Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

Promoting MulchFest 2014

Today, I participated in a press conference announcing MulchFest, an annual citywide event, sponsored by the New York City Parks Department, Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC, that allows New Yorkers to recycle their Christmas trees so they can be turned into eco-friendly compost. Mulching is a great reuse of trees that would otherwise end up in landfills and benefits parks and gardens throughout the City.

January 9, 2014
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Fighting for Fire Safety

As you may have heard, on January 5 there was a fire in a high-rise in our district, in which one person died and another was critically injured. In response to this tragedy, I will be introducing statewide legislation along with my colleague Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, to require commercial and residential buildings in New York State over 125 feet tall to feature emergency stairwell public address systems.

January 7, 2014
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Statement by Senator Brad Hoylman on Ruling on NYU’s Expansion Plan

“State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills’ ruling is a great victory for our community,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman, who prior to his election in 2012 led Manhattan Community Board 2's resounding opposition to NYU's expansion plan. 

January 7, 2014
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Exercise Caution During Extreme Cold Weather

Frigid temperatures like those we’ve had in New York City lately pose a real threat to people’s health and well-being. It may seem obvious, but dressing appropriately for the weather—including gloves, hats, insulated outerwear and waterproof footwear—while limiting your time outdoors is the only truly effective way to stay safe and healthy during a cold snap. Additionally, New Yorkers should make every effort to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbors to ensure their safety. Also, remember, landlords are legally required to maintain an inside, daytime temperature of at least 68° F if the outside temperature falls below 55° F, and a nighttime, inside temperature of at least 55° F if the outside temperature outside falls below 40° F.

January 7, 2014
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Supporting Free Kayaking in Hudson River Park

In response to the Hudson River Park Trust’s recent request for proposals for several of the park’s public boathouses, I wrote to encourage the Trust to maintain free public kayaking programming at Piers 26 and 96. In a city with limited opportunities for people to interact with nature in a meaningful and healthy way, I urged the Trust to continue to make kayaking available to New Yorkers and visitors regardless of economic status. Please see my letter below.

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Kayaking HRPT Letter 12.20.13.pdf

December 23, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman’s December Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s December Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

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Hoylman December 2013 Community Report.pdf

December 23, 2013
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Statement by Senator Brad Hoylman on Proposed Boycott of Times Square Businesses

“I’m dismayed there would be a call by a government official for a boycott of businesses in Times Square, which is in my Senate district, over a billboard message for which these businesses bear no responsibility,” said Senator Hoylman (D,WFP—Manhattan).  “It’s a bedrock principle of our democracy that citizens have the right to espouse their beliefs, and for others to express their disagreement. However, to attempt to penalize hardworking New Yorkers over this flap simply because they work in Times Square is as nonsensical as it is abhorrent.”

December 20, 2013
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Additional Free Mammogram Event on January 10

Due to the overwhelming response to the free mammography event I hosted in mid-December, I have added a second date. On Friday, January 10, from 1:30-4:00 p.m., Project Renewal’s Scan Van will once again be parked on First Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets to provide free mammograms, by appointment, to women 40 and over who haven’t had one in the past year. Annual mammograms help detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage and can save lives. Space is limited, so please call (800) 564-6868 to make your appointment. For more information please see the flyer below or contact my office at (212) 633-8052.

 

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Free Mammograms -1-10-14.pdf

December 18, 2013
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Statement on South Village Historic District Designation Vote

“I am happy to report that today the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to landmark the second phase of the South Village Historic District,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan). “The District is undeniably worthy of this important designation, which will help to protect the area’s largely-intact, historic architectural landscape and preserve its cultural character. For all of their hard work to achieve this designation, I’d like to thank New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Manhattan Community Board 2, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation."

December 17, 2013
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Standing with New York Voices Against Gun Violence

On the one year anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting, I stood with New York Voices Against Gun Violence on the steps of City Hall to honor the victims and demand that Congress take action on comprehensive federal gun legislation. I am proud that at the beginning of this year, New York State passed groundbreaking gun reform legislation (the NY SAFE Act), but work is far from over on the State and Federal levels to stop gun violence. A report released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence this week revealed that 90 percent of guns recovered in crimes in New York City come from other states with weak gun laws.

