On Tuesday, April 22, I’ll be celebrating Earth Day with an open house at my office from 4:00-6:00 PM. My staff and I will be on hand to talk about what’s going on in the district or any other issues that are on your mind, and we’ll be serving up light refreshments. We’ll also be collecting your used batteries for recycling, and conducting other activities and giveaways. Please plan to join me for this event at my District Office, located at 322 8th Avenue (at the corner of 26th Street), Suite 1700. I hope you can drop by. For more information or to RSVP please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 212-633-8052.
"The passage of the NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act (S.04641/A.06964), which I carry with Assembly Member Keith Wright, by the New York State Assembly is a necessary step towards empowering NYCHA residents and the broader communities to which they belong. This legislation will ensure those who live in and around NYCHA developments have a voice in the authority's land use decisions through the same fair and transparent public review process adhered to by city agencies. NYCHA residents and their neighbors deserve no less. I hope that the Senate will follow suit and pass this important legislation."
GREENWICH VILLAGE (March 24, 2014) For seven years and through 3 successive Governors, elected officials and community activists have sought to have New York State sell the building at 75 Morton Street to the School Construction Authority to be used as a public middle school. Today, that dream moved one step closer to reality as New York State officially transferred the building to the School Construction Authority (SCA) who will now transform the site into a middle school that will hold at least 800 students. The school will open as soon as the SCA completes a through renovation of the building. Greenwich Village has not had a public middle school since 2010, when the Greenwich Village Middle School relocated to the financial district.
On March 20, Senator Daniel Squadron and I wrote to City Planning Commission (CPC) Chair Carl Weisbrod to urge the CPC to consider a contextual rezoning proposal for the South Village, which was recently presented by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and supported by CB2. The current zoning in the area roughly bounded by West 4th Street/Washington Square South to the North, Thompson Street/LaGuardia Place to the East, Canal Street to the South and Avenue of the America to the West, was established in 1961, when New York was a very different city.
As Sunshine Week — a national initiative to promote open and transparent government — draws to a close, subpoenas are flying while federal prosecutors seek records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of the ever-expanding Bridgegate investigation. The recent flurry of activity from the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in New Jersey and New York and a joint committee of the New Jersey Legislature underlines the inherent struggle to obtain records from the Port Authority.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER AMY PAULIN & NEW YORK STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN
PURPOSE: To hear from stakeholders regarding New York State’s Child-Parent Security Act (A. 6701/S.4617), and to discuss the impact the legislation would have on the lives of parents, children, gestational carriers, and gamete donors.
Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 A.M. Legislative Office Building Hearing Room C Albany, NY 12210
“Denying thousands of New York State undocumented public school students the opportunity to attend college is both unjust and shortsighted. The Dream Act would put these students on the path to being greater contributors to our state at a very small cost to taxpayers.
These undocumented students will continue to face steep odds to join the workforce, and by not acting today to help them we end up undermining the future of our city and state economy. I deeply regret that we failed to pass this important legislation today.”
I recently spearheaded a letter to Governor Cuomo, signed by 19 of my Senate colleagues, supporting a New York State Plan to End AIDS. We called for an additional $10 million appropriation for the New York State AIDS Institute and the appointment of a gubernatorial task force to develop a long-term strategy for ending the AIDS epidemic in our state. Although there is still no cure for AIDS, scientific advances and widespread health care coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act have put an end to the epidemic within reach. Please see our letter below.
On Sunday, March 9, I joined Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Gale Brewer, other elected colleagues and community members in calling on Mayor de Blasio to cancel the city’s concession agreement for a high-end restaurant in Union Square Park’s pavilion. With dozens of places to eat within blocks of Union Square, it’s wrong and shortsighted to place yet another dining establishment in the park. Moreover, it violates the Public Trust Doctrine, which provides that once land has been acquired for use as a municipal park, it cannot be used for private ventures without approval from the State Legislature. I hope that the city will void this contract and restore the pavilion as part of a unified and non-commercial public space.
On Saturday, March 8, I joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, and many of my colleagues in city and state government at a National Action Network rally to support the Mayor’s plan for implementing Universal Pre-K and after-school programs in New York City. Studies show that for every $1 invested in pre-K, there is a $4-$9 measured benefit through reduced costs in special education, crime, welfare and increased economic activity. At the very least, New Yorkers deserve the authority to establish home rule and raise our own taxes to ensure all of our programs are stabilized through adequate funding sources.
On the morning of March 7, I was joined by City Council Member Corey Johnson in distributing fliers outside the West 4th Street subway station seeking information about an alleged anti-gay hate crime that took place on the platform earlier that week. In the incident, the perpetrator approached two men and asked them if they were gay. When they ignored the question, the man made a derogatory statement and punched one of the men in his face, breaking his nose and fracturing his orbital bone. This instance only reinforces the need for an audit of the State Hate Crimes Law, which New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is currently conducting in response to a report I released on the topic last year.
This fall, the principal of P.S. 41 in the West Village saw firsthand the dangers of New York City streets. In front of the school’s W. 11th St. entrance, she witnessed an out-of-control taxi careen into a child and caregiver.
My thoughts go out to the couple who were brutally attacked in the West Village this past weekend. There is no place for such senseless hate crimes in our city. It is a painful reminder of how much work we have yet to do that this attack took place just steps from where Mark Carson was murdered last spring. Thank you to the NYPD for investigating this matter as a hate crime and working to identify and apprehend the perpetrator.
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced the introduction of the Smartphone and Tablet Security Act (S.6748) to require all smartphones, tablets and similar devices sold in New York State to be equipped with a “kill switch” to allow users to protect their information by rendering their lost or stolen devices permanently inoperable.
Today, I joined Congressman Nadler, Senator Espaillat, Assembly Member Gottfried and Council Member Johnson in writing to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to encourage it to include significant community input before advancing any effort to sell air rights from the Farley Post Office Building. The money from this sale will be used to fund Phase Two of Moynihan Station. Given the volume of air rights available, we strongly believe that community members and urban planners must be included in the earliest stages of identifying appropriate receiver sites.
I am pleased to co-sponsor Senate Bill 1771, introduced by Senator Kenneth Lavalle (R - Long Island), that grants municipalities the authority to restrict the growth of formula retail, or “chain stores.” These businesses have steadily infiltrated communities across the state leading to the erosion of the character and identity of historic neighborhoods. We have certainly seen this on the Lower East Side/East Village, where 7-Elevens have replaced bodegas, a Starbucks displaced the original home of The Bean, and the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) has counted more than 60 chain stores throughout the neighborhood.
Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who enrich their communities and strengthen our state as “Women of Distinction.” The Senate also honors outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life by inducting them into the “New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”Last year, I was proud to honor two exceptional constituents: Woman of Distinction Susan Steinberg, whom you can read about here, and “Veteran’s Hall of Fame” inductee Jerry Alperstein, whom you can read about here.