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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO CALL ON MACY'S TO RETURN JULY 4TH FIREWORKS TO BROOKLYN-QUEENS WATERFRONT

Officials to meet with Macy’s, urge NYers to sign petition for East River fireworks display

Support the effort at www.advocate.nyc.gov/fireworks

NEW YORK – At a press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and State Senator Daniel Squadron called on Macy’s to return its July 4th fireworks display to the East River. This is the fourth consecutive year that Macy’s will hold its fireworks on the Hudson, out of view for the millions of residents who live in Brooklyn, Queens and on the East Side. The officials announced upcoming talks with Macy’s where they will press for returning fireworks to the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. 

June 28, 2012
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Our Work's Not Done

Last week, the 2012 legislative session came to an end in Albany, with hundreds of bills (though fewer than in previous years) passing in the last days.

Despite being a member of the Democratic minority in the all-too-partisan State Senate, I was proud to make a number of key priorities a reality:

June 25, 2012
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SQUADRON, VELAZQUEZ, MILLMAN, MARKOWITZ, LANDER WELCOME IMMEDIATE PCB REMOVAL AT P.S. 146, M.S. 448

Electeds Urge DOE to Undertake Similar Additional Inspections at Other Potentially Contaminated Schools

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilmember Brad Lander welcomed the NYC Department of Education's decision to immediately remove lighting fixtures contaminated with PCBs at P.S. 146 Brooklyn New School and M.S. 448 Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies, after parents and the elected officials urged city action.

June 18, 2012
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VIDEO & TESTIMONY: SEN. SQUADRON, MEMBERS OF DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON ALEC

On June 13th, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee (IGO), and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference convened a public forum on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities in the New York State Legislature.

June 13, 2012
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SQUADRON, MEMBERS OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON ALEC'S ROLE IN LEGISLATURE

ALEC's Activities May Constitute Lobbying Under NY Law -- Receives Corporate Funding, Claims Credit for 39 NYS Bills

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee (IGO), and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference convened a public forum on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities in the New York State Legislature.

June 13, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CREATE FIRST-EVER INTERCITY BUS PERMITTING SYSTEM, CREATING MUCH-NEEDED OVERSIGHT

Passage Follows Agreement Between Squadron, Silver, City on Legislation, Which Will Designate Stops and Bring Order to Chinatown and City

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed Senate passage of his legislation to create the first-ever permit system for intercity buses, giving the city the power to regulate the industry and designate pick-up and drop-off locations. Senator Squadron released the following statement:

"With Senate passage of intercity bus permit legislation, we've taken a big step toward protecting communities and passengers alike as the low-cost bus industry continues to grow. 

June 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, MEMBERS OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON ALEC, WEDNESDAY 10AM

Media Advisory: For Wednesday, June 13 - 10:00AM

SQUADRON, MEMBERS OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON ALEC, WEDNESDAY 10AM

Squadron: ALEC Claims Credit for 39 NYS Bills; May Constitute Lobbying Under NY Law

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee (IGO), and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference announced a public forum on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities in the New York State Legislature, Wednesday at 10:00 AM.

June 11, 2012
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SQUADRON, SPONSOR OF AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION, WELCOMES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OMNIBUS BILL

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed an agreement on a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision similar to the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed last year responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12 year history of offenses. Both the Squadron legislation and today's omnibus bill would make two domestic violence offenses in five years a Class E felony crime.

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON, MTA ANNOUNCE INCREASED L TRAIN SERVICE

Service Increase Begins This Week Following Squadron's Push to Add Trains As Ridership Skyrockets

Squadron, MTA, Electeds, Community, Businesses Celebrate Win for Growing North Brooklyn

WILLIAMSBURG -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, along with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Stephen Levin, other elected officials, community and business leaders, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, celebrated increased service on the L train, following Squadron's call to add trains on the line due to skyrocketing ridership.  

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON WELCOMES 9/11 HEALTH FUND RECOMMENDATION REGARDING CANCER COVERAGE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan) welcomed the recommendation of Dr. John Howard of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide coverage for a number of cancers under the Zadrogra Act. Senator Squadron released the following statement:

June 8, 2012
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An L of an Improvement!

Great news for transit riders: the MTA heeded our call and will increase L train service beginning this Sunday!

It's no surprise that many of you have reached out to me about overcrowded, infrequent and delayed L trains. That's why, last year, I asked the MTA to do a full-line review -- and, with that review, urged the agency to increase the number of L trains it runs on weekends and weekdays.

Now, beginning this Sunday, we'll see 7 additional L trains each Sunday, 16 each weekday, and 11 each Saturday. Riders tired of the crushing crowds and overflowing trains will now have an L trip a lot less likely to feel like hell!

June 8, 2012
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am New York: Brooklynites rejoice! MTA adding L train service starting Sunday

North Brooklyn straphangers are finally getting a break.

