Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

SantaCon Must Clean Up its Act

Each year, local elected officials, community boards and local precincts are besieged by complaints as SantaCon, a mass pub crawl of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes, passes through their neighborhoods and the actions of its participants can have a detrimental effect on residents’ quality of life. Please see below the letter I sent to SantaCon organizers urging them to work with the New York Police Department and local community boards on a strong and effective plan for controlling the event.

 

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10.15.13 Santa Con Public Safety Letter.pdf

October 17, 2013
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Thank You VNSNY for Our Successful Free Flu Shot Event

On October 16, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) came to my district office to administer free flu shots to constituents from across my district. Over the course of three hours, VNSNY nurses gave a total of 88 flu shots; I was happy to get one myself. If you have not already gotten your flu shot, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's flu prevention website at nyc.gov/flu to identify a provider near you.

October 17, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman’s October Community Report

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

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Hoylman October 2013 Community Report.pdf

October 16, 2013
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Vote No on Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Casino Gambling

The New York Casino Gambling Amendment is Proposal One of six state constitutional amendments that will be on the General Election ballot on November 5, 2013. It would make casino gambling legal and permit the State Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos. Earlier this year, I voted against this constitutional amendment and spoke out against it on the Senate floor. On November 5, I urge you to vote “no,” too. 

October 13, 2013
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Free Flu Shots – Wednesday, October 16 in My District Office

On Wednesday, October 16, from 10 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., my office will be providing free flu shots, courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, to adults as well as to children 9 and over with parental consent. Space is limited and appointments are recommended to guarantee your shot. For more information or to make an appointment, call my office at (212) 633-8052 or email hoylman@nysenate.gov with your complete contact information and the time you would like to come in for your shot.

October 6, 2013
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Critical State Bill to Protect Student Privacy

On September 30, I testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education in strong support of Resolution No. 1768, which calls on the State to pass A.6059/S.4284, of which I am a co-sponsor. The bill, which was introduced by Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, would prohibit the release of students’ personally identifiable information to third parties without parental consent.

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Sen Hoylman Student Privacy Testimony.pdf

October 1, 2013
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Remarks at the Inauguration of the Roche Translational and Clinical Research Center

This morning, I was honored to speak at the Inauguration of the Roche Translational and Clinical Research Center at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, located in my Senate District.  Below is a transcript of my remarks.Good morning. My name is Brad Hoylman and I am the Senator representing the 27th State Senate District, which includes NYU Langone Medical Center, one of the leading academic medical centers here on the East Side of Manhattan.It is my great pleasure to welcome Roche to the district. And back to New York City, after having left here over one hundred years ago.

October 1, 2013
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Supporting Sustainability at PS 33

On September 28, I was pleased to join members of the PS 33 (Chelsea Prep) community at the school’s first annual Sustainable Technology Charrette. The event, part of the Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service, featured presentations from experts in green technologies that are integrated into the Chelsea Prep curriculum. To date, these technologies include recycling and composting throughout the school, hydroponic units in the classroom, and a bike blender that is powered by human pedaling. I applaud Principal Linore Lindy, the PS 33 Green Committee and the entire school community for their commitment to creating a healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning environment where energy and resources are conserved.

September 30, 2013
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Cutting the Ribbon on the East Side's New PS 281

On September 25, I joined New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, City Council Member Dan Garodnick and school officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for PS 281 (The River School), a brand new K-5 elementary school at 425 East 35 Street.

September 26, 2013
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Giving the Keynote at the Eighth Annual West Side Tenants’ Conference

I was honored to have been invited to give the keynote address at the Eighth Annual West Side Tenants’ Conference, which was held on September 21 at Fordham Law School. I reminded participants that in this country, the precept that housing is an undeniable, unalienable right goes back to 1944, when Franklin Roosevelt declared that the U.S. had adopted a second bill of rights, including the right to a decent home. Regrettably, our state government, which controls our city housing laws, continues to treat housing as a privilege, not a right. I noted that the only way to put tenants on a level playing field and get our priority bills through the State Senate is to make Campaign Finance Reform the first bill on the tenants’ agenda.

