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SENATE SPONSOR SQUADRON HERALDS GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL END FOOD STAMP FINGER-IMAGING

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of legislation that would end the practice of finger-imaging food stamp recipients, heralded today's announcement by the Governor that he will end the practice. Squadron issued the following statement:

Today, Governor Cuomo demonstrated great leadership by ending the counterproductive practice of finger-imaging food stamp recipients. 

Simply put, finger-imaging has deterred too many New Yorkers from accessing the food they need. It makes no sense for children to go to bed hungry while we waste local tax dollars on a senseless program that puts food farther out of reach.

I carry legislation along with Assemblyman Keith Wright that would end food stamp finger-imaging -- and I'm so pleased that Governor Cuomo has now achieved our bill's goal.

May 17, 2012
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SQUADRON RESOLUTION HONORS ADAM 'MCA' YAUCH

Resolution Celebrates Life of Late Beastie Boys Founder, Brooklyn Native Yauch

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Beastie Boys founder Adam "MCA" Yauch with a resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution, which recognizes Yauch's and the Beastie Boys' major contributions to music, as well as Yauch's political activism, passed the Senate yesterday afternoon.

Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights and the Beastie Boys grew to prominence via the East Village and Lower East Side music scene. 

May 16, 2012
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SQUADRON HONORS CARROLL PARK'S KATHLEEN HENDERSON AS NEW YORK WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Squadron: Henderson's Dedication, Kindness, and Leadership Has Made Carroll Park the Heart of Our Community

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Carroll Park Playground Associate Kathleen Henderson as a New York "Woman of Distinction." Ms. Henderson and her family and friends traveled to Albany for the celebration.

Ms. Henderson, considered the "den mother of Carroll Park," has been at the center of the park's transformation over the 16 years she's held this role. From entertaining and taking care of Carroll Gardens' children, to keeping the park safe and welcoming, Ms. Henderson has become a fixture in the community.

May 16, 2012
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SQUADRON CALLS FOR SENATE HEARING ON ALEC

Squadron: ALEC Claims to Have Introduced 39 Bills in 2010; Three Current Bills in Senate Closely Based on ALEC Model Legislation

Senator Says ALEC's Activities Appear to Constitute Lobbying Under NY Law and JCOPE Guidance

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, urged the Senate to hold a committee hearing on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities that may constitute lobbying and raise questions about its role in the state.

May 10, 2012
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ELECTEDS, IPN RESIDENTS: COURT DECISION MAY JEOPARDIZE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NYC TENANTS

Tenants to Seek Permission to Appeal Decision That Makes Rent Regulation Optional for J-51 Landlords

 NEW YORK –State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, and other elected officials joined Independence Plaza North (IPN) residents outside their building today to highlight the dangerous impact of a court decision that may jeopardize tens of thousands of tenants living in buildings that receive J-51 benefits.

May 3, 2012
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SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK DEBATE ON BRENNAN-SQUADRON CORPORATE PERSONHOOD RESOLUTION

Resolution Urges Constitutional Amendment: Corporations Are Not Entitled to Same Rights as People

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the Senate Republican leadership has blocked a floor debate on his resolution which states that corporations are not entitled to the same protections or rights as people when it comes to money in politics.

May 1, 2012
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON: ASSEMBLY PASSAGE SHOULD BE WAKE UP CALL FOR SENATE GOP

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the fifth time:

"The Assembly's passage of GENDA -- for the fifth time -- should be a wake up call for the Senate Republican leadership. 

"It is simply unacceptable that it's still legal in New York for a person to lose their job or be evicted from their home simply because of their gender identity. Sixteen other states and DC, in addition to New York City and other localities around the state, already have protections in place similar to GENDA; yet New York State remains behind the curve. 

"It's time for the Senate, and for New York, to stand up for what's right and ensure that all New Yorkers are treated with the fairness and dignity they deserve. Let's get this done."

May 1, 2012
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Senator Squadron Statement on 370 Jay Announcement

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon news of an agreement to allow NYU to build a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn:

An applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street is nothing short of a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn and all of New York City. 

For years we've pushed to put 370 Jay to use, and, since last fall, we've urged an agreement that would allow NYU and NYU-Poly to build a Center for Urban Science and Progress in the space. 

Now, by bringing a world-class institute to Brooklyn, we'll be able to bring Brooklyn's dynamic talent and vibrant tech scene to the world. And by finally putting the nearly-abandoned 370 Jay to use, Downtown Brooklyn will take another huge step forward.

April 23, 2012
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Senator Squadron Joins Assembly Speaker Silver, Council Member Chin and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to Announce Agreement with City on Permit System for Intercity Buses

State legislation would allow city to regulate intercity buses and designate stops, creating much-needed oversight ability 

First-ever permit system will bring order to Chinatown and citywide

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced an agreement with the city on state legislation to create the first-ever permit system for intercity buses, giving the city the power to regulate the industry and designate pick-up and drop-off locations.

April 23, 2012
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SQUADRON HOSTS FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY CONVENTION, URGES PARTICIPATORY GOVERNMENT AS WAY TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ALEC

Squadron: When We Aren’t Watching Is When Government Gets Stolen By Special Interests

NEW YORK – This weekend, State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his fourth annual 25th Senate District Community Convention, bringing together over 200 constituents to participate in and shape the future of the district and the state.

In his opening remarks, Senator Squadron argued that the best way to fight back against groups like the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other special interests  is to get involved with government and community through events like the Convention.

