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June 30, 2015
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Hudson Guild Caregiver Initiative Has Begun

This May, Hudson Guild is partnering with EmblemHealth to introduce a new initiative aimed at providing support and resources for caregivers. This new initiative kicked off last Thursday, May 28 with a screening of the film “Caring for Me; Caring for You: A Theatrical Exploration of the Challenges in Family Caregiving.” Hudson Guild will now be launching its Caregiver Empowerment support groups on Wednesday, June 10 at 3pm. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month and each session will offer guidance and support for making the most of the Caregiver journey without losing oneself in the process.

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Hudson guild flyer.pdf

May 29, 2015
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Testifying Before the BSA Regarding 515 East 5th Street

On May 12, I submitted testimony before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) on landlord Ben Shaoul's request for a zoning variance for the illegal 6th and 7th floor additions on 515 East 5th Street. Given that the landlord has yet to comply with a number of BSA directives on this and other items, I argued that the BSA ought to either deny the variance request or at the very least reopen the item and table it until the landlord is in compliance. I am grateful to the BSA for their decision to reopen this calendar item, and I will continue to work with Council Member Rosie Mendez, tenants, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and the East Village Community Coalition to ensure Ben Shaoul is not rewarded for his continued egregious behavior.

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My Testemony Regarding 515 East 5th Street.pdf

May 29, 2015
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Next Week: How We Can Save the Hudson

Thousands of gallons of domestic crude oil are being shipped along the Hudson River, threatening a catastrophic impact in the event of a spill. Dangerous PCB chemicals remain in the river from decades of industrial pollution, with long-term cleanup plans in flux. What can we do to protect the Hudson from these and other threats? 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 River to take place on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30-8:30pm at the SVA Theatre 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.

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Oil Spill on the Hudson.pdf

May 29, 2015
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Shred Day at Penn South Wednesday, June 3rd

Securely disposing of documents containing sensitive or personal information is important to protecting yourself and your family. On Wednesday, June 3, join me, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Member Corey Johnson, Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, and AARP New York for “Shred Day.” This is a FREE shredding service and will take place from 3pm to 7pm (or until the truck is filled) at Penn South Co-Op (26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues). Please limit your documents to three boxes per household. See the attached flyer.

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Shred Day_Penn South.pdf

May 29, 2015
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Clarifying Eligibility Requirements for Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

This month I wrote a letter to Commissioner Steven Banks to request clarification on the rules and regulations surrounding eligibility for the Human Resource Administration’s (HRA) Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Several constituents have expressed concern that they may be ineligible for HEAP because their apartments are heated electrically rather than with gas. It is important to clarify HEAP eligibility requirements to address these concerns and I will relay Commissioner Banks’ response as soon as I receive it. Please see my letter below.

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My Letter Clarifying Eligibility Requirements for Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).pdf

May 29, 2015
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Senator Hoylman’s April 2015 Community Report

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

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April 2015 Newsletter.pdf

May 5, 2015
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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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