Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

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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Senator Hoylman Calls for Comptroller Audit of Hate Crimes Law

New York, NY (August 16, 2013) – In the wake of the most recent anti-LGBT attack on August 14 in Chelsea, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman today released a report on New York’s Hate Crimes Law, informed by expert testimony from a Senate forum earlier this summer. The report contains four recommendations, including a call for the New York State Comptroller to conduct an audit of law enforcement agencies to ensure they are properly reporting hate crimes and training officers and supervisors in identifying, responding to and investigating such crimes.

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Hate Crimes Law Assessment Report 8.15.13.pdf

August 16, 2013
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Working with US Senator Schumer to get Bike Cars on NY Amtrak Lines

In my last report, I noted that I had joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and my colleague, New York State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury), at a press conference calling on Amtrak to add baggage cars capable of carrying bicycles on their Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station to Albany and Saratoga, and other points north. I’m pleased to announce that Amtrak heeded our call and began accommodating bicycles on board in a demonstration program in late July. I’m optimistic that this demonstration will soon become a full-fledged convenient and affordable new way for my constituents to access the beautiful bicycle trails of the Adirondacks and surrounding areas.

August 9, 2013
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Calling for Denial of the Proposed East Midtown Rezoning

On August 7, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission opposing the proposed rezoning of East Midtown. I appreciate the importance to our city of securing East Midtown’s position as a premiere business district, but I have serious reservations about the proposal, which was drafted with limited community consultation and rushed into the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. I am disappointed that the Department of City Planning refused to slow this process down and work with affected communities, preservationists and advocates for a more livable city to develop a more thoughtful, bolder rezoning that would truly revitalize East Midtown. Please see my testimony detailing my major concerns with the proposal below.

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Hoylman East Midtown Rezoning CPC testimony.pdf

August 7, 2013
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Standing Up to Preserve Fulton Houses Playground

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), in conjunction with Artimus Construction, plans to construct an 18-story affordable residential building with 158 units and community facility uses on a site currently used as a parking lot at 429-433 West 18th Street. Earlier this month, community members learned that the proposal – a hard-fought provision of the 2005 West Chelsea Rezoning – had been modified without any community consultation to include the demolition of an existing playground, used by residents of the adjoining Robert Fulton Houses, to provide for accessory parking. On July 10, I spoke out against this outrageous plan at a public forum held by HPD and Artimus at the Fulton Houses Community Center.

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To HPD re Fulton Houses Playground.pdf

July 31, 2013
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Promoting Local Greening Initiatives

On July 24, I held an organizing meeting on adopting and gardening the tree pits in the pedestrian islands adjoining bike lanes (also known as “bike lane tree pits”) at Metro Baptist Church on West 40th Street. The meeting, facilitated by Cultivate Hell’s Kitchen New York horticulturist Shanti Nagel, gave constituents from across my district the opportunity to learn about gardening best practices and the resources available to volunteer gardeners, as well as meet and organize with others in the neighborhood.

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2013 CGC Presentation.pptx

July 26, 2013
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Urging Robust Community Input in Future of Bayview Building

As I have reported in previous months, New York State’s Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget approved the closure of Bayview Correctional Facility, a former medium-security women’s prison located at 550 West 20th Street. On July 24, I held a meeting, attended by Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, representatives of other local elected officials, members of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4), and representatives from New York State Empire State Development (ESD) – the entity tasked with the sale of the building – to establish a dialogue between the community and ESD about Bayview’s next chapter. I was pleased to hear from ESD that the State is interested in the community’s priorities for the facility.

July 25, 2013
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Testifying at the NYCHA Draft Annual Plan Public Hearing

On July 24, I submitted testimony at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) public hearing on its fiscal year 2014 Draft Annual Plan. I addressed some of the many shortcomings in the Plan and expressed my deep concerns regarding the proposed infill development plan, the cuts to Section 8 vouchers, the deteriorating conditions in NYCHA developments across my district, and the City’s failure to address NYCHA’s fiscal challenges. Please see my testimony below.

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FY2014 NYCHA Draft Plan Testimony.pdf

July 24, 2013
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Opposing the Proposed Demolition of 130 Seventh Avenue South

On July 9, I joined with Assembly Member Glick to submit testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in opposition to the proposed demolition of 130 Seventh Avenue South, to make way for a new, seven story building that would be out of context with the Greenwich Village Historic District in which it is located. Please see our testimony below.

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130 7th Avenue Glick-Hoylman.pdf

July 11, 2013
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Winning DOE’s Support for Proposal to Expand the Clinton School

Earlier this year, I sent a letter to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) supporting a proposal by the Clinton School for Writers and Artists’ School Leadership Team and Parent Association for the school to become a combined middle and high school, enrolling students in grades 6 through 12. Manhattan Community Board 5 (CB5) passed a resolution in support of this proposal back in April.I am pleased to report that the DOE has heeded our call and will be submitting this proposed expansion to the Panel for Educational Policy in the fall—in time to take effect when the Clinton School moves into its new home at 10 East 15th Street for the 2015-16 school year. I’d like to thank CB5, as well as Clinton School parents and the SLT for their advocacy.

July 8, 2013
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Securing Landmark Designation of Historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle

I was pleased to learn that on June 25, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously to designate the Church of St. Paul the Apostle a Landmark. I had submitted testimony to the Commission in favor of landmark designation of the Church, which is located at 120 West 60th Street. You may read LPC's designation report here. I am grateful to LPC for acting to preserve the remarkable 19th Century Medieval Revival-style church and protect it from the looming overdevelopment on the Upper West Side.

July 1, 2013
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Serious Concerns About Proposed East 25th Street Sanitation Garage

I recently testified at a New York City Department of Sanitation’s scoping hearing regarding its proposed East 25th Street Sanitation Garage, which would house refuse and recycling collection trucks, salt spreaders and snow plows in the middle of a largely residential community and next to a state-designated Regional Trauma Center. I expressed a number of significant concerns including the impacts trucks coming and going from the facility would have on traffic and noise levels; how the garage would affect Waterside Plaza residents, whose only pedestrian egress is onto 25th Street; and the risks associated with storing hundreds of gallons of fuel in the heart of our hospital corridor and adjacent to the FDR Drive.

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Scoping Testimony on 25th St Sanitation Garage.pdf

June 28, 2013
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Celebrating U.S. Supreme Court Decision Overturning Defense of Marriage Act

On June 26, Senator Hoylman spoke before a crowd of thousands who gathered in front of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. Following is a transcript of Senator Hoylman's remarks:

June 27, 2013
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Voicing Support for the South Village Historic District

On June 25, I testified before the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in support of approving the proposed South Village Historic District. The area has transformed itself several times, beginning as a fashionable residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the city in the early 19th century, evolving into a haven for working-class immigrants and eventually becoming a hotbed of political and social revolution. Many of its buildings remain intact and the district is undeniably worthy of designation. I also strongly urged LPC to move forward with designation of the final portion of the South Village Historic District south of Houston Street. Please see my testimony below.

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South Village LPC.pdf

June 26, 2013
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Echoing Community Board Concerns Over DOT’s Intercity Bus Plan

Recently, DOT solicited comments on its proposed regulations relating to the Intercity Bus Permit System. On June 24, I sent a letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan outlining my concerns and echoing recommendations that had been made by Manhattan Community Boards 3 and 4, which are disproportionately impacted by the growing number of commercial buses on city streets. Please see my letter below.

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DOT Bus Permitting Letter.pdf

June 25, 2013
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