Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Creating our New School at 75 Morton Street

On January 17, I joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, State Assembly Member Glick, Manhattan Community Board 2, the District 2 Community Education Council and many parents and community members in an information meeting about the new public school building that we, along with Congressmember Nadler and Manhattan Borough President Stringer, secured at 75 Morton Street.  I was encouraged to see so many parents and community members, as well as representatives of the New York City School Construction Authority and Department of Education, at this first in a series of discussions about the school or schools we wish to see created there.  To read DNAinfo.com’s coverage of the meeting, please click

January 18, 2013
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Demanding Improvements to NYCHA’s Emergency Planning and Response

On January 17, I was joined by New York State Assembly Member Dick Gottfried in submitting joint testimony at a New York City Council committee hearing on the New York City Public Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) emergency planning and management during and after Superstorm Sandy.  In our testimony, we highlighted a number of alarming failures by NYCHA to properly plan for and respond to the storm, thereby leaving tens of thousands of residents without heat, water, electricity, food, means of egress, medical attention, or clear information for days on end.  Certainly, the impacts of Superstorm Sandy were felt by property owners and residents throughout the region, but the disproportionate suffering of NYCHA residents is unacceptable.  Please see our testimony below.

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Sen Hoylman and AM Gottfried Testimony for NYCHA Oversight Hearing.pdf

January 17, 2013
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Statement on the Passage of the NY SAFE Act of 2013

Last evening, I was proud to join my Democratic colleagues in the State Senate to provide the necessary margin of votes to pass Governor Cuomo's NY SAFE Act of 2013, which enacts the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation. This long-overdue legislation expands our State’s ban on assault weapons by closing a myriad of loopholes and, among other things, requires background checks to be conducted prior to all private gun sales and ammunition purchases, establishes a statewide gun permit database, and requires individuals who own guns to renew their permits every five years.  

January 15, 2013
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Calling for a Statewide Prohibition on Fracking

On January 11, I submitted comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regarding the agency’s draft regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  I identified a number of dangerous omissions in the regulations and called for a statewide prohibition on fracking.  I also expressed deep concerns that DEC had released these regulations prior to the completion of the ongoing health and environmental impact reviews and strongly urged the agency to formally consider additional comments on any updated or amended regulations.  Please see my comments below.

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Comments on Proposed Hydrofracking Regulations

January 11, 2013
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Urging a More Comprehensive Review of the East Midtown Rezoning Plan

I recently joined Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and New York State Assemblymember Dan Quart in sending a letter to Mayor Bloomberg demanding more time for the community to analyze and respond to the East Midtown Rezoning Plan proposed by the Department of City Planning (DCP).  We echoed many of the concerns that have been raised by the Tri-Board Task Force on East Midtown Rezoning, comprised of Manhattan Community Boards 4, 5 and 6. 

January 10, 2013
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Advancing the Reproductive Rights of New York’s Women and Families

One of my first acts as State Senator was to join the New York State Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC).  With 72 members from both parties and both houses of the State Legislature, the BPCLC works to protect access and remove barriers to quality reproductive health services for women, ensure access to education about reproductive choices, and respond to any potential infringement to the legal rights to reproductive healthcare in the State of New York.  Advancing legislation that furthers reproductive health is high priority for me and I am pleased to stand united with so many colleagues who share this important commitment.

January 10, 2013
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Statement on Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Address

Although many of the details remain to be revealed, I am impressed with Governor Cuomo's comprehensive State of the State address, in which he promised to advance a host of progressive policy goals. 

January 9, 2013
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Testifying Against NYU’s Continued Expansion

On January 8, I joined New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick in testifying against New York University’s application to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals for several variances at 726-730 Broadway which would allow the university to convert multiple floors into research and laboratory space and add up to 35 feet of associated mechanicals to this building in the NoHo Historic District.  We echoed many of the points in CB2’s December 20, 2012 resolution on this matter.  I strongly believe that the community has already made more than enough sacrifices and compromises for NYU, and I strenuously oppose its further encroachment into our historic neighborhoods.  Please see our testimony below.

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730 Bway Glick-Hoylman BSA Testimony.pdf

January 9, 2013
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Announcing Free WiFi Initiative in Chelsea

On January 8, I was delighted to stand with Google Chief Information Officer Ben Fried, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Hudson Guild Executive Director Ken Jockers, Chelsea Improvement Company (CIC) President Dan Biederman, CB4 Chair Corey Johnson, Fulton Houses President Miguel Acevedo and others to announce that Google and CIC are providing free WiFi to a dozen square blocks in southern Chelsea.

January 8, 2013
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Preserving Public Access to 9/11 Memorial Tiles

On January 8, I joined New York City Speaker Christine Quinn, Lee Ielpi of the September 11th Families’ Association, New York Public Library (NYPL) President Tony Marx, and CB2’s Shirley Secunda to unveil a new exhibit of the 9/11 Memorial Tiles at Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Avenue).  The tiles on display are just some of the thousands that people from near and far spontaneously decorated and affixed to the chain-link fence at Mulry Square, across from St.

January 8, 2013
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Demanding Better Animal Care & Control

On January 6, I participated in an event held by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at the West 72nd Street Dog Run to announce the release of his report, “Led Astray: Reforming New York City’s Animal Care & Control,” which shines a light on the systemic problems that have long plagued New York City Animal Care & Control (AC&C).  The organization is contracted by the City to provide animal care and rescue services in all five boroughs but, as the Borough President’s report details, it has failed to fulfill its mission.  The reforms outlined in the report will help turn around the City’s dysfunctional approach to rescuing, caring for and finding loving homes for

January 7, 2013
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Defending Our Teachers

I recently joined many other elected officials, labor leaders and grassroots activists in demanding that Mayor Bloomberg apologize for outrageous comments he made during his January 4 radio show comparing the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association.  Coming three weeks after the senseless killings in Newtown, CT, such an offensive comparison not only vilifies New York City teachers, but also mocks the work they do every day to educate, uplift and protect our children.

January 7, 2013
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Surveying the Devastation at Bellevue

On January 4, I was part of a team of elected officials who met with executives from Bellevue Hospital and the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC), the organization which runs our public hospital system, to discuss their ongoing recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.  As part of this visit, I toured some of the hospital’s damaged facilities.

January 4, 2013
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Urging CW Capital to Retract the Sandy-Related Claims Release Tied to ST-PCV Rent Abatement

As one of my first acts in office, I wrote to CW Capital Managing Director Andrew MacArthur at CW Capital and called on CW to retract the broad-based release clause it attached to the rent reduction it offered Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV) tenants for their loss of essential services resulting from Hurricane Sandy.  There is widespread concern among tenants that this release clause represents a “bait and switch.”  As the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association and New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick observed, the release includes not just claims for a rent abatement but also claims residents may have now or in the future against management for loss of property or injuries resulting from Hurricane Sandy.  I urged CW Capital to clarify

January 2, 2013
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Proud to be Representing New York's 27th State Senate District

As you may know, I am the new State Senator representing New York’s 27th State Senate District, which includes much of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, as well as Greenwich Village and parts of the Upper West Side, Midtown/East Midtown, the East Village and Lower East Side.I welcome input from all of my constituents and I encourage you to reach out to my office with ideas, questions or concerns.  In addition, my staff can assist with a range of problems involving such issues as housing, healthcare, benefits/entitlements, etc., and can often help you resolve problems with City and State agencies.  My district office contact information is:New York State Senator Brad Hoylman322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1700New York, NY 10001Phone: (212) 633-8052

January 1, 2013
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