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Sen. Daniel Squadron Drops Kanye, Springsteen Lyrics on Senate Floor

By Colby Hamilton on May 7, 2014 6:27pm 

 State Senator Dan Squadron took a creative tact to arguing against allowing charity ticket resellers to markup prices during a debate on May 7, 2014.
State Senator Dan Squadron took a creative tact to arguing against allowing charity ticket resellers to markup prices during a debate on May 7, 2014.
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NEW YORK — Brooklyn has long been known as home to some of the best flow in the game. 

Now the borough can add State Sen. Daniel Squadron to the list.

Incensed over ticket gouging that went on after the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy concert that featured Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Billy Joel and others, Squadron took to the Senate floor in Albany Wednesday to argue for an end to the resale of charity tickets for profit during a debate over a bill to allow the practice to continue.

"Those who profit from charitable events when NYC is in need, ‘Yeah that’s a trifling friend indeed,'" Squadron said during the debate, quoting from the well-known Kanye West song, "Gold Digger."

He also dropped lyrics to songs by bands ranging from band Pink Floyd to Bruce Springsteen.

“Events like this are about artists donating their time for a good cause. Yet today, profiteers are able to co-opt charity events to line their own pockets," he said. "We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control to know that profiteering from charitable causes is wrong. Baby we were born to run away from letting charitable events be hijacked by profiteers.”

Watch the speech here:

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