Daniel Squadron

The Paths to ‘Pier 42’ Are Rife with Delays, but Shed will Be Demolished this Fall

Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

It’s a textbook example of hurry up and wait. Despite landing $12 million back in March 2016 (on top of the initial $16 million earmarked), no amount of politicking seems to speed up the stalled Pier 42 project. If you recall, it was first announced in 2012, and the initial timeline provided by landscape architect Mathews Nielsen was completion in […]

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Yep Tour Chinatown Buses Seized, Forced to Pay $15K in Fines

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Opposition continues to mount in the ongoing battle against illegally operating intercity buses. Back in November, the CB3 Transportation subcommittee denied Yep Tour a permit to operate on Pike Street and East Broadway, as it would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny carried, though Yep Tour nevertheless stayed classy in admitting […]

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Squadron Urges Further Rivington House Investigation under the ‘False Claims Acts’

Posted December 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

State Senator Daniel Squadron is upping the ante in the Rivington House scandal. From the mailbag: State Sen. Daniel Squadron released a letter to letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter urging an investigation into the Rivington House deed restriction removal and purchase by the Allure Group under the State and […]

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The Bowery Gets 11 New Cherry Blossom Trees

Posted April 25, 2016 at 5:19 am

While not quite the same level as in our nation’s capital, the Chinatown Bowery has a Cherry Blossom Festival of its own. Right in the shadow of Confucius Plaza. The festivities went down this past Saturday. The day before, local electeds spent Earth Day last week planting some new trees along the green Bowery median by the […]

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Pier 42 Park on LES Waterfront Scores $12M in Funding from LMDC

Posted March 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

Senator Chuck Schumer and State Senator Daniel Squadron announced this past Friday that the long-lingering park at Pier 42 just secured some additional funding. Six months after their testimony, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation awarded the project an addition $12 million to help jumpstart Phase I. The duo has for years asked the LMDC to […]

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After New Year’s Elevator Death on LES, Pols Urge Passage of Stalled ‘Elevator Safety Bill’

Posted January 11, 2016 at 5:17 am

Mere minutes before the ball-drop ushered in 2016, tragedy struck 131 Broome Street, part of the Grand Street Guild, housing complex. A 25-year-old Bronx man named Stephen Hewett-Brown, retroactively hailed a hero, was crushed to death by a faulty elevator that had stalled between floors. Though, not before helping a female resident to safety. In […]

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Locals Vent About Shoddy MTA Bus Service on the Lower East Side [RECAP]

Posted November 18, 2015 at 5:15 am

Last night was the town hall extravaganza organized and emceed by State Senator Daniel Squadron. Turnout was impressive – in the dozens – all to discuss and vent frustrations about MTA bus service, its pitfalls, and ways to improve the overall system. The room was chock full of local politicians (Margaret Chin, Scott Stringer) and reporters […]

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Bring Your Complaints to Squadron’s MTA Bus Town Hall Tonight

Posted November 17, 2015 at 5:12 am

Sick of erratic M15 arrivals, bus route problems, lack of countdown clocks, or the like? Now is your chance to sound off about the pitfalls of MTA bus service on the Lower East Side. State Senator Squadron is hosting a town hall tonight dedicated to the bus system and urging community folk to attend. The […]

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2nd Avenue F Station is One of the Top 5 Worst in the Entire Subway System

Posted October 12, 2015 at 5:19 am

The Lower East Side has some shitty subway stations. Yep, Captain Obvious over here. Now officially confirmed. Last Friday, State Senator Squadron, Riders Alliance, Straphangers Campaign, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and various community leaders published the results of their “Subway Stations Study.” It’s not so pretty. The consortium surveyed exteriors and interiors systemwide for seven specific […]

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The Lunar New Year is Now a School Holiday in the City

Posted June 24, 2015 at 5:11 am

Yesterday, State Senator Daniel Squadron was alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens, to officially announce the inclusion of the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. While there’s always been chatter about adding the celebratory day to academic calendars citywide, Margaret Chin set the wheels in motion with her endorsement back in early 2012. It’s been a […]

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