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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347.802.7400. For more information, please see the flyer attached.
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.
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.
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.
The A and C trains are some of the worst in the city, with frequent delays, overcrowded train cars, and poor conditions at stations. I recently signed on to a letter to MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco thanking him for agreeing to conduct a Full Line Review of the A and C lines and asking him to prioritize community concerns throughout this review. The letter cites issues with service levels, station conditions, and communication with riders, and includes specific problems in our neighborhood such as station damage caused by water leaks. The Full Line Review is expected to be completed sometime in 2015.
On December 11, I submitted testimony to the New York City Council regarding the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. I believe that this merger, by combining the nation’s two largest cable operators, would create a highly monopolized environment for cable and internet services, and would therefore be antithetical to the public interest. Such domination of this marketplace would likely increase prices, reduce the quality of service, and limit consumer choice. However, should the merger be approved, it must be conditioned on expanded broadband access for low-income New Yorkers.
On December 4, I wrote to State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman Dennis Rosen, asking him and the Authority to take a proactive approach to seasonal bar crawls. As our community knows, bar crawls often end with heavily intoxicated individuals, who disrespect our neighborhoods. I urged the SLA to remind participating establishments of all applicable rules, regulations and laws in order to avoid disturbing neighbors during the holiday season.
New York, NY— Today, Senator Hoylman sent a letter to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chair Srinivasan and issued the following statement in response to the proposed LPC “de-calendaring” of potential landmarks.
Earlier this month, I submitted testimony to the New York City Council Health Committee, chaired by Council Member Corey Johnson, in support of two bills under consideration. Under the legislation, those who wish to amend the gender markers on their birth certificates will simply be required to provide certification from licensed health or mental health professionals that the applicant’s sex designation on their birth certificate does not align with the applicant’s affirmed sex or gender identity.
On November 7, I joined Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, Borough President Gale Brewer and other elected officials in writing to the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) regarding its 2014-2017 contract cycle. Changes in the new cycle had resulted in the loss $1.19 million in funding to five nonprofit organizations providing eviction prevention services to our constituents in Manhattan. At a time when New York City faces record homelessness, government should not be cutting funding to the very programs designed to protect the most vulnerable and keep them in their homes.
Last month, I wrote to MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) President Carmen Bianco about restoration of M104 bus service across 42nd Street from Times Square to First Avenue, which previously allowed Upper West Side residents to travel to the East Side without transferring before the 2010 budget cuts. I also requested that NYCT reverse recent service reductions that have led to overcrowded and late buses.
Last week I submitted testimony to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) opposing the owner's request for variances to the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law at 515 East 5th Street. Nearly a decade ago, the owner illegally constructed two additional floors to the building. I do not believe the owner, who has a long and egrigious record intimidating and harassing tenants, should be rewarded for illegal construction and consistently ignoring DOB and BSA's orders to remove the floors and bring the building up to code.
“Today, rent-stabilized tenants across New York City can breathe a sigh of relief. The New York State Court of Appeals decided that their leases are exempt from bankruptcy proceedings, which means these tenants can’t be required to sell their leases and forced from their homes as a result of bankruptcy. I’m very pleased the Court of Appeals decision maintains the integrity of long-standing tenant protections and am proud to have taken the lead on an amicus brief on behalf of my constituent Mary Veronica Santiago-Monteverde. Ms. Santiago-Monteverde’s perseverance and courage in the face of this legal struggle has redounded to the benefit of millions of tenants across the city. I’m extremely grateful to Latham & Watkins for their pro bono support of this important case.”