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Squadron Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of Pvt. Danny Chen

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Pvt. Danny Chen:

"Today we remember and honor the life of Danny Chen. His tragedy and the experience he had serving our country is one that no person should ever have, and my thoughts and prayers remain with his family.

"That is why today, and everyday, we are also reminded that we must do everything in our power to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. If one member of our armed forces is hazing and bullying someone, it sullies the entire armed forces and our values as a nation -- and it simply should not be tolerated.

October 3, 2012
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Squadron Statement on Lower East Side Pathmark's Impending Closure

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the impending closure of the Pathmark supermarket, located on Cherry Street on the Lower East Side:

"I'm deeply concerned about Pathmark's closure and what it means for an already-underserved Lower East Side. 

"Lower East Side residents need access to the full service food retailers, including fresh food, that most other New Yorkers can take for granted. 

October 1, 2012
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SQUADRON, PARKS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK INTERIM USE

Waterfront Community Day To Be Held November 3rd

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

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro led the first public tour of Pier 42 and announced plans for interim recreational use, as the planning process for the pier's redevelopment into a waterfront park gets underway.

October 1, 2012
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SQUADRON COUNCIL TESTIMONY: NYU'S CUSP MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN RESURGENCE OF DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony to a joint City Council hearing before the Committees on Technology, Economic Development, and Higher Education regarding the Applied Sciences NYC initiative and, specifically, in support of NYU-Poly's planned Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

For years, Squadron, along with his colleagues, urged the MTA to make use of its nearly-abandoned former headquarters at 370 Jay Street, which the MTA leased from the City. 

September 28, 2012
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COMMUNITY EVENT: SQUADRON, PARKS TO LEAD PIER 42 TOUR, DISCUSS PLANS FOR WATERFRONT PARK INTERIM USE

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

NEW YORK -- On Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12PM, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will lead a tour of Pier 42 and discuss plans for interim recreational use, as the redevelopment of the pier into a waterfront park gets underway.

September 30, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR SQUADRON, BP STRINGER, ASSEMBLYMAN KAVANAGH RELEASE REPORT REVEALING NYCHA TENANTS’ CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY IN NYC PUBLIC HOUSING

Only 44% of Lower East Side tenants report having lobby doors with working locks, and less than 50% say they live in buildings with working intercom systems

While $42 million for security cameras remains unspent, 80% of residents in buildings without cameras say they would feel safer with the surveillance technology

September 21, 2012, New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh today released a report, “Protecting NYCHA Communities,” that surveyed tenants’ concerns about public safety in ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments on the Lower East Side. The results show that residents often fear for their safety and that housing developments lack basic protections, including functional locks for buildings, reliable intercom systems and regular security patrols.  

September 21, 2012
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SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED, FIREFIGHTERS URGE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire; Now as Council Holds Hearing, Recommendations Must be Acted On

Squadron, Gottfried: Every Day We Don't Act Means Another Day Lives May Be at Risk

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and firefighters urged immediate action to close major gaps in the fire and safety codes at hundreds of State-owned buildings around New York City, today outside the scene of the tragic Deutsche Bank fire. 

September 19, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FREE FLU SHOT CLINICS IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced his annual free flu shot clinics around the 25th Senate District. The clinics, sponsored by Senator Squadron and provided by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, will take place in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the next few weeks:

September 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, LANDER TO FACE OFF IN EPIC BURGER SHOWDOWN

Local Teens Join as Sous Chefs This Sunday at Carroll Gardens Greenmarket

CARROLL GARDENS -- This Sunday at 11:30am, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Brad Lander will face off in a showdown of epic proportions: who makes the better burger?

September 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, LANDER TO FACE OFF IN EPIC BURGER SHOWDOWN

 

Local Teens Join as Sous Chefs This Sunday at Carroll Gardens Greenmarket

CARROLL GARDENS -- This Sunday at 11:30am, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Brad Lander will face off in a showdown of epic proportions: who makes the better burger?

Squadron and Lander, each assisted by two teen sous chefs from local high schools, will grill up their best burgers. Then it's up to the crowd to vote on who will be named the Better Burger Champion.

Squadron and Lander will use the event to highlight the success of the NYC Greenmarket program, including the fact that markets now accept EBT payments.

A flyer is available below.

