Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's Time to BE the Change" State Senator Daniel Squadron

From the desk of newly elected State Senator, Daniel Squadron:

"It's time to be the change."

This is an opportunity for all to speak out for their community. The smallest of voice can make a difference.

Please save the date March 15th and join Daniel Squadron at his first community convention...see his message below.

Daniel Squadron writes:

Dear Friend:

At my swearing-in ceremony a few weeks ago, I announced that I will be hosting the first-ever 25th Senate District Community Convention in March.

As part of my plan to make our state government more open and accessible than ever before, I am inviting constituents from all over my district to join me at this convention, on March 15th. At our convention, I will ask you to help me shape my priorities and strategies as I work hard for our district in this, my first year in office.

(Please note that the community convention is rescheduled from the original March 1st date!)

I hope you will bring your ideas, and your perspectives, on what our state government can do to improve our communities and step up more effectively to respond to these difficult times. I want your ideas on housing, on transportation, on the state budget, and on the myriad issues that we can take on to make New York a better place to live.

If you would like to join us for the 25th Senate District Community Convention, please RSVP today to The convention will be on Sunday, March 15th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), 199 Chambers Street (just west of Greenwich).

Please RSVP today to! I look forward to seeing you on March 15th.



Daniel Squadron
State Senator
25th Senate District

(Please see Senator Squadron's recent testimony on the Gowanus rezoning posted at the PMFA blog. Link)

State Senator Squadron's Testimony

"This rezoning is only one piece of the puzzle. Consideration of this area along the Gowanus Canal should be part of a more comprehensive process that includes the vulnerable neighborhood of Carroll Gardens and goes as far as the Columbia Waterfront. This area -- from the canal to the waterfront -- is historically, architecturally and culturally connected. While I feel that expediency in the rezoning of each is positive, it is critical to understand the entire context; this process should include it all." (See PMFA for rest)



With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........