Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Making the Case for Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform

Ending Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture through comprehensive campaign finance reform was a core theme of my candidacy. Two months into my tenure in the State Senate, the imperative to implement a system that includes public financing, matched contributions and lower contribution limits for candidates for state offices is clearer to me than ever. Please click here to see my op-ed on the topic, “Reform Albany’s Campaign Finance System,” which appeared in last week's The Villager newspaper.

March 4, 2013
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Rallying for Good Jobs & Responsible Development

On February 26, I joined “Build Up NYC,” an alliance of public officials, labor unions and advocates, at a rally advocating for safe and responsible development that provides good wages and benefits. Developers who receive public support – whether in the form of public funds, tax abatements or zoning changes – have an obligation to provide safe, good-paying jobs with affordable health insurance and retirement benefits for their employees. The rally, which took place in my district on 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, specifically targeted real estate developer Starwood Capital, which has used non-union labor at a nearby, problem-plagued development site as well as at its other development sites across the city.

February 27, 2013
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Calling for Robust Community Engagement on NYCHA’s Proposed Infill Development Plan

On February 20, I joined Manhattan Community Board 3, Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin and other local elected officials in sending a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea calling for greater transparency and community engagement in the City’s proposed infill development plan.  As you may know, the City has proposed leasing NYCHA-owned land on eight public housing developments to private developers so that they may build private residential housing with modest affordable housing components.

February 21, 2013
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Organizing for Safety and Security in Public Housing Communities

On February 13, I addressed a forum on Public Safety in Public Housing organized by the resident associations (RAs) of six lower Manhattan NYCHA developments: Campos Plaza, Baruch Houses, Smith Houses, Rutgers Houses, Vladeck Houses and Fulton Houses. The event brought together NYCHA residents, elected officials, community-based organizations and representatives of the New York Police Department to collaborate on identifying solutions to end the rise in crime within NYCHA developments.  I spoke of the need for stronger relationships between residents of public housing developments and their broader communities and the imperative for NYCHAs and their neighbors to share resources.

February 14, 2013
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Supporting Professor Jenny Rivera’s Confirmation to the Court of Appeals

On February 11, the New York State Senate approved the nomination of City University of New York School of Law Professor Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court. I am proud to have spoken forcefully in support of Professor Rivera at a hearing on her nomination, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

February 11, 2013
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Fighting to Save the Old Chelsea Post Office

Recently, my office heard from a number of constituents concerned about the potential sale by the United States Postal Service (USPS) of the Old Chelsea Station, which is located at 217 West 18th Street. They had seen a letter posted in the station’s lobby from USPS to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) seeking input on a Preservation Covenant for the building, which is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, in the event that it is sold. I confirmed that the aforementioned letter was not, as many had feared, an indication that sale of the building is imminent.

February 5, 2013
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Reviewing Governor's Nomination to Court of Appeals

On February 4, I participated in a hearing as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to review the nomination of Jenny Rivera, Professor at the City University of New York School of Law, to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. Professor Rivera has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of New York City, as an Associate Counsel for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights from 2002 to 2007.

February 4, 2013
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Celebrating Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial Anniversary

On February 1, I was honored to attend the Centennial Anniversary celebration of Grand Central Terminal (GCT), which I am proud is within my Senate District. Since its opening on February 2, 1913, GCT has served hundreds of millions of passengers and remains one of the City’s most treasured and iconic landmarks. At the time it was completed, GCT was the largest construction project in New York’s history – costing more than $2 billion in today’s dollars.

February 1, 2013
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Join Me In Telling The Boy Scouts To End Anti-Gay Discrimination Now!

As you may have read, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently announced that it is considering rescinding its nationwide policy of banning gay young men from membership and gay and lesbian adults from leadership positions.  However, rather than bringing discrimination within its organization to an end across the nation, BSA plans to authorize local chapters to establish their own discriminatory policies. 

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Sen Hoylman to Boy Scouts re Discrimination Policy.pdf

January 31, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman's January Community Report

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

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January 2013 News from Senator Brad Hoylman.pdf

January 31, 2013
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Being Named an Environmental Leader by NYLCV

I was honored to be named one of the New York League of Conservation Voters’ ‘New Generation’ of environmental leaders. I am looking forward to working with the League and my colleagues to demand full funding for our state's Environmental Protection Fund, to defend our state from environmental threats--from climate change to hydrofracking--and to fight for proactive measures to ensure a more sustainable future.

January 30, 2013
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Being Named Ranking Member of Two Senate Committees

On January 28, I was named as the Ranking Democratic member of both the New York State Senate Consumer Protection Committee and the Investigations and Government Operations Committee. I am honored that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has placed her trust in me to be the consumer and state watchdog in the State Senate. I was also appointed to the Codes; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Park and Recreation; and Judiciary committees.

January 28, 2013
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Fighting for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Residents

On Jan 26, I had my first opportunity as a New York State Senator to address a meeting of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST-PCV TA).  It was inspiring to see hundreds of ST-PCV residents stream into the Baruch College Mason Hall on a freezing Saturday afternoon to hear an update on matters of importance to tenants of the complex, to voice their concerns, and to come together in unity for benefit of the community as a whole.  It speaks to the TA's strength that not only local elected officials but citywide leaders attended as well.

January 26, 2013
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Supporting Vibrant Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of Historic Pier 57

On January 23, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission in strong support of applications for zoning changes that would allow for the transformation of the long vacant Pier 57 at 15th Street in Hudson River Park into an innovative cultural and commercial destination.

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Sen Hoylman Testimony on Pier 57 Redevelopment.pdf

January 24, 2013
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Statement Regarding Passage of S2320

ALBANY, January 23, 2013 – Today, I fulfilled a pledge that I made to co-op and condo owners during my campaign for State Senate to vote to extend the long-standing property tax abatement program that had expired in June 2012. Without this vote of the Senate, New York City homeowners in co-ops and condos would have to pay dramatically more in real estate taxes than owners of comparably assessed one-, two- and three-family homes, and the high tax bills could force some of them to sell their homes and leave their neighborhoods.

January 23, 2013
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Hailing President Obama’s Historic Mention of Stonewall in His Innaugural Address

This week the nation saw an historic first as President Obama made a passionate and eloquent defense of equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans in his second inaugural address.  I am particularly proud of his mention of Stonewall, the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement, which is located in the 27th State Senate District, in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma.  I am deeply moved by President Obama’s recognition of families like mine and so many others in my district.  I applaud the President’s substantive accomplishments for LGBT Americans during his first term and am heartened by his soaring declaration, at the outset of his second, that all Americans must be treated as true equals under the law.

January 22, 2013
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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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