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SENATOR HOYLMAN FILES MOTION TO FORCE COMMITTEE VOTE ON ‘CHILD VICTIMS ACT’

Hoylman: “Survivors deserve their day in court. Plus, we must shine a light on abusers, some of whom still have contact with our kids.”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Today, I filed a motion for committee consideration for the Child Victims Act in the Senate Codes Committee, which should force a committee vote on this legislation based on past Senate practice.

April 22, 2015
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Earth Day 2015: Senator Hoylman Proposes Moratorium on “Roundup” Herbicide

Roundup Deemed ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ By World Health Organization

Senator Hoylman: “Halt sales of this dangerous product now”

NEW YORK – Today, to mark Earth Day 2015, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) announced his legislation placing a statewide moratorium on the sale, distribution or use of products that contain glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the popular Monsanto week-killer “Roundup,” which is currently sold in stores throughout New York State.

April 22, 2015
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SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN STATEMENT ON CHELSEA STD CLINIC CLOSURE

Hoylman to Department of Health: “The closure of an STD clinic in a community with the number of syphilis cases far above the city average is unacceptable and defies common sense”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I’m deeply concerned by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) decision to close the longstanding STD clinic on West 28th Street for two to three years and instead direct patients to an alternative facility on West 100th Street at a time when Chelsea is suffering from an outbreak of syphilis.

April 21, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN SAYS WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT OF BAN ON LGBT “CONVERSION THERAPY” WILL PROVIDE NEW IMPETUS FOR STATE LEGISLATION

Hoylman: “New Yorkers should know where their senators stand on this important issue”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who introduced S.0121 with cosponsor State Senator Michael Gianaris to ban "conversion therapy" in New York State, said: “I’m hopeful that the White House’s support of legislation to ban state-licensed ‘conversion therapy’ on LGBT youth will provide us in New York a renewed impetus to bring this bill to the Senate floor this year.

April 9, 2015
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Responding to a Citywide Rezoning Proposal

On March 25, I joined Borough President Gale Brewer and 28 Manhattan elected officials in writing to City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod about the proposed citywide text amendment entitled “Zoning for Quality and Affordability.” While this zoning proposal is meant to address a laudable citywide goal of increasing affordable housing, the proposal ignores community context and does not give communities adequate time to respond. The text amendment would increase building height limits across the board, superseding existing contextually zoned districts which were mapped with the hard work of community advocates and were often the result of hard compromises.

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Letter to Carl Weisbrod.pdf

April 1, 2015
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Enforcing “6 in 60” Law to Address Problem Bars

Last week, I joined my colleagues Senator Daniel Squadron, Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Members Deborah Glick, Brian Kavanagh, and Sheldon Silver, and Council Members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez in writing to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton asking for stronger enforcement of a law meant to address non-criminal complaints emanating from liquor licensed establishments. The “6 in 60” law, passed in 2010, establishes a clear legal standard – six incidents reported by police to the State Liquor Authority (SLA) within any 60 day period – for determining when a liquor licensed premise has become a focal point for police attention and is thereby subject to review by the State Liquor Authority.

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Letter to Commissioner Bratton.pdf

April 1, 2015
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Our Letter to Governor Cuomo Requesting He Bar Non-Essential State-Funded Travel to Indiana

On Tuesday, a group of LGBT legislators and I wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that he take action to bar non-essential travel by state employees to Indiana in the aftermath of its discriminatory new law, which is an assault on basic civil rights for LGBT Americans everywhere. I applaud the Governor for issuing an executive order that will do just that. The Governor has sent a strong message that New York will not tolerate legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. At the same time, I'm mindful that we have more work to do in Albany because transgender New Yorkers do not enjoy the same protections as the rest of us, and so I hope the outrage directed towards Indiana will also help spur new momentum on passing the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act.

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LGBT Legislators Indiana Boycott Letter.pdf

March 31, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Applauds Governor Cuomo for Barring Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership in barring non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in the aftermath of its discriminatory new law, which is an assault on basic civil rights for LGBT Americans everywhere. The Governor has sent a strong message that New York will not tolerate legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. 

"At the same time, I'm mindful that we have more work to do in Albany because transgender New Yorkers do not enjoy the same protections as the rest of us, and so I hope the outrage directed towards Indiana will also help spur new momentum on passing the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act."

