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SQUADRON APPLAUDS LMDC APPROVAL OF FUNDS FOR EAST RIVER WATERFRONT

LMDC Formally Approves $14 Million Secured by Squadron and Schumer for Pier 42 Redevelopment and Completion of East River Waterfront Park

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron applauded the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's vote to approve $14 million in funding to redevelop Pier 42 and complete the East River waterfront park, as well as $1.9 million for planning of the East River Greenway. In November, Senator Squadron and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that they had secured the funds.

January 26, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES LHOTA COMMENTS ON 370 JAY STREET: JAY STREET WILL HAPPEN BEFORE 347 MADISON

Senator Squadron Raised Nearly-Abandoned MTA Building at New Chair’s Confirmation, Urged Agency to Move Forward with NYU-Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

“For years, Downtown Brooklyn’s extraordinary potential has been limited by the nearly-abandoned former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street,” said Senator Squadron. “Chairman Lhota’s comments today were a welcome sign of the MTA’s commitment to putting 370 Jay to use. Now, the City and the MTA must work to make NYU-Poly’s proposal a reality – which would bring jobs to Brooklyn, fuel New York’s growing tech sector, and move forward Downtown Brooklyn’s continued revival.”

January 9, 2012
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH: NEW FDA BAN ON ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK FIRST STEP, NOW NEW YORK MUST LEAD

Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation Would Ban Use of Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics In Animals Sold As Food

FDA Took Step in Right Direction By Restricting One Class of Antibiotics, Now NY Must Act

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh are urging immediate passage of their bill to ban the use of antibiotics in animals sold for food in New York, as well as stronger federal regulations, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will restrict the use of a type of antibiotic used in livestock that may contribute to high drug resistance in humans. 

The routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals meant for human consumption poses an unacceptable risk to public health, creating treatment-resistant bacterial infections.  For years, the FDA dragged its feet on the issue. That is why Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh introduced legislation (S80 [Squadron] / A05582 [Kavanagh]) that would make New York a leader on food safety and prohibit the use of antibiotics in all farm animals sold for food in New York, except for the treatment of sick animals.

January 6, 2012
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR'S CALL FOR FOOD STAMP ACCESS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

In his State of the State address, the Governor laid out a vision to build on the progress of the past year and continue to move New York forward. Two priorities in particular that he laid out - an end to the practice of fingerprinting food stamp recipients and reforming our campaign finance system - are ready for immediate passage.

January 4, 2012
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SQUADRON: DOE HEEDS OUR CALLS, PROPOSES P.S 8 EXPANSION TO INCLUDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the NYC Department of Education's proposal to expand P.S. 8 Robert Fulton to include a middle school:

Last night, DOE answered the calls of the community and formally proposed the expansion of P.S. 8 to include a middle school. 

For months, I've worked with parents, P.S. 8 faculty, DOE, Assemblymember Millman and Councilmember Levin to make this proposal a reality. 

Providing our community with a high quality middle school is critical to continuing the success of P.S. 8. I urge quick approval of this proposal to get the middle school up and running by next school year and ensure that our kids get the the quality education they deserve. 

December 23, 2011
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SQUADRON REPORT PROMPTS DOT ACTION ON PONDING IN CHINATOWN

DOT Responds to Community, Agrees to Resurface Roads, Undertake Pothole Blitz, Meet with Chinatown Business and Community Leaders

Squadron Report Detailed Road-Curb Ponding’s Negative Impact on Chinatown’s Quality of Life and Economy

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the New York City Department of Transportation responded to his calls and will begin to repair problematic road-curb ponding conditions in Chinatown that harm the neighborhood’s economy and quality of life. 

Ponding – water that accumulates along the sides of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – has been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. In addition to repairing a number of Chinatown Streets, DOT will undertake a ‘pothole blitz’ in the coming months. Senator Squadron will also host a meeting with Chinatown business and community leaders, DOT, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Sanitation on how to best prevent and address the problem moving forward.  

December 22, 2011
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MARKOWITZ, SQUADRON, COMMUNITY RALLY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS AT 370 JAY ST WITH NYU-POLY PROPOSAL STILL ON TABLE

Markowitz, Squadron: City Should Take This 'Two-for-One' Opportunity, Bring Game-Changing Center for Urban Science & Progress to Downtown Brooklyn

 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Brooklyn elected officials and community and business leaders to rally in support of New York University’s and the Polytechnic Institute’s proposal for an applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street.

