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Pols: Stop tour bus invasion

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 49 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | April 20 - 26, 2011

By Aline Reynolds

Residents near Ground Zero fear the worst as they anticipate heightened congestion when the National September 11th Memorial and Museum opens in September.

Approximately 1,500 people an hour are expected to visit the memorial, 20 percent of whom are likely to arrive at the site by tour bus, according to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

April 21, 2011

At Long Last, Victory For Red Hook And Columbia Street Waterfront Communities. Agreement To Bring Shore Power To Red Hook Cruise Terminal Reached

Pardon Me For Asking: News from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and Beyond

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

By Katia Kelly

Good news! The New York Times just reported that a multi-agency agreement has been reached, which would supply cruise ships with shore power from specially built electrical port outlets at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.

Currently, the ships dock for hours and sometimes days, continually burning diesel fuel to provide electricity onboard.

April 18, 2011

Officials Hold Summit on WTC Memorial Tour Bus Problem

The Tribeca Tib

By Jessica Terrell

POSTED Apr. 15, 2011

With the opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial less than five months away, city and state officials said on Friday that they are

making progress on a plan for coping with the expected influx of tour buses into Lower Manhattan. But nothing has been finalized and only one deadline for a decision is certain: “Sept. 11,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.

April 18, 2011


For Immediate Release: April 15, 2011

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that Lower Manhattan stakeholders have been brought together to ensure there is community input into the plan for managing tour buses visiting the 9/11 Memorial when it opens in September.

 At a meeting today, elected officials met with members of the community, as well as the city Department of Transportation, members of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, business leaders and other stakeholders to begin a dialogue about how to minimize the impact that buses will have on the surrounding community.

April 15, 2011

Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Plug In on Shore

NY Times

City Room Blog

April 13, 2011, 10:49 am


Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times The Queen Mary 2, docked at Red Hook in 2009, before the plug.

The mighty Queen Mary 2 will no longer be belching diesel fumes over Red Hook when it docks at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal next year. Instead, the cruise ship will shut its engines and plug into a giant electrical outlet built especially for the port.

April 13, 2011

Tougher regulations for discount charter buses

Leguislative Gazette by Simon Garron-Caine April 11, 2011 In the face of two recent tragedies, the Assembly passed a bill April 4 that would create a regulatory system for intercity buses operating out of New York City. "As last month's tragic crash in the Bronx made clear, it is past time to impose reasonable regulations on the discount bus industry. Today's unregulated environment is like the wild west, and that doesn't work for bus companies, passengers or the community," said Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, who sponsors the bill (S.2977/A.4578). The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, whose district serves as one of New York City's discount bus hubs.

April 12, 2011

Senator Squadron Honors Educational Alliance Youth Who Won Statewide Boys and Girls Club Award

For immediate release March 28, 2011 SENATOR SQUADRON HONORS EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE YOUTH WHO WON STATEWIDE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AWARD Student Carlos Valdez Visits Albany as Candidate for Statewide "Youth of the Year" Award, and Wins! Albany, NY--State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Lower East Side teenager and Baruch Houses resident Carlos Valdez, 17 years old, on Tuesday with a visit to the floor of the State Senate and a resolution passed in recognition of his winning the statewide Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Award.  Carlos Valdez, a senior at Bard High School Early College on East Houston Street, won the Youth of the Year Award for his contributions to the community and his work to overcome adversity.

April 11, 2011

Help Renew and Improve Tenant Protections

More than a million New Yorkers depend on rent regulations to keep them in their homes, and New York’s neighborhoods depend on the stability that our affordable housing laws provide. We can’t risk tenant protections by letting them linger until the frenzied end of the legislation session, when they are on the verge of expiration. Join us today to help renew and improve rent regulation.

April 11, 2011

Squadron holds annual convention

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 44

March 16 - 22, 2011

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron held his third annual 25th Senate District Community Convention last Sunday, March 13, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

Participants split into 18 separate discussion groups, each of which focused on a separate topic. Topics included schools, affordable housing, arts and culture, parks, and others. Senator Squadron is currently compiling and reviewing the feedback from participants, which will inform his community and legislative priorities for the coming year.

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March 22, 2011

Democrats Press Cuomo on Rent Regulations

March 16, 2011, 2:25 pm

New York Times City Room Blog

By Nicholas Confessore

9:00p.m Updated ALBANY — A coalition comprising nearly every Democratic state lawmaker from New York City urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a letter, posted below, on Wednesday to press for extending and tightening the state’s rent regulation laws as part of the budget deal he is negotiating with the Legislature.

