Public Seminars with John Felstiner: “ Can Poetry Save the Earth? ”

In a round-table discussion, John Felstiner leads an in-depth exploration of poems that reveal our spirited yet fraught connection with nature, poems whose environmental imprint and impetus can freshen and sharpen our consciousness of the world around us.

Readings for the first seminar: Psalms , the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Keats, Clare, Whitman, Dickinson, Hopkins, Frost and Williams; for the second evening: Lawrence, Jeffers, Millay, Roethke, Bishop, Levertov, Haines, Ammons, Merwin, Kinnell, Hughes and Snyder. All materials provided.

October 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reforming Albany: What is Wrong with the State Legislature and How to Fix It

A panel discussion taking place Oct 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Moderated by:

Lawrence Norden, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice


    The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblymember, 57th District, New York State Assembly

    Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/New York

October 27, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Bringing the SLA to the Community

On October 13, I hosted a discussion on nightlife concerns, bringing together State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman Dennis Rosen, SLA CEO Trina Mead, SLA Deputy Commissioner of Licensing Kerri O’Brien, SLA Deputy CEO for New York City Michael Jones, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, representatives from the offices of Assembly Members Silver, Kavanagh, and Glick, and leaders from district community boards.

October 16, 2009

Greenbridge Workshops: Getting to Know Your Soil

Preregistration is required at least one week in advance for the workshop. Call 718-623-7220 for more information or to register. 

Free, but space is limited!

October 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pumpkin Day

HEY KIDS!   Come and pick out your own pumpkin. Decorate it & take home.  Other arts & crafts & live music too!

$5 Suggested Donation

(Rain date is Saturday, October 31)


*A TOWN SQUARE EVENT For more info, contact TSI at

October 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Parade and Party


Join Town Square’s Parade & Party

● Meet at 176 Java Street (Manhattan/McGuinness) @ 4 pm

● Parade down Manhattan Avenue led by the NYPD Jazz Band

● Party to follow at 176 Java Street to 7 pm (ages up to 12 yrs)

● Arts & Crafts ● Food & Drinks ● Games ● Music

● Party Admission $5 for 1 Kid/1 Adult ● Kids must be accompanied by an Adult

*A TOWN SQUARE EVENTFor more info, call TSI at 718.609.1090 or PSC at 718.383.5290.

October 25, 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Help is on the way for F train

By Gary Buiso

Feature article in Brooklyn Heights CourierA ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves.

October 15, 2009

Passwords: John Felstiner Asks, “ Can Poetry Save the Earth? ”

Through lively readings of great poems, from the Psalms to Gary Snyder, scholar and translator John Felstiner demonstrates how poetry can sensitize us to the beauty and vulnerability of our planet.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

October 20, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Recording of Senator Squadron's October 14th community convention follow-up call

On October 14th, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to give an update on the goals and priorities outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention held in March. The discussion focused on Public Housing, Rent Regulations, Mitchell-Lama, Section 8, and Tenants’ Rights, Public Assistance and Social Services, Disability Access, Senior Citizens’ Concerns and Health and Health Care.

The call was the fourth and final call in a series of community convention update calls, all of which were open to the public.

October 15, 2009

Living in Advance: A Tribute to David Bromige

...with Charles Bernstein, Corinna Copp, Kathleen Fraser, Rachel Levitsky, Daniel Nohejl, Bob Perelman, Nick Piombino, Ron Silliman, Gary Sullivan, Geoffrey Young & Others

This evening celebrates the life and work of poet David Bromige (1933–2009), who was born in London, grew up in Canada, and arrived in 1962 in Northern California, where he spent the rest of his life, teaching and writing more than forty books of poetry.

Cosponsored by the Poetry Project.

Admission Free

October 16, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Full Line Report on F Train:

This summer, after hearing from so many of you about the poor service you experience every day on the F train, I asked the MTA to do a full line review.


F Review - Appendices.pdf

October 14, 2009
October 14, 2009

Community Convention Follow-Up Conference Calls

As many of you know, for the past three weeks I have been hosting a series of conference calls that have served as an update on the goals and priorities we outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention I held in March. The fourth and final call will be tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 15, at 5:30. We’ll be discussing:

October 13, 2009
October 12, 2009

Correspondences: A Reading & Conversation with Charles Bernstein & Régis Bonvicino

Charles Bernstein speaks with Brazilian poet and editor Régis Bonvicino about contemporary Brazilian poetry, translation and, more generally, the poetics of the Americas.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

October 14, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Launching a Chinese-Language Hotline

Last week I also launched the first-ever 25th Senate District Chinese-language hotline, a service that allows Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking constituents to contact my office directly with their concerns.Constituents can access the hotline by calling 917-254-3138 from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday-Friday.

October 12, 2009

F line finally on track for fixes, says NYC Transit; construction, new subway cars coming to line

By Pete DonohueFeature article in The Daily News

Relief for riders on the F line - one of the longest and most delay prone - is on the way as transit officials are targeting it for a fix, officials said yesterday.

NYC Transit is adding new subway cars on the line, which should reduce breakdowns and improve on-time performance, officials said.

October 10, 2009

Parent Resource Guide

My staff and I handed out thousands of the first-ever 25th Senate District Parent Resource Guides on the first day of school last month.  My guide offers parents and educators a comprehensive list of government, civic and educational resources available in the 25th Senate district.  I am happy to offer this to my constituents, and eager for input and feedback on how we can improve future editions. I hope it is helpful, and please contact my office to receive your own copy.

October 9, 2009

Senator Squadron, MTA Announce Release of F Line Review

Full Line Review Called for by Senator Identifies Solutions for Delay-Plagued Line

New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and the MTA today announced the release of the full line review of the F Train that the Senator called for this summer.  The comprehensive 25-page report details serious problems on the F Line, and offers strategies for improvement.  Senator Squadron praised the MTA for its responsiveness in studying the line and pledged to work with New York City Transit and F train riders to implement solutions to improve service on the line.

October 9, 2009

On the F Train, the M.T.A. Confirms What Riders Know

By Michael M. Grynbaum

Feature article in The Cityroom Blog

The F train is slow, prone to delays, frustrating for riders and generally an overstuffed, oft-diverted mess.

October 9, 2009