The MTA will add nearly 100 trains each week along the L line starting Sunday, amNewYork has learned, providing much-needed service for the route, which has seen sardine-like conditions for more than a decade.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who had pushed the MTA to add service along the L and F lines, said he was happyt Brooklyn residents would be a little less cramped on the often-packed subways.

"This is not going to be the silver bullet, but this is real good news for L train riders," Squadron said Thursday. "Anyone tired of the crushing crowds and overflowing trains will now have an L train trip less likely to feel like hell."

 

June 8, 2012
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SQUADRON RESOLUTION CELEBRATES NEW YORK IMMIGRATION COALITION'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY AS PUSH CONTINUES FOR NY DREAM ACT

Squadron Joins Students, Advocates to Urge Passage of DREAM Act Before End of Session

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron celebrated the 25th anniversary of the New York Immigration Coalition with a resolution adopted by the Senate yesterday, while urging passage of the New York DREAM Act before the end of the legislative session.

June 6, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES GOVERNOR'S 'IN PLAIN VIEW' REFORM PROPOSAL, URGES SENATE PASSAGE

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement welcoming Governor Cuomo's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and urging his colleagues in the Senate to pass the reform before the end of the legislative session later this month:

June 4, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON TO HOST CELEBRATION FOR 'WOMAN OF DISTINCTION' KATHLEEN HENDERSON, JUNE 3 IN CARROLL PARK

State Senator Daniel Squadron will host a celebration in honor of Carroll Park Playground Associate and this year's 25th Senate District Woman of Distinction Kathleen Henderson, this Sunday, June 3rd, at 12:30PM during the park's annual Flea Market.

Senator Squadron was proud to honor Ms. Henderson as a Woman of Distinction in a ceremony at the State Capitol earlier this month, part of an annual celebration that recognizes outstanding women throughout the state.

June 3, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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SQUADRON: DOT SET TO BEGIN DELANCEY STREET SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Delancey Street Working Group Leads to Quick DOT Action to Improve Dangerous Corridor

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that the NYC Department of Transportation will begin making safety improvements along Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. DOT presented the new safety plan for the dangerous corridor earlier this year, a result of the Delancey Street Safety Working Group that was convened by Senator Squadron and his colleagues.

May 29, 2012
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Joint Testimony of New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh Before the City Council Housing Committee Regarding Proposed Resolution No. 1329-A

May 21, 2012

We are Daniel Squadron, the State Senator representing the 25th Senate District including parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and Brian Kavanagh, the Assemblymember representing the 74th Assembly District on the East Side of Manhattan.

We want to thank Speaker Christine Quinn, Chair Erik Dilan, the members of the Housing Committee, and the entire Council for their advocacy on many important housing issues, including reform of the Rent Guidelines Board. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for considering bill S741B / A6394B as part of Resolution 1329-A.

May 21, 2012
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SENATE SPONSOR SQUADRON HERALDS GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL END FOOD STAMP FINGER-IMAGING

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of legislation that would end the practice of finger-imaging food stamp recipients, heralded today's announcement by the Governor that he will end the practice. Squadron issued the following statement:

Today, Governor Cuomo demonstrated great leadership by ending the counterproductive practice of finger-imaging food stamp recipients. 

Simply put, finger-imaging has deterred too many New Yorkers from accessing the food they need. It makes no sense for children to go to bed hungry while we waste local tax dollars on a senseless program that puts food farther out of reach.

I carry legislation along with Assemblyman Keith Wright that would end food stamp finger-imaging -- and I'm so pleased that Governor Cuomo has now achieved our bill's goal.

May 17, 2012
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SQUADRON RESOLUTION HONORS ADAM 'MCA' YAUCH

Resolution Celebrates Life of Late Beastie Boys Founder, Brooklyn Native Yauch

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Beastie Boys founder Adam "MCA" Yauch with a resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution, which recognizes Yauch's and the Beastie Boys' major contributions to music, as well as Yauch's political activism, passed the Senate yesterday afternoon.

Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights and the Beastie Boys grew to prominence via the East Village and Lower East Side music scene. 

May 16, 2012
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SQUADRON HONORS CARROLL PARK'S KATHLEEN HENDERSON AS NEW YORK WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Squadron: Henderson's Dedication, Kindness, and Leadership Has Made Carroll Park the Heart of Our Community

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Carroll Park Playground Associate Kathleen Henderson as a New York "Woman of Distinction." Ms. Henderson and her family and friends traveled to Albany for the celebration.

Ms. Henderson, considered the "den mother of Carroll Park," has been at the center of the park's transformation over the 16 years she's held this role. From entertaining and taking care of Carroll Gardens' children, to keeping the park safe and welcoming, Ms. Henderson has become a fixture in the community.

May 16, 2012
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