Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

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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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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