Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Pedestrian Improvements at Lincoln Square Bow Tie

Last month, I joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Member Helen Rosenthal in writing to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to commend them on the proposed Lincoln Square Bow Tie Pedestrian Improvements on Broadway and Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 66th Streets. Our letter also echoed the modifications that CB7 suggested in its March resolution, which includes correcting the ponding in the area and ensuring a more robust and permanent delineation of the bicycle route between 67th and 64th Streets. Additionally, we recommended the installation of a leading pedestrian interval at the corner of 65th Street and Columbus Avenue, which has proven to be exceedingly dangerous.

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Lincoln Square Bow Tie Pedestrian Improvements Letter.pdf

April 30, 2015
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Nominate a GVSHP “Business of the Month”

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) seeks to support independent businesses with its “Business of the Month” program.  Each month, a local business in Greenwich Village, the East Village, or NoHo is featured on the GVSHP website, blog, and social media, reaching thousands of local residents. GVSHP highlights what makes the business so special and why locals love it. It’s a great way to draw attention to our retail treasures and increase their patronage and support.

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Nominate a GVSHP “Business of the Month.pdf

April 30, 2015
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Calling for Stronger MTA Funding through Move NY Fair Plan

Last week, I joined a dozen of my colleagues in writing to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie asking them to support the “Move NY Fair Plan.” This plan would more fairly distribute toll costs for drivers on Manhattan’s bridge crossings, and would generate over $1 billion per year for public transit, thus helping to close the gap in the MTA’s capital plan. In our letter, we asked that revenue from this plan be used to conduct Full Line Reviews across the entire subway system at least every five years, and that recommended improvements be quickly implemented. Full Line Reviews have led to measurable improvements on the F, L, and G lines, such as more frequent service and countdown clocks.

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Letter in Support of the Move NY Fair Plan.pdf

April 30, 2015
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Come to My Health of the Hudson Panel on June 4

As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I am pleased to present a special panel discussion on the “Health of the Hudson” to take place on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30-8:30pm at the School of Visual Arts Theater at 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). I will be joined by experts in the field who will discuss the state of the Hudson River, the mounting challenges it faces, and what we must do to preserve it for years to come. Panelists include Daniel Raichel, Staff Attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council; Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper for Riverkeeper; and Hayley Carlock, Environmental Attorney for Scenic Hudson.

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Health of the Hudson.pdf

April 30, 2015
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Senior and Disability Rent Freeze Workshop on May 6 at Westbeth

Please join me, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and the Westbeth Artists Residents Council for a Senior and Disability Rent Freeze Workshop on Wednesday, May 6 from 5-7pm in the Westbeth Community Room, located at 55 Bethune Street. If you are age 62 or above, live in a rent-regulated building, and make under $50,000 per year, you may qualify to have your rent frozen under the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. If you receive disability benefits, you may qualify for the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE). Join us to see if you qualify and sign up! The event is co-sponsored by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Corey Johnson, and Community Board 2. See the attached flyer for more details.

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Senior and Disability Rent Freeze Workshop.pdf

April 30, 2015
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My Public Forum on New York’s Efforts to Combat Climate Change on May 19

On Tuesday, May 19 from 9-11am, I will be holding a public forum in Albany to address the current and anticipated effects of global climate change on the State of New York and the State’s efforts to combat man-made climate change. The purpose of the event is to hear from scientific experts, New York residents and businesses impacted by climate change, and environmental advocates and government officials about the progress of New York State’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, or to sign up to attend the forum, see the notice here or contact Burton Phillips, my Counsel, at 518-455-2451 or phillips@nysenate.gov.

 

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Climate Change Forum Notice (May 19, 2015).pdf

April 29, 2015
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Responding to a Citywide Rezoning Proposal

On March 25, I joined Borough President Gale Brewer and 28 Manhattan elected officials in writing to City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod about the proposed citywide text amendment entitled “Zoning for Quality and Affordability.” While this zoning proposal is meant to address a laudable citywide goal of increasing affordable housing, the proposal ignores community context and does not give communities adequate time to respond. The text amendment would increase building height limits across the board, superseding existing contextually zoned districts which were mapped with the hard work of community advocates and were often the result of hard compromises.

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Letter to Carl Weisbrod.pdf

April 1, 2015
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Enforcing “6 in 60” Law to Address Problem Bars

Last week, I joined my colleagues Senator Daniel Squadron, Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Members Deborah Glick, Brian Kavanagh, and Sheldon Silver, and Council Members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez in writing to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton asking for stronger enforcement of a law meant to address non-criminal complaints emanating from liquor licensed establishments. The “6 in 60” law, passed in 2010, establishes a clear legal standard – six incidents reported by police to the State Liquor Authority (SLA) within any 60 day period – for determining when a liquor licensed premise has become a focal point for police attention and is thereby subject to review by the State Liquor Authority.

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Letter to Commissioner Bratton.pdf

April 1, 2015
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Our Letter to Governor Cuomo Requesting He Bar Non-Essential State-Funded Travel to Indiana

On Tuesday, a group of LGBT legislators and I wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that he take action to bar non-essential travel by state employees to Indiana in the aftermath of its discriminatory new law, which is an assault on basic civil rights for LGBT Americans everywhere. I applaud the Governor for issuing an executive order that will do just that. The Governor has sent a strong message that New York will not tolerate legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. At the same time, I'm mindful that we have more work to do in Albany because transgender New Yorkers do not enjoy the same protections as the rest of us, and so I hope the outrage directed towards Indiana will also help spur new momentum on passing the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act.

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LGBT Legislators Indiana Boycott Letter.pdf

March 31, 2015
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Free CPR Training from Lenox Hill HealthPlex

The Lenox Hill HealthPlex is offering free CPR training classes. Classes will be conducted by Lenox Hill staff at the HealthPlex Tuesday March 31 from 6 pm - 8 pm; Thursday April 9 from 6 pm – 8 pm; Saturday April 11 from 12 pm – 2 pm; Monday April 13 from 6 pm - 8 pm; and Monday April 20 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Classes are limited to 15 participants. If interested, please RSVP to wkawadler@nshs.edu or call 347-802-7400. For more information, please see the flyer attached. 

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CPR Training Flyer 3-25.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Share your Ideas for PlaNYC 2015

The City of New York is currently updating PlaNYC—New York City’s blueprint for the future.  Every four years, the Administration creates a plan to address New York City growth, sustainability, and resiliency. This year, Mayor de Blasio has added equity as a key element of the plan—recognizing the importance of every New Yorker having access to opportunities.  The Administration needs your help to make sure that as many New Yorkers as possible can weigh in on this important process. Please visit www.nyc.gov/ideas to answer the question “how can we make our city better and stronger for our shared future?” Filling out the survey will enable you to leave your mark and share your ideas for how our city moves forward.

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PlaNYC 2015 Flyer.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Schedule a Legal Aid Training on Medicare & Medicaid Long Term Care Options

New York State and the Federal Government have authorized a pilot program to establish the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) plans in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. FIDA will impact how these vulnerable constituents access all of their medical services.  The Legal Aid Society is part of the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN) and has developed separate trainings for advocates and caregivers/community members. They will also provide an overview of all of the Medicaid and Medicare programs available to help constituents get care at home.

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Legal Aid Society Letter.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Free Tax Preparation Services

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is encouraging New Yorkers this year to take advantage of the many tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Care Tax Credit when filing their tax returns. These credits, which can be worth up to $10,000, can be the largest lump sum New Yorkers receive in a year, and too many eligible working New Yorkers aren’t claiming these credits because they simply don’t know about them. There are now over 200 sites across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can file their taxes for free. For more information on how to file your taxes for free you can visit www.nyc.gov/taxprep, call 311 or see the letter from DCA Commissioner Menin attached.

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Tax Preperation Services Letter.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Pedestrian Improvements at West 4th Street

On March 17, I joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and Council Member Corey Johnson in writing to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to commend them on the proposed Intersection Safety Improvements on 7th Avenue South at Waverly Place and West 4th Street/Christopher Street. Our letter also echoed the modifications that CB2 suggested in its February resolution, which include revising the shape of the neckdown at Grove St. and 7th Ave S. and further defining the left-turn only lane from 7th Ave S. onto W. 4th St. This intersection ranks in the top 1% of Manhattan intersections for pedestrians killed and severely injured by motor vehicles.

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Letter On Pedestrian Safety Improvements At West 4th Street.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth

My office was recently contacted by a resident of Westbeth Artists Housing who informed us that new scaffolding and a sidewalk shed were installed that impede physical access to the building, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. Many residents who cannot navigate steps or narrow sidewalks must now travel several blocks in order to access a back-entrance, yet that route entails going over a rough, broken courtyard surface. Planned construction on a new wheelchair ramp is expected to take nine months.

File: 
Letter Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth

My office was recently contacted by a resident of Westbeth Artists Housing who informed us that new scaffolding and a sidewalk shed were installed that impede physical access to the building, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. Many residents who cannot navigate steps or narrow sidewalks must now travel several blocks in order to access a back-entrance, yet that route entails going over a rough, broken courtyard surface. Planned construction on a new wheelchair ramp is expected to take nine months.

File: 
Letter Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth.pdf

March 25, 2015
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My Letter to the NYS Liquor Authority Urging Denial of Liquor License for Greenhouse

On March 10, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) voted to deny the liquor license renewal application for 150 RFT Varick Corp, the nightclub at 150 Varick Street formerly known as Greenhouse. I’m very pleased the SLA has decided to once and for all deny a liquor license to this disruptive and dangerous nightclub. This establishment’s violent culture, along with its excessive noise and litter regularly interfered with the lives of too many of my constituents and while Greenhouse closed in April of 2014, this decision means that the surrounding community can rest knowing it will not return.

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Letter to NYS Liquor Authority.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Join Me for an Earth Day Open House on April 24

As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I want to hear your ideas on how to improve our environment. Please join me in my District Office, located at 322 8th Avenue at West 26th Street, on Friday, April 24th from 4-6pm for light refreshments, giveaways, and informal conversation about the environment and any other issues you’d like to discuss. Bring your old batteries for recycling! For more information or to RSVP, please email hoylman@nysenate.gov or call 212-633-8052, and please see a flyer for the event below.

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Earth Day 2015 Flyer.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Letter to the NYS Liquor Authority on 150 Varick Street

Below is a copy of the joint letter I co-signed to the New York State Liquor Authority urging a denial of a liquor licence renewal for the disruptive and dangerous Hudson Square nightclub "Greenhouse."

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Letter to SLA on 150 Varick Street.pdf

March 11, 2015
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Nominations for 2015 New York State Senate Women of Distinction

Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who enrich their communities and strengthen our state as “Women of Distinction.” 

Last year, I was proud to honor an exceptional constituent: Woman of Distinction Marisa Redanty, whom you can read about here.

March 4, 2015
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