Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Supporting Parents’ Call for Transparency in State's High-Stakes Tests

At the request of parents in my district, I recently wrote a letter to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) regarding the high-stakes standardized English Language Arts and Mathematics tests that the agency has contracted with Pearson PLC (Pearson) to design. Given the legitimate questions about Pearson’s reliability, I urged NYSED to require Pearson to release to parents or legal guardians of every child who took this past April’s State Assessment Exams a copy of the individual student’s completed and graded exam. Parents deserve to see first-hand whether their children’s exams were graded correctly and whether the questions asked align with material their children had been taught. Please see my letter below.

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Sen Hoylman re Pearson.pdf

May 24, 2013
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Opposing a Variance for Illegal Rooftop Apartments at 515 East 5 Street

On May 21, I joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh in submitting joint testimony before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) regarding 515 East 5 Street. As you may know, the owner of the building built illegal rooftop apartments and, in the process, greatly decreased the existing tenants’ quality of life. The BSA previously found the 6th floor addition illegal and the owner is now seeking to reverse that finding. In our testimony, we express our collective opposition to the owner’s appeal. Please see our testimony below.

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515 E 5th BSA.pdf

May 22, 2013
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Calling for a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

Today, I joined the Senate Democratic Conference to call for action to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and require a comprehensive health impact study. The moratorium will provide experts more time to assess concerns about the potential impacts hydrofracking will have on New York’s environment and economy. We shouldn’t be fracking first and asking questions later. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring S4236-A along with my Senate Democratic colleagues to demand a moratorium on fracking until a comprehensive health impact assessment is completed. The health of our kids and the purity of our ground water is just too important to risk it.

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05.22.13 Hydrofracking Moratorium Release.pdf

May 22, 2013
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Inducting Jerry Alperstein into New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall Of Fame

Each year, the New York State Senate selects nominees to the New York State Senate 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, I was pleased to nominate Stuyvesant Town resident and longtime New York City public school teacher Jerry Alperstein. Jerry, along with his wife, daughter and grandson, traveled to Albany on May 21, 2013 for the official induction celebration, at which he and dozens of other veterans from across New York State were recognized for their service to their country and communities.

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May 22, 2013
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Statement By Senators Hoylman & Squadron in Response to Apparent Anti-LGBT Hate Crime in SoHo

New York, NY – New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron released the following statement today about a reported anti-gay attack on Broadway between Prince and Houston Streets early Tuesday morning.  

May 21, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman’s May Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s May Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below or can be viewed here.

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May 2013 News from Senator Hoylman.pdf

May 19, 2013
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Statement by NYS Senator Hoylman on Wave of Anti-LGBT Violence

In the wake of the apparent hate-motivated killing of a gay man in Greenwich Village early in the morning on May 18 and four other apparent anti-LGBT hate crimes in Manhattan over the prior two weeks, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement:

May 18, 2013
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Responding to Dangerous Meningitis Outbreak

In the wake of an outbreak of a strain of invasive meningococcal disease among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City, I joined with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other LGBT City and State elected officials in a coalition working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services to respond swiftly and comprehensively to this threat to public health. Please see a press release issued by Speaker Quinn’s office, which details our efforts, below.

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Meningitis release.pdf

May 17, 2013
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Seeking to Require NYCHA Real Property Disposition to be Subject to ULURP

On May 17, I testified at a New York City Council Committee on Public Housing hearing regarding a resolution in support of my bill, the NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act (S4641/A6964), which is sponsored in the New York State Assembly by Housing Committee Chair Keith Wright. Our legislation would ensure that any time the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seeks to sell or lease its land or buildings, public housing residents and the broader communities to which they belong would have a voice through the fair and transparent process afforded by the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

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NYCHA Bill Council Hearing Testimony.pdf

May 17, 2013
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Urging a Vote on the Women’s Equality Act

On May 15, I joined State Senator Liz Krueger, other Democratic State Senators, State Assembly Members and City Councilmembers, and leaders of the Women’s Equality Coalition at a press conference restating our commitment to passage of Governor Cuomo’s full 10-point Women’s Equality Act in this year’s legislative session. 

