Brad Hoylman 's Blog entries

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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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.

File: 
DOT Bus Permitting Letter.pdf

June 25, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Hails Passage of His Bill to Allow Life-Saving Meningitis Vaccination at Pharmacies

IN MIDST OF DEADLY OUTBREAK AMONG MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN S.4881A/A.7324A WILL EXPAND ACCESS TO VACCINE

June 21, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman’s June Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s June Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below or can be viewed here.

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June 2013 News from Senator Hoylman.pdf

June 18, 2013
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Joining US Senator Schumer in Pushing Amtrak to Add Bike Cars on New York Lines

On June 17, I joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and my colleague, New York State Senator 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. Presently, there is no room on those lines for passengers to bring their bicycles on-board, but Senator Schumer revealed that Amtrak is currently building new baggage cars that could be configured for bike storage at a facility in Elmira, NY. Moreover, Amtrak already has successful “Bring Your Bicycle On Board” programs on its Boston-Portland line, New York-Charlotte line, and in California, where the program is so popular that Amtrak now requires reservations.

June 18, 2013
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Assessing New York’s Hate Crimes Law in Wake of Recent Wave of Anti-LGBT Violence

On June 14, I held a public forum in my capacity as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations to assess the efficacy of New York State’s 13-year-old Hate Crimes Law, including how state and local government agencies are implementing and enforcing the Law and whether amendments should be considered to expand the data collection, statistical reporting, law enforcement training requirements and/or otherwise further the Law’s goals.

File: 
Government Witnesses' Testimony on Hate Crimes Law.pdf

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Non-Government Witnesses' Testimony on Hate Crimes Law.pdf

June 18, 2013
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Declaring Victory for Our Schools and Continuing Fight for Community Engagement

On June 13, I submitted comments at a public hearing concerning the New York City Education Construction Fund’s (ECF) plan to solicit proposals to redevelop the current sites of P.S. 191 and P.S. 199 as residential towers with new school facilities. The hearing, organized by the Save Our Schools Coalition and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, gave community members the opportunity to hear from experts about the potential implications of the redevelopment plan, as well as a platform from which to voice their own opinions.

June 15, 2013
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Opposing the Rent Guidelines Board’s Proposed Rent Increases

On June 13, at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board’s (RGB’s) only public hearing on its proposed rent increases of up to 6.25% for one year lease renewals and up to 9.5% for two year lease renewals in rent stabilized apartments, I submitted testimony urging the RGB to impose a freeze on rents for all rent regulated apartments as well as for lofts, hotels, rooming houses, single room occupancy buildings and lodging houses. Please see my testimony below.

File: 
Sen Hoylman RGB 2013.pdf

June 14, 2013
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Supporting the Preservation of the Historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle

On June 11, I submitted testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) echoing CB7’s resolution in favor of landmark designation of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, located at 120 West 60th Street. I urged LPC to act now, nearly half a century after the Commission originally identified the building as historically significant, to preserve the remarkable 19th Century Medieval Revival-style church – particularly in the context of looming overdevelopment on the Upper West Side. Please my testimony below.

File: 
St Paul the Apostle LPC Testimony.pdf

June 12, 2013
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Testifying in Support of Stronger Rent Regulations

On June 10, 2013, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) held a public hearing regarding its proposed amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code, the Tenant Protection Regulations and the State and New York City Rent Control Regulations. While I firmly believe that much more needs to be done to ensure all tenants have access to safe, affordable housing, and to combat landlord fraud and misconduct, the proposed amendments are a welcome improvement to the rent regulations. Please see my testimony below.

File: 
Hoylman Rent Regulations Hearing Testimony.pdf

June 10, 2013
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