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Calling for a Proactive Approach to Seasonal Bar Crawls by the SLA

On February 24, I wrote to New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chair Dennis Rosen to request the SLA take a proactive approach to websites and establishments that promote bar crawls that may run afoul of the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) laws, particularly as we approach St. Patrick’s Day. Seasonal bar crawls, for events such as SantaCon, St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, send many intoxicated individuals into the streets and disrupt the communities that I represent. I urge the SLA to reach out to these websites, as well as the participating locations, to remind them of their obligations, and to ensure that any promotions comply with the law. Please see my letter below.

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Letter to NYS Liquor Authority Chairman.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Highlighting Public Safety and Quality of Life Concerns at Riis Houses

On February 19, I wrote to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye regarding public safety and quality of life concerns at Jacob Riis Houses, located in my district between East 8th and 13th Streets and Avenue D and FDR Drive. Notably, there is a severe rodent infestation and inconsistent lighting that contributes to residents feeling unsafe on the grounds at night. Please see my letter urging NYCHA to address these issues attached.

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Letter to New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Expressing Concern over the Sale of our NYCHA Housing

On February 10, I submitted testimony to the New York City Council Public Housing Committee on the partial sale of the New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA) Project-Based Section 8 portfolio. One of the six buildings up for sale, Campos Plaza I, is located in my district at 12th Street between Avenues B and C. While I understand the dire financial situation of NYCHA and the immediate need for substantial repairs, I am concerned that selling a significant stake in Campos I to a private developer is the start of an alternate road to privatization, and that this may set a precedent for the permanent sale of our public housing stock.

February 26, 2015
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Sign up for free CPR Training from Lenox Hill HealthPlex

The Lenox Hill HealthPlex is offering the community free CPR training classes. Classes will be conducted by Lenox Hill staff at the HealthPlex Saturday March 7 from  10am-2pm; Tuesday March 10 from 6pm-10pm; Saturday March 14 from 10am-2pm; and Monday March 23 from 6pm-10pm. 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.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Summer Internships with DDC

This summer, the NYC Department and Design Construction (DDC) will be running two internship programs designed for high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology. DDC builds many of the civic facilities New Yorkers use every day. As the City’s primary capital construction project manager, they provide communities with new or renovated structures such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, courthouses and senior centers. For more information, internship applications and instructions for submission please see the flyer attached. 

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DDC Internship Flyer.pdf

February 26, 2015
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Community Education Council Seats Open for 2015-2017

Last month, NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced a campaign to elect the 2015-2017 Community and Citywide Education Council Members. Education Councils (CECs) offer parents a meaningful way to lend their voices and advocate for their school communities. To read more about joining a CEC or to find an information session near you, please see the flyer attached or watch the video at:  http://bit.ly/1KGUmar

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Education Council Flyer.pdf

February 26, 2015
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February 24, 2015
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SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN, EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA AND ADVOCATES LAUNCH #5000TooMany CAMPAIGN URGING RESTORATION OF FUNDING FOR HOMELESS YOUTH SHELTERS

Coalition Calls On New York State Legislature To Allocate $4.75 Million Toward Homeless Youth Shelters In FY 2015-16 Budget

Cites Data Showing Homeless Youth Shelter Funding Has Been Slashed 66 Percent Since 2008, Number Of Homeless Youth Getting Turned Away From Shelters Has Skyrocketed From 573 To 5,041

Hoylman: “It’s Unconscionable That Thousands Of New York Kids Struggle Each Year To Find A Safe Place To Sleep.”

February 12, 2015
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State Senator Brad Hoylman invites you to #5000TooMany A Rally for Homeless Youth

Thursday, February 12, 1:00-1:30 PM, on the Steps of City Hall, we are calling on New York State to increase funding for homeless youth to $4.75 million this year.

In 2012, kids were turned away from shelters more than 5,000 times because there wasn’t enough space – a tenfold increase since 2008 when funding was cut by 66 percent. This winter alone, more than 400 kids have been turned away. Our kids deserve a safe place to sleep.

See the flyer attached and RSVP to robert@bradhoylman.com or 212-633-8052.

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Homeless Youth Rally Flier.pdf

February 11, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Lauds Court Decision Ruling "Conversion Therapy" a Fraud

Hoylman: "It’s time for New York State to protect our kids and families from this abusive scam"

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Yesterday's decision by a New Jersey Superior Court that so-called ‘conversion therapy’ providers are perpetrating consumer fraud is yet another reason why it’s essential that New York State ban this completely discredited and harmful practice.

“Well-meaning parents of LGBT kids are being duped by quack therapists into spending tens of thousands of dollars to ‘cure’ kids who have nothing wrong with them. As the court found, the ‘therapy’ doesn’t work because being gay isn’t a disease or disorder, it’s perfectly natural.

February 11, 2015
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Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman on Illegal Hotel Fire in Hell’s Kitchen

New York, NY - Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "My heart goes out to all who were affected by this life-threatening incident, which was completely preventable and yet another example of why it’s essential that we crack down hard on illegal hotel operators like Highpoint Associates. 

February 6, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Commends New Report on the Harmful Effects of Dumping Hydrofracking Waste in New York State

Sen. Hoylman Has Introduced Legislation to Keep Fracking Waste Out of New York

February 5, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Applauds Public Advocate's Report On Illegal Hotels

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said, “I applaud Public Advocate Letitia James for her work cracking down on illegal hotels and the unscrupulous landlords who run them. My district has one of the highest illegal hotel concentrations in the city, and it's despicable that these shady landlords fail to abide by basic fire, safety and zoning laws. I will continue to stand with my colleagues in government to protect the rights of New York City tenants and finally put an end to illegal hotels."

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February 4, 2015
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Read Senator Hoylman's January 2015 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s January 2015 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

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January 2015 E-Newsletter.pdf

February 3, 2015
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Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman On Mayor De Blasio’s State of the City Address

New York, NY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "I‘m extremely pleased the Mayor focused his State of the City on the single biggest challenge facing working families in New York: affordable housing. I particularly welcome his plans to protect and strengthen rent regulations in Albany, provide free legal defense to tenants in rezoning areas, help homeless veterans, create and preserve senior housing and provide housing for artists. These initiatives are key to my district in Manhattan, where skyrocketing rents, porous regulations and aggressive landlords are forcing longtime tenants out of their homes.

"I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues at both the state and city level to tackle these issues in the weeks and months ahead." 

February 3, 2015
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Testifying on the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel

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.

January 30, 2015
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Port Ambrose Comment Period Open

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.

January 30, 2015
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Pier 55

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.

January 30, 2015
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Illegal Hotels Testimony

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.

 

January 27, 2015
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