About Daniel L. Squadron
Chair, Democratic Policy Group; Ranking Democrat, Codes Committee
Democrat, Working Families Democrat, Working Families
Daniel Squadron represents New York's 26th Senate District, including the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, the Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, and Williamsburg, and the Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Chinatown, the East and South Villages, the Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, SoHo, and TriBeCa.
The Daily News has written that he “has brought intelligence, diligence and rationality to the post with a strong bent toward problem-solving on behalf of his constituents.” Squadron was first elected in November 2008 at the age of 28, unseating a 30-year incumbent. Called an “up-and-coming progressive politician” by Chris Hayes, at the core of Squadron’s work is his ability to bring diverse parties together to find common-sense solutions that make government work better.
Squadron has been a leading voice for reforming Albany. He has pushed legislation to close the LLC Loophole, and is a litigant in a lawsuit to do the same. He passed the law prohibiting public officers from using government resources for their own for-profit business. After then-Senate leader Dean Skelos was charged with federal crimes, Squadron introduced the motion on the Senate floor to remove him as Senate leader. Senator Squadron also carries legislation to reform campaign finance laws, and make New York a national leader in the fight against Citizens United.
With a focus on public transit and streets, Squadron worked with the MTA to create the subway Full Line Review, which MTA Chair Prendergast has called a “very good process, probably a process we should’ve started earlier.” The Full Line Review has brought service improvements to the A, C, F, G, and L lines. Squadron has also secured individual station improvements throughout his district, and has been a leader in the fight for sustainable funding for public transit. Senator Squadron passed "Hayley and Diego's Law" to help crack down careless driving, and wrote the law that allows intercity bus regulation in New York City.
Squadron chairs the State Senate Democratic Policy Group, which proposes innovative solutions to expand opportunity, create jobs and make a difference for working and middle-class New Yorkers. He passed the state law to create benefit corporations, a new type of business that can pursue both profit and social good. He has also proposed increasing micro businesses’ access to capital. Squadron’s bill to ban assault weapons in the state became law as part of the Safe Act, and he continues to push for his “.50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act.” Additionally, Squadron introduced the first New York State $15 minimum wage bill, and has long called for passage of the Reproductive Health Act and the DREAM Act. Squadron previously served as Social Services Committee Chair, and has also secured funding for settlement houses, jobs programs, and maternal home visiting, like Nurse-Family Partnership.
Representing many of the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, immediately following the storm, Squadron organized relief efforts throughout his district that were recognized by the Mayor at the time. Squadron has also been a forceful advocate for storm resiliency planning, and has successfully worked to secure over $300 million for lower Manhattan flood protection. Squadron successfully led the push for Lunar New Year to be designated a NYC public school holiday. He has championed many local street improvement issues, including bringing cherry trees to the heart of Manhattan’s historic Chinatown, and improving safety along the Delancey Street corridor. A stalwart in the fight against the closure of Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Squadron introduced the Local Impact in Community Healthcare Act (LICH Act) to ensure community healthcare needs are taken into account. Squadron passed a measure requiring better planning for school overcrowding. Additionally, he has helped bring more school seats to lower Manhattan, worked with the Department of Education to create MS 8 in Brooklyn, and successfully pushed the City and the MTA to support NYU’s tech campus in Downtown Brooklyn.
An advocate for parks and open space, Squadron made a proposal that led to over $15 million for neighborhood parks through a voluntary agreement with the largest park conservancies, an agreement that was hailed by New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante as one of the “surprises from 2015, and reasons for hope.” He has long worked towards a Harbor Park -- a Central Park for the center of the city. He helped secure the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governors Island, and the Lower East Side's Pier 42, and brought the Macy’s fireworks back to the East River.
Squadron has also focused on civil rights and criminal justice reform. He is lead sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would codify basic anti-discrimination protections for transgender New Yorkers. As the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Codes Committee, Squadron has proposed a bill to create a process to avoid disproportionate racial and ethnic impacts in crime laws. Squadron has also introduced a measure to correct New York’s failure to provide constitutionally-guaranteed speedy trials.