May 16, 2013
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Rallying for the Former CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center

On May 15, I joined the SOCCC-64 coalition, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, members of CB3, and Lower East Side residents in marching and rallying to save the former CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center located at 605 East 9 Street from being converted into student dormitories. Together, we delivered the message loud and clear to Gregg Singer, the current owner of the building, and Jamshed Bharucha, the president of Cooper Union, that the community does not want dormitories in our former community center. For decades, CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center was a cherished public space for Lower East Side residents and I will continue to work with allies to return the building to community use. 

May 16, 2013
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Demanding Retraction of Stuy Town-Peter Cooper Village Mid-Lease Rent Increases

On May 15, I joined City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, City Councilmember Jessica Lappin and the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) Tenants Association in denouncing the complex owners’ sudden decision to raise rents mid-lease on ST/PCV residents who were part of the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer class action. The rent increases, which are slated to go into effect on June 1 and reportedly range from $100 to more than $1,000 a month, are permitted by fine print in the Roberts settlement. Earlier this year, I joined many of my colleagues in government in writing to CWCapital Asset Management to urge the company not to take advantage of any such provision.

May 15, 2013
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Expressing Concerns about the Proposed East Midtown Rezoning

On May 13, I testified before the Multi-Board Task Force on East Midtown Rezoning (the Task Force) at its hearing on the New York City Planning Commission’s proposed rezoning of East Midtown. As I rule, I do not weigh in on rezoning proposals until the affected community boards have had their say but in this case I made an exception because the Task Force comprised of those boards asked me to do so. In my comments, I highlighted my belief that any plan to rezone East Midtown must include protections for the many historically and architecturally important buildings in the area as well as a concrete plan to finance the much-needed improvements to the area’s transportation infrastructure in a timely manner.

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Sen Hoylman re East Midtown Rezoning.pdf

May 14, 2013
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Going Door-to-Door to Provide Claim Forms for Roberts-Class Members

The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST-PCV TA) recently announced that approximately 5,400 current or former tenants who were illegally charged market rate rents for their apartments have not filed the requisite claim forms, which must be postmarked by May 15, in order to be reimbursed from the J-51 Roberts case settlement.

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ST-PCV Roberts flyer.pdf

May 9, 2013
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Honoring NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Susan Steinberg

Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of "Women of Distinction" – women from across New York who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others, enriching their communities and strengthening our state.

May 8, 2013
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Joining AG Schneiderman in Announcing Crack Down on Post-Sandy Gas Price Gouging

On May 2, I joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he announced he is filing lawsuits against four service stations for charging consumers excessively high gas prices in the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy last November. Attorney General Schneiderman also announced he has reached monetary settlements with 25 other service stations and has investigations pending against dozens more.

May 3, 2013
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Welcoming Participants in Empire State Pride Agenda’s Equality and Justice Day

On April 30, 2013, Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization, held its Equality and Justice Day in Albany. This annual event, which features a rally at the Capitol, workshops, caucuses and visits with elected representatives, is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show its strength and depth of support. Following is a transcript of welcoming remarks I made to the event’s participants.

April 30, 2013
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Continuing the Fight to Save Old Chelsea Station

On Thursday, April 11th, I was proud to stand with local residents, other elected officials, and Chuck Zlatkin of the New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) public forum on its proposed closure and sale of Old Chelsea Station. At the meeting, which was sponsored by Community Board 4, I reiterated to Joseph Mulvey, USPS’s Real Estate Specialist, what I and my colleagues in government have been saying since we first learned of the proposed sale: that selling the facility and leasing new space elsewhere in the neighborhood simply does not make sense.

April 28, 2013
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Addressing Challenges Faced by New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

On April 25, I was pleased to co-sponsor and speak at a seminar hosted by VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt’s Center for Comprehensive Care on improving care for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV). As the representative of a district with one of the state’s highest concentrations of PLHIV, I especially appreciated the focus on obstacles individuals face in getting the care they need, and solutions that are applicable in their neighborhoods and communities. Particular attention was paid to the challenges of AIDS and aging, medication adherence and the stigma that continues to surround HIV/AIDS more than 30 years after the start of the epidemic.

April 27, 2013
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Rolling Out a New Campaign to Pass GENDA

On April 23, I joined New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, the prime sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), at a Housing Works press conference launching a new campaign calling for a vote on the bill this year and an end to the stalling of transgender civil rights in New York.

April 24, 2013
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