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An Update From Senator Squadron

Dear Friend:

With so much happening in Albany, I wanted to send along an update.

June 18, 2009
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Albany's Bungling Politicians Might Learn From State Senate Coup Chaos

By Michael Daly

Feature article in The Daily News

We go from three men in a room to 62 buffoons in a chamber, from the country's most dysfunctional state Legislature to a Legislature that does not function at all.

"It's gone from dysfunctional to laughable," said Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice. "It's embarrassing."

June 16, 2009
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Loft Laws to Protect Tenants

I introduced legislation that will extend loft law protections to tenants who are inhabiting some buildings that are currently zoned for manufacturing uses.  This legislation, sponsored in the Assembly by Assembly Member Vito Lopez, will help thousands of New York City loft tenants, including some Tribeca, SoHo and DUMBO residents, access the protections of the Loft Law.

June 15, 2009
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Albany’s Madhouse

Feature article in The New York Times 

By the time the dysfunctional body that passes for a Legislature in New York State gets through the 2009 session, calling someone an Albany reformer will be an insult. In a display of chutzpah that startled even old political hands, the Senate Republicans and two of the least-reputable Democrats in a deeply disreputable place brazenly declared themselves to be a reform coalition and staged a palace coup against the Democratic majority.

June 10, 2009
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Celebrating the Launch of the Brooklyn-Governor’s Island Ferry

Brooklyn-Governors Island Ferry

On June 6, I was thrilled to celebrate the launch of free ferry service between Fulton Ferry Landing and Governors Island.  The restoration of ferry service is something I have long pushed for and it is another positive step toward the vision of a Central Harbor Park for the 21st century.  This summer, we will have:

June 7, 2009
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Senator Squadron's announcement of the Senate’s ethics reform proposal

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Daniel Squadron held a brief press availability today to announce the introduction of the Senate’s ethics reform proposal, requiring all individual legislators to fully disclose all outside sources of income.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Squadron Congratulates Youth of The Year- Christopher Rivera

On June 2, 2009, Christopher Rivera, a resident in the 25th Senate District, was named The Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Christopher's accomplishment is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.

June 3, 2009
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19 Senators Introduce Ethics Commission Reform Legislation

Independent Oversight Body Will Have Strong Enforcement Powers

June 2, 2009
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Senate Woman of Distinction Award

The Women of Distinction Award honors an outstanding woman from our community.  I am honored to recognize Mrs. Charlotte Miles’ work and to celebrate her as one of New York’s Women of Distinction.

Charlotte is a true advocate for issues facing the Lower East Side community.  She moved to the Lower East Side when she was two years old and has lived in the community ever since. She has three children and five grandchildren.

June 2, 2009
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Sponsor's Memo for Ethics Reform Bill to Increase Disclosure Requirements

NEW YORK STATE SENATE MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI, Sec 1.

( x ) Memo on original draft bill(  ) Memo on amended bill

SENATE BILL #:     ASSEMBLY BILL #: 

SENATE SPONSOR (S):  Squadron    ASSEMBLY SPONSOR (S):

May 26, 2009
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Sponsor's Memo for Commission on Governmental Ethics Act of 2009

Click here to read and comment on the text of the bill

NEW YORK STATE SENATEMEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATIONsubmitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI, Sec 1.

( x ) Memo on original draft bill(  ) Memo on amended bill

SENATE BILL #:              ASSEMBLY BILL #: 

May 26, 2009
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Statement from State Senator Daniel Squadron Regarding the Nomination of the Gowanus Canal to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List:

On April 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had nominated the Gowanus Canal for consideration to be added to the National Priorities List (NPL), more commonly known as the Superfund list.  If added to the NPL, the Gowanus would be entered into the EPA's cleanup program, which would include intensive study and analysis of the nature of the hazardous materials and pollutants within the canal, identification of the parties that have been responsible for the pollution, and a supervised cleanup. 

May 26, 2009
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Statement from State Senator Daniel Squadron Regarding the Nomination of the Gowanus Canal to the EPA’s National Priorities List

On April 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had nominated the Gowanus Canal for consideration to be added to the National Priorities List (NPL), more commonly known as the Superfund list.  If added to the NPL, the Gowanus would be entered into the EPA's cleanup program, which would include intensive study and analysis of the nature of the hazardous materials and pollutants within the canal, identification of the parties that have been responsible for the pollution, and a supervised cleanup. Though the pressure to immediately announce a position

May 26, 2009
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Liquor ruling is one too many, critics warn

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in the Downtown Express

Bar owners in densely packed neighborhoods face fewer obstacles to getting a liquor license under a recent court ruling, and Lower Manhattan residents and leaders are worried.

“It’s a disaster,” said Karen Stamm, a Tribeca resident and lawyer. “If it’s not corrected, everybody’s going to be swamped with licenses.”

May 22, 2009
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Feds say Downtown is a bad deal at any price

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in Downtown Express

Lower Manhattan leaders who were already angry about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s plan to leave the Financial District turned furious when they recently learned that F.D.I.C. specifically excluded the neighborhood from its search for new office space.

May 22, 2009
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Squadron: Traffic cameras are needed on Canal and West Sts.

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in The Villager

The city will soon install 50 new red-light cameras, and state Senator Daniel Squadron wants as many as possible to target dangerous intersections in his district.

The state Legislature has the power to limit the number of red-light cameras the city can install, and in legislation Squadron co-sponsored, the Legislature just increased the limit from 100 to 150.

May 22, 2009
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New York City parking permit would ensure space near home - for a price

BY Veronika BelenkayaDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Monday, May 18th 2009, 4:00 AM

Residential parking permits may yet become a reality for parking-strapped city neighborhoods.

Two Brooklyn lawmakers are hoping legislation they introduced to the state Legislature that would allow the city to implement the permits will pass next month.

"Residents will be able to park near their homes without circling endlessly for a space," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights).

May 22, 2009
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