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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MAJOR NEW GUN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS PROVISIONS

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the passage of new gun regulations tonight. The package includes the major provisions from Squadron's bill to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban, including a single-feature model that defines an assault weapon as having one dangerous feature (rather than two), the requirement that any existing weapons are registered with the state, and the ability to specify which weapons are not legal, for the first time.

Squadron released the following statement: 

January 14, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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Senator Squadron Statement on Shooting Death of 16-Year-Old Boy on Lower East Side

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the shooting death of 16-year-old Raphael Ward on the Lower East Side last night:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Raphael Ward. No parent should ever have to face the unspeakable tragedy of losing a child.

We must continue to work together as a community to fight the scourge of gun violence and make our homes and our streets safer for our families. From stronger gun laws to improved safety at NYCHA developments, we are reminded far too often that the time to act is now.

Ward lived in Baruch Houses and the shooting took place on Columbia Street, both in Senator Squadron's district.

January 5, 2013
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Urgent Action on Vital Gun Regulations

Some important news: a special legislative session I called for in October to immediately pass vital gun measures into law now may be happening. 

A package of common sense measures -- including my bill to crack down on assault weapons, as well as critical background checks and limits on guns sales, and the vital crime-solving tool of microstamping -- would create the basic protections we need to truly save lives. In fact, my assault weapons bill would ban the military-style weapon used in last week's Newtown tragedy.

December 20, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN RESALE OF CHARITY TICKETS FOR PROFIT, AHEAD OF 12-12-12 SANDY RELIEF CONCERT

Squadron Legislation Would Protect Consumers, Make Illegal Reselling Charity Event Tickets For More Than Face Value

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would ban the reselling of charity event tickets for more than their face value, ahead of the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert tonight at Madison Square Garden.

There have been a number of complaints from event organizers and potential concertgoers regarding tickets being resold on secondary sites for many times their face value. Money generated by ticket sales from these events is meant to go to the designated charity and to defray the costs of the shows, not to those who can resell the tickets to the highest bidder. Ticket sales for tonight's event are meant to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy relief efforts.

December 12, 2012
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Squadron, Silver, Glick, Kavanagh, Stringer, Chin, Mendez Urge City to Make Disaster Food Aid More Accessible

Electeds Urge Expanded Eligible Zip Codes, Additional Application Center in Lower Manhattan, Extended Deadline for D-SNAP Program

Letter Comes Alongside Push By Nadler and Federal Legislators

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar urging the City to make the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) more accessible to more New Yorkers in need. The letter comes alongside a similar push from federal elected officials, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

December 12, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON HOSTS NEW YORK AFTER SANDY RESOURCE FAIR AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Event Brings Together Agencies, Utilities, Organizations With Residents & Businesses In Need to Create One-Stop Post-Sandy Shop

Conversation on Long-Term Recovery & Preparations Gives New Yorkers a Chance to Make Their Voices Heard as City, State, Federal Governments Plan Next Steps

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted New York After Sandy, a resource fair and community conversation for NYC residents and businesses yesterday in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing together hundreds of New Yorkers. 

The one-stop shop connected residents and business owners in need with government agencies, utility companies, social and legal service organizations, volunteer groups, and other organizations that provided help ahead of disaster assistance deadlines. A full list of participating organizations is included below.

December 10, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES APPROVAL OF $13 MILLION IN D-SNAP FOR NYC FAMILIES IMPACTED BY SANDY

Squadron Worked With Advocates, City to Ensure Inclusion of Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a request for $13 million to bring the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to areas of New York City impacted by the storm, including Manhattan, for which Senator Squadron advocated. 

Residents who lived in the 12 targeted areas (listed below) on October 27, 2012 can apply for disaster food assistance from December 12th to December 18th from 8:30AM to 6:00PM at 495 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn. A Staten Island location at New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane, will also be open from December 14th to December 17th.

December 4, 2012
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Post-Sandy Pop Up Assistance Sites

Was your home or business impacted by Sandy?

Join us for Post-Sandy Pop Up Assistance Sites. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be on site to answer questions and help residents and businesses apply for disaster assistance. Additional locations and dates will continually be added to this page

November 11, 2012
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Sandy's Aftermath Resource Page: What to Expect

Please note that information on this page will be continually updated.

I hope that you and your family are safe in the aftermath of the storm.

It's going to be days and weeks until things are back to normal in parts of our city. In the meantime, it's important to stay safe and make sure you're prepared for the possibility of extended power outages, vastly reduced transit services, and overtaxed city services. 