Putting the long-empty former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street to use would be a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn -- creating a hub for science and technology that connects the budding tech community in DUMBO and the surrounding neighborhoods with NYU-Poly’s proposed Center for Urban Science and Progress, as well as City Tech and Poly’s existing campuses. Elected officials and the community have long called for 370 Jay Street to be put to productive use, and pursuing this proposal would be a major step forward in the continued resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn.

 

December 21, 2011
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SQUADRON-SILVER BILL TO BRING BENEFIT CORPORATIONS TO NEW YORK BECOMES LAW

Squadron and Silver: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York, Change the Way New York Does Business

ALBANY – Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s bill to bring benefit corporations to New York was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, changing the way New York does business.

Benefit corporations will create a new industry of corporations with a "double bottom line" of profit and socially-responsible practices – unlocking billions in potential investments in companies that pursue a positive material impact on society and the environment.

"Benefit corporations will mean New York is open for business in an important new way. Benefit corporations will unlock billions of dollars in new investments in New York while empowering companies to do well and do good,” said Senator Squadron. “By offering this opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors, New York will bring new businesses into the state, new investors into the market and a new socially-minded approach for our entrepreneurs. I'd like to thank Speaker Silver for championing this bill in the Assembly, and Governor Cuomo for making benefit corporations law and making New York's economy stronger, more innovative, and more diverse."

December 13, 2011
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SQUADRON TO GOVERNOR: INVEST IN BQE REHAB, CITY TECH, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Following Bill's Passage, Squadron Asks Governor to Invest New York Works Infrastructure Fund in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan

Squadron Applauds Passage of Programs He’s Long Championed: Summer Youth Employment, Career Pathways

ALBANY – Following the state legislature’s passage of legislation aimed at creating jobs and growing New York’s economy, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Governor Cuomo to invest part of the New York Works Infrastructure Fund in key projects in the 25th Senate District: the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens-Expressway (BQE), an incentive program for Lower Manhattan businesses to increase energy efficiency, and a new academic center at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

December 8, 2011
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SENATOR SQUADRON JOINS ADVOCATES, ELECTEDS TO RALLY AGAINST HYDROFRACKING

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony to DEC's final public hearing on hydrofracking, held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in his district. Before the hearing, Senator Squadron rallied with advocates and elected officials in support of a state-wide ban on fracking. The testimony is copied and attached below.

"If fracking's not worth the risk in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, it's not worth the risk in any New York communities," said Senator Squadron. "We simply do not know how the many chemicals used in fracking will impact our long-term heath and our environment.  History is filled with examples in which understanding the entire picture would have prevented costs that were never worth it.  We don’t want to look back and wish that we had not taken this risk. New York must implement a state-wide ban on hydrofracking now."

November 30, 2011
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Schumer, Squadron Announce Funding Secured for Pier 42 Redevelopment, Completion of East River Waterfront Park

SENATORS LAUNCHED EFFORT TO COMPLETE PARK ALMOST ONE-YEAR AGO TODAY

In November of Last year, Schumer and Squadron Began Major Push for LMDC to Invest Portion of Remaining Federal Dollars to Complete East River Waterfront Park and Create ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan

Approvals in Place to Jump-Start First Phase of Project; Abandoned Shed on Pier 42 Would be Removed to Create Public Space

Schumer, Squadron: This is the Final Link Connecting East Side and West Side Parks That Will Unleash Untold Potential for Lower Manhattan

November 18, 2011
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Squadron Urges City to Award NYU/Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

Campus at 370 Jay Street Would Utilize Long-Empty Keystone Property, Allow Multiple Applied Sciences Proposals To Be Selected

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the City to move forward with an Applied Sciences in NYC proposal submitted by New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  The application proposes a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

In a letter to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel that is also copied to senior officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Senator Squadron writes that “pursuing 370 Jay Street would be a major step forward in the resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn, an area that has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, but in which a full renaissance is stymied by 370 Jay’s current abandonment and disrepair…. NYU’s application presents a long-awaited opportunity.”

November 17, 2011
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Nadler and Squadron Respond to City’s Action on Occupy Wall Street

“We agree that Zuccotti Park must be open and accessible to everyone – OWS, the public, law enforcement and first responders – and that it is critical to protect the health and safety of protesters and the community.

“We have also been urging the City to have a zero tolerance policy on noise and sanitation violations, and to make the results of its enforcement public.

“But we must balance the core First Amendment rights of protesters and the other legitimate issues that have been raised.

