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Hoylman: “I’m proud that today New York State stood up to Big Oil and shale industry profiteers in favor of our kids”

New York, NY — Today, Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s announcement that it will issue a legally-binding findings statement prohibiting hydrofracking in New York State:

December 17, 2014

Senator Brad Hoylman Applauds Governor Cuomo and Superintendent Lawsky for Their Efforts to Prohibit Private Health Insurers from Discriminating Against Transgender People

NEW YORK, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky for issuing a bulletin that will prohibit private insurers in New York from discriminating against transgender people in their health care.

December 11, 2014

Statement by Sen. Brad Hoylman on A.G. Schneiderman’s Request for an Executive Order Allowing Him to Investigate Cases Involving Unarmed Civilians Killed By Police Officers

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s request for an executive order that would allow the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers.“A local grand jury’s failure to bring an indictment after the tragic death of Eric Garner has highlighted serious flaws in our judicial process. An executive order appointing Attorney General Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in future criminal proceedings brought against police officers would help ensure independence and integrity in our criminal justice system.  I wholeheartedly support it.”


December 8, 2014

Senator Hoylman Urges City Landmark Preservation Commission To Reverse Drastic Proposed “De-Calendaring” Decision

New York, NY— Today, Senator Hoylman sent a letter to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chair Srinivasan and issued the following statement in response to the proposed LPC “de-calendaring” of potential landmarks.

December 2, 2014

Statement by Brad Hoylman, Lead Amicus Appellant, on Today's Decision in Mary Veronica Santiago-Monteverde V. John S. Pereira

“Today, rent-stabilized tenants across New York City can breathe a sigh of relief. The New York State Court of Appeals decided that their leases are exempt from bankruptcy proceedings, which means these tenants can’t be required to sell their leases and forced from their homes as a result of bankruptcy. I’m very pleased the Court of Appeals decision maintains the integrity of long-standing tenant protections and am proud to have taken the lead on an amicus brief on behalf of my constituent Mary Veronica Santiago-Monteverde. Ms. Santiago-Monteverde’s perseverance and courage in the face of this legal struggle has redounded to the benefit of millions of tenants across the city. I’m extremely grateful to Latham & Watkins for their pro bono support of this important case.”

November 20, 2014

Senator Hoylman Hails Passage of New Jersey Bill to Shine Light on Port Authority Records

New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the New York State Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, hailed the New Jersey State House’s passage of legislation to close the loophole that exempts the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from the New York’s and New Jersey’s freedom of information laws.

The New York State legislature passed identical legislation in June of this year. Pursuant to the interstate compact that created the Port Authority, any new laws affecting the agency must be enacted by both New York and New Jersey.

November 14, 2014

Neighborhood Rallies to Save Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center

Greenwich Village seniors, elected officials and community leaders demand Our Lady of Pompeii renews beloved senior center’s lease

November 3, 2014

Read Senator Hoylman’s October 2014 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s October 2014 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

October 2014 Community Report.pdf

November 1, 2014

Save the Senior Center at Our Lady of Pompeii Church

After learning on October 23 that the pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 25 Carmine Street doesn’t intend to renew the lease of its longstanding senior center, I helped spearhead a letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan seeking intervention by the Archdiocese. I was joined by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Council Members Corey Johnson and Margaret Chin. I have personally urged the pastor to negotiate with Greenwich House, the not-for-profit organization which operates the senior center. Please join me and my colleagues in government, Greenwich House and seniors at a rally and press conference this coming Monday, November 3 at 12:30 p.m.

2014-10-28 Letter to Archdiocese re Our Lady of Pompeii.pdf

October 27, 2014

Senator Hoylman Commends Environmental Control Board for Silencing Nightly Noise from East Village 7-Eleven

NYC Environmental Control Board Judge orders roaring air conditioner/HVAC to be turned off daily from 8 pm - 8 am

Hoylman: 7-Eleven’s long-suffering neighbors will finally get some relief” 

October 21, 2014

Extend Reverse Mortgages to Co-ops

Congressman Jerrold Nadler and I recently spearheaded a letter, also signed by Senator Chuck Schumer, Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Council Member Corey Johnson, to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), asking the agency to extend reverse mortgages to co-op owners. Under HUD’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, homeowners over age 62 can apply for reverse mortgages to leverage some of the equity in their homes for other expenses. Currently co-op owners, who face rising maintenance fees and other costs of living, aren’t eligible for the program.

