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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. 

File: 
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.

File: 
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.

File: 
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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Pedestrian Improvements at West 4th Street

On March 17, I joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and Council Member Corey Johnson in writing to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to commend them on the proposed Intersection Safety Improvements on 7th Avenue South at Waverly Place and West 4th Street/Christopher Street. Our letter also echoed the modifications that CB2 suggested in its February resolution, which include revising the shape of the neckdown at Grove St. and 7th Ave S. and further defining the left-turn only lane from 7th Ave S. onto W. 4th St. This intersection ranks in the top 1% of Manhattan intersections for pedestrians killed and severely injured by motor vehicles.

File: 
Letter On Pedestrian Safety Improvements At West 4th Street.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth

My office was recently contacted by a resident of Westbeth Artists Housing who informed us that new scaffolding and a sidewalk shed were installed that impede physical access to the building, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. Many residents who cannot navigate steps or narrow sidewalks must now travel several blocks in order to access a back-entrance, yet that route entails going over a rough, broken courtyard surface. Planned construction on a new wheelchair ramp is expected to take nine months.

File: 
Letter Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth

My office was recently contacted by a resident of Westbeth Artists Housing who informed us that new scaffolding and a sidewalk shed were installed that impede physical access to the building, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. Many residents who cannot navigate steps or narrow sidewalks must now travel several blocks in order to access a back-entrance, yet that route entails going over a rough, broken courtyard surface. Planned construction on a new wheelchair ramp is expected to take nine months.

File: 
Letter Calling for Accessibility at Westbeth.pdf

March 25, 2015
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My Letter to the NYS Liquor Authority Urging Denial of Liquor License for Greenhouse

On March 10, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) voted to deny the liquor license renewal application for 150 RFT Varick Corp, the nightclub at 150 Varick Street formerly known as Greenhouse. I’m very pleased the SLA has decided to once and for all deny a liquor license to this disruptive and dangerous nightclub. This establishment’s violent culture, along with its excessive noise and litter regularly interfered with the lives of too many of my constituents and while Greenhouse closed in April of 2014, this decision means that the surrounding community can rest knowing it will not return.

File: 
Letter to NYS Liquor Authority.pdf

March 25, 2015
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Join Me for an Earth Day Open House on April 24

As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I want to hear your ideas on how to improve our environment. Please join me in my District Office, located at 322 8th Avenue at West 26th Street, on Friday, April 24th from 4-6pm for light refreshments, giveaways, and informal conversation about the environment and any other issues you’d like to discuss. Bring your old batteries for recycling! For more information or to RSVP, please email hoylman@nysenate.gov or call 212-633-8052, and please see a flyer for the event below.

File: 
Earth Day 2015 Flyer.pdf

March 25, 2015
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN ON TRAGIC DEATH OF PASSERBY NEAR ST. VINCENT’S LUXURY DEVELOPMENT

Senator Hoylman: “The proximity of this construction site to 800 elementary students at a local public school on the block makes this a matter of the utmost importance.”

March 18, 2015
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Hoylman Applauds NYS Liquor Authority Decision to Deny Liquor License Renewal for Disruptive Hudson Square Nightclub “Greenhouse”

Decision Comes Following Community Complaints and Joint Letter Urging Denial of License 

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I’m very pleased the New York State Liquor Authority has decided to once and for all deny a liquor license renewal to this disruptive and dangerous nightclub. This establishment’s violent culture, along with its excessive noise and litter regularly interfered with the lives of too many of my constituents and while Greenhouse closed in April of 2014, today’s decision means that the surrounding community can rest knowing it will not return. 

March 11, 2015
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Letter to the NYS Liquor Authority on 150 Varick Street

Below is a copy of the joint letter I co-signed to the New York State Liquor Authority urging a denial of a liquor licence renewal for the disruptive and dangerous Hudson Square nightclub "Greenhouse."

File: 
Letter to SLA on 150 Varick Street.pdf

March 11, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Applauds Ringling Bros.' Decision to Phase Out Elephant Acts, Calls on Other Circuses to Do the Same

Hoylman Bill Would Ban the Use of Whips, Bull Hooks and Other Implements Used During Elephant Acts 

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "I applaud Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. for agreeing to phase out all elephant acts by 2018. New York needs to do more to protect animal rights, which is why I’ve introduced legislation to eliminate the use of whips, bull hooks and other implements used during elephant acts that inflict pain and suffering on these majestic animals. I urge other circuses to follow the Ringling Bros.’ example and put an end to elephant acts."

March 5, 2015
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Nominations for 2015 New York State Senate Women of Distinction

Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who enrich their communities and strengthen our state as “Women of Distinction.” 

Last year, I was proud to honor an exceptional constituent: Woman of Distinction Marisa Redanty, whom you can read about here.

March 4, 2015
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Advocating for the Passage of the Child Safe Products Act

Yesterday, I spoke at a press conference to rally support for the Child Safe Products Act, legislation that would require manufacturers to eliminate the use of chemicals like lead, mercury and arsenic in children’s toys. We need to protect our kids from known carcinogens and it’s imperative that the Senate take up this bill, which has bipartisan support but failed to be brought to the floor for a vote last year. 

 

March 4, 2015
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Statement By Senator Brad Hoylman, Lead Amicus Appellant, On Yesterday's Court Decision Protecting Rent-Stabilization Rights

Hoylman: This ruling will help maintain the integrity of our state’s long-standing tenant protection laws by making clear that New Yorkers cannot be forced from their homes as a result of filing for bankruptcy.

March 3, 2015
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Read Senator Hoylman's February 2015 Community Report

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

File: 
February 2015 enews.pdf

March 2, 2015
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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.

File: 
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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