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Senator Hoylman's Op-Ed on the Boy Scouts of America's Piecemeal Approach to Ending Gay Discrimination

Click here to read Senator Hoylman's op-ed published in The Guardian on July 29, 2015.

The Boy Scouts won't discriminate against gay men — but their affiliates will

By Brad Hoylman

Segregation is at its most insidious when it is justified under the pretext of official progress. If Jim Crow-era “separate but equal” racial segregation and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the failed military policy banning LGBT soldiers from serving openly, taught America anything, it’s that.

July 29, 2015
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Hoylman Statement on Boy Scouts of America Vote to End Ban on Gay Adult Leaders

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “In my first month in office, I wrote to the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America and insisted that they remove any barriers to participation in the organization based on sexual orientation.

July 27, 2015
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Passage of Legislation Authorizing State to Protect Nail and Beauty Salon Workers

I recently joined Governor Cuomo at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library in Midtown for the launch of a nail salon industry consumer education event to inform the public about workers’ rights and ensure that business owners live up to their responsibilities and obligations under the law. This initiative by Governor Cuomo follows reports in the New York Times exposing the unsafe working conditions that plague employees in the nail salon industry. Along with Assembly Member Ron Kim, I introduced legislation (S5748/A7630) that would provide the New York Secretary of State with the necessary tools to take action to end unlicensed or uninsured business activities and to impose stringent fines on bad operators.

July 20, 2015
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25 New York Senators Call On General Electric to Commit to Full Cleanup of Hudson River after Decades-Long Dumping of Toxic PCBs

Senator Hoylman and 24 Colleagues from Both Parties Send Letters to CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Gov. Cuomo Urging G.E. to Go Beyond Its Court-Mandated Dredging Requirement

Hoylman: “Anything less than a full cleanup would be a dereliction of G.E.’s corporate and civic responsibility to the people of New York.”

NEW YORK – Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), ranking member of the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and 24 of his colleagues in the State Senate are calling on corporate giant General Electric (G.E.) to commit to a full remediation of the Hudson River after its decades-long dumping of toxic PCB chemicals.

July 17, 2015
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June 30, 2015
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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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