Sen. Daniel Squadron, Josh Russ Tupper, Niki Russ Federman, Herman Vargas (general manager), Maria Russ Federman (Niki’s mom).
It was the start of the legislative session in Albany yesterday, but after business wrapped up for the day, State Sen. Daniel Squadron headed straight for the Russ & Daughters Cafe.
While he has a soft spot for pretty much anything on the menu, Squadron did not high-tail it back to Manhattan just for a little nosh. Back in June, his resolution honoring the legendary appetizing store’s 100th anniversary was unanimously approved by the Senate. While the Russ & Daughters family gathered for a post-holiday party, Squadron presented fourth-generation co-owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper with the resolution. You can read the full text here.
It was quite a year for the famed appetizing store. A new cafe opened on Orchard Street to rave reviews. The New York Times named it the second best new restaurant of 2014. In brief remarks, Squadron told the story of his own Lower East Side roots (his grandfather grew up on lower Ludlow Street). He said the store stands as an important testament to the immigrant experience in New York.
Squadron even recounted an early date with his future wife in the shop. Fortunately, she passed the Russ & Daughters test.
At recent community meetings, some residents have been calling for more red light cameras at busy intersections on the Lower East Side. The request has made its way to State Senator Daniel Squadron, who is working through Community Board 3 to gather suggestions for new locations.
The Observer reports that Jenifer Rajkumar, who ran against City Council member Margaret Chin in the recent Democratic primary, is gearing up to run for Daniel Squadron’s state Senate seat.
Daniel Squadron will be staying in the State Senate, representing Lower Manhattan and sections of Brooklyn.
City Council member Margaret Chin, State Sen. Daniel Squadron rallied with supporters in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
City Council member Margaret Chin and State Sen. Daniel Squadron came to Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday to endorse each other.
Margaret Chin attended a City Hall rally in December.
Candidates for citywide offices were required to file campaign finance disclosure statements this week. There’s more evidence District 1 City Council member Margaret Chin is gearing up for her re-election bid.
The latest report shows her campaign has collected $97,190 so far from 711 donors. The average contribution was $136. The biggest check was $2000 from Phillip Lam of Green City Realty. One other potential candidate, Jenifer Rajkumar, has filed to run in District 1, but she hadn’t previously reported campaign contributions. Rajkumar is a district leader and Battery Park City resident. District 1 includes most of Lower Manhattan, including the Lower East Side.
National Guard troops on Grand Street following Hurricane Sandy.
This coming Sunday, State Senator Daniel Squadron is putting together a post-Sandy “Resource Fair & Community Conversation.” He describes it as a “one-stop-shop” for people still in need of assistance after the storm and a good opportunity for those who want to become involved in long term planning for future natural disasters.
Various government agencies will be represented, including: FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, the New York City Housing Authority, the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection and the NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development. Also on hand: officials from Con Ed and Verizon. Other local elected officials are helping to sponsor the forum.
You can RSVP by calling 212-298-5565 or you can register via this web link: http://tiny.cc/NYAfterSandy. The event takes place Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at Murry Bergtraum High School, 411 Pearl Street.
Inside Pier 42.
Standing at the entrance of Pier 42 on Sunday, State Senator Daniel Squadron told local residents and activists, revitalization of the dilapidated space is “no longer just an idea. It’s becoming a reality.” During the next hour or so, he and Parks Department officials led a rare tour of the old “banana boat pier,” which is destined toone day become a new park and recreational area.
Last year at about this time, Squadron and U.S Senator Chuck Schumer announced they’d persuaded the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to devote $16 million to the first phase of the large redevelopment project. Now the Parks Department has brought on a design firm, Mathews Nielsen, to oversee the transformation of one of the last green links in Manhattan’s riverfront.
State Sen. Daniel Squadron and other leaders gathered on a Brooklyn pier this afternoon to call for the return of the city's fireworks show to the East River.
Elected leaders from Manhattan and Brooklyn stood on the East River waterfront this afternoon to appeal to department store giant Macy’s to move its annual Independence Day fireworks display away from New Jersey and back within the city’s borders.
Since 2009, when it was relocated westward in honor of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s expedition, Macy’s has staged its July Fourth gala on the Hudson River. Critics say that grants the best views of New York’s celebration to residents of New Jersey, and State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Council Member Stephen Levin and others said Monday it’s time to right that wrong.
“New York’s Fourth of July fireworks should be a citywide celebration. Instead, the millions of New Yorkers who live in Brooklyn, Queens and the East Side of Manhattan are kept out of the party, while we send visitors and business to New Jersey. That simply makes no sense,” said Squadron, who represents Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
A rendering of one proposal for Pier 42 along the East River.
Two major projects along the East River waterfront moved one step closer to reality this morning, when the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation voted officially to fund them.
As we’ve been expecting, the redevelopment of Pier 42 was allotted $14 million, while another $1.9 million was tagged for the completion of the East River Waterfront Park.
Both projects have been championed by state Sen. Daniel Squadron and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who announced last fall that they had secured a promise of the funding. Today’s vote made it official and set the stage for the planning process to formally begin; a public meeting is scheduled for next month.
“This funding will be a step toward the world-class waterfront and open space we’ve long fought for, while continuing the revitalization of Lower Manhattan,” Squadron said in a prepared statement after the vote. “By connecting Lower Manhattan’s waterfront parks, it will create a ‘continuous green ribbon’ and move us a big step closer to a Harbor Park – a central park for the center of our city.”