HECM Program Letter 10_17_14.pdf

October 18, 2014

Top Score for Protecting Our Environment

I’m pleased to have received the highest State Senate score from the Albany-based non-profit EPL/Environmental Advocates, which recently issued its annual scorecard grading members of the New York State Legislature on their positions and votes on key legislation affecting New York’s air, land, water, wildlife and public health. For more information about the EPL/Environmental Advocates scorecard or to read the entire report please visit

October 10, 2014

Officials Blast 7-Eleven for Blocking Order to Remove Noisy Refrigeration Unit

7-Eleven attempting to block City from enforcing environmental protection order in the East Village at 170 Avenue A

Hoylman: It’s like living in a wind tunnel. Neighbors can’t get a good night’s sleep thanks to 7-Eleven” 

October 6, 2014

Read Senator Hoylman’s September 2014 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s September 2014 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

September enews.pdf

October 6, 2014

How are the Police Handling Hate Crimes?

Last year, I requested that State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli audit the oversight and management of New York's Hate Crimes Law. The request was part of a report I released in the wake of a 30% surge in bias crimes across the state against religious and ethnic minorities and LGBT people.

September 26, 2014

Restore the M3 to University Place

Last month I spearheaded a joint letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit and New York City Department of Transporation calling for the restoration of the M3 bus line’s former northbound route starting on University Place from 9th to 14th Streets. As CB2 noted in its June 20, 2014 resolution, restoring the M3 bus line to its previous start will benefit the Central Village’s senior citizens and disabled persons, as well as mothers and children, working people and tourists, who currently must walk a great distance to access a northbound bus route. Please see our letter below.

2014-8-25 Letter to MTA-DOT re M3 Route.pdf

September 18, 2014

Opposing Variances at 515 East 5th Street

On September 16, I submitted testimony to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) opposing landlord Ben Shaoul’s request for variances to the requirements of New York State’s Multiple Dwelling Law at 515 East 5th Street. I noted that Mr. Shaoul’s financial hardship claim, which is completely of his own making, rings hollow since for eight years he has been receiving market rate rents on units in the building’s illegally constructed sixth and seventh floor additions. I further noted Mr. Shaoul’s pattern of flouting Department of Buildings’ rules, and the multiple occupancy and building code violations levied on the property, put tenants at risk. Please see my testimony below.

Hoylman 515 E 5th MDL Variance Testimony.pdf

September 16, 2014

Rally Against Tenant Displacement and Landlord Harassment

New York, NY – Residents of 222/224 West 21st Street held a rally to protest tenant displacement and landlord harassment on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  Residents were joined by State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Corey Johnson, neighbors and housing advocates, who demanded that the new building owner, Slate Property Group, remedy the multiple violations and unsafe living conditions in the building.

September 15, 2014

Share Better Coalition to Stop Illegal Hotels

On September 12, I helped launch the Share Better coalition, which includes over 100 elected officials, housing groups, and community activists united in the fight against illegal hotels. We cannot sit by while illegal hotel operators and unscrupulous landlords further exacerbate New York City's housing crisis by taking units off the market to rent to travelers, while NYC residents are priced out of the neighborhoods they call home. Illegal hotels place residents and visitors at risk and must be stopped. As I said at the launch event, we're all are in favor of the share economy but what about the fair economy?

September 13, 2014

State Senator Brad Hoylman Hails Court Ruling Upholding New Jersey Ban on So-Called “Conversion Therapy” for Minors

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a ruling today upholding New Jersey's law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of patients under 18 years old. Senator Brad Hoylman who carries similar legislation in New York, released the following statement:

September 11, 2014