Line, Weekend Subway Service

New Report Underscores Need to Improve F and L Trains to Meet Growing Demand

Squadron: 2009 F Train Review Provides Basis to Address Weekend and L Train Service

July 11, 2011
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DNAinfo: Push to Close Building Safety Loophole After Deutsche Bank Acquittals

State Sen. Daniel Squadron sponsored legislation last year that created a state-city panel to address the loophole. Squadron expects the panel to begin meeting later this year and issue recommendations that would go to the legislature for approval next spring.

July 8, 2011
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