“If the state does not act, millions of working- and middle-class New Yorkers will be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” warned the lawmakers, about 90 of whom signed the letter to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. “We ask that you act boldly on tenants’ behalf by requiring these reforms to be a part of any budget agreement.”

March 16, 2011

'Chopping' out the noise

The New York Post

By Heather Haddon

Last Updated: 12:42 PM, March 6, 2011

Posted: 2:03 AM, March 6, 2011

Meet the pilot police.

Aviation authorities have quietly started cracking down on hell-raising helicopters breaking new city flight restrictions for sightseeing aircraft, The Post has learned.

The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, the chopper hub owned by the city Economic Development Corp., began scanning radar systems last month to kill the buzz from pilots incessantly circling over residential areas in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

March 6, 2011

Cradle to Career: A social services agenda for a new New York

New York State’s fiscal crisis is taking a toll on all New Yorkers, but especially the low-income citizens and those who are considered hardest to employ. Given our limited resources, it is critical to support proven, cost-effective programs that will nurture children, help them transition from school to college, onto adulthood, and help them find successful careers.

With a total investment of $76 million, the Cradle to Career initiative outlined below has the potential to do just that.

Cradle to Career Proposal FINAL.pdf

February 23, 2011

Foes decry Park ‘tax’ scheme, push for revenue from Witness buildings

By Laura Gottesdiener

The Brooklyn Paper

 Brooklyn Bridge Park could raise one-quarter of its massive maintenance budget through a new tax on local businesses and residents — but that idea is dead in the water, say critics, who think there are better ways to raise the money.

A consultant hired last year to search for revenue to maintain the park without building residences within its waterfront footprint released a draft report on Tuesday that predicted that $1 million to $4 million towards the park’s $16-million maintenance budget could come from a new tax on residents and business owners within a quarter-mile of the park.

February 23, 2011

Condo foes eye ways to fund Brooklyn waterfront park without towers

NY Daily News


February 23, 2011

Squadron Weighs In On Rules

Capital Tonight

By Liz Benjamin

As the Senate Republicans prepare to take another crack at reforming the rules governing how the chamber is run, Sen. Dan Squadron sent a memo earlier today to his colleagues urging them to maintain the changes made following the ’09 coup and suggesting some additional changes.

Some of the Brooklyn Democrat’s proposals – equal division of all office resources, for example – are highly unlikely to fly with the newly-re-empowered Senate GOP.

Others, like reform of the member item process, have a better shot – if for no other reason than it’s unclear whether there will even BE member items this year, thanks to the $10 billion budget deficit. How hard could it be to overhaul the rules on something you’re not even going to get?

January 11, 2011

Session Begins, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Say: Keep Your Promise: Pass the Pledge

Senate Reformers Urge New Yorkers to Join the Call for Immediate

Action on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge

January 10, 2011

Brooklyn Bridge Park applies for permit to open up its own floating pool a la Floating Pool Lady

BY Erin Durkin and Jake Pearson

Brooklyn Bridge Park could finally get its own floating pool.

Park officials want to build a new floating pool, like the wildly popular barge-borne one that docked in the Brooklyn Heights harbor four summers ago, and last week took the first step by applying for a permit with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

"It was popular. It drew visitors from all over Brooklyn, the city, and 12 foreign countries," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights).

"Having recreation that makes this park the citywide star that it can be is very important, and having a floating pool in the harbor would help the park reach its potential."

January 5, 2011

B'klyn moves to clean up pollution from Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 12

Picture 12,000 cars idling on a block — and you’ll have some idea what it’s like near the Brooklyn waterfront when a single cruise ship is in port, experts say.

So local lawmakers and activist gathered today in Red Hook to call on the city, state and Carnival Cruise lines to finally cut a deal to bring clear-air "shore power technology" to the Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal on Pier 12.

"It’s time to stop choking Brooklyn," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn).

"Cruise ships idling at port force Brooklynites to breathe in dirty, dangerous diesel fumes. Putting an end to it is long overdue."

January 4, 2011

Cruise ships docked at Red Hook terminal are 'choking Brooklyn,' community leaders say

BY Erin Durkin

Cruise ships docked in Brooklyn are spewing tons of noxious fumes into the air, and a fix is bogged down in two years of bureaucratic nonsense, officials and community leaders complained Monday.

"We can smell that diesel wafting over the neighborhood," state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) said. "It's time for the cruise ship terminal to stop choking Brooklyn."

Cruise ships that dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook have to run on diesel because there's no way for them to plug into the electric grid.

January 4, 2011