“The City’s actions to shut down OWS last night raise a number of serious civil liberties questions that must be answered.  Moving forward, how will the City respect the protesters’ rights to speech and assembly?  Why was press access limited, and why were some reporters’ credentials confiscated?  How will reported incidents of excessive force used by the police be addressed?

November 15, 2011
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Squadron Calls on Dept. of Ed: Improve District 2 Rezoning Plan

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.

Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.

“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.

In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.  

November 7, 2011
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Statement on Efforts to Solve Downtown Quality-of-Life Issues

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin responded to the steps being taken by both the City and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to ameliorate the serious quality-of-life and safety issues near the demonstrations and, in particular, today’s announcement that OWS has secured off-site 24-hour access bathrooms. 

They issued the following joint statement:

“We are pleased that, on the heels of the City responding to our calls to remove excessive barricades, there has been significant progress on one of the other pressing quality-of-life issues: improved bathroom access.  

“OWS states that it has secured access to a loading dock area connected to 52 Broadway and has obtained three portable bathrooms to install there, with a trained security guard 24-hours-a-day.  We appreciate their attention to this issue.

“We reiterate our call on the City to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to public urination and other such behavior, and to enforce laws prohibiting excessive noise.

“The fact that both the City and OWS are making progress in addressing serious quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for solving these and other emerging concerns.  We strongly encourage the parties to continue to communicate and we ask that the park remain open and accessible for emergency personnel.  

“As we have said before, these concerns must be solved but cannot be used as a pretext for the violation of First Amendment rights.”

November 4, 2011
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City Heeds Call to Remove Barricades Around Wall and Broad Streets

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the City removed barricades around Wall and Broad Streets at the urging of Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler, Speaker Silver, Borough President Stringer, and Council Member Chin:

Last week, along with my colleagues, I set up a walk-through with Deputy Mayor Wolfson to show the City firsthand the community's concerns regarding barricades. The City deserves credit for heeding our call and removing the barricades around Wall and Broad Streets. 

In a community that has done so much to rebuild and grow, the barricades had a high quality of life cost for residents and businesses. Now, the stakeholders must continue to work to address the other quality of life concerns.

November 2, 2011
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Squadron, Millman Herald City Council Home Rule Message to Allow Residential Parking Permits

Senator, Assemblymember Call on State to Pass Legislation, Give Communities Choice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Joan Millman heralded City Council committee passage of a 'home rule message' to allow New York State to move forward with legislation that authorizes residential parking permits in the city. 

Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Millman sponsor the legislation, which would address increasingly prohibitive parking for residents while easing traffic congestion, pedestrian hazards, and air and noise pollution, and protecting small businesses.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Dept. of Education Heeds Call, Adds New Seats to Future School at Peck Slip

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the NYC Department of Education announced plans to add additional seats to the future school at Peck Slip:

Today's Schools Capital Plan includes an important victory for Lower Manhattan: DoE has heeded our call to add 180 new seats to the future school at Peck Slip, bringing the total to 656. DoE deserves credit for being responsive to the needs of our growing, vibrant community.

As DoE continues to look at zoning in Lower Manhattan, a larger Peck Slip school should provide new flexibility and options -- moving us toward a conclusion that works better for all schools, current and future. I look forward to continuing to work with DoE, Speaker Silver, Councilmember Chin, and the community to prevent overcrowding, and ensure an overall schools plan that best serves kids.

November 1, 2011
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Update from Senator Squadron, Borough President Stringer, Rep. Nadler, Council Member Chin on OWS & Community Concerns

NEW YORK -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Council Member Margaret Chin released the following update on the response to community concerns regarding Occupy Wall Street:

We continue to work with the City, OWS, and all stakeholders to respond to community concerns.

Fire hazards like generators and gas affect both the community and the protesters.  We are glad that there were no incidents as the FDNY carried out its safety inspection this morning.

October 28, 2011
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Statement by Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler, Speaker Silver, Borough President Stringer, & Council Member Chin on Community Board Occupy Wall Street Resolution

NEW YORK -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Council Member Margaret Chin issued the following joint statement upon passage of a Community Board resolution regarding Occupy Wall Street:

The Community Board resolution lays out a clear path to solve the legitimate concerns of residents and businesses while protecting the protesters' First Amendment rights. 

As the resolution states, this path must include the enforcement of health and safety laws and noise ordinances without the City or Brookfield resorting to "excessive and unnecessary force." 

October 25, 2011
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