State Senator Daniel Squadron doesn’t think the new legislative lines proposed by the Republican Senate Majority will hurt him, but he still blasted the redistricting process as partisan and unjust in a statement sent out soon after the maps were released.
“Even though the worst of the Republican political shenanigans aren’t impacting the district I represent as they are some of my colleagues’ districts, the conclusion is undeniable: partisan redistricting is a poisonous process,” Senator Squadron.
Year of the Dragon
At a press conference at Silvercup Studios in Queens today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he doesn’t support the push to make Lunar New Year a holiday in New York City public schools.
“No. I mean, You cannot have … a day off from school for every single holiday or we’d have no school,” Mayor Bloomberg said in response to a question from The Politicker.
Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James has been quietly laying the groundwork for a run for public advocate for some time now, and in many respects, has a pretty good shot at winning. The field to replace Bill de Blasio (assuming he runs for mayor) is pretty small at this point, and the two other names mentioned as possible contenders–current de Blasio aide Reshma Saujani and State Senator Daniel Squadron–are both young and with less time in public life than Ms. James. Plus, Ms. James is well-liked by her peers and has strong ties to labor.
But one thing appears to be a serious problem for her going forward: her anemic fundraising.
Year of the Dragon
State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Grace Meng celebrated the Year of the Dragon by sending Mayor Michael Bloomberg a letter asking him to make the next Lunar New Year a holiday in city public schools.
“According to Asian customs, all the members of a family gather together on the eve of the New Year to prepare a giant feast and perform certain rites. Because of these important customs, a school holiday would allow Asian American children to celebrate the holiday with their families,” they wrote.
Currently, public school students receive an “excused” absence if they give written notification they’re missing class for Lunar New Year, but those absences still count on their record.
A source close to State Senator Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron said that the lawmaker has raised $133,000 in the most recent fundraising period.
The dollar figure represents a significant haul for Mr. Squadron, who opened a citywide campaign account over the summer but only started raising money for it in late October.
According to the source, Mr. Squadron “is interested in running for public advocate, but is also looking at Brooklyn borough president and comptroller.”
Our own Nitasha Tiku has the definitive take this morning on why Cornell was chosen over Stanford to build a new high-tech engineering campus here, but this morning a handful of lawmakers gathered in Brooklyn to push to keep the competition open.
The group would like to see an NYU and Polytech campus for applied sciences open in the borough, at 370 Jay Street, currently the site of a long empty MTA headquarters.
“By pursuing NYU-Poly’s proposal, the City can bring a world-class applied sciences institute to Brooklyn and Brooklyn’s incredible talent and vibrant tech scene to the world,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “A Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay presents a long-awaited opportunity to finally put the nearly-abandoned building to use, allowing Downtown Brooklyn to continue to grow and thrive.”
Rudy Giuliani said President Obama is responsible for Occupy Wall Street and predicted the movement will “take his presidency down.”
Steve Ballone, a Democratic candidate for Suffolk County executive, saved Santa.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin are thankful for the port-o-potties in Zuccotti Park.
According to new poll numbers, Governor Cuomo is surprisingly popular.
Starting in Harlem tomorrow morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will make a Schumer-esque, five-borough tour in less than 48 hours.
The slew of events will touch on everything from employment, to same-sex marriage, to first-responders, to the military — and will give her a chance to rub elbows with more than a dozen downstate elected officials.
It all begins with an Urban Jobs Act event alongside Congressman Charlie Rangel, Assemblyman Keith Wright and the National Urban League.
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Phil Goldfeder, a former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer who left his post a few months ago to mount an Assembly run, has raised a whopping $120,000 in just a few short weeks.
“What can I say? I have been working hard,” Goldfeder said when reached by phone this afternoon out in Queens. He was preparing to go door-knocking at an apartment complex. “I raised the money because I have been fortunate enough over the last ten years to build a network of friends and supporters who came through in a big, big way.”
The New York City Campaign Finance Board updated their list of all candidates for 2013 city elections, and tucked in among the names was that of State Sen. Daniel Squadron.
The Brooklyn Democrat and one-time Chuck Schumer protege ousted longtime incumbent Marty Connor in a 2008 Democratic primary after assembling a coalition that included unions from the Working Families Party and forces aligned with Mayor Mike Bloomberg.