Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Calling on the FCC to Scrutinize Comcast-Time Warner Merger

On June 16, I was joined by seven of my colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking it to carefully scrutinize a proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This merger would combine the two internet service providers lowest ranked on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, and give Comcast control of over 30 million subscribers, a roughly 30% share of the television and internet services market. Such a monopoly would likely increase prices, cause declines in service, give the company undue control over the content consumers may access, and diminish overall industry standards, affecting not only Comcast’s and Time Warner’s customers but cable subscribers throughout the country.  Please see our letter below.

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FCC Comcast-TW Letter.pdf

June 17, 2014
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Rent Guidelines Board Should Freeze All Rents

On June 16, I submitted testimony at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) on its proposed rent increases of 0% to 3% for one-year lease renewals, and 0.5% to 4.5% for two-year lease renewals in rent stabilized apartments. I noted that while many tenants are still reeling from the recession, and more than a third of renter households in the City paid 50 percent or more of their household income for rent in 2011, RGB data show landlords of rent stabilized properties have seen eighth consecutive years of increased Net Operating Income. I urged the RGB to allow tenants to make up economic ground and to impose a freeze on rents for all rent regulated apartments as well as for lofts, hotels, rooming houses, single room occupancy buildings, and lodging houses.

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RGB 2014 Testimony.pdf

June 17, 2014
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Hoylman-Sponsored Legislation Passes New York Assembly with Bipartisan Support; Senator Hoylman Demands Full Senate Vote

Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement on the Assembly passage of A.6983-B to ban sexual orientation change efforts on minors in New York State:

Senator Hoylman said: "Today's passage of A.6983-B in the New York State Assembly is a major step towards banning so-called conversion ’therapy‘ on LGBT youth by licensed mental health professionals. Being an LGBT young person isn't an illness that needs to be cured. Thanks to the leadership of Assembly Member Glick and Speaker Silver, we're one step closer to joining New Jersey and California in protecting our kids from being subject to this dangerous practice and their parents from being victims of a proven scam.

June 16, 2014
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Stopping Illegal Hotels

This month, I joined Borough President Brewer, Congressman Nadler, Senators Krueger and Espaillat, Assembly Members Gottfried and Rosenthal, Council Members Johnson and Rosenthal, and many other local elected officials in writing to Mayor de Blasio to encourage him to issue formal memoranda in opposition to A.7848/S.5039 and A.7495/S.5637. These pieces of legislation would undermine the enforcement of our zoning and housing laws, and lead to an increase in the number of illegal hotels in residential buildings. Please see our letter below.

File: 
illegal hotel letter to mayor.pdf

June 15, 2014
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Federal Funding for Important Storm Resiliency Projects

I am pleased that US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan recently announced $335 million of preliminary funding for the first phase of the “Big U” resiliency project. The project would help build a barrier along Manhattan’s coastline from West 57th street, down to Battery Park City, and up to East 42nd Street, to protect us from flooding and rising sea levels. I believe the proposal will help us accomplish the physical, social, economic and ecological improvements necessary to protect us from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Last month, I joined State Senator Squadron and other local elected officials in sending a letter to Secretary Donovan, urging federal support for the Big U proposal through its Rebuild by Design (RxD) competition.

File: 
Rebuild by Design - Big U - elected officials support letter.5.29.2014.pdf

June 15, 2014
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75 Morton School Update

On June 13, along with Assembly Member Glick, Council Member Johnson, representatives of Congressman Nadler and Borough President Brewer, as well as parent advocates, I met with the School Construction Authority (SCA) to discuss plans for the new school to be established at 75 Morton. The SCA has firmly committed to having the building ready to open in September 2017, and shared with us floor-by-floor plans that include 10 classrooms per grade level, a dedicated space for District 75 students, and an outdoor play space. Certain other elements, such as the possibility of a school-based health clinic and the design of the gymnasium and auditorium, were the subject of discussion at a school district-wide forum this week.

June 14, 2014
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Fighting to Preserve Affordability at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

On June 13, I joined hundreds of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) residents and fellow elected officials including Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh on the steps of City Hall to demand a tenant-led sales process to preserve affordability at the over-11,000 unit, historically middle-class complex.

June 13, 2014
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Hoylman’s Legislation to Allow Gangs to be Charged with Hate Crimes Passes New York State Senate

New York Hate Crimes Law could be strengthened this year as Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell announces introduction of bill in the New York State Assembly

June 11, 2014
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Expand West Village Slow Zone to Sixth Avenue

On June 2, 2014, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation’s Manhattan Borough Commissioner asking that the planned West Village Slow Zone be expanded one block east to encompasses the many schools and institutions serving youth and senior citizens between 6th and 7th Avenues and West Houston and West 11th Streets. Please see my letter below.

