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.
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.
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.
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.
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