Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Passage of Legislation Authorizing State to Protect Nail and Beauty Salon Workers

I recently joined Governor Cuomo at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library in Midtown for the launch of a nail salon industry consumer education event to inform the public about workers’ rights and ensure that business owners live up to their responsibilities and obligations under the law. This initiative by Governor Cuomo follows reports in the New York Times exposing the unsafe working conditions that plague employees in the nail salon industry. Along with Assembly Member Ron Kim, I introduced legislation (S5748/A7630) that would provide the New York Secretary of State with the necessary tools to take action to end unlicensed or uninsured business activities and to impose stringent fines on bad operators.

July 20, 2015
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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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