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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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MTA Heeds Sen. Squadron's Call, Formalizes Plans to Improve L Train Service

NEW YORK -- Today, the MTA formally announced plans to improve L train service by mid-2012, following requests by State Senator Daniel Squadron to review and increase service. 

"Today's NYC Transit committee meeting makes official the MTA's plans to heed my call and increase L train service beginning in mid-2012," said Senator Squadron. "This L train improvement is an important step toward a subway system that works for its riders every day of the week."

October 24, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Transportation Town Hall: DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, Downtown Brooklyn

Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, and Council Member Steve Levin invite you to a

Transportation Town Hall for DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, and Downtown Brooklyn

Please join us for a discussion about on-going transportation issues in our neighborhood, featuring representatives from the MTA, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYPD's 84th Precinct.

RSVP to belinda@danielsquadron.org or 718-802-3818

October 26, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Statement by Senator Squadron, Congressman Nadler & Borough President Stringer on Community Board OWS Resolution

NEW YORK -- Tonight, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released the following statement upon committee passage of a Community Board 1 resolution regarding Occupy Wall Street and quality of life:

Last week, we called on Brookfield to delay its clean-up of the park to allow for dialogue and, ultimately, a long-term solution that works for the community and protects the First Amendment rights of OWS.  

Tonight’s Community Board resolution is an attempt to establish a sensible framework that respects the protesters’ fundamental rights while addressing the very real quality of life concerns for residents and businesses around Zuccotti Park. Protecting the needs of Lower Manhattan and the rights of OWS do not need to be mutually exclusive.

We must all work together to make that framework a reality.

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October 20, 2011
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Senator Squadron Statement on Occupy Wall Street & Zuccotti Park

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn) released the following statement early this morning after Brookfield Properties decided to delay its scheduled cleaning of Zuccotti Park:

Brookfield Properties' decision to delay the clean-up of Zuccotti Park creates a window for real dialogue between Occupy Wall Street, the community, Brookfield, and the City. 

Yesterday, I stood with the Borough President, community leaders, and OWS representatives to call for further discussion before proceeding with the clean-up.  

Late into the night, I had a number of conversations with Brookfield Properties CEO Richard Clark and other stakeholders, urging Brookfield to delay the clean-up.  

Late last night, Brookfield Properties made the right decision in postponing its scheduled clean-up of Zuccotti Park. They deserve real credit.

Now, the dialogue must continue. The stakeholders must come together to find a solution that respects the protesters' fundamental rights, while addressing the legitimate quality of life concerns in this growing residential neighborhood.

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Media Contact: Amy Spitalnick / 212.298.5565 

October 14, 2011
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Huffington Post Op-Ed: Beyond the Occupation

By State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman

Much has been made of the lack of specific demands of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.   But the themes underlying the protests are clear: accountability on Wall Street for the financial crisis that tanked the global economy; shared sacrifice as we pull ourselves out of an economic mess that the middle class and working poor didn't create; and a political system controlled by people, not corporations.

October 7, 2011
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Brooklyn Paper Op-Ed: First of all, the 370 Jay St. thing is big news

By Daniel Squadron

We’ve undergone a dramatic transformation in Downtown in recent years, revitalized by an ever-growing stream of businesses, residents, and visitors.

But one piece of the puzzle has been missing, as the former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay St. has stood nearly abandoned for years.

October 7, 2011
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Pols Call for Total Ban on Tourist Helicopters from Manhattan Air Corridors

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Gale Brewer – longtime advocates for safety in New York’s local airspace – asserted the need for a complete ban on all tourist helicopters from Manhattan’s dangerous air corridors, including the city’s rivers and harbors. After yesterday’s tragedy involving a private sightseeing helicopter, which follows years of other preventable accidents and tragedies, the elected officials demanded an immediate overhaul of the city’s failed helicopter policy.  For years, advocates and officials have worked to abate the serious and detrimental effects helicopters pose to the quality of life for New York residents, businesses, and visitors.