 

September 16, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Senator Squadron Releases 2012-2013 Parent Resource Guide

I'm proud to release my fourth annual Parent Resource Guide. The guide provides parents and educators with 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 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: 
Squadron Parent Resource Guide 2012-13.pdf

September 6, 2012
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Senator Squadron Responds to Shootings in Brooklyn, New Jersey

Squadron Bill Would Ban Additional Assault Weapons In NY State

NEW YORK -- Today, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to two shootings in the tri-state area -- one near Prospect Park, Brooklyn that killed a 28-year-old mother, and another in Old Bridge, NJ, involving automatic weapons, that left three dead (including the shooter):

August 31, 2012
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SQUADRON CALLS ON POLS TO DISCLOSE WHETHER ALEC WRITES THEIR BILLS

As GOP Convenes in Tampa, Squadron Petition Urges State Legislators and Candidates to Take Pledge to Disclose Involvement of ALEC

Squadron: Undisclosed Lobbying By Any Other Name Still Stinks

NEW YORK – As Republican state legislators descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention, State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging legislators to pledge to disclose whether the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helps shape the bills they introduce.

ALEC's activities seem to qualify as lobbying, but it is not registered as a lobby in New York and many other states, and doesn't file the required disclosures. Squadron’s petition urges state legislators and candidates for state legislature around the country to pledge to do the disclosing for ALEC and make clear whether the group is involved with the drafting of their bills. 

The petition and related pledge are available here.

August 28, 2012
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State Legislators: Disclose Whether ALEC Helps Write Your Legislation

"If [ALEC] spends more than $5000 to advocate for passage of legislation in the state, they are a lobbyist and should be registered." - David Grandeau, Former Executive Director, NY State Lobby Commission, June 13, 2012.

But ALEC's not registered.

Since ALEC won't comply with lobbying laws, we're asking legislators to do it for them. If you're a state legislator or candidate for state legislature, sign this pledge to disclose whether ALEC helps shape any legislation that you introduce.

August 27, 2012
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Petition to State Legislators: We urge you to disclose bills on which you work with ALEC

"If [ALEC] spends more than $5000 to advocate for passage of legislation in the state, they are a lobbyist and should be registered." - David Grandeau, Former Executive Director, NY State Lobby Commission, June 13, 2012.

But ALEC's not registered.

Since ALEC won't comply with lobbying laws, we're asking legislators to do it for them. Sign this petition to ask your state legislators and candidates for state legislature in your district to pledge to disclose if ALEC helps shape their legislation.

Are you a legislator or candidate for state legislature? Sign the pledge here.

August 27, 2012
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SQUADRON URGES QUICK CITY, STATE ACTION TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN & CYCLIST SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TRAGEDY

NEW YORK -- After yet another fatal accident this morning in the West Village, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement urging quick city and state action to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety:

This morning's tragedy is yet another horrific reminder that there is more to be done to protect pedestrians and cyclists. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.

There are a number of major gaps in pedestrian and cyclist safety -- and now is the time for the city and state to quickly move to fill them.

August 27, 2012
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Senator Squadron, Assembly Speaker Silver, DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Council Member Chin Applaud Signing of Intercity Bus Permit Bill into Law

Governor Cuomo Signs Silver-Squadron Bill Authorizing the City to Create the First-ever Permit System For Intercity Buses, Designating Bus Stops and Increasing Oversight of the Industry

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Council Member Margaret Chin today applauded Governor Cuomo for signing into law the Silver-Squadron bill creating the first-ever permit system for intercity buses.

August 17, 2012
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STATE SENATOR SQUADRON, BOROUGH PRESIDENT STRINGER, ELECTEDS FILE AMICUS BRIEFS ON IPN CASE, URGING APPEAL OF DECISION THAT MAY JEOPARDIZE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NYC TENANTS

Independence Plaza North was deregulated in 2004 while management company continued to receive tax abatements requiring rent stabilization

August 16, New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer filed amicus briefs today with the New York State Court of Appeals in support of Independence North Tenants and affordable housing, jointly with Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, State Senator Tom Duane, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Brain Kavanagh, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick and Manhattan Community Board 1. Standing with longtime tenants of IPN, Stringer and Squadron joined Community Board 1 members to announce their decision to file amicus briefs asking the Court of Appeals to review a decision that threatens to end rent stabilization for Independence Plaza North tenants and risks displacing tens of thousands of other tenants throughout the city.  

August 16, 2012
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