In an effort to make his office more accessible, State Senator Daniel Squadron has launched a Chinese-language hotline. He gathered with leaders from the Chinese community yesterday in Chinatown's Sara D. Roosevelt Park to make the announcement. Here's part of what the senator had to say:
Mandarin and Cantonese residents will be able to call the hotline from 10am-6pm Monday-Friday. The number is 917-254-3138. District 25, which Squadron has represented since last year, includes most of Downtown Manhattan, including Chinatown, the Lower East Side and parts of Brooklyn.
The announcement of the hotline was one more indication of Chinatown's growing political clout. After last month's Democratic Primary victory, Margaert Chin will almost certainly become the first Chinese American to represent Chinatown. And John Liu is poised to become NYC comptroller, and the first Chinese American to win a citywide office.
During yesterday's event, Squadron was joined by representatives of several influential groups, including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, as well as emissaries for other elected officials.' Staffers from the offices of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Alan Gerson and John Liu were all present.
Squadron enjoyed strong support in Chinatown during last year's campaign, in which he unseated longtime Senator Martin Connor. He was even bestowed a Chinese name, Si Cot Ching. Yesterday he TRIED to teach me a few words of Chinese.
By the way, tonight Squadron continues his series of conference calls to update constituents on priorities outlined during his community convention earlier this year. This evening's call, at 530pm, will cover education, ethics reform, election access and emergency preparedness. Participants are welcome to ask him questions. For more information, see our earlier story.