March 31, 2015
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LGBT Legislators Urge Gov. Cuomo to Issue Executive Order Boycotting Discriminatory Indiana Law

Senator Hoylman and Assemblymembers Glick, O’Donnell, Bronson and Titone Call New Indiana Law “Uniquely Abhorrent and Alarming”

NEW YORK – The five LGBT members of the NYS Legislature today urged Governor Cuomo to boycott Indiana’s new discriminatory law known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), signed into law last week by Governor Mike Pence.

In a strongly worded letter, Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Daniel O’Donnell, Harry Bronson and Matthew Titone called the new law “uniquely abhorrent and alarming,” and asked Cuomo to “immediately sign an Executive Order barring state-funded travel to the state of Indiana.”

March 31, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN HELPS DOUBLE NY STATE AID FOR HOMELESS KIDS

Campaign Launched in February Wins Additional $2.1 Million for Youth Shelters 

Senator Enlisted Support of Singer Miley Cyrus on Social Media

Hoylman: “New funding reverses years of cuts that have forced thousands of New York kids to sleep on the streets”

NEW YORK – Last night the New York State Legislature voted to include $4.5 million for homeless youth shelters in the 2015-16 budget, $2.1 million more than previous years and the first appreciable increase in funding for such shelters since 2008.

March 31, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Praises Inclusion of Increased Homeless Youth Shelter Funding in 2015 New York State Budget

 Allocation of $4.5 million in state budget marks first appreciable increase in homeless youth shelter funding since 2008

Hoylman: “Miley Cyrus’ advocacy on behalf of homeless kids is a perfect example of how star power can be used to help others”

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “No kid should ever be turned away from a youth shelter due to overcrowding. That’s why I’m grateful to the Governor and the legislative leaders for including $4.5 million in the final budget agreement to help provide for new shelter beds. If approved, this will be the first appreciable increase in funding for homeless youth shelters since 2008 and help reverse years of cuts.

March 27, 2015
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Free CPR Training from Lenox Hill HealthPlex

The Lenox Hill HealthPlex is offering free CPR training classes. Classes will be conducted by Lenox Hill staff at the HealthPlex Tuesday March 31 from 6 pm - 8 pm; Thursday April 9 from 6 pm – 8 pm; Saturday April 11 from 12 pm – 2 pm; Monday April 13 from 6 pm - 8 pm; and Monday April 20 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Classes are limited to 15 participants. If interested, please RSVP to wkawadler@nshs.edu or call 347-802-7400. For more information, please see the flyer attached. 

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CPR Training Flyer 3-25.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Share your Ideas for PlaNYC 2015

The City of New York is currently updating PlaNYC—New York City’s blueprint for the future.  Every four years, the Administration creates a plan to address New York City growth, sustainability, and resiliency. This year, Mayor de Blasio has added equity as a key element of the plan—recognizing the importance of every New Yorker having access to opportunities.  The Administration needs your help to make sure that as many New Yorkers as possible can weigh in on this important process. Please visit www.nyc.gov/ideas to answer the question “how can we make our city better and stronger for our shared future?” Filling out the survey will enable you to leave your mark and share your ideas for how our city moves forward.

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PlaNYC 2015 Flyer.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Schedule a Legal Aid Training on Medicare & Medicaid Long Term Care Options

New York State and the Federal Government have authorized a pilot program to establish the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) plans in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. FIDA will impact how these vulnerable constituents access all of their medical services.  The Legal Aid Society is part of the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN) and has developed separate trainings for advocates and caregivers/community members. They will also provide an overview of all of the Medicaid and Medicare programs available to help constituents get care at home.

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Legal Aid Society Letter.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Free Tax Preparation Services

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is encouraging New Yorkers this year to take advantage of the many tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Care Tax Credit when filing their tax returns. These credits, which can be worth up to $10,000, can be the largest lump sum New Yorkers receive in a year, and too many eligible working New Yorkers aren’t claiming these credits because they simply don’t know about them. There are now over 200 sites across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can file their taxes for free. For more information on how to file your taxes for free you can visit www.nyc.gov/taxprep, call 311 or see the letter from DCA Commissioner Menin attached.

File: 
Tax Preperation Services Letter.pdf

March 25, 2015
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