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Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on Alternate Locations for 9/11 Terrorism Trials

Immediately after the announcement of the proposal to hold trials for accused 9/11 terrorists in Lower Manhattan, I pushed for a public discussion with NYPD of whether the community could bear the measures needed to secure Lower Manhattan and Chinatown. Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD deserve credit for facilitating that discussion. While civilian federal court is the correct venue for terrorist trials, the current proposal shows that holding these trials at 500 Pearl Street would have devastating consequences for our community.

January 27, 2010
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Manhattan Elected Officials Urge U.S. Attorney General to Conduct Comprehensive Evaluation of 9/11 Trial Sites and Request Meeting

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin sent the following letter (also attached), regarding the federal trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other accused terrorists, to United States Attorney General Eric Holder:

 

January 28, 2010

 

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General

January 27, 2010
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Tenants Rights Forum

You may be eligible for rent stabilization as a result of recent court decisions regarding buildings that received the J-51 or 421-g tax benefits. Come learn about what that could mean for you from housing experts and your local elected officials.

Time:   Thursday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m.Location:  St. John’s University               101 Murray Street            New York, NY

File: 
Lower.Manhattan.Tenant.Forum_.421g.pdf

January 26, 2010
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2010 Legislative Grant Application

Please download the application below and return it to my office by February 12, 2010, to apply for a legislative grant.  Full eligibility information and instructions are in the application below.  You can also request an application by calling my office at 212-298-5565 or e-mailing squadron@senate.state.ny.us.

File: 
2010 Legislative Grant Application.pdf

January 25, 2010
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Ethics reform bill passes in Albany; Paterson vows to veto

ALBANY — State lawmakers passed an ethics reform bill Wednesday that Gov. David Paterson vowed to veto, saying he wants to work with them on a bill “that I will sign.”

Senate Democrats said they would seek an override of a veto.

“The Senate is prepared to override the governor’s veto and deliver the ethics reform we need to give New York the government it deserves,” said Austin Shafran, spokesman for the Senate Majority Conference.

January 22, 2010
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Reforming Albany

Greetings,

Last week I announced that the Senate and Assembly had introduced a package of ethics legislation that I pushed forward; today I am very pleased to report that both houses -- the Senate and Assembly -- have passed the package by an overwhelming margin.  I have fought for increased disclosure, enforcement, and independence in Albany since I took office, and by passing this ethics package today, the Senate and Assembly have taken a significant step towards that goal.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Squadron Launches Chinatown Trees Initiative

Squadron Joins Community to Bring More Green Space to Chinatown

January 20, 2010
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Chinatown Trees Initiative

Dear Friend:

I write to invite you to participate in the Chinatown Trees Initiative, a project I have launched to bring more green space and fresh air to Chinatown. If you would like to participate, please use the attached form to recommend a location or multiple locations where you think Chinatown could use more trees. I will compile your suggestions and forward them to the New York City Parks Department, which will evaluate proposals and determine eligibility.

January 19, 2010
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One Star for Ethics Reform

New York legislators proposed an ethics reform package last week that would definitely improve the miserable status quo in Albany. But the plan is not the full-fledged housecleaning necessary for a place that has gone too long without the slightest dusting of reform.

The reforms proposed by Senator John Sampson, the Democratic leader in the State Senate, and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, would inevitably get the best-we-can-do-at-the-moment label. That’s not good enough...

January 19, 2010
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Lawmakers Offer Ethics Plan, but Paterson Says It Falls Short

New York’s legislative leaders proposed their own ethics overhaul on Wednesday in an effort to restore public confidence in the wake of recent scandals that have exposed political corruption at the highest levels of power in Albany.

The proposal, which would essentially remake the current system that polices the conduct of public officials, would require elected officials to disclose more about their outside income and face stricter oversight by investigative bodies that will have enhanced powers.

January 15, 2010
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After committee ‘musical chairs,’Squadron chairs Social Services

State Senator Daniel Squadron was named chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Services on Wednesday, a sizeable appointment for the freshman senator.

The announcement was part of a Senate shake-up in which Majority Leader John Sampson, a Democrat, made history by appointing two Republicans to chair committees. It was the first time that a majority party in the state Senate has ever given major committee leadership positions to minority-party senators...

January 7, 2010
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Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on his Appointment as Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Services

"I am honored to be named Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Services. As I take on this new challenge, I look forward to continuing the vision that Senator Velmanette Montgomery and I have established for the Committee over the past year: offering support to those who need it most, in immediate crisis and through the long term.  In this economy, New Yorkers are struggling more than ever.

January 6, 2010
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Local pols react to Paterson reform proposals

State lawmakers representing Brooklyn hadmixed responses to Gov. David Paterson’s “State of the State” address, in which he set forth sweeping proposals to root out political corruption in state government...

Paterson also wants to set a single independent ethics commission in Albany charged with enforcing the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws.

The new commission would have the legal authority to refer criminal and civil cases to the attorney general.

Currently, the attorney general has limited jurisdiction over political corruption cases.

January 5, 2010
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Ending the kindergarten shuffle, keeping continuity

By Daniel Squadron, Brian Kavanagh and Lisa Donlan

December 22, 2009
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A drop of gas info could save gallons

By Daniel Squadron

This holiday season, millions of Americans will take to the road — and spend literally billions of dollars on fuel. We’ll be reminded once again that buying a car is not just a one-time expenditure. The cost adds up: a few more dollars every time you fill up at the pump.

Of course, it’s not just economics. Between global warming and the other negative effects of burning fuel, a growing number of consumers worry about the environmental impact as well.

December 16, 2009
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Safety first (First Place, that is)!

By Gersh Kuntzman

Here she is, Smith Street pedestrians — your new crossing guard.

Veteran traffic-stopper Diana Williams has been reassigned to the block between First and Second places to handle an increase in pedestrian traffic since the closing of the southern exit to the F train’s Carroll Street station.

OK, maybe a new crossing guard isn’t a big deal to you, but it was to state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), who got Williams assigned to the block.

December 9, 2009
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Filling 'The Bruno Gap'

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Hoping to capitalize on the call for ethics reform that followed the guilty verdict in ex-Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's trial, Sens. Dan Squadron and Eric Schneiderman are circulating a new bill to close what Squadron dubbed the "Bruno gap".

The bill, which comes on top of a comprehensive reform package already being negotiated between the Senate and Assembly, would "explicitly" prohibit mixing state business and private business...

December 9, 2009
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Bruno Convictions May Spur Ethics Reform in Albany

By Karen DeWitt

Feature article on WNYC Radio

NEW YORK, NY December 09, 2009 —Albany may approve ethics reforms, now that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been convicted on federal corruption charges. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

December 9, 2009
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Conviction offers material for state ethics law reform

By James Odato

ALBANY — The conviction of former state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno gives several lawmakers and government reform advocates plenty of material as they seek ethics and disclosure law amendments, they said.

Even friends, who reacted Monday with disappointment over the conviction, noted the case has stirred an Albany debate on what part-time lawmakers can and cannot do to earn outside income.

December 8, 2009
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Fighting and Voting for Marriage Equality

The past session in Albany was capped with a grave disappointment for me, as marriage equality was defeated on the floor of the Senate.  I voted, and argued, and fought for passage of the bill.  I am deeply disappointed that we did not win marriage equality this time, but I am committed to winning over my colleagues, bringing the bill back to the floor, and expanding equal rights to all New Yorkers. 

December 7, 2009
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