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PA DSquadron

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Published by: Nell Casey on Aug 28, 2013
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2013 NYC PublicAdvocate QuestionnaireSENATORDANIEL SQUADRON
20 Jay Street, Suite 830 • Brooklyn, NY 11201 • Tel (212) 796-4200 • Fax (646) 349-3893
Gothamist plans to interview all candidates for citywide office in 2013. This surveywill give us and our readers an overview of each candidate’s positions on issues of particular import to our audience of young New York voters. For each question, please give a a shortresponse outlining your candidate’s position. You may include a link to longer position statementsat the bottom of each response, which we will include when we publish the piece. If you do notwish to answer any question, please specify “no comment”. If you have any questions, pleasecontact us.
Candidate Overview 
1. Why should young people in NYC vote for you for Public Advocate instead of the other candidates? As a lifelong New Yorker, I know first-hand that making a life here can be tough -- tougher thanother places in a lot of ways -- but this city is also the greatest engine of opportunity the word hasever known, and a place unlike anywhere else to live. That's true of the recent college grad or theretiree, theyoung family or the new immigrant. Our job is to make sure that NYC works better for  all who want to be a part of it. I was elected to the State Senate in 2008, when I was 28 years old, unseating a 30-year incumbent who had been in office since before I was born, and have fought to reform governmentand deliver real results:
Getting the MTA to improve frequency, reliability and cleanliness on the F and the Llines-- and the agency has just agreed to do so on the G too(h/t to Gothamist for  beating the drum).
 Authoring and passing ethics reform legislation into law, and leading the fight for state campaign finance reform.
Negotiating an end to the City’s policy of charging rent to homeless families inshelters.
Creating safer and more accessible streets bothblock-by-blockand bypassing new laws.
Making the public school admissions process more parent-friendly for families in mydistrict.
Writing the law that made it harder for landlords to jack up rents in rent-regulatedapartments. As Public Advocate I will make sure that young people -- and each and every community thatfinds itself left out or left behind -- are represented, so that city government delivers results tomake a difference in their lives. The Public Advocate can and must be a vehicle that connects our large city government to the individuals, communities, and businesses that too often aren'tserved, and makes sure their voices aren't just heard -- but that their needs and ideas are drivingreal change.  As Public Advocate I will fight to ensure that New York is a place where more people, from morebackgrounds, have a better chance to make a life. 2. How would you distinguish your future office from the present one run by Bill De Blasio?
Because Public Advocate has a broad mandate and limited resources, it is inevitable that eachoccupant of the office would bring his or her own focus and structure. As Public Advocate, I wouldfocus on reforming government so that it is more transparent and effective, and on issues thatmake our city more affordable and livable. One thing's for sure: I will continue to fight tobring July 4th fireworks back to the EastRiver (which Bill and I have done, along with BP Markowitz, and with a lot of support fromGothamist and its readers) – although hopefully we’ll win while Bill is still the Public Advocate! 
Personal Questions
 1. Do you rent or own your home?  After renting for many years, my wife and I recently purchased an apartment in Carroll Gardens,where we live with our son.2. Do you have a pet? No. 3. If you have children, do/did/will they attend public schools? Yes. My son is two years old -- and we're planning for him to attend our local public schools whenhe’s old enough.4. Have you ever been the victim of a crime? Yes. 
 1. What changes would you like to see in the NYPD's stop and frisk policies? There's no question that we need major reform of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies.Far too often, entire New York communities -- and, in particular, young black and Latino men --are made to feel like suspects targeted by law enforcement instead of citizens protected by it. I proudly sponsor the legislation that is the centerpiece of Governor Cuomo’s plan to reform theNYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies by reforming the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute, sothat people aren't arrested for a crime simply because a police officer tells them to empty their pockets. I also strongly believe that we need a number of other reforms, including an Inspector General sothat there's real oversight of the NYPD -- both when it comes to stop-and-frisk and when it comesto other issues, like surveillance of the Muslim-American community -- just as so many agenciesand departments already have.2. Do you support the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana in New York City?  As I mentioned above, I introduced the legislation to decriminalize the possession of smallamounts of marijuana in public view.Let's be clear: a large number of people carry around small amounts of marijuana. But the vast

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