Albany, NY (May 8, 2013) – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) hailed an economic impact study released yesterday by a UCLA Law School think tank showing that employment and housing discrimination against transgender individuals costs New York millions of dollars annually as strong new evidence for Senate passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA (S195/Squadron – A4226/Gottfried). GENDA would prohibit this kind of discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.
On May 6, 2013, the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Justice Shelia Abdus-Salaam to the New York State Court of Appeals. Following is a transcript of comments Senator Hoylman made on the Senate floor prior to the confirmation vote.As a member of the Judiciary Committee of the State Senate it is a great honor to say a few words about the ascension of Justice Shelia Abdus-Salaam to the Court of AppealsFirst, I must note the historic nature of today.It took 166 years, but thanks to Governor Cuomo and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we will now have an African-American woman on New York’s highest court.
New York, NY— New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Housing Chair Keith L.T. Wright and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh are introducing S.4641/A.6964, the “NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act,” which requires that any disposition of land or buildings by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) be subject to New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the same review process that other city agencies must adhere to when redeveloping public land. The need for legislative action is clear.
Albany, NY (April 29, 2013)—Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the Federal Corruption Loophole Closure Act (S.4807-A) and another bill (S.4836), which together close loopholes in the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 that exempted most elected officials in Albany who are convicted of felonies related to their elective office from forfeiture or reduction of their pensions.
New York, NY (April 24, 2013) — Today, New York State Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky sent letters to health insurers directing them to inform the public that meningitis vaccines effective against a new, lethal strain of that disease are covered under insurance.New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), who had reached out to the Superintendent to request this action, said: “I commend Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services, for directing health insurers to inform health care providers and the public that vaccination for meningitis is covered by their insurance plans. I greatly appreciate the Cuomo Administration’s decisive action on this issue.
Albany, NY (April 23, 2013) – “I deplore the comments made in recent days by the Chairman of the New York State Senate Homeland Security Committee that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing should be tortured. Torture can never be justified to extract information or a confession from suspects. The law is clear: U.S. law, the U.N. Convention against Torture, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights all impose an absolute ban torture, even during wartime.
“Forty-three years ago today, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration and teach-in for a sustainable environment and called it ‘Earth Day.’ The rallies held in cities, towns and universities united millions of Americans behind a concerted call for action, ushering in creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
New York, NY (April 19, 2013) —Today, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) released its proposed revision to the Membership Standards Resolution, which, if approved, would end the organization’s ban on gay youths but would maintain its exclusion of gay and lesbian adult leaders.As the only openly-gay New York State Senator and as an Eagle Scout (Troop 70, Lewisburg, WV), I am dismayed by BSA’s continued failure to remove all barriers to participation in its organization based on sexual orientation. If adopted, the organization’s latest proposal would maintain the ban on gay and lesbian adult leaders.
New York, NY— Earlier this year, New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick introduced legislation (A4327) to establish a demonstration program to enforce maximum speed limits by means of speed limit photo devices, or “speed cameras,” in New York City. It has been reported that New York State Senator Andrew Lanza will be introducing companion legislation in the Senate. Speed cameras have been credited with reducing speeding and crash rates in cities throughout the nation, including a 40% reduction in collisions in Paradise Valley, AZ. Police in Washington D.C. reported a 56% reduction in traffic fatalities after speed cameras were installed.
After sustained pressure from environmental activists and their allies in government, Governor Cuomo’s administration took a positive step this week in the fight against hydrofracking in New York State. Per a request made by the Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH), the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it would delay the finalization of its supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on hydrofracking until the ongoing study of the potential health impacts of this dangerous drilling method is completed. Before this announcement, DEC was slated to complete the SGEIS and issue final regulations before the end of this month, officially opening the door to hydrofracking.
Albany—New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP Manhattan) announced today that he has been named the Ranking Democratic member of both the Consumer Protection and Investigations and Government Operations Committees. He was also named to several other law-related committees and the Senate committee that oversees tourism and parks.Senator Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) said: “I am honored that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has placed her trust in me to be the consumer and state watchdog in the State Senate. My other committee assignments reflect my background as a nonprofit lawyer and community activist and the importance of art, cultural affairs and open space in my district. I am excited to get to work on all of these issues.”