Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

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.

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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.

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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). 

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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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NY Daily News: Sexual orientation conversion therapy victims speak out at hearing for banning the practice on minors

By Corinne Lestch, Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mathew Shurka, sent to orientation conversion therapy after coming out as gay to his Dad at age 16, recounted the depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts he experienced after his long string of so-called therapy sessions with several licensed mental health professionals.

When Mathew Shurka came out as gay at 16, his father thought he could be cured.

May 16, 2014
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Keep Hydrofracking Waste Out of New York

I recently joined colleagues in the State Senate Democratic Conference in urging passage of four pieces of legislation aimed at protecting New York State from hydrofracking waste products. While there remains a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York, transportation and disposal of byproducts of the practice are currently legal and taking place within New York’s borders.

May 14, 2014
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Honoring NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Marisa Redanty

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.

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May 14, 2014
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Statement on CW Capital's Announcement That it Will Foreclose on ST-PCV Debt

Upon CW Capital's May 13 announcement that the company will foreclose on debt for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV), raising the likelihood that it will sell the property, Senator Hoylman issued the following statement:

May 14, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Extremely Disappointed by Senate Passage of MMA Bill

"I am extremely disappointed that the State Senate has again passed a bill to permit the violent and gladiatorial sport of Mixed Martial Arts, without ensuring proper long-term health care coverage for its fighters. The health consequences of MMA are no longer hypothetical - there is mounting scientific evidence that MMA fighting is directly correlated to brain trauma. A new study by the the American Journal of Sports Medicine released in March reveals that knock-outs during MMA fights result in a higher rate of brain trauma than knock-outs in similar sports such as boxing and traditional martial arts. The UFC profits from sensationalized violence, while refusing to take financial responsibility for the health consequences.

May 13, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on Decision by New York Public Library to End Renovation Plans

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, whose district includes the New York Public Library’s Central Library, and who has previously expressed opposition to the proposed Central Library renovation plan (see here), issued the following statement on the decision by the New York Public Library to abandon the plan:

May 7, 2014
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NY Daily News: NYS Sen. Brad Hoylman seeks to ban powdered alcohol in New York

NYS Sen. Brad Hoylman seeks to ban powdered alcohol in New York

By Ken Lovett, May 6, 2014

A Manhattan state senator has introduced a bill to ban the sale of powdered alcohol products in New York.

Under the bill introduced Monday by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), first time offenders would faces fines of up to $5,000. Repeat offenders could be hit with a misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $10,000 per offense.

The bill would also prohibit anyone under 21 from possessing the powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol.

May 6, 2014
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Lower East Side Protest Against Notorious Landlord

On Saturday, May 3, I joined the Stop Croman Coalition, GOLES, the Cooper Square Committee, and other tenant advocates at a rally in Tompkins Square Park protesting the terrible treatment of tenants by notorious landlord Steven Croman of 9300 Realty. I have been helping numerous constituents living in Croman buildings to fight the landlord’s abusive tactics designed to force them out of their rent-regulated apartments. You may see video of my remarks at the rally here.

May 5, 2014
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