October 5, 2011
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Squadron: MTA Agrees to Improve L Train Weekend Service

MTA Heeds Squadron’s Call to Review L Line and Improve Weekend Service

MTA Plans to Add Additional Trains By Mid-2012

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA has heeded his call and plans to improve weekend service on the L train.  Riders can expect to see more frequent trains beginning in mid-2012.

In July, Senator Squadron requested a review of the L line and of weekend F and L train service, similar to the 2009 F train review the MTA undertook at his request. The 2009 review was the first of its kind, resulting in more on-time trains and newer, cleaner subways.

October 3, 2011
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Senator Squadron Reacts to MTA Announcement on 370 Jay Street

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement on the MTA's announcement that it plans to make use of 370 Jay Street:

Today, the MTA signaled its intention to make use of 370 Jay Street.

For years, my colleagues and I have called on the MTA to make use of the nearly abandoned building, which has remained a blight on Downtown Brooklyn as the neighborhood continues to grow. By looking for a developer and pursuing office use, the MTA will generate much-needed revenue and bolster Downtown Brooklyn's economy. 

Taking 370 Jay Street out of mothballs and into use will mean dramatic progress in a keystone location for Downtown Brooklyn.

I urge the city and the MTA to quickly issue an RFP in the coming weeks. This will ensure that 370 Jay becomes an asset to the community, rather than a liability.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Squadron Releases Report: 'Road-Curb Ponding: A Drain on Chinatown"

72% of Respondents in Chinatown Say Ponding Negatively Impacts Their Experience; Two Out of Five Less Likely to Visit Because of Ponding

Squadron Calls for Community-Agency Collaboration to Prioritize Repairs, New 311 Protocol to Ensure Reporting

CHINATOWN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community leaders and elected officials to release a new report on road-curb ponding and its detrimental effect on Chinatown’s quality of life and local economy.

Complaints about ponding – water that accumulates along the side of roads and curbs and remains days after a rainfall – have been particularly prevalent in Chinatown. This summer, Senator Squadron's office documented the frequency and location of ponding in the neighborhood and surveyed hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors on its impact.  

September 23, 2011
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Delancey Street Safety Working Group Formed After Preliminary Stakeholders Meeting

Squadron, Chin, Velazquez, Silver, Stringer Bring Together Agencies, Community Board, Advocates to Address ‘Deadliest' Street in NY

NEW YORK – Yesterday, a group of elected officials, city agencies, community leaders and advocates convened at State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office and agreed to form a Delancey Street Safety Working Group to address what has been called the “deadliest" street in New York.  Senator Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together Delancey Street stakeholders to work out safety improvements along the corridor.

A spate of accidents has plagued Delancey Street, spurring calls for action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and all types of users. This month, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks at intersections along Delancey as a first step to increase safety measures.

September 13, 2011
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Downtown Non-Profits to Receive $17 Million in LMDC Funding

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon today's announcement that a number of downtown non-profits will receive $17 million in LMDC Community and Cultural Enhancement Funding:

Our downtown community and cultural organizations are critical to Lower Manhattan’s continued rebuilding. I'm so pleased that these non-profits, including a number I supported, were recognized for their outstanding work serving and revitalizing Lower Manhattan. Their contributions are as integral as the headline projects that are reviving and transforming our community. This funding will allow that work to continue for years to come.

 

I will also continue to work with Senator Schumer and the community boards to fight for the redevelopment funds necessary to compete the East River Waterfront park, including the redevelopment of Pier 42. This funding is critical to the continued revitalization of Lower Manhattan, providing more open, green space to the Lower East Side and Chinatown, bringing new life to New York’s harbor, and creating a unified Harbor Park – a central park for the center of New York City.

September 7, 2011
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Associated Press: New board to oversee creation of WTC arts center

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.

"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.

September 1, 2011
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