On January 23, I testified before the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Federal Highway Administration on the Cross Harbor Freight Program, a major plan to ease truck congestion and foster more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable movement of goods throughout our region. Currently, New York City is the only major city in the country that is not connected to the national freight rail network. It is clear that the best long-term strategy is to construct a double-stack, double-track rail tunnel known as the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel. I commend my colleague, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, for his historic leadership advocating for the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel for nearly 30 years.
In 2013, Liberty Natural Gas LLC issued a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port facility called Port Ambrose, located roughly 19 miles south of New York’s shore. After some delay, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been issued and a public comment period is now open. This major proposal is unnecessary and environmentally irresponsible, and the public comment period has been rushed and is inaccessible. I, along with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, wrote a letter to the Maritime Administration and U.S. Coast Guard requesting they extend the public comment period from 60 to 90 days and add another public hearing in Manhattan.
On January 12, I submitted testimony to the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) on the proposed "Pier 55" project in the footprint of the current Piers 54 and 56. I heartily commend the Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation for their history-making philanthropic commitment to the arts and culture in New York City, and specifically, the West Side of Manhattan, by proposing to build this exciting and innovative new public space and performance venue on our waterfront. Despite this generosity, I am concerned about the process that guides such a significant modification to the park's original plan. As a result, I am examining ways to legally mandate a more inclusive, open process for any future proposals.
On Tuesday, January 20, I submitted testimony to the New York City Council regarding the explosive growth of illegal hotels, also known as “short-term rentals,” and their effect on our communities. I represent neighborhoods with the highest number of illegal hotels in New York City, including Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the Village and the Lower East Side – areas which, according to data released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accounted for one third of units booked and 55% of illegal hotel revenue from 2010-2014. Illegal hotels create a number of quality of life and safety concerns for neighboring residents while undermining our rule of law and diminishing our housing stock.
On January 16, I wrote to Governor Cuomo to request that he allocate $4.75 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth in the Executive Budget to create new beds to address the 5,041 annual instances when children are turned away from shelters because of overcrowding. In the past 90 days alone, shelter providers across New York State have been forced to refuse entry to nearly 400 children because of the lack of beds. Help for our state’s homeless youth represents a moral imperative to protect innocent children from the evils and exploitation of life on the street.
Albany - Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) was appointed to be the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee for the 2015 Legislative Session. Hoylman represents New York’s 27th Senate District, which includes Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen/Clinton, the Upper West Side, Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square and the East Village.
New York, NY - Today, state Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response to a report in the New York Daily News that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating a Manhattan landlord for deluging rent-stabilized tenants with numerous frivolous lawsuits and eviction proceedings. Some of the tenants cited in the report currently live in apartments on West 49th Street in Hell's Kitchen, which is part of the 27th State Senate District that Hoylman represents.
Hoylman: Concerned that "today's proceedings are part of a right-wing, extremist state-by-state effort to dismantle reproductive choice”
Senator Brad Hoylman said: “This cynical ploy by the Senate GOP is clearly designed to provide political cover to anti-choice lawmakers, who continue to attempt to deny New York women access to reproductive healthcare.
“It’s outrageous that in the year 2015, New York State law fails to codify Roe v. Wade and if Senate Republicans had any regard for a woman’s right to choose, they would stop hiding and bring the remainder of Governor Cuomo's Women’s Equality Act to the floor immediately.
ALBANY -- This week, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) was sworn in for his second, two-year term to represent New York’s 27th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, Midtown/East Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, the East Village and Lower East Side. Hoylman was sworn in alongside his husband David and their 4-year-old daughter, Silvia. (See photo attached)
Hoylman: “I’m proud that today New York State stood up to Big Oil and shale industry profiteers in favor of our kids”
New York, NY — Today, Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s announcement that it will issue a legally-binding findings statement prohibiting hydrofracking in New York State:
NEW YORK, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky for issuing a bulletin that will prohibit private insurers in New York from discriminating against transgender people in their health care.
The A and C trains are some of the worst in the city, with frequent delays, overcrowded train cars, and poor conditions at stations. I recently signed on to a letter to MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco thanking him for agreeing to conduct a Full Line Review of the A and C lines and asking him to prioritize community concerns throughout this review. The letter cites issues with service levels, station conditions, and communication with riders, and includes specific problems in our neighborhood such as station damage caused by water leaks. The Full Line Review is expected to be completed sometime in 2015.
On December 11, I submitted testimony to the New York City Council regarding the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. I believe that this merger, by combining the nation’s two largest cable operators, would create a highly monopolized environment for cable and internet services, and would therefore be antithetical to the public interest. Such domination of this marketplace would likely increase prices, reduce the quality of service, and limit consumer choice. However, should the merger be approved, it must be conditioned on expanded broadband access for low-income New Yorkers.
State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s request for an executive order that would allow the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers.“A local grand jury’s failure to bring an indictment after the tragic death of Eric Garner has highlighted serious flaws in our judicial process. An executive order appointing Attorney General Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in future criminal proceedings brought against police officers would help ensure independence and integrity in our criminal justice system. I wholeheartedly support it.”
On December 4, I wrote to State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman Dennis Rosen, asking him and the Authority to take a proactive approach to seasonal bar crawls. As our community knows, bar crawls often end with heavily intoxicated individuals, who disrespect our neighborhoods. I urged the SLA to remind participating establishments of all applicable rules, regulations and laws in order to avoid disturbing neighbors during the holiday season.
New York, NY— Today, Senator Hoylman sent a letter to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chair Srinivasan and issued the following statement in response to the proposed LPC “de-calendaring” of potential landmarks.