A fighter for affordable housing, Squadron sponsored the law bringing over $1 billion in federal funds to NYC public housing, and worked to end the practice of charging public housing residents for policing. Squadron successfully led the charge to ensure families were not charged rent by city shelters. He has also pushed for better protections for rent stabilized tenants, including individual apartment improvement rent increase (IAI) reforms. In 2013, Squadron passed a law expanding eligibility for middle class families in Mitchell-Lama housing.
Prior to joining the State Senate, Senator Squadron served as a top aide to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, and co-authored Senator Schumer’s “Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time.” As part of the effort to pass the Rebuild and Renew Transportation Bond Act, Squadron worked to secure nearly $3 billion for infrastructure improvements and expansion of public transportation. He also worked for the public school system to move money from the bureaucracy to the classroom.
Dedication to public service to create meaningful change began at an early age for Senator Squadron. His paternal grandfather came through Ellis Island and was raised on the Lower East Side; his father rose from poverty to become the Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. His maternal grandfather was a World War II veteran and Brigadier General in the Air Force; his mother volunteered during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 and was a top staffer at the American Civil Liberties Union. A graduate of Yale University, Senator Squadron lives in Carroll Gardens with his wife and two sons.
Biografía de Daniel L. Squadron
Elegido para el Senado de Nueva York en noviembre de 2008. Su distrito incluye los vecindarios de Brooklyn de Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, y los vecindarios de Manhattan de Tribeca, Battery Park City, el Lower East Side, Chinatown, el distrito financiero, Little Italy, Soho y el East Village. El senador Daniel Squadron ha pasado su vida en Nueva York y su carrera en el servicio público. Antes de ingresar al Senado, se desempeñó como un importante asesor de para el senador de E.U. Chuck Schumer, y junto con el senador Schumer, co-autor de "Positivamente estadounidense; recuperando la mayoría de la clase media una familia a la vez." Como director de comunicaciones de la campaña para aprobar la Ley Reconstruir y Renovar los Bonos de Transporte, Daniel Squadron trabajó para asegurar cerca de $ 3 billones de dólares en mejoras de la infraestructura y la expansión de nuestros trenes subterráneos y autobuses. Daniel Squadron también trabajó para nuestro sistema de escuelas públicas para mover el dinero de la burocracia a las escuelas. En el Senado, el senador Squadron se ha concentrado en dirigir las preocupaciones del vecindario en su distrito, la racionalización y el aumento de la vivienda asequible, mejorar y reformar nuestras escuelas públicas, la preservación y la mejora de la infraestructura regional de transporte, y la promoción integral, potenciar el desarrollo económico de las comunidades a través del estado de Nueva York. Entre sus logros legislativos se pasó a ley su proyecto de ley para permitir que más de $ 1 billon de dolares en fondos federales para la vivienda pública de la Ciudad Nueva York en los próximos 15 años, "Ley de Hayley y Diego" para acabar con la conducción descuidada y aumentar la seguridad peatonal, y un proyecto de ley para prohibir los funcionarios públicos el uso de los recursos del gobierno para sus propios fines de lucro empresarial. En el corazón de estas prioridades es el objetivo de reformar la manera en que Albany hace negocios para que nuestro gobierno del estado puede perseguir el ambicioso programa que es necesario en esta sesión legislativa. Dedicación al servicio público para crear un cambio significativo empezó a una edad temprana para el senador Squadron. Su abuelo paterno vino a través de Ellis Island y se crió en la calle Ludlow, su padre salió de la pobreza para convertirse en el Presidente de la Conferencia de Presidentes de Organizaciones Judías Americanas. Su abuelo materno era un veterano de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y el General de Brigada en la Fuerza Aérea, y su madre fue voluntaria durante el Mississippi Freedom Summer de 1964 y fue un miembro del personal superior en la American Civil Liberties Union. Un graduado de la Universidad de Yale, el senador Squadron vive en Carroll Gardens.