File: 
West Village Slow Zone Expansion Letter to DOT.pdf

June 8, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on News that Real Estate Investor Seeking to Seize Control of ST-PCV

"The legal battle between CW Capital and a “mysterious investor” reported yesterday is a stark reminder of the rampant real estate speculation that threatens the long-term affordability of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and the need for government to intervene now.

The 25,000 resident population of Stuy Town-Peter Cooper is larger than many cities in New York. Imagine the response if, say, Kingston or Glens Falls were being sold off to real estate investors!

June 6, 2014
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Expand the West Village Slow Zone

On June 2, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to seek an expansion to its proposed West Village slow zone, which would impose a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit on the blocks from Houston Street to West 11th Street and from Hudson Street to 7th Avenue South. I echoed the request of Community Board 2 and PS 41 Principal Kelly Shannon that the eastern boundary be moved one block east to 6th Avenue. This additional area is home to many schools and institutions that serve youth and senior citizens, as well as many residential streets which are often subjected to fast and reckless driving. A slow zone will help to protect the many pedestrians in this area and contribute to the realization of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of reducing traffic fatalities.

File: 
West Village Slow Zone Expansion Letter to DOT.pdf

June 3, 2014
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My Resolution Honoring the Memory of Former Senator Catherine Abate

On June 3, the New York Senate passed a resolution I introduced mourning the death of former Senator Catherine Abate, who dedicated her life and career to public service. Prior to being elected to represent New York’s 27th Senate District, Catherine was an attorney and director of training at the Legal Aid Society in New York City; Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board under Governor Mario Cuomo; and Commissioner of Probation and Correction under Mayor David Dinkins. After her tenure in Albany, she made significant and lasting contributions in the area of public health as President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network.

June 3, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s May 2014 Community Report

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

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Hoylman May 2014 Community Report.pdf

May 31, 2014
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Keynote at the Pride Agenda’s Annual Spring Dinner

On May 17, I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Spring Dinner in Rochester. In addition to applauding the many victories our community has won in great part due to the Pride Agenda's leadership, I discussed GENDA, conversion therapy, surrogacy and Albany ethics. You can see a video of my remarks below.

May 27, 2014
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Push for Passage of Entire Women’s Equality Act

On May 20, I joined advocates and members of the Senate Democratic Conference to urge the passage of the entire, ten-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA), which comprehensively addresses the disparities that exist for women across New York State. Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not even been brought before the Senate for a vote. Just last week, the Senate held its annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor women from across our state for their tremendous contributions to our communities, yet New York’s women continue to face gender-based discrimination and inequality.

May 22, 2014
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Pier 40 Air Rights Transfer Must Go Through ULURP

On May 16, my colleagues in government and I were shocked to learn that the State and the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) had secretly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last December with Atlas Capital Group, which co-owns the St. John’s Building at 550 Washington Street. The MOU was apparently signed in anticipation of the transfer of air rights through a General Project Plan (GPP) from Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park to the St. John’s site, which is directly across the West Side Highway, without going through New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). 

File: 
EPO GPP Letter.pdf

May 21, 2014
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Compassionate Care Act Passes Senate Health Committee

On May 20, The Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for New Yorkers diagnosed with one of 20 serious, debilitating, and life-threatening chronic illnesses, passed the New York Senate Health Committee. I joined eight of my fellow committee members in voting for this bill to alleviate suffering for severely ill New Yorkers and I hope to be able to vote for it again on the Senate floor. The Compassionate Care Act will now move to the Senate Finance Committee. If it passes that committee it could be brought to the floor for a full vote before the June 19 end of the 2014 legislative session. Please see the Daily News story on the Health Committee vote here.

May 21, 2014
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Penn South’s Walter Mankoff Inducted into New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Albany, NY – Each year, the New York State Senate selects nominees to the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. This year, State Senator Brad Hoylman selected Army veteran and Penn South resident Walter Mankoff, who has made tremendous contributions to his community as a longtime member of the Penn South board of directors, Manhattan Community Board 4 and Penn South Social Services board.

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May 21, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on de Blasio Administration Decision that Pier 40 Air Rights Transfer Must Go Through City Review

I commend Mayor de Blasio, along with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod, for heeding our call and insisting that a proposal to transfer air rights from Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park to the St. John’s Building at 550 Washington Street must utilize New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), instead of a General Project Plan (GPP) as authorized by New York State. 

May 21, 2014
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State Senator Hoylman Mourns Passing of Former State Senator Catherine Abate

State Senator Brad Hoylman issued the following statement on the passing of Catherine Abate, who was a three-term Democratic District Leader from Greenwich Village and a two-term State Senator from the 27th District before she became President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network (CHN) 15 years ago.

May 19, 2014
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