Daniel Squadron

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Daniel L. Squadron
Daniel Squadron 2012.jpg
Squadron in 2012
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Liz Krueger
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 1, 2013
Preceded by Martin Connor
Succeeded by Velmanette Montgomery
Personal details
Born (1979-11-09) November 9, 1979 (age 37)
Riverdale, Bronx, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Weinstein
Children 2
Residence Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Alma mater Yale University (B.A.)
Occupation Politician
Religion Jewish

Daniel Squadron (born November 9, 1979) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate for the 26th district.

He attended the Fieldston School and Yale University and worked as a staffer on Congressman Anthony Weiner's 2005 mayoral campaign.[1] He served as an aide to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, helping the New York senator with his book Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time (2007). He was elected a New York State Senator in 2008, and was a candidate in the 2013 race for New York Public Advocate.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Daniel Squadron was born in 1979.[4] His mother is Anne Strickland Squadron,[5] and his father was Howard Squadron[1][5][6][7][8] of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld. His brother, Bill Squadron, was the head of Bloomberg Sports.[8][9]

Squadron attended the private Fieldston School and graduated from Yale University in 2003. During his junior year, he cofounded and managed a bar in the Upper West Side.[10]


Early career[edit]

Squadron served as a consultant to New York City's Department of Education for six months and spent a few years as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.[11] It was during this time that he helped the New York senator on the book: Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time.[12]

State Senate[edit]

Squadron ran for the 25th district of the New York State Senate in 2008.[11] He received the endorsements of Schumer, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.[13] Assisted by family friends, Schumer supporters and an aggressive campaign strategy,[14] Squadron defeated incumbent state senator Martin Connor and took 54% of the vote.[15] Squadron campaigned on a platform of preventing residential development of Brooklyn Bridge Park. He negotiated a deal that did not fully eliminate housing in the park but reduced it in size and scope and has been credited with reducing and delaying the amount of luxury housing and returning $11 million in capital funding that had been cut from the park's budget by the city.[16][17]

In 2010, he voted to expand and regulate charter schools in New York State, helping to pass the education law amendments that allowed for this.[18] In January 2011, the New York Daily News reported that he had exceeded the rent limit imposed by state senate leadership on his lower Broadway office by $100,000 over a period of two years.[19] On November 6, 2012, Squadron was elected to the state senate again, this time to represent the 26th district.[18] He beat his Republican opponent, J. Haro, 86% to 14%.[20]

Race for New York City public advocate[edit]

In the race for Public Advocate, Squadron had the endorsements of mentor Senator Chuck Schumer, former Public Advocates Betsy Gotbaum and Mark Green.[21] Squadron also received support from Brooklyn developers Joe Sitt, Bruce Ratner and individual campaign contributions from Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and Alex Detrick.[22]

Squadron placed second in the primary and advanced to an October 2013 runoff primary,[21][23] which he lost to Letitia James, by 59% to 41%.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Squadron is married to Elizabeth Weinstein, a former director in Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Operations.[25] The couple were set up by Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, for whom Weinstein worked as chief of staff at the New York City Department of Transportation.[26][26] Squadron lives in Carroll Gardens with his wife and two sons.[18][27]

According to Squadron, a trust fund, established for him and 18 other family members was lost in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. Squadron and his relatives have also been named in one of a series of 1,000 "clawback" claims "filed by a Madoff bankruptcy trustee" but Squadron and his relatives have "not been accused of any wrongdoing".[28][29]


  1. ^ a b "Weiner Endorses State Senate Challenger". The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Election 2013: Other Races". Wnyc.org. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "A 2013 Contest Revs Up In 2012". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hicks, Johnathan (September 4, 2008). "Primary for State Senate Seat Pits 30-Year Veteran Against Newcomer, 28". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Bethune Gets A Deal From Madoff Victim". Forbes. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Widow of bigshot NYC lawyer Howard Squadron sued by her stepkids for losing trust fund to Madoff". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Squadron's Agenda: A More Open Albany". The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Howard M. Squadron, 75, Influential Lawyer, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bill Squadron". Bloombergerglink.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ Dana, Rebecca (January 18, 2002). "Two Yale juniors to sell their trendy Upper West Side bar". Yale Daily News. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Robbins, Tom. "A Former Charles Schumer Aide Tries to Upend State Senate Vet Marty Connor: A veteran progressive legislator faces the Schumer steamroller". Village Voice. 
  12. ^ Schumer, Charles; Squadron, Daniel (2007). Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time. New York, New York: Rodale. pp. Positively American: Winning Back the Middle–Class Majority One Family at a Time. 
  13. ^ Hicks, Jonathan (September 14, 2008). "Squadron's Agenda: A More Open Albany". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Daniel Squadron, The Mouthy Candidate Who Won't Talk". The Village Voice. 
  15. ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth (September 9, 2008). "Silver, 68 Percent; Squadron Declares Victory". Daily News (New York). Retrieved September 10, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Brooklyn's Bridge Park Will See Fewer Luxury Condos and More Community Amenities After Albany Deal". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brooklyn Bridge Park Luxury Housing Controversy An Issue In Public Advocate Race". Manhattan.ny1.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c "A 11310 – Education Law Amendments Concerning Charter Schools – Key Vote". Project Vote Smart. 
  19. ^ "State Sen. Daniel Squadron far exceeded $40,000 yearly rent limit at Broadway office". New York Daily News. 
  20. ^ "Election 2012: New York Election Results: Live election results for all Assembly, State Senate and other local elections". New York Daily News. 
  21. ^ a b Taylor, Kate (September 26, 2013). "Bitter Tone in Debate Between Public Advocate Rivals". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Vice Squad Targets Williamsburg". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  23. ^ Hernandez, Javier (September 11, 2013). "Democratic Runoff Is Likely in Contest for Public Advocate". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Letitia James wins New York City Public Advocate primary in runoff". ABC News. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ Amira, Dan (January 11, 2009). "Daniel Squadron, Junior Senator – The All New Issue – New York Magazine". Nymag.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Senator, Senator, Make Me a Match: For Staff, Schumer Is Cupid". The New York Times. 
  27. ^ "Biography". 
  28. ^ "'Trust fund' pol says Madoff fleeced him". Crainsnewyork.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  29. ^ "» Daniel Squadron Being Sued By Madoff Trustee | City & State". Cityandstateny.com. January 23, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 

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