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Riders Alliance, Senator Squadron, and Senator Dilan Urge MTA to Increase G Train Service to Keep Up with New Ridership Growth

New Numbers Show G Train Ridership Grew More Than Any Other Subway Line in 2012

Call for MTA to Consider New Data as Part of Full Line Review of G Train

BROOKLYN, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan and members of the Riders Alliance called on the MTA today to increase G train service in light of new ridership data that showed G train service increasing by a higher percentage than any other train in the last year.  G train service grew by 4.2% on an average weekday in 2012, according to new ridership data released by the MTA, carrying an average of 2,000 more riders each weekday than in 2011. 

April 10, 2013
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SQUADRON CALLS ON SMITH TO RESIGN

Squadron: This Belongs in 'House of Cards,' Not Our Government

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding allegations against IDC Senator Malcolm Smith and others:

"The charges outlined in today's complaint are simply shocking. This is something that belongs in 'House of Cards,' not an election to decide who will run our city or any part of our government.

April 2, 2013
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Our Work Continues

As Albany wraps up this year's budget, I wanted to share a few updates:

March 28, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO STRENGTHEN HAYLEY & DIEGO'S LAW AND CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

Council Resolution Supports Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the Senate Transportation Committee today passed his legislation (S3644) to provide law enforcement with better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill, also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, would strengthen “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which Squadron and Kavanagh introduced and passed after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.

March 19, 2013
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SQUADRON: LICH HEARING IN WESTCHESTER A 'SLAP IN THE FACE'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, responded to SUNY's plan to hold a Board of Trustees hearing and vote on the future of LICH in Westchester on Tuesday. The hearing was also announced too late for many impacted individuals to sign up to testify. Yesterday, a judge ruled that SUNY had violated the Open Meetings Law in its previous vote on LICH.

Squadron released the following statement:

"It's absurd that SUNY is responding to its unlawful lack of transparency with a shocking lack of transparency. 

March 15, 2013
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SQUADRON, SCHUMER, PARKS ANNOUNCE PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK TO OPEN FOR INTERIM USE MAY 4

Squadron, Schumer Secured Funds for Redevelopment of Pier; New Park Will Create Continuous Green Ribbon Around Lower Manhattan

CB3, LES Waterfront Alliance, Hester Street Collaborative, LMCC, Squadron, Parks Plan Recreation, Community Day on Pier 42

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation announced that a section of the new waterfront park at Pier 42 on the Lower East Side will open to the public for interim recreational use on May 4, 2013, as the planning for the redevelopment of the pier into a full park proceeds.

In November 2011, a year after launching their effort to obtain funds from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the project, Senator Squadron and Senator Schumer announced that they secured funding for the redevelopment of Pier 42, which currently houses an abandoned warehouse and a parking lot. This will create a continuous green ribbon around Lower Manhattan, connecting the East and West Sides and providing the Lower East Side and Chinatown communities with much-needed open space.

February 26, 2013
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SENATOR SQUADRON RECEIVES CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM CHINESE-AMERICAN PLANNING COUNCIL

CHINATOWN -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron was honored by the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) at the organization's annual Lunar New Year celebration. Senator Squadron received CPC's Civic Leadership Award.

February 22, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN: MTA TO CONDUCT FULL LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Squadron, Dilan, Riders Urged Agency to Review G Train Last Month

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full Line Review of the G train at the Senators' urging. The review will be completed by the end of June 2013.

In a letter to the MTA sent on January 27th, Senators Dilan and Squadron urged the agency to conduct a Full Line Review of the G line’s performance – as the MTA has done with the F and the L lines in the past at Senator Squadron's urging. On the same day, Senators Dilan and Squadron and the Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders in Williamsburg. 

February 22, 2013
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RSVP: Senator Squadron's Fifth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention - Sunday, April 28, 2013

Please join me on Sunday, April 28th for my Fifth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention!

I hope you'll come out and make your voice heard on all of the legislative and community priorities that shape our district and our state.

Last year, hundreds of community members attended and offered valuable input on everything from school overcrowding and park planning to ethics reform and tenant rights. The great ideas discussed in our small group sessions were critical in shaping my work at home and in Albany over the last year.

I'm also excited to announce that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will join us as our keynote speaker.

