While attending Columbia University, where he received a master of science in urban planning, Daniel Hewes worked during the summer of 2014 in the office of New York Senator Daniel Squadron as a community affairs fellow. In this position, Daniel Hewes assisted in the creation of a pedestrian and curb safety action plan for Lower Manhattan.
Known as Vision Zero, the plan is designed to help eliminate pedestrian fatalities because of vehicle accidents. One study shows that 73 percent of fatalities in Manhattan involve pedestrians, stating that pedestrian fatalities actually grew by two percent between 2005 and 2013. The study identifies priority areas, corridors, and intersections that have the highest fatality rates and suggests steps to be taken in order to make the curbs and sidewalks safer. Senator Squadron serves the 26th Senate District of New York as a member of several committees, including the corporations, authorities, and commissions committees, along with the finance and transportation committees.