April 22, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES RESTORATION OF BBP FUNDING, $40 MILLION DONATION FOR PARK RECREATION

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron issued the following statement after the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation board approved $66.5 million in funding from the City, including the fully-restored funding commitment secured in Senator Squadron's and Assemblymember Millman's agreement with the City last summer. Senator Squadron also welcomed the announcement of a $40 million donation for recreation in the park:

April 19, 2012
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH, QUINN, TENANTS RALLY FOR RENT GUIDELINES BOARD REFORM AHEAD OF ANNUAL VOTE

Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Require Council Approval of RGB Appointments, Ensure More Accessible and Diverse Board

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Tenants & Neighbors, the Real Rent Reform coalition, elected officials, and tenants from around the City rallied to urge passage of state legislation to reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), ahead of the RGB's annual vote to adjust rents this spring.

April 16, 2012
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SQUADRON, DOT BREAK GROUND ON CHINATOWN PONDING REPAIRS

DOT Resurfaces Roads, Fills Ponds Throughout Neighborhood Following Squadron Report

NEW YORK – This morning, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined the NYC Department of Transportation's Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione on Mott Street to officially break ground on work to repair road-curb ponding conditions in Chinatown, following his report that detailed ponding's impact on the local economy and quality of life. 

In September, Senator Squadron released his report, “Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown,” and called on DOT to address ponding -- water that accumulates along the sides of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall -- while improving agency-community collaboration to prioritize repairs and ensure reporting.  

April 5, 2012
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO BRING JULY 4TH FIREWORKS TO EAST RIVER THIS YEAR

Move Would Bring Fireworks to More New Yorkers, More Business and Visitors to Growing Harbor Park & Waterfront Communities

Electeds Propose “Fireworks Community Outreach Plan” to Ensure Community Notification of Planned Fireworks

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Stephen Levin, elected officials and community leaders urged Macy’s to bring its Fourth of July fireworks to the East River this year.

In 2009, Macy’s moved the fireworks to the Hudson River to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s journey up the river. There have not been Fourth of July fireworks displays on the East River for the last three summers, limiting the number of New Yorkers who can enjoy the fireworks and sending visitors and business to New Jersey instead of into more New York City communities.

April 2, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 25

Thank you to so many students in the 25th Senate District for your wonderful contributions to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest!

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Ethan Liang

Grade: 2

PS 130M - The Desoto School

April 1, 2012
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SQUADRON HERALDS NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP, SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING IN BUDGET

Even in Minority, Squadron Pushes Forward Priorities as Social Services Ranker

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member and former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, heralded the $2.5 million allocated for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in the state budget, as well as significant investments in other critical social services programs.

March 29, 2012
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SQUADRON ON WTC: PLAN MUST INCREASE ACCESS WHILE ENSURING SECURITY

In Testimony, Squadron Lays Out Ideas for Improved Access, Including Off-Site Vehicle Screening and MTA Bus Service Through Site

NEW YORK -- This week, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the draft World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, arguing that it is possible to increase access to and passage through the site while ensuring security. 

"The design and rebuilding of the site after September 11th, 2001, promised a reconnection to the grid. With a booming residential and commercial population in Battery Park City, Greenwich South, Tribeca, and the Financial District, it is as important as ever that the site is woven into the fabric of Lower Manhattan," said Squadron.

March 28, 2012
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SQUADRON JOINS ADVOCATES TO PUSH FOR STRONGER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW

Urges Senate Action on His Domestic Violence Bill That Has Won Assembly Support

Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed by Serial Abuser Would Give DAs New Tool to Better Protect Domestic Violence Victims

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined advocates and leaders to push for his legislation that would increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders, as the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Legislative Awareness Day brought hundreds of advocates to the Capitol. Last week, the Senate Republican Majority shelved the legislation, which passed the Assembly in 2011, by referring it to the Rules Committee and effectively preventing future debate or a vote. 

The legislation -  S.1510/A.1986 (Golden-Squadron/Rosenthal) - would provide district attorneys with the tools to crack down on recurring violence and abuse by establishing the felony-level crime of “aggravated domestic violence” for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.  It is dedicated to fallen NYPD Office Alain Schaberger, who was killed last March in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn responding to a domestic violence call. Officer Schaberger was thrown over a staircase railing by a serial domestic violence abuser who had a 12-year history of offenses.

March 21, 2012
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SQUADRON ON REDISTRICTING: HOW CAN NEW YORKERS TRUST THIS DEAL?

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Senate votes to approve redistricted lines and a constitutional amendment:

Make no mistake, for New Yorkers, these redistricting bills are more of the same old Albany.  They mean politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents have less ability to choose their representatives -- not just for ten years but permanently.

March 15, 2012
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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO, ADVOCATES RALLY FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END FOOD STAMP FINGER IMAGING

Squadron Legislation to Come to Senate Committee Vote on Tuesday as Governor, Electeds Continue Fight to End Practice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined advocates and elected officials to rally in support of passage of Senator Squadron's legislation to end the practice of finger imaging food stamp recipients, ahead of a committee vote on Tuesday.

New York City and the state of Arizona remain the only two places in the United States that use finger imaging to determine eligibility for food stamp assistance. Senator Squadron’s legislation (S740/A5303), sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Keith Wright, would end the counterproductive practice that has cost New York taxpayer dollars and deterred eligible families from accessing the federally-funded food stamp program.  An Empire Justice Center analysis found that, between January 2009 and July 2010, 5,958 households were denied or cut off from food stamp benefits because they did not comply with finger imaging requirements.

March 11, 2012
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