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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sign our petition to stop rental car companies from discriminating against New Yorkers!

Did you know that some car rental companies charge Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx residents an extra fee just for living in these boroughs—even if they are renting the car somewhere else?

Charging New Yorkers a hidden fee based purely on their place of residence is unfair discrimination.  Senator Squadron worked with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh to launch a petition drive calling on Dollar and Thrifty rental car companies to drop this discriminatory fee. 

Please click here to sign our petition. 

December 7, 2010
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SCHUMER, SQUADRON CALL FOR DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO BE USED TO COMPLETE EAST RIVER WATERFRONT AND DEVELOPMENT OF RIBBON PARK

Schumer, Squadron and Lower Manhattan Community Want to See ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan Development Corp to Meet on Monday to Begin Considering Where to Invest Remaining Dollars; Schumer, Squadron and Dozens of Community Leaders to Urge Funding of Lower Manhattan Ribbon Park Project, Including Development of Pier 42

November 21, 2010
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Broken escalator at Brooklyn Heights subway station riles riders

BY Erin Durkin The escalator at a Brooklyn Heights subway station has been broken for more than two months, leaving riders - particularly the elderly - struggling with steep stairs. The down escalator at the High St. A/C station broke down Sept. 9 - and residents say the MTA has failed to fix it despite repeated promises. They say the up escalator frequently stops working, too. "It is difficult," said Adams St. resident Ursula Hahn, who counted the 60 steps it takes to get to the station entrance. "I'm 72 and I can still do it, but it's not easy, especially if I have to carry a load."

November 19, 2010
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Car rental companies gouging outer boros: pols

By SALLY GOLDENBERG Claiming geographic discrimination, three lawmakers want to put the brakes on car rental companies that charge higher rates to residents living in certain boroughs. A survey of 11 car companies that do business in the five boroughs found two – Thrifty and Dollar, which are owned by the same parent company – charge Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx residents an additional fee based on their residence. Brooklynites pay an additional $55 daily to rent from either of those companies, Bronx residents pay $53 per day and Queens dwellers are charged $11 each day, according to a survey from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, state Sen. Daniel Squadron

November 18, 2010
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BP Stringer, Senator Squadron & Assemblymember Kavanagh Issue Holiday Warning, Expose Hidden "Borough Fees" Charged By Rental Car Companies Across New York City

Survey finds residents in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx

pay added fees under Dollar-Thrifty corporate policy

November 17, 2010
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Finally, a Passing Grade for the F Train

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

Last year, New York City Transit released a report that admitted what many riders already knew: The F train, the ugly duckling of the subway system, was a mess.

Slow as a snail, prone to delays, and overburdened by a ridership that grew by double digits in the last decade, the much-maligned F was in dire need of a spruce-up, transit officials concluded.

November 15, 2010
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F Train Follow-Up Report

Last year, Senator Squadron urged the MTA to address the F train’s service problems.  He worked with the MTA and released a 25-page report detailing the problems on the F line and made recommendations.  Senator Squadron asked for a follow-up report, and the MTA provided this report, attached here.

File: 
F Review Follow Up - October 2010 - FINAL.pdf

November 15, 2010
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Believe it or not, progress in Albany

BY Daniel Squadron

I know that many people will be surprised to read about Albany in the “Progress Report.”

And I understand why.  In my two years representing Lower Manhattan in the State Senate, there have been some real disappointments: the Senate “coup,” the worst budget crisis since World War II, and the ongoing need to pass ethics reform, marriage equality, tenant protections and more.

But even through these challenges, we have been able to plant the seeds of reform.  It is a story of progress made, with much still left to do.

November 8, 2010
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Here it is: Our annual ‘free flu shot’ story!

By Gersh Kuntzman

It’s time to get your flu shot — after all, state Sen. Daniel Squadron has gotten his.

The Brooklyn Heights Democrat will co-sponsor another round of gratis vaccinations next Monday, Nov. 18, at Long Islannd College Hospital.

Yes, needles are involved, but Squadron says the moment of pain is worth it.

“I promise it doesn’t hurt at all,” the freshman fibbed. “Everyone should get a flu shot, especially senior citizens and people with pre-existing health concerns.”

Ever the influenza enforcer, Squadron recently headed to the Eileen Dugan Senior Center in Carroll Gardens to oversee an earlier round of injections, smiling as Carol Rembert screamed as she got jabbed by Nurse Judy Farrell.

November 8, 2010
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“Hayley and Diego’s Law” to Crack Down on Careless Driving Goes Into Effect Today

Law Named for Children Killed in Chinatown Van Crash

Careless Drivers Will Now Face Jail Time for Injuring Pedestrians

October 14, 2010
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