Brad Hoylman 's Press releases

Hoylman Hails Passage of His Legislation to Require Translation of Domestic Violence Complaints

Bill introduced in response to tragic death of Deisy Garcia, whose domestic incident reports languished because they were written in Spanish  

June 26, 2015
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NEW YORK’S ONLY OPENLY GAY SENATOR HAILS U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE

Hoylman: “As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today.” 

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today. Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms the legal, cultural and social validity of my family throughout the entire country. As a Senator representing one of the largest LGBT communities in the world, I couldn’t be more grateful to the litigants and their attorneys – including former colleague Mary Bonauto of GLAD and my dear friend Doug Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray – and for pressing this momentous case forward. LGBT couples everywhere will now enjoy the same basic civil right that New York State granted back in 2011.

June 26, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Partners With U.S. Fish and Wildlife And NYS DEC to Destroy More than One Ton of Illegal Ivory in Times Square

"Ivory Crush" event, initiated by Senator Hoylman, seeks to raise awareness about illegal ivory trade and wildlife crimes against elephants

Hoylman: "An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. If we are to protect this magnificent species from extinction we need to raise awareness about the trade of illegal ivory and choke off consumer demand."

June 19, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN DENOUNCES REPUBLICANS' REVAMPED 'CHILD SAFE PRODUCTS ACT'; DROPS COSPONSORSHIP OF LEGISLATION

Hoylman: "We shouldn't compromise on safety, especially for kids. This proposal is a pale imitation of a bill that would have gone a long way toward protecting our children from toxic toys." 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Ranking Member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, denounced a new version of the Child Safe Products Act put forward by Senate Republicans and announced he would drop his co-sponsorship of the legislation.

June 16, 2015
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Assembly Member Glick and Senator Hoylman Pass Legislation to Expand Tuberculosis Testing

New bill passed by both houses comes amid news of XDR-TB, a new drug resistant strain of Tuberculosis

ALBANY – Today, the New York State Legislature passed legislation introduced by Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Brad Hoylman (A.7034/S.103) to expand tuberculosis testing by allowing registered nurses to administer tests without needing a patient specific order from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. The bill, which passed the Assembly today and the State Senate on June 10, comes amid recent reports of a new drug resistant strain of TB called XDR-TB.

June 16, 2015
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Hoylman Blasts Senate Republicans on Expiring Rent Laws

Hoylman: Senate Republicans are toying with the lives of more than two million New Yorkers

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Tonight, by allowing New York's rent laws to expire, State Senate Republicans are toying with the lives of more than two million New Yorkers. Rather than renewing and strengthening these important laws, my misguided Republican colleagues have passed phony ‘one house’ legislation that would fundamentally undermine the rent laws themselves.

June 15, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Initiates “Ivory Crush” To Be Held This Friday In Times Square

 Senator Hoylman: "An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. If we are to protect this magnificent species from extinction we need to raise awareness about the trade of illegal ivory and choke off consumer demand."

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman, Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said: “I'm proud to have initiated this effort by writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to request an ivory crush in Times Square in my district because New York City is the epicenter of the illegal ivory trade. 

June 15, 2015
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Hoylman Statement on Cooper Union's Decision to Seek New Leadership

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “As the Senator representing Cooper Union, I'm very pleased the college has purged its leadership ranks of those responsible for the college's financial mismanagement and subsequent decision to charge undergraduates tuition, which directly contradicts Peter Cooper's original intention of providing a higher education 'open and free to all.'  I'm pleased that the college will soon have new leadership and I hope that new leadership will ensure this historic institution remains tuition-free.

June 11, 2015
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Assembly Member Ron Kim and Senator Brad Hoylman Introduce Legislation Authorizing State to Protect Nail and Beauty Salon Workers

ALBANY –Assembly Member Ron Kim (D-Queens) and State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) have introduced a bill (A.7630/S.5748) supported by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that would empower the Secretary of State to take immediate action to protect nail and beauty salon workers across New York. The legislation comes in the wake of an extensive investigation by The New York Times into working conditions at New York City nail and beauty salons, revealing a litany of abhorrent labor practices.

June 10, 2015
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Hoylman Passes Bill To Expand New York Hate Crimes Law to Include Gang Assaults

Legislation to Close “Gang Assault Loophole” Comes After Ringleader in Vicious Anti-Gay Gang Assault Evades Hate Crime Charges

Hoylman: “Hate crimes are on the rise in New York. We need to do everything in our power to combat them and ensure those who commit these heinous crimes bear the full weight of justice under the law” 

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) praised the vote on his legislation (S.497) that would close a loophole in the law to include gang assault in the first and second degrees as prerequisite offenses that could be charged as hate crimes. The bill passed the Senate on a 58-2 vote.

