On May 13, I joined New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in voicing support for victims of a recent anti-gay attack near Madison Square Garden (MSG) and in distributing flyers seeking the public's help in identifying the perpetrators. I am outraged that anti-LGBT violence continues to be a problem in our city. The attack near MSG and another the following week outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal undermine our city’s reputation as a global beacon of tolerance and diversity.The vicious assaults are not a reflection of who we are as a city or community, but they serve as a reminder that we as New Yorkers still have work to do to end all forms of hate and violence.
On May 9, I joined a delegation of NYU graduate research and teaching assistants, UAW Regional Director Julie Kushner, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York State Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin in urging NYU President John Sexton to agree to a free and fair process to re-establish the graduate assistants’ union, whose last contract expired in 2005. As the State Senator whose district includes NYU’s main campus, it is personally disappointing to me that the university has persistently refused to recognize its graduate research and teaching assistants’ right to organize.
On, January 9, 2013, the first day of the 2013 Legislative Session, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman was sworn-in by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman as his partner David and daughter Silvia looked on.