December 14, 2013
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Re-Opening Teresa’s Park

On December 12, I joined Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Council Member Corey Johnson, Clinton Housing Development Company, Cultivate HKNY, and the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association, along with community residents and local businesses to open Teresa’s Park, located on Port Authority property on West 39th Street just west of 9th Avenue. Teresa’s Park joins three other new, Hell’s Kitchen green spaces and four future parks in development that can be accessed using “the HKNY Park KEY,” a common key distributed to members of the community by Manhattan Community Board 4. For the past several years this space has sat derelict and closed to the public, and was revived by the late Teresa Mattia.

December 13, 2013
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Demanding Answers Regarding the Proposed East 25th Street Sanitation Garage

On December 11, I joined Council Member Dan Garodnick and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh in writing to the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Deputy Mayor for Operations Caswell Holloway to demand answers to outstanding questions regarding the proposed East 25th Street Sanitation Garage, including the future use of the entire site, as well as traffic, safety and air quality concerns. Please see our letter below.

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Letter re proposed DSNY garage.pdf

December 12, 2013
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Opening New Affordable Housing in Clinton

I was pleased to join Manhattan Borough President-elect Gale Brewer, City Council Member-elect Corey Johnson, State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, long-time community and affordable housing activist Mary D’Elia and other local community members at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Park Clinton, a 96-unit multifamily homeownership development on Manhattan’s west side. It was an exciting day for our community, as permanently-affordable housing is essential to maintaining diverse, dynamic and vibrant neighborhoods.

December 12, 2013
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Honored to Receive MFY’s Champion of Justice Award

Earlier this month, I was honored to receive MFY Legal Services’ Champion of Justice Award. MFY provides free and low-cost legal services to those in need and its programs reach individuals and families facing crises on a number of fundamental issues, such as housing, government benefits, employment, health care, consumer debt, and family law. I am proud of my strong partnership with MFY and am deeply appreciative of all the important work the organization does.

December 12, 2013
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Changing the Conversation on Marijuana

On December 11, I was proud to stand with Senator Liz Krueger as she announced her legislation to legalize marijuana in New York State. Senator Krueger's bill is a courageous step towards an open and honest debate about the criminalization of marijuana, which disproportionately impacts people of color, young, and low-income New Yorkers. Legalizing possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana would eliminate disparities in marijuana arrests and permit our criminal justice system to more effectively deploy scarce resources.

December 12, 2013
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Comptroller DiNapoli to Audit Hate Crime Reporting in New York State

I am pleased to report that New York State Comptroller Thomas P.

December 6, 2013
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Make Your Voice Heard at 12/11 Forum on State Education Reforms

Parents, make your voices heard!On December 4, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) finally announced a series of forums in New York City to discuss with parents and educators the Common Core Standards, testing, student privacy, and other education reforms approved by the State Board of Regents. The Manhattan Forum will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11 at the Spruce Street School, 12 Spruce Street, between Nassau and William Streets (A C J M Z 2 3 4 5 trains to Fulton Street).Click here to see NYSED’s full schedule of Community Forums.

December 6, 2013
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Victory for the South Village Historic District

On December 5, the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recommended the nomination of the entire South Village Historic District (SVHD) to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The SVHD will soon be listed on the State Register of Historic Places, and the recommendation paves the way for listing in the National Register as well. You can find my letter to SHPO supporting the nomination below.

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To SHPO Re SVHD.pdf

December 6, 2013
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Fast Food Forward National Day of Action

On December 5, I was proud to stand in solidarity with fast food workers at the McDonald’s on Broadway and 51st Street and thousands of their fellow workers at chains in 100 cities across the country, who staged walkouts to protest decades of exploitation and demand fair wages. Fair pay and rights in the workplace are moral imperatives but sadly, the managers at this McDonalds, located in my Senate District, and at fast food outlets across the country, have threatened employees with immediate termination for their participation in protest events in support of a livable wage and the right to organize.

December 5, 2013
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Victory: USPS Abandons Plan to Sell Old Chelsea Station

I am pleased to report that following a strong collaborative effort among local elected officials, Community Board 4, the New York Metro Area Postal Union and local residents , the United States Postal Service (USPS) abandoned plans to sell Old Chelsea Station. USPS realized what we had been saying along: That selling the facility and leasing new space elsewhere in the neighborhood simply doesn’t make sense. This is great news for Chelsea's growing residential and commercial community, which includes many elderly and disabled residents and small business owners who rely upon traditional postal services.

December 4, 2013
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