June 8, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN HOLDS PANEL DISCUSSION IN CHELSEA ON SAVING THE HUDSON RIVER

Environmental lawyers and advocates highlight threats of crude oil trains and pollution caused by GE dumping of dangerous PCB chemicals

Hoylman: “The Hudson continues to be threatened by the potential for a major oil spill and the presence of carcinogenic PCBs”

June 7, 2015
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Senator Hoylman and Government Colleagues Engage in Civil Disobedience in State Capitol in Support of Strengthening Rent Regulations

Hoylman: “Some things are worth getting arrested over. Saving the rent laws is one of them.”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Yesterday, I got arrested in the Capitol building in an act of civil disobedience to sound the alarm to my colleagues in Albany that it’s urgent we act now to strengthen the rent laws. I have 50,052 rent-regulated apartments in my district – the fifth most in the state --  so the expiration of the rent laws is of tremendous importance to my constituents and me.

June 4, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Presents “Veterans Hall of Fame” Award to WWII Veteran and Original Stuy Town Tenant Milton Nussdorf at Jewish War Veterans Annual Memorial Service

Hoylman: “Country and community. As a member of The Greatest Generation in WWII and an original tenant of Stuy Town who built our local community, Milton Nussdorf is well-deserving of this honor.”

“Milton served our nation, not once, but twice. First during WWII and thereafter as a counselor at the VA Hospital helping our service members reintegrate into society.”

June 1, 2015
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Hoylman Bill to Promote Use of Energy Efficient Appliances Passes Senate

Legislation requires organizations receiving state funds from NYS Dormitory Authority and/or the Urban Development Corporation to purchase “Energy Star” certified appliances when available 

Hoylman: “I’m very pleased the Senate passed my legislation to promote energy efficient products that combat climate change while also lowering utility bills for New York families and businesses”

May 28, 2015
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Hoylman Urges Up or Down Vote on Child Victims Act Following New Report Showing Number of Horace Mann Abuse Victims to be More than Double than Initially Reported

Hoylman: “Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why we must act”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "The Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why the New York State Senate needs to pass the Child Victims Act (S63/A2872), which I sponsor. This issue clearly isn’t going away -- the number of alleged child sexual abuse victims at Horace Mann appear to be more double than initially reported by the Bronx district attorney.

“It’s appalling that because of New York’s archaic statutes of limitation, abusers can escape prosecution – just as 22 school employees did who allegedly preyed on students for thirty years at Horace Mann.

May 27, 2015
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Report from Senator Hoylman Shows Shameful Treatment of NY Veterans Discharged for Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity; Senator Unveils Legislation to Restore State Benefits for Discharged LGBT Vets

Memorial Day Report finds at least 53 state benefits for veterans are directly contingent upon their discharge status

“New York Restoration of Honor Act” would make veterans discharged solely due to their sexual orientation or gender identity eligible for state benefits

Hoylman: “We must act now to restore honor to those who risked their lives for our nation but have shamefully been denied access to the veterans’ benefits they deserve, just because of who they are.”

May 26, 2015
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Hoylman Statement on Robert Gates’ Call To End Boy Scouts of America’s Discriminatory Policy Toward LGBT Leaders

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I'm pleased that Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America has publicly called to fully end his organization's discriminatory practices against LGBT people. If he truly believes the Boy Scouts’ policy is wrong however, Mr. Gates should act now and not wait for a protracted decision-making process by the Scouts' governing body."

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May 21, 2015
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Hoylman Blasts Senate Vote to Commemorate Boy Scouts of America with Official State License Plates

Hoylman: “This is a license to discriminate.”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “This is a ‘license to discriminate.’ New York State should not be commemorating the Boy Scouts of America with official state license plates while this organization continues  to ban gay adults from being troop leaders and is under investigation by the State Attorney General for its employment practices.

May 20, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Convenes Panel of Experts to Address Climate Change in New York

Forum comes as members of Senate Republican Conference question the existence of man-made climate change

Hoylman: “Global climate change is a looming catastrophe for the planet and threatens the well being and livelihood of current and future generations of New Yorkers.” 

ALBANY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today convened a panel of scientific experts, environmental advocates, and New York residents and farmers to address the issue of climate change and determine what steps need to be taken to ensure New York is a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

May 19, 2015
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SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN AND MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY CYRUS VANCE, JR. UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO FIGHT PUBLIC CORRUPTION

Recommendations from D.A. Vance’s White Collar Crime Task Force

Hoylman: “Public corruption in Albany is a scourge that has infected the highest levels of our legislative leadership. Our prosecutors need new tools to root out these sophisticated crimes”

NEW YORK — Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) unveiled a package of legislation to give state and local prosecutors new tools to combat public corruption and other white collar crimes.

May 18, 2015
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