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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAYOR'S PROPOSAL TO STOP UNFAIR NYCHA PAYMENTS TO NYPD

Squadron Has Long Advocated to End Agreement, Which Makes NYCHA Only Residential Landlord Required to Pay for Police Protection and Essentially Charges NYCHA Residents Double

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron -- who has long urged the City to end the Memorandum of Understanding between the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the City that requires NYCHA to pay the New York Police Department (NYPD) for ongoing law enforcement services for NYCHA residents through "Police Service Areas" (PSAs) -- welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to end NYCHA's payments to the NYPD. 

February 12, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS RESPOND TO SUNY ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca sent the following letter to State University of New York (SUNY) Chairman Carl McCall regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

February 1, 2014

February 1, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, MALONEY, CHIN, COMMUNITY, RIDERS ALLIANCE RALLY FOR RESTORED ESCALATOR SERVICE AT EAST BROADWAY F STOP

Escalator Has Been Out of Service Since August 2012

LOWER EAST SIDE -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Councilmember Margaret Chin joined dozens of community members and the Riders Alliance at a rally to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to finally complete repairs to the escalator at the East Broadway F train subway station. 

January 31, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"As federal, state and city elected officials, we stand together against SUNY's latest attempt to turn LICH into a luxury condo deal.  As we have consistently said, SUNY, Governor Cuomo, and the NYS Department of Health must support a new, more open, and expedited process to solve the crisis at LICH -- in order to ensure the best possible outcome for Brooklyn.

January 29, 2014
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Squadron Announces Legislation to Standardize Cancer Fund Checkoff Programs, Ensure Prostate Cancer Funds Go to Intended Use

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would standardize the income tax return checkoff donation programs, bringing the prostate cancer fund in line with others and ensuring that the donations -- which are currently sitting unspent, waiting to be disbursed by a questionable organization that has lost its tax-exempt status -- go to their intended use. The Squadron legislation follows a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that highlighted a number of gaps in the tax checkoff programs, including the major issues with the prostate cancer fund.

January 16, 2014
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Squadron Welcomes Governor's Medical Marijuana Proposal, Urges In-Plain-View Reform

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn/Manhattan), who is the Senate sponsor of legislation to reform the in-plain-view marijuana statute, released the following statement upon the Governor's State of the State address:

January 8, 2014
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Squadron Statement on Kidnapping and Death of Menachem Stark

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement tonight:

January 5, 2014
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SQUADRON, NYCHA ANNOUNCE INITIATIVE TO CLOSE SNAP GAP

Squadron Urged SNAP Be Included With NYCHA Application; Site Now Allows Public Housing Applicants to Jointly Apply for Food Stamps

NEW YORK --  Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea announced that public housing applicants will now be able to concurrently apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the program formerly known as food stamps), in an effort to increase food stamp access for New Yorkers who qualify.

As of 2010, over two million individuals in New York City qualified for SNAP. However, nearly a quarter of those who qualify for SNAP don’t take advantage of the program.

Squadron has been working with NYCHA to integrate the SNAP application into its housing application process, as many applicants are dual-eligible. Now, when New Yorkers fill out a public housing application, they will be prompted to also apply for SNAP benefits. The integrated applications are now live on the NYCHA website at www.nyc.gov/nycha.

December 19, 2013
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Squadron & Kavanagh Call on NY to Lead Nation with Full Ban on Antibiotics in Farm Animals Following FDA Recommendations

Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Prohibit Use of Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Animals Sold as FoodSquadron, Kavanagh: FDA Moving in Right Direction But Undermined by Reliance on Voluntary Compliance by Drug Companies

NEW YORK – In response to new federal regulations announced this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for regulating antibiotics in livestock, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh are urging immediate passage of their bill to ban the use of antibiotics in animals sold for food in New York State and calling for mandatory compliance with the improved federal guidelines.

December 13, 2013
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SQUADRON, MOSLEY ANNOUNCE RETAIL ANTI-PROFILING ACT

Legislation Would Open Black Box of NYPD Policing at Private Businesses, Including Use of Racial Profiling

Squadron-Mosley Bill Would Also End MOU Requiring NYCHA to Pay $74 Million a Year for "Additional Police Services"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Walter Mosley announced the Retail Anti-Profiling Act, which would require transparency on additional policing provided to private businesses by the New York City Police Department -- such as the NYPD's role in potential racial profiling at Barneys and Macy's -- and end the 1994 MOU under which the New York City Housing Authority is charged for "additional police services."

November 26, 2013
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance:

November 20, 2013
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Squadron Hosts Town Hall Meetings, Bringing Together Constituents for Participatory Governing

Update: Read Senator Squadron's Community Update below.

NEW YORK -- At this critical time of transition in New York City, State Senator Daniel Squadron will host his annual town hall meetings to bring together constituents from around the district for an evening of participatory governing, this Monday, November 18th at 6:00PM in Lower Manhattan and 7:30PM in Brooklyn.

November 15, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES GOVERNOR'S APPROVAL OF LEGISLATION TO MAKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MORE ACCESSIBLE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that Governor Cuomo has signed Squadron's legislation to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families.Squadron released the following statement:

"Now, thanks to our legislation, more families will have the chance to make a life here, no matter what their family looks like. This is a big win for New Yorkers, especially as our city faces an affordability crisis."The Mitchell-Lama program was created to ensure that more New Yorkers have access to middle class and affordable housing -- so that fewer New Yorkers, including cops, teachers, and firefighters, are not driven out."Thank you to the Governor for signing our bill into law. And I am grateful to Speaker Silver and Assemblywoman Millman for their vital leadership, and to Cadman Towers tenant leader Toba Potosky, who came to me with this idea and helped make it a reality."

November 14, 2013
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SQUADRON CALLS FOR JCOPE INVESTIGATION OF ED COX'S FRACKING CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Joins Senator Kennedy and Growing Chorus Calling for Review of Cox's Fracking Advocacy While Sitting on Nobel Energy Board and Holding Millions in Stock

NEW YORK --  State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) to launch an investigation into State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox's apparent conflict of interest, as Cox travels the state advocating for hydrofracking while sitting on the board of -- and holding millions in stock in -- Nobel Energy, one of the nation's largest natural gas exploration companies.

November 13, 2013
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SENATOR SQUADRON URGES CITY NOT TO EVICT SANDY VICTIMS

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the City to cease its plans to evict roughly 350 Sandy victims who were displaced by the storm and have been living in hotels.

September 25, 2013
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Squadron Urges GENDA Passage Following Tragic Death of Islan Nettles

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement in response to the tragic death of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman who was assaulted in Harlem last weekend and succumbed to her injuries yesterday:

"The death of Islan Nettles -- a transgender woman who was the victim of a possible hate crime -- is horrifying and tragic.

August 23, 2013
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Squadron Statement on LICH Court Ruling

Brooklyn -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest's ruling to vacate the 2011 order that approved the State University of New York (SUNY) as the operator of Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"For months, we've fought to keep LICH open for care as SUNY tried to sell it off for parts. 

August 20, 2013
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TESTIMONY OF STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON REGARDING THE DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN 2014 FOR THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

TESTIMONY OF STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON REGARDING THE DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN 2014 FOR THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

July 24, 2013

My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 26th Senate District in the New York State Senate. My district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus, and the Manhattan neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village.

July 24, 2013
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