Fifth Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention

Sunday, April 28, 2013

2:00PM to 5:00PM

February 22, 2013
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SQUADRON APPLAUDS EXPANSION OF NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP AS PART OF PRESIDENT'S PRE-K PLAN

Senator Urges Inclusion of NFP in State Budget, Approval of Medicaid Funding to Ensure Universal Accessibility for Eligible NY Families

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed President Obama's plan to expand early childhood education, including by growing federal support for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP).

Senator Squadron, the former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, has long championed the expansion of NFP, a proven program that matches low-income first-time mothers with registered nurses for home visits throughout pregnancy until the child is two-years-old. 

February 14, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG'S SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA REFORM, URGES ALBANY TO PASS LEGISLATION NOW

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation (S3105) to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, welcomed Mayor Bloomberg's support for the bill and the change to NYC policy announced in today's State of the City. Squadron released the following statement:

"Legislation I carry would reform the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute and the inconsistent way it's enforced. 

February 14, 2013
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SQUADRON APPLAUDS JENNY RIVERA'S CONFIRMATION TO NY COURT OF APPEALS

"Professor Rivera will not only make a highly qualified jurist -- she is an inspiration for New Yorkers on the Lower East Side and throughout New York. 

"Growing up in Baruch Houses, she went on to lead a career that has been dedicated to achieving true equality, justice, and opportunity for all New Yorkers. From her years focusing on civil rights law and litigation, to her ongoing commitment to her community through her work on the Grand Street Settlement board -- and her other accomplishments that are simply too numerous to list -- Professor Rivera is an example for all of us.

"I hope that kids on the Lower East Side were watching today as we confirmed Professor Rivera. She proves that, while it's not easy, wherever you start out it is possible to rise to the state's highest court -- or to any place you dream."

February 11, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO LICH VOTE: 'OUR FIGHT ISN'T OVER'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the SUNY Board of Trustees vote to authorize Downstate's president to propose a plan to the New York State Department of Health that could close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and sell off the hospital for real estate development:

"Our fight isn't over. 

February 8, 2013
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIFIES ON LICH: "IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE COMMUNITY FEELS LOOTED"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities, testified at the State University of New York's public board meeting on Downstate Medical Center and LICH.

February 7, 2013
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SQUADRON URGES IMMEDIATE SENATE PASSAGE OF NYC HURRICANE SANDY ASSESSMENT RELIEF ACT

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act, is urging the Senate to immediately pass the legislation, which would provide vital property tax relief to New Yorkers whose homes or businesses were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 

February 5, 2013
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SQUADRON, STAVISKY, KIM, MENG URGE LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

State Legislation Would Create Holiday in Cities With Large Asian American Populations

FLUSHING -- Today, at a press conference outside P.S. 20 in Flushing, State Senators Daniel Squadron (D-Chinatown) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) urged the City to make the Asian Lunar New Year a school holiday so that New York City's growing number of Asian American students can celebrate with their families without missing class. 

January 31, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN CALL FOR FULL-LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Following Riders Alliance Activism, Elected Officials Ask MTA to Consider Riders’ Requests and Service Issues

Electeds, Riders, Advocates Rally for a Better G Train in Williamsburg

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to undertake a Full-Line Review of the G train as the Senators and Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders this afternoon in Williamsburg.

January 27, 2013
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAJOR NEW GUN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS PROVISIONS

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the passage of new gun regulations tonight. The package includes the major provisions from Squadron's bill to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban, including a single-feature model that defines an assault weapon as having one dangerous feature (rather than two), the requirement that any existing weapons are registered with the state, and the ability to specify which weapons are not legal, for the first time.

Squadron released the following statement: 

January 15, 2013
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Join the Call for Year Round Ferry Service at Atlantic Ave/Pier 6!

East River Ferry service has proven to be a viable and popular form of year-round transit for NYC commuters, a highlight for visitors, and a key element in the revitalization of our city's waterfront.

The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) just released a request for proposals for an East River Ferry operator -- and we're asking the City to make sure a year-round stop at Atlantic Avenue/Pier 6, on the southern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a permanent part of any plan. This expanded service would serve residents, local businesses, and our city alike.

January 9, 2013
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