File: 
EPA Sandy Gowanus Cleanup.pdf

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North Brooklyn Sandy Small Biz Workshop.pdf

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Business Recovery Info SBS.pdf

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NYC Bar Sandy Helping Handbook.pdf

November 3, 2012
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Preparing for Severe Weather: Mandatory Zone A Evacuation

Many 25th Senate District residents live within Hurricane Evacuation Zone A and are therefore part of a MANDATORY EVACUATION by 7PM TODAY. Click here to find out whether your home or business is in Evacuation Zone A. If you have trouble with that link, please use this map. Even if you do not live in Zone A, please read through this email as it includes important information.

If you live in Zone A:

October 27, 2012
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Squadron -- Sponsor of Aggravated Domestic Violence Legislation to Strengthen Penalties for Repeat Offenders -- Applauds Governor's Signing of Omnibus Bill

New Law Better Protects Domestic Violence Victims from Repeat Offenders

Squadron Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed Responding to Serial Domestic Abuser

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the Governor’s signing of a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision based on the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed in March 2011 responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12-year history of offenses.

Previously, only those who caused serious physical injury or killed their victims faced felony-level charges. There was no way to better protect domestic violence victims from repeat offenders, who were charged with low-level misdemeanors. Now, two domestic violence offenses in five years will count as a Class E felony crime, helping to protect victims and ensure that repeat offenders no longer cycle through the system.

October 25, 2012
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RESOURCE PAGE: GENDA AND TRANSGENDER EQUALITY IN NEW YORK

On October 24th, Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried -- the sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) -- hosted a public forum on their pending legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identiy and break down barriers to equality. Full video is available at this link.

The forum brough together transgender New Yorkers and their families, law enforcement, advocates, and public officials from around the state to testify on the obstacles to equality faced by many transgender individuals, and the potential impact of GENDA. The following is a collection of testimony and resources provided by the forum's participating individuals and organizations.

October 23, 2012
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SQUADRON, COMMUNITY AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES URGE ALBANY SPECIAL SESSION ON GUN VIOLENCE

After Bloodshed Around NYC, Squadron and Advocates Call on Albany to Pass Critical Gun Control Bills, at Site of Recent Shooting

Squadron: Time to Act to Save Lives

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community and elected officials and advocates to urge a special legislative session in Albany to address the crisis of gun violence in New York City and around the state.

October 5, 2012
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Daily News Op-Ed: Stop Blocking Gun Control

We must pass sensible measures that will save lives

By Daniel SquadronOctober 4, 2012 

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/stop-blocking-gun-control-article-1.1174132

There’s considerable talk these days about bringing state legislators back to Albany for a special legislative session.

There are lots of issues out there for a special session — including a pay raise for legislators. But after dramatic bloodshed in New York City and across the country, there is one issue that seems to be falling through the cracks: gun violence. That’s why we must go back to Albany for a special session.

October 5, 2012
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SQUADRON EARNS SENATE'S HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL SCORE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron received the New York State Senate's highest environmental score, in a new voter guide released by EPL/Environmental Advocates. 

With a score of 81, Squadron was the Senate's high scorer. EA notes that the Senate's scores were, overall, lower than the Assembly's due to the Senate Republican Majority refusing to bring a number of critical environmental bills to a vote.

October 4, 2012
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SQUADRON, PARKS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PIER 42 WATERFRONT PARK INTERIM USE

Waterfront Community Day To Be Held November 3rd

Squadron, Schumer Secured Funds for Redevelopment of Pier; New Park Will Create Continuous Green Ribbon Around Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro led the first public tour of Pier 42 and announced plans for interim recreational use, as the planning process for the pier's redevelopment into a waterfront park gets underway.

October 1, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON, BP STRINGER, ASSEMBLYMAN KAVANAGH RELEASE REPORT REVEALING NYCHA TENANTS’ CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY IN NYC PUBLIC HOUSING

Only 44% of Lower East Side tenants report having lobby doors with working locks, and less than 50% say they live in buildings with working intercom systems

While $42 million for security cameras remains unspent, 80% of residents in buildings without cameras say they would feel safer with the surveillance technology

September 21, 2012, New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh today released a report, “Protecting NYCHA Communities,” that surveyed tenants’ concerns about public safety in ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments on the Lower East Side. The results show that residents often fear for their safety and that housing developments lack basic protections, including functional locks for buildings, reliable intercom systems and regular security patrols.  

September 21, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FREE FLU SHOT CLINICS IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced his annual free flu shot clinics around the 25th Senate District. The clinics, sponsored by Senator Squadron and provided by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, will take place in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the next few weeks:

September 12, 2012
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