May 30, 2013 : By Brad Hoylman and Brian Kavanagh Leasing off the basketball courts of low-income New Yorkers to build luxury apartments might sound extreme, but that’s among the proposals by the New York City Housing Authority to raise revenue.
This weekend, an openly gay man was shot to death after a confrontation in Greenwich Village Friday in what police commissioner Ray Kelly is calling a hate crime. According to New York state Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan, whose district includes Greenwich Village, the incident was at least the fifth instance of anti-gay violence in Manhattan this month.
Pickus: You’ve tracked this spate of what you see as discriminatory crime in recent weeks, and I’m wondering what you’re doing in your role as senator to combat that.
May 8, 2013 : By Alison BowenDiscrimination against transgender people is costing New York millions, according to a new report.The study, released yesterday by the UCLA’s Williams Institute, says that housing and employment discrimination cost the state millions of dollars as people lean on public assistance instead.According to the study, workplace discrimination could cost the state about $7 million each year.The report estimates about 58,000 New Yorkers are transgender and said 59 percent are covered under local anti-discrimination statutes.
Four gas stations in New York State, including one in Brooklyn, are being sued by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly price gouging customers following Hurricane Sandy, and the attorney general has reached settlements with another 25 suspected stations. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
May 2, 2013 : By Joe JacksonNew York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday the filing of lawsuits against four gas station operators for price gouging in the wake of superstorm Sandy.The suits against one Brooklyn station and three in Long Island come after an investigation by Schneiderman’s office that spanned the six months since Sandy struck.Another 25 gas stations in counties surrounding New York City reached settlements worth $167,8450 with the attorney general’s office over price gouging.
April 27, 2013 : By Kenneth LovettALBANY - The state Senate’s only openly gay lawmaker wants to outlaw a controversial therapy that attempts to make gay youth straight.Legislation introduced Friday by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) would bar mental health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18.If enacted, a licensed mental health provider who ignored the law would be cited for unprofessional conduct and subject to licensing sanctions.
April 15, 2013: By the New York Daily News Editorial BoardToday is April 15, the deadline for filing tax returns — an especially painful moment for New Yorkers, given that they live under the heaviest state and local tax burden in the United States.Adding insult to that injury, the state pushes taxpayers to file electronically — leading most to shell out money unnecessarily to tax preparation firms, such as H&R Block and TurboTax, that are on a state-approved e-filing list.
March 25, 2013 : By Amanda ContoSen. Brad Hoylman, D-Greenwich Village, voiced support for legislation that would establish a pilot program to enforce maximum speed limits by means of "speed cameras," in New York City.The legislation (A.4327) was introduced earlier this year by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Great Kills, is expected to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.
CHELSEA — A state plan to shut down the city's only medium-security women's prison has come under fire from locals and elected officials, who say the West Chelsea facility provides important rehabilitation services to New York's inmates and their families.
Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 W. 20th St. is surrounded by posh art galleries, soaring condos, and the Chelsea Piers recreational complex. Some locals, on edge about encroaching gentrification in the neighborhood, also fear the historic building could become yet another high-priced residential high-rise.
I heard a lot about Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture before I took office as a state Senator last month. Still, it was a culture shock to see it in action. For example, there is a practice that allows lobbyists to call senators off the Senate floor during session for face-to-face meetings about bills. Talk about being at the beck and call of special interests.
February 10, 2013 : By Jennifer H. CunninghamChelsea officials and neighborhood preservationists are demanding the city block a greedy developer from desecrating the only known Underground Railroad stop in Manhattan.An obscure city board will decide Tuesday whether to allow the owner of the building on W. 29th St. to add a fifth floor to the landmark townhouse, which sheltered countless runaway slaves and hosted prominent abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.
Febuary 5, 2013 : by Nick ReismanGovernor Cuomo has nominated Jenny Rivera to serve on the Court of Appeals. But some senators raised concerns about her lack of experience, delaying the judiciary committee's vote on Tuesday. And at least one senator still had questions about why exactly Rivera was picked. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman reports.ALBANY, N.Y. -- Confirmations for the state's highest court tend to be anti-climatic affairs. The governor makes a nomination to the Court of Appeals and the State Senate reviews the candidate and then confirms them. But not this time.