September 22, 2013
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Cutting the Ribbon on the New PS 51 in Hell’s Kitchen

On September 18, I joined New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and other local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new PS 51 (Elias Howe School) at 525 West 44th Street. The school, which was previously located a block away on West 45th Street, had been relocated to the Upper East Side for two years during the new school’s construction as part of the Gotham West development, which also includes more than 600 units of affordable housing. Manhattan Community Board 4 and its Housing Health and Human Services Committee co-chair Joe Restuccia were justifiably praised for their role in securing both the school and the hundreds of affordable apartments.

September 19, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman’s September Community Report

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

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Sept 2013 News from Senator Hoylman.pdf

September 18, 2013
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Civil Disobedience at UN to Fight AIDS

On September 17, the opening day of a UN General Assembly meeting focused on poverty and public health, I joined executive directors of leading HIV/AIDS organizations, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their advocates in an act of civil disobedience to draw attention to the millions who lack access to lifesaving treatment because wealthy countries are cutting back on funding.

September 18, 2013
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Supporting Expanded West End-Collegiate Historic District

On September 16, I delivered testimony before the New York City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses in strong support of the West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension. This remarkable concentration of historic buildings, which was approved for designation by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on June 25 of this year, is a crucial part of a larger stretch of West End Avenue, from West 70th Street to West 109th Street, for which local elected officials, CB7, the West End Preservation Society, Landmark West! and other community-based organizations have long sought historic district designation. Please see my testimony below.

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WE Collegiate HD Extension Testimony.pdf

September 17, 2013
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Letter on Outside Employment for the 2012 Calendar Year

The Moreland Commission to Identify Public Corruption has requested members of the State Legislature provide them with details of outside employment income over $20,000 from any single source in calendar year 2012. I took office as a state senator on January 1, 2013 and since this date have had no outside income. Please see my response to the commission below.

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Hoylman Moreland Commission response.pdf

September 12, 2013
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Standing with Striking NYC Fast Food Workers

On August 29, I was proud to stand with striking fast food workers at a Wendy’s in lower Manhattan and to declare my solidarity with thousands of their fellow workers at fast food chains across the country who staged walkouts to protest decades of exploitation and demand fair wages. Average hourly pay for fast food workers is the lowest of any occupation in the city, and even those who work full-time earn less than federal poverty guidelines. In fact, right now, our government is subsidizing highly-profitable fast food chains by providing cash assistance, food stamps, and public health insurance to their underpaid workers. Fair pay and rights in the workplace are moral imperatives.

August 31, 2013
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Senator Hoylman, Senator Gianaris & Assembly Member Glick Renew Call for Ban on So-Called ‘Gay Cures’ for Kids

New York, NY (August 20, 2013) – In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s signing of legislation prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from practicing sexual orientation change efforts on minors, also known as “conversion therapy,” New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), State Senator Michael Gianaris (D – Manhattan) and State Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan), who are carrying similar legislation (S.4917/A.6983) in New York, released the following statements:Senator Hoylman said:“Conversion therapy is among the worst frauds in history and has been discredited by the American Psychological Association and other leading mental health organizations.

August 21, 2013
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Halting Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

In mid-August, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) officials expressed cautious optimism that a dangerous outbreak of meningitis among gay and bisexual men had been contained. Between August 2010 and February 2013, DOHMH reported 22 cases, including seven which were fatal, but no new cases have been reported in the past seven months.

August 20, 2013
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Putting Pressure on Russia to Repeal Anti-LGBT Laws

In response to the Russian Federation’s recent enactment of a number of discriminatory laws against LGBT people and their supporters, I joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and my other LGBT colleagues in City and State government in sending a letter to President Obama calling on him to refuse any diplomatic mission to Russia until President Putin repeals its anti-LGBT statutes.  According to Human Rights Watch, the statutes include:

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To President Obama re Russia.pdf

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To IOC re Russia.pdf

August 16, 2013
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