Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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.

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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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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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Advocating for the Passage of the Child Safe Products Act

Yesterday, I spoke at a press conference to rally support for the Child Safe Products Act, legislation that would require manufacturers to eliminate the use of chemicals like lead, mercury and arsenic in children’s toys. We need to protect our kids from known carcinogens and it’s imperative that the Senate take up this bill, which has bipartisan support but failed to be brought to the floor for a vote last year. 

 

March 4, 2015
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Read Senator Hoylman's February 2015 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s February 2015 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

File: 
February 2015 enews.pdf

March 2, 2015
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Calling for a Proactive Approach to Seasonal Bar Crawls by the SLA

On February 24, I wrote to New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chair Dennis Rosen to request the SLA take a proactive approach to websites and establishments that promote bar crawls that may run afoul of the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) laws, particularly as we approach St. Patrick’s Day. Seasonal bar crawls, for events such as SantaCon, St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, send many intoxicated individuals into the streets and disrupt the communities that I represent. I urge the SLA to reach out to these websites, as well as the participating locations, to remind them of their obligations, and to ensure that any promotions comply with the law. Please see my letter below.

File: 
Letter to NYS Liquor Authority Chairman.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Highlighting Public Safety and Quality of Life Concerns at Riis Houses

On February 19, I wrote to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye regarding public safety and quality of life concerns at Jacob Riis Houses, located in my district between East 8th and 13th Streets and Avenue D and FDR Drive. Notably, there is a severe rodent infestation and inconsistent lighting that contributes to residents feeling unsafe on the grounds at night. Please see my letter urging NYCHA to address these issues attached.

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Letter to New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Sign up for free CPR Training from Lenox Hill HealthPlex

The Lenox Hill HealthPlex is offering the community free CPR training classes. Classes will be conducted by Lenox Hill staff at the HealthPlex Saturday March 7 from  10am-2pm; Tuesday March 10 from 6pm-10pm; Saturday March 14 from 10am-2pm; and Monday March 23 from 6pm-10pm. 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. 

File: 
CPR Training Flyer.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Summer Internships with DDC

This summer, the NYC Department and Design Construction (DDC) will be running two internship programs designed for high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology. DDC builds many of the civic facilities New Yorkers use every day. As the City’s primary capital construction project manager, they provide communities with new or renovated structures such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, courthouses and senior centers. For more information, internship applications and instructions for submission please see the flyer attached. 

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DDC Internship Flyer.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Community Education Council Seats Open for 2015-2017

Last month, NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced a campaign to elect the 2015-2017 Community and Citywide Education Council Members. Education Councils (CECs) offer parents a meaningful way to lend their voices and advocate for their school communities. To read more about joining a CEC or to find an information session near you, please see the flyer attached or watch the video at:  http://bit.ly/1KGUmar

File: 
Education Council Flyer.pdf

February 26, 2015
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State Senator Brad Hoylman invites you to #5000TooMany A Rally for Homeless Youth

Thursday, February 12, 1:00-1:30 PM, on the Steps of City Hall, we are calling on New York State to increase funding for homeless youth to $4.75 million this year.

In 2012, kids were turned away from shelters more than 5,000 times because there wasn’t enough space – a tenfold increase since 2008 when funding was cut by 66 percent. This winter alone, more than 400 kids have been turned away. Our kids deserve a safe place to sleep.

See the flyer attached and RSVP to robert@bradhoylman.com or 212-633-8052.

File: 
Homeless Youth Rally Flier.pdf

February 11, 2015
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Read Senator Hoylman's January 2015 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s January 2015 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

File: 
January 2015 E-Newsletter.pdf

February 3, 2015
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