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Brooklyn Paper Op-Ed: First of all, the 370 Jay St. thing is big news

By Daniel Squadron

We’ve undergone a dramatic transformation in Downtown in recent years, revitalized by an ever-growing stream of businesses, residents, and visitors.

But one piece of the puzzle has been missing, as the former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay St. has stood nearly abandoned for years.

October 7, 2011
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Pols Call for Total Ban on Tourist Helicopters from Manhattan Air Corridors

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Gale Brewer – longtime advocates for safety in New York’s local airspace – asserted the need for a complete ban on all tourist helicopters from Manhattan’s dangerous air corridors, including the city’s rivers and harbors. After yesterday’s tragedy involving a private sightseeing helicopter, which follows years of other preventable accidents and tragedies, the elected officials demanded an immediate overhaul of the city’s failed helicopter policy.  For years, advocates and officials have worked to abate the serious and detrimental effects helicopters pose to the quality of life for New York residents, businesses, and visitors.

October 5, 2011
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Squadron: MTA Agrees to Improve L Train Weekend Service

MTA Heeds Squadron’s Call to Review L Line and Improve Weekend Service

MTA Plans to Add Additional Trains By Mid-2012

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA has heeded his call and plans to improve weekend service on the L train.  Riders can expect to see more frequent trains beginning in mid-2012.

In July, Senator Squadron requested a review of the L line and of weekend F and L train service, similar to the 2009 F train review the MTA undertook at his request. The 2009 review was the first of its kind, resulting in more on-time trains and newer, cleaner subways.

October 3, 2011
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Senator Squadron Reacts to MTA Announcement on 370 Jay Street

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement on the MTA's announcement that it plans to make use of 370 Jay Street:

Today, the MTA signaled its intention to make use of 370 Jay Street.

For years, my colleagues and I have called on the MTA to make use of the nearly abandoned building, which has remained a blight on Downtown Brooklyn as the neighborhood continues to grow. By looking for a developer and pursuing office use, the MTA will generate much-needed revenue and bolster Downtown Brooklyn's economy. 

Taking 370 Jay Street out of mothballs and into use will mean dramatic progress in a keystone location for Downtown Brooklyn.

I urge the city and the MTA to quickly issue an RFP in the coming weeks. This will ensure that 370 Jay becomes an asset to the community, rather than a liability.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Squadron Releases Report: 'Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown"

72% of Respondents in Chinatown Say Ponding Negatively Impacts Their Experience; Two Out of Five Less Likely to Visit Because of Ponding

Squadron Calls for Community-Agency Collaboration to Prioritize Repairs, New 311 Protocol to Ensure Reporting

CHINATOWN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community leaders and elected officials to release a new report on road-curb ponding and its detrimental effect on Chinatown’s quality of life and local economy.

Complaints about ponding – water that accumulates along the side of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – have been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. This summer, Senator Squadron's office documented the frequency and location of ponding in the neighborhood and surveyed hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors on its impact.  

September 23, 2011
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Delancey Street Safety Working Group Formed After Preliminary Stakeholders Meeting

Squadron, Chin, Velazquez, Silver, Stringer Bring Together Agencies, Community Board, Advocates to Address ‘Deadliest' Street in NY

NEW YORK – Yesterday, a group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates convened at State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office and agreed to form a Delancey Street Safety Working Group to address what has been called the “deadliest" street in New York.  Senator Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together Delancey Street stakeholders to work out safety improvements along the corridor.

A spate of accidents has plagued Delancey Street, spurring calls for action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and all types of users. This month, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks at intersections along Delancey as a first step to increase safety measures.

September 13, 2011
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Downtown Non-Profits to Receive $17 Million in LMDC Funding

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon today's announcement that a number of downtown non-profits will receive $17 million in LMDC Community and Cultural Enhancement Funding:

Our downtown community and cultural organizations are critical to Lower Manhattan’s continued rebuilding. I'm so pleased that these non-profits, including a number I supported, were recognized for their outstanding work serving and revitalizing Lower Manhattan. Their contributions are as integral as the headline projects that are reviving and transforming our community. This funding will allow that work to continue for years to come.

 

I will also continue to work with Senator Schumer and the community boards to fight for the redevelopment funds necessary to compete the East River Waterfront park, including the redevelopment of Pier 42. This funding is critical to the continued revitalization of Lower Manhattan, providing more open, green space to the Lower East Side and Chinatown, bringing new life to New York’s harbor, and creating a unified Harbor Park – a central park for the center of New York City.

September 7, 2011
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Associated Press: New board to oversee creation of WTC arts center

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.

"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.

September 1, 2011
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NY1's Inside City Hall: Elected Leaders Discuss The Challenges Caused By Hurricane Irene

State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and Congressman Michael Grimm, whose district includes part of Brooklyn and all of Staten Island, talked with Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis about how residents in their areas dealt with the storm.

Click here to watch the video on NY1.com.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver, Council Member Chin, NYCHA Chairman Rhea Honor Housing Development for Successful Evacuation

Smith Houses TA President Partnered with NYCHA, Electeds, Volunteers to Evacuate Nearly 90 Percent of Residents Ahead of Storm 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Council Member Margaret Chin joined New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez to honor Alfred E. Smith Houses Tenant Association President Aixa Torres, staff, and local volunteers for their work evacuating nearly 90 percent of the development’s residents ahead of Hurricane Irene -- estimated shortly after the storm to have been the most successful in the city.

August 31, 2011
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Post-Storm Resources

As the city continues to assess the damage and clean up after Hurricane Irene, I wanted to provide residents with a list of useful links and phone numbers:

Con Edison - Report service problems and check service status here or by calling 1-800-75-CONED   

MTA - Check service status of subways, buses, Long Island Railroad, and Metro-North here.

Property Damage -Report property damage here. This allows the city to report damage to FEMA, which uses the infomation to assess whether NYC should receive federal funding.

Homeowner's Insurance -Call the New York State Insurance Department's Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 8PM. 

Report downed trees and wires -Call 311 or click here to report downed trees or branches. Report downed power lines and other issues here.

Volunteer - Volunteer to help with post-storm clean up at NYC Service.

For all other issues, please call 311. As always, if you have a real emergency, please call 911.

August 29, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin Call on DOT to Improve Safety on Delancey Street

New York, NY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Member Margaret Chin called on the Department of Transportation to address the serious safety concerns on the Delancey Street corridor. 

In a letter to DOT (also below), Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin highlighted the fatal accident on Delancey and Chrystie Streets last week as the latest reminder of the need to immediately improve safety conditions on the thoroughfare.

Senator Squadron said, “Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more safety improvements now. Last year’s Department of Transportation improvements were a welcome step – but Delancey remains one of the most dangerous streets in this city.  I will continue to work with the community, DOT, NYPD, and my colleagues in government to make these dangerous intersections -- and all of our streets -- safe for bikers, pedestrians and all types of users”

August 24, 2011
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Resource Page: After 'I Do,' What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?

On August 16th, Senator Squadron and his colleagues hosted a symposium titled "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?" Even after the historic marriage equality vote, LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after they’re married -- including DOMA, GENDA, interstate travel and relocation, adoption, social security, and health benefits.  This page features a number of resources from our panelists on remaining post-marriage obstacles, as well as the broader challenges to true equality for all.  Click here (or scroll down) for video of the symposium.

August 16, 2011
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Brooklyn Paper Op-Ed: Brooklyn Bridge Park deal is a good one for Bklyn

Now Brooklyn Bridge Park will move forward with dramatically reduced housing within its borders, incredible recreation facilities and a sustainable source of funding to ensure its vitality for decades to come.

August 9, 2011
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The Villager: Squadron is ‘weekend warrior’ for better F and L train service

By Aidan Gardiner

To weary straphangers waiting on subway platforms for their ride home on the L or F train at 1 a.m., do not fear: There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, because your champion is back in the fight.

State Senator Daniel Squadron has renewed his call for service improvements on the L and F trains. According to Squadron, train service between Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan has not kept pace with community demands.

August 9, 2011
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Daily News: Let's crack down on repeat domestic violence offenders, Squadron & Golden say

By Kenneth Lovett

Two state senators on Thursday called for stiffer penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.

The calls came after a Daily News report showed that reported domestic violence cases in the city skyrocketed 12.3% last year. Attacks on women "intimate partners" went up even more - 17.3%.

"[The Daily News'] report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan).

Squadron and Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) introduced legislation this year that would create a felony charge of "aggravated" domestic violence for those convicted of attacking their partners or family members two or more times within five years.

August 9, 2011
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South Brooklyn Post: Pool, Tennis, Ice Skating!

By Lisa Collins

There’s been a lot of politicking and community-activist action going on concerning the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tuesday a major deal was struck in Albany that may prevent the construction of large luxury condo buildings around the park, something many community activists, and state Sen. Daniel Squadron, of Carroll Gardens, were against. Cobble Hill Association President Roy Sloane argued time and again the condos would effectively privatize the parks, restrict access to them, and limit the amount of recreational facilities for the public, due to lost space.

August 9, 2011
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Brooklyn Eagle: Cheers! Plans Pave Way to Pay for Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Dennis Holt

BROOKLYN — A symbolic fat lady sang this week in Brooklyn Bridge Park, probably from the observation hill at Pier 1.

The heart of the refrain was quite clear. The city will honor its promise to spend $55 million to build recreational amenities on Pier 2 and the John Street portion of the park. In effect, anchors away!

Other parts of the song involved news about a swimming pool for the next five summers, an ice and roller skating rink at the end of Pier 5, and there was a chorus about agreeing to revenue plans to pay for park operations.

August 9, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Senator Squadron Encourages Passage of Domestic Violence Bill

By Georgia Kral

State Senator Daniel Squadron cited statistics released today - that show a more than 12 percent increase in domestic violence cases in New York City - in his call for action on a recently introduced domestic violence bill.

"Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action," he said.

The bill, introduced by Squadron in the State Senate in June, would strengthen the current domestic violence laws by establishing "aggravated domestic violence" as a felony crime for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.

"Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Squadron.

August 9, 2011
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