Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Victory at the Former P.S. 64/CHARAS Building

On September 29, I joined Council Member Rosie Mendez, Save Our Community Center CHARAS-64, East Village Community Coalition, Good Old Lower East Side, Community Board 3 and many other elected officials and community organizations at a rally celebrating the Stop Work Order issued by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) at the former P.S. 64/CHARAS building (605 East 9th Street). This site has always been intended for the public benefit. For over a year, Council Member Mendez has called on DOB to deny the building owner’s alteration application to create dorm rooms for Cooper Union and the Joffrey Ballet School because the contractual lease agreements with the schools do not conform to requirements.

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DOB CHARAS Letter.pdf

September 29, 2014
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Apply for Senior/Disability “Rent Freeze” – Friday, October 10

As a result of action taken at the state and local level, the household income cap for New York City’s Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs have been increased to $50,000. To help senior and disabled constituents determine their eligibility and apply for these critical rent freezes, I’m hosting a SCRIE/DRIE Workshop on Friday, October 10 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Greenwich House - Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center, 25 Carmine Street (corner of Bleecker Street). Please see below for more information, including event co-sponsors, eligibility guidelines and what documentation to bring.

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Village SCRIE-DRIE Invite.pdf

September 29, 2014
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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
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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.

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

September 18, 2014
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LPC Should Designate Final Portion of the South Village Historic District

Earlier this month I wrote to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) new Chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan, to encourage the designation of Phase III of the South Village Historic District (SVHD). This final portion of the SVHD and the historic buildings contained within it are exceptionally vulnerable given development pressure from all neighboring areas, which was only exacerbated by the 2013 rezoning of Hudson Square. Please see my letter below.

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To LPC re SVHD.pdf

September 18, 2014
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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.

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Hoylman 515 E 5th MDL Variance Testimony.pdf

September 16, 2014
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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
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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
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Read Senator Hoylman’s August 2014 Community Report

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

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August 2014 Community Report.pdf

August 30, 2014
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Apply for Senior/Disability "Rent Freeze" – Wednesday, September 17

As a result of action taken at the state and local level, the household income cap for New York City’s Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs have been increased to $50,000. To help senior and disabled constituents determine their eligibility and apply for these critical rent freezes, I'm hosting a SCRIE/DRIE Workshop on Wednesday, September 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Hudson Guild – Elliott Center, 441 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor, between 9th and 10th Avenue. Please see below for more information, including event co-sponsors, eligibility guidelines and what documentation to bring.

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Hoylman SCRIE DRIE Mailer.pdf

August 29, 2014
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Meeting Veterans at Hell's Kitchen Residential Treatment Program

On August 27, I toured Samaritan Village's 43rd Street Veterans Residential Program, a 48-bed facility providing 6-12 months of rehabilitation for veterans struggling with addiction, and specialized treatment programs for homeless veterans and those with co-existing mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder. After the tour, I had the privilege of talking to the residents, who fought for us in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and other theaters of war, and thanking them for their service.

August 28, 2014
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Senators Squadron and Hoylman Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Transgender Rights Letter

NEW YORK – Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda:“Today, Governor Cuomo reiterated his support for equal rights for transgender New Yorkers. His call signals the urgency of ensuring that transgender New Yorkers enjoy the same basic protections that most New Yorkers take for granted, including in housing and at their workplace.

August 21, 2014
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Help Identify Suspect in West Village “Knockout Game” Attack

In mid-August, a vicious attack occurred on a 72-year-old West Village community resident outside 99 Jane Street, resulting in his hospitalization. Police believe the perpetrator was playing the so-called “knockout game,” part of a disturbing phenomenon in recent months. I worked with the local precinct in helping to raise awareness about the assault by distributing flyers to neighbors. Please see the wanted poster below. According to the NYPD, the suspect is still at large. Anyone with information regarding the suspect or the attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.

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knockout game wanted poster.pdf

August 18, 2014
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Preserve Free Tuition at Cooper Union

On August 15, I joined the Committee to Preserve Cooper Union in a rally outside the courthouse where arguments were heard in its lawsuit to block the school from ending its long history as one of the nation’s few free institutions of higher learning. As I stated in an op-ed I wrote on the topic, charging tuition at Cooper Union — a beacon of educational equality in Manhattan’s rapidly changing East Village — jeopardizes the college’s reputation and its standing in our community. I further noted that Cooper Union enjoys considerable taxpayer support. Please see my op-ed at www.cityandstateny.com.

August 16, 2014
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Standing Up for Workers in the West Village

On July 31, along with Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Council Member Corey Johnson, I sent a letter to the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office of Mrs. Green’s Natural Market expressing concern over its previous labor practices. We were troubled by media reports that Mrs. Green’s had violated federal labor law in response to employees attempting to unionize, and urged Mrs. Green’s to provide all employees of its new Hudson Street store with an intimidation-free environment in which they can freely exercise their right to organize. Businesses operating in the neighborhood should be law-abiding and provide good, well-paying jobs that help us continue to build a strong middle class and a healthier New York. Please see our letter below.

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Mrs. Green's NYC Letter from WV Electeds.pdf

August 1, 2014
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Testimony Opposing Comcast-Time Warner Merger

As a result of a new law enacted this year, New York State has the power to subject proposed telecommunications mergers to rigorous review and require that the parties demonstrate the transaction is in the public interest. On July 31, I was joined by Assembly Member Richard Gottfried in submitting testimony to the New York State Public Service Commission opposing the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. We argued that by combining the nation’s two largest cable operators, it would create a highly monopolized environment for cable and internet services and would therefore be antithetical to the public interest. Please see our testimony below.

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Comcast-TWC PSC Testimony.pdf

August 1, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s July 2014 Community Report

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

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July 2014 Community Report.pdf

July 31, 2014
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Pedestrian Safety Concerns at Riis Houses​

Recently I’ve heard concerns from a number of my constituents who live in Jacob Riis Houses about vehicles speeding across 10th Street, which cuts through the complex between Avenue D and the FDR Drive. There are currently no clearly marked pedestrian crosswalks or traffic signs on the block or the traffic circle that bisects it, which is used by a significant number of children, seniors and other residents as the central connector between the north and south sides of the complex.

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Riis Traffic Letter.pdf

July 25, 2014
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NYCHA 2015 Draft Annual Plan

On July 24, I submitted testimony to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on its 2015 Draft Annual Plan. While NYCHA has certainly made strides to reform its operations under Mayor de Blasio, there’s still more that must be addressed in its final Annual Plan. I expressed my support for the concerns and recommendations expressed in the Alliance to Preserve Public Housing’s position paper, which I endorsed, and highlighted several areas of particular concern, including the need for rigorous public review before any NYCHA land disposition and the need for code enforcement complaints by NYCHA tenants to be handled in the same manner as those of private housing residents.

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Hoylman Testimony on NYCHA 2015 Draft Plan.pdf

July 25, 2014
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Hoylman Applauds the Port Authority of NY and NJ for Allocating Capital Funding to the Renovation of the PA Bus Terminal

"The current state of the Port Authority Bus Terminal is unsustainable as a central transit hub for the region. Daily commuters are consistently delayed in the sweltering heat and the facility is quite literally falling apart. By committing $90 million in capital funding to renovate the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Port Authority is taking is an important step towards improving the day-to-day experience for hundreds of thousands of commuters and